Studio Artist Steven Brennfleck in Recital | Tuesday, October 19

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Tuesday, October 19, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum


Steven Brennfleck


Enjoy an unforgettable evening of vocal chamber music when the spotlight shines on tenor STEVEN BRENNFLECK in the second Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital of the 2010/11 Season.  These Studio Artists Recitals have proven very popular, turning into standing-room-only events.  The intimate nature of the recitals allows the audience an opportunity to experience the close relationship between composer, singer and accompanist.

Tenor Steven Brennfleck is from Trenton, New Jersey.  His opera credits include Giuseppe in La Traviata at Glimmerglass Opera; Un Medico in La Bella Dormente and Un Dombien in Lakmé at Spoleto Festival USA; Lauri in Little Women, Remendado in Carmen, Gaby in New York circa 1950, Trio in Trouble in Tahiti and Flute/Thisby in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Westminster Opera Theater; and Dr. Binch in Elmer Gantry at Montclair State University with Nashville Opera.  Steven has been a Soloist with Princeton Pro Musica, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Princeton Youth Orchestra, Princeton Baroque Orchestra and Westminster Choral Festival. He received both his Masters and Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College.  He was the winner of the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions in New Jersey and a finalist in The Marion Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists.  This summer he is a member of the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program.  Last fall, he was a winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions in Oregon.  During the 2009/10 Season he sang Parpignol in La Bohème, Cégeste in Orphée, Trio in Trouble in Tahiti, Testo in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Ombre in Il ballo delle ingrate and Officer in The Barber of Seville.  In the 2010/11 Season he sings Beppe in Pagliacci, Tenor Soloist in Carmina Burana, Pang in Turandot, Gonzalve in L’heure espagnole and Teapot in L’enfant et les sortilèges.

Steven Brennfleck Recital Program

Mr. Brennfleck will sing Franz Schubert's complete song cycle DIE SCHOENE MUELLERIN, accompanied by Associate Music Director and Chorus Master Robert Ainsley, who will also lead a short discussion of the meaning and symbolism behind the poetry and music prior to the performance.  Schubert composed these settings of twenty poems from Wilhelm Mueller's sweetly sentimental cycle at the age of 26, lifting the texts to never-before-reached levels of perfection in the genre of art song.  Along with his later cycle WINTERREISE, also based on Mueller's poetry, these songs represent one of the cornerstones of Western music, and are a uniquely moving experience for the listener.


WHAT:  Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital: Steven Brennfleck accompanied by
            Portland Opera Associate Music Director and Chorus Master Robert Ainsley.
            Recommended donation to support the Portland Opera Studio Artist program: $10.

WHEN:  7:00pm, Tuesday, October 19, 2010.

WHERE:  Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum | 1219 SW Park Avenue


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