Saturday, November 10, 2012

Baritone Lester Lynch, Performing as Amonasro in Dallas Opera's 'Aida', is Also an Established Verdi Baritone

Earlier today AfriClassical posted this news from The Dallas Opera:

"Published on Oct 30, 2012 by
The Dallas Opera presents soprano Latonia Moore as Aida and baritone Lester Lynch as Amonasro in our October 2012 production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida."

Lester Lynch Bio
Juilliard Opera School graduate and Ohio native Lester Lynch is recognized for a voice that is commanding, rich and vocally nuanced. A prominent Verdi baritone, he has been praised for being “magnificently forceful,” by The New York Times, and for demonstrating “a seamless legato from one end of his range to the other and a facility for shaping coloratura for dramatic effect,” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
An accomplished concert artist, Mr. Lynch has performed a wide variety of repertoire with orchestras across the continent, including the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Houston Symphony. He sang both Crown and Jake in Porgy and Bess with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Ravinia Festival Orchestra with Bobby McFerrin conducting, and performed in Placido Domingo’s Operalia concert in Santa Domingo and the Dominican Republic with Eugene Kohn conducting. He was the soloist in Copland’s Old American Songs with the New World Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurgis Nacht with the Grant Park Music Festival, and Bach Magnificat with the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Lynch performed as Don Fernando in Fidelio with the Cincinnati Symphony under Paavo Järvi, and sang Fauré’s Requiem with the Duluth-Superior Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Fox Valley Symphony and the New York Oratorio Society at Carnegie Hall, and Elijah with the Flagstaff Symphony. In addition, he was the soloist in Brahms’ Requiem with the Tucson Symphony, sang in the premiere of I Build a House with the Columbia Pro Cantare, and offered Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with the Chautaqua Symphony. His performance of Amonasro in Aida with the Springfield Symphony was later broadcast on PBS.

A frequent recitalist, Mr. Lynch has toured throughout the United States under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, highlighted by a performance at Merkin Hall in New York where he premiered a song cycle by Lowell Lieberman which was commissioned for him by the Foundation. In addition, he has offered a recital with pianist/composer John Musto at the Morgan Library in New York, which was sponsored by the George London Foundation.

Mr. Lynch is the recipient of many distinguished awards, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the George London Vocal Competition, and the Sullivan Awards, and his work with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis earned him the prestigious Richard Gaddes Award.

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