Italian music for the virtuoso singer: music of Ferrari, Monteverdi, Merula, Strozzi, and others. Io Vidi in Terra (I saw upon the earth) is the name of a famous sonnet by Petrarch, set beautifully by Marco Gagliano, which we will perform.
José Lemos, countertenor; Jory Vinikour, harpsichord; Deborah Fox, theorbo
October 12, 2014, 4:00pm (pre-concert talk at 3:15pm)
Downtown United Presbyterian Church
121 North Fitzhugh Street, Rochester
Brazilian countertenor José Lemos is noted worldwide for his unique artistry in opera and concert. Of a performance as Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque, the Boston Globe said, “…Lemos sang with a big, colorful, sexy tone and almost recklessly brilliant coloratura.” In the 2013-14 season his performances included the role of Nerea in Steffani’s Niobe with the Boston Early Music Festival; Handel’s Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall; and Ottone in Agrippina with Operamission. In addition, his debut solo CD “Io vidi in terra” was released in September 2013 on the Sono Luminus label. Upcoming engagements include returns to the Boston Early Music Festival as Nerea in Steffani’s Niobe for a European tour and as Nutrice in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Pisandro in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for the 2015 Festival performances in Boston and Great Barrington; as well as a series of concerts in upstate New York with the Pegasus Early Music Ensemble. José Lemos was the First Prize winner at the 2003 International Baroque Singing Competition of Chimay, Belgiumand was awarded both a 2003 and 2004 Tanglewood Music Fellowship where he made his USA operatic debut in Zuidam’s Rage D’Amour and in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Oberon. The following season he made his European debut at the Zürich Opernhaus as Nireno in Giulio Cesare. That was followed by appearances such as the Aldeburgh Festival in England, in a production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen under the baton of Harry Bicket. Some highlights of recent seasons include his debut at Opera de Nice performing the role of Policare in Scarlatti’s Tigrane, which will be released as a DVD on the Dynamic label; his return Vlaamse Opera as Narciso in Handel’s Agrippina; King Darius in the medieval Play of Daniel directed by Mary Anne Ballard and Drew Minter as part of the 75th Anniversary of the Cloisters of the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art; a tour of Stefano Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio with Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie, with performances at Thèatre de Caen, Opera National de Lorraine, Grand Thèatre de Luxemburg, Rose Theater (New York), Barbican Hall (London), and the Thèâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris); Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Teatro Real (Madrid), and the Salle Pleyel (Paris); Narciso in Agrippina at the Zürich Opernhaus and Royal Festival Hall (London); Ottone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea with the Seattle Early Music Guild; and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare at the Göttingen Handel Festspiele. His long association with the Boston Early Music Festival includes performances as Nerea in Niobe, the Sprit in Dido and Aeneas, and Silène in Lully’s Psyche, which was released on the German label CPO and nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award. Mr. Lemos has toured extensively and is a guest member with the Baltimore Consort performing in both concert and educational outreach. He has been a regular guest with several American and European early music ensembles such as L’Arpeggiata, Brandywine Baroque, Boston Baroque, Magnificat Baroque Ensemble, NYS Baroque, Chatham Baroque, and Quartetto Brio. José Lemos holds a Master Degree in Opera Performance from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Grammy® Award-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. A highly diversified career brings him to the world’s most important festivals and concert halls as recital and concerto soloist, as partner to several of today’s finest artists, and as a conductor.
Born in Chicago, Jory Vinikour went to Paris on a Fulbright scholarship to study with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert. First Prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and the Prague Spring Festival (1994) brought him to the public’s attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series throughout much of the world.
A concerto soloist with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Poulenc to Nyman, he has performed as soloist with leading orchestras including Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic of Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Martin Haselböck, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Benjamin Levy, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Gordan Nikolic, Constantine Orbelian, Victor Yampolsky, et al. He participated in a recording of Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Armin Jordan (Suisse Romande, 2005).
Well-known as an accompanist, he has worked extensively with artists such as David Daniels, Hélène Delavault, Vivica Genaux, Magdalena Kozena, Annick Massis, Marijana Mijanovic, Dorothea Röschmann, and Rolando Villazon. He has accompanied legendary Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in recitals in Sweden, Norway, Spain and Paris and at La Scala in Milan. With lutenist Jakob Lindberg, their program of English and Italian music of the 17th century, entitled Music for a While was released by Deutsche Grammophon in early 2005.
As an active exponent of contemporary repertoire for the harpsichord, he has given the premieres of works by composers such as Harold Meltzer and Frédéric Durieux, Stephen Blumberg, Patricia Morehead, Graham Lynch, etc. written for him. He has also given important performances of works by Ligeti and Michael Nyman, as well as several 20th century concerti, including Cyril Scott’s 1937 Harpsichord Concerto, which Mr. Vinikour prepared and edited for Novello editions. Toccatas, harpsichord works by American composers, was released by Sono Luminus in 2013.
Mr. Vinikour appears regularly as harpsichordist at the finest opera houses and festivals in Europe: Paris Opera, Netherlands Opera, Salzburg Festival, Teatro Real de Madrid, Baden-Baden, Glyndebourne, etc. in Baroque and Classical repertoire, as well as in more contemporary works (notably Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten) and is heard on many recordings from Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, Sony Classics et al.
His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, released on Delos International in 2001 received excellent reviews throughout the world. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune named it as one of 2001’s top ten classical CD’s, an honor that was also accorded to Mr. Vinikour’s recording of Bach’s Toccatas in 1999. Mr. Vinikour’s 2009 Delos release of Handel’s 1720 Suites for Harpsichord has received wide critical acclaim (American Record Guide naming it the finest recording of these works). His debut recording for Sono Luminus, the complete harpsichord works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, was nominated for a Grammy® award, in the category of Best Classical Solo Instrumental Recording in 2012.
Mr. Vinikour has appeared as conductor/soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Korea Chamber Orchestra, musicAeterna. At the Chicago Lyric Opera, his solo in Handel’s Rinaldo garnered exceptional praise from the press. He has co-directed (with violinist Monica Huggett) Juilliard415 Baroque Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, accompanying soprano Dorothea Röschmann and counter-tenor David Daniels. The New York Times named this event the top vocal recital of 2011.
Mr Vinikour has given master-classes for Rocky Ridge (Colorado) Music Center, the Austrian Baroque Academy in Gmunden, Austria; the European Academy at thePalazzo Ricci Montepulciano; the University of Chicago, the Gnessin Academy, and the Tchaikowsky Conservatory.
Upcoming appearances include the Cincinnati Early Music Festival, Musica Angelica, Gilmore Piano Festival (recital and master-class), Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, as well as debuts at the Library of Congress, and on Carnegie Hall Presents Early Music series in 2015.
Deborah Fox is the Artistic Director and founder, in 2005, of Pegasus Early Music, Rochester’s early music concert series; and the Artistic Director, since May 2013, of NYS Baroque in Ithaca and Syracuse. She is a lutenist with a span of repertoire ranging from medieval to baroque music, as a soloist, chamber music player, and baroque opera continuo. She has performed with the major early music ensembles and festivals from Newfoundland to Australia, including the Carmel Bach Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Les Violons du Roy (Montreal), Spoleto Festival, Opera Atelier (Toronto), Aradia (Toronto), Tafelmusik, Concert Royal, and others. She has made frequent trips to Australia to work with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney.
She graduated cum laude from Smith College and received the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Early Music at London’s Guildhall School of Music, specializing in the improvised accompaniment practices of the seventeenth century. Her teachers have included Paul O’Dette and Nigel North. She performs as a regular member of the baroque chamber music ensemble Fioritura, and often in recitals with José Lemos and soprano Laura Heimes. She enjoys teaching, and has been a Teaching Artist for the Aesthetic Education Institute. She has made recordings for Sono Luminus, Naxos, Sonabilis, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and Centaur.