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Michael Schade on the Alumni Recital Series April 18

Renowned tenor performs Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin with Curtis faculty member Mikael Eliasen, piano

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The Curtis Alumni Recital Series presents acclaimed tenor Michael Schade ('90) in concert on Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m. at the Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Schade, a frequent performer in the world's great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, and Salzburg Festival, performs Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin with pianist Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre.

The recital takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $28 and are available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or Artists on the Alumni Recital Series donate their services, and proceeds from the concerts directly benefit current Curtis students.

Hailed as "today's reigning Mozart tenor" (Chicago Tribune), German-Canadian tenor Michael Schade performs leading roles at major opera houses in addition to being a sought-after recitalist, concert performer, and recording artist. Mr. Schade's close collaboration with the Vienna Staatsoper continues in the 2009-10 season with Capriccio with Renée Fleming and Arabella. He was featured in the highly acclaimed production of Thaïs at the Metropolitan Opera with Ms. Fleming and Thomas Hampson and returns to the Met in 2010 for Lulu under James Levine. This past summer Mr. Schade celebrated his sixteenth consecutive year at the Salzburg Festival, and in 2008 and 2009 he was creative director of the Salzburg Young Artists Project, a yearly program that allows talented young singers to receive comprehensive training and participate in festival rehearsals.

In concert he has appeared with the Berlin, Vienna, New York, and Los Angeles philharmonics; the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras; and the Boston, San Francisco, Montreal, and Toronto symphony orchestras. Upcoming performances include La Damnation de Faust in London under Valery Gergiev and Mozart's Requiem, both in Boston under James Levine and in Salzburg with Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

As a recitalist Mr. Schade has appeared at La Scala, Vienna's Musikverein, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's Wigmore Hall, and New York's Carnegie Hall, and he is a regular guest at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg. The 2009-10 season features Mr. Schade as artist-in-residence at the Vienna Musikverein, performing with Thomas Quastoff in Baden-Baden and Vienna, and giving solo recitals in Berkley, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, London and Tokyo. A prolific recording artist, his disc of Bach's St. Matthew's Passion (Teldec) with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus was awarded a Grammy in 2002, and his recording of Daphne (Decca) with Ms. Fleming was nominated for a Grammy in 2005. Mr. Schade appears at Curtis by permission of the Metropolitan Opera.

Danish-born coach and accompanist Mikael Eliasen received his early training in Copenhagen, Montreal, and Vienna. He has collaborated with numerous singers in recital worldwide, including Robert Merrill, Tom Krause, John Shirley-Quirk, Elly Ameling, Edith Mathis, Florence Quivar, Mira Zakai, Sarah Walker, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, and Curtis alumni Theodor Uppman, Michael Schade, and Rinat Shaham. He has recorded for Albany Records, CBC, Hilversum Radio, Polish State Radio, Kol Israel, Irish Radio and Television, London Records, MHS, and Supraphon.

Mr. Eliasen has given master classes at Aix-en-Provence, the Shanghai Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), Jerusalem Music Center, and National Opera of Prague. He has a long association with the young-artist programs at the Royal Danish Opera and the Opera Studio of Amsterdam. In the United States, he works regularly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Eliasen was music director of the San Francisco Opera Center from 1994 to 1996 and artistic director of the European Center for Opera and Vocal Art in Belgium from 1984 to 1994. For twenty years he has taught at Chautauqua's Voice Program during the summers. Mr. Eliasen joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1986 and became the head of the department in 1988. He holds the Hirsig Family Head-of-Department Chair in Vocal Studies.

The Alumni Recital Series, coordinated by the Alumni Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, supports the next generation of Curtis musicians. Artists donate their services, and each year Society members work directly with Curtis to decide how proceeds from the recital series can be most beneficial to the students. In recent years contributions have been made toward the purchase of student tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, acquisitions for the library, the student travel fund, and instrument repairs.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 160 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Leila Josefowicz, Lang Lang, and Time for Three.

ALUMNI RECITAL SERIES: Michael Schade, tenor
Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Michael Schade, tenor ('90)
Mikael Eliasen, piano (guest artist)

SCHUBERT Die schöne Müllerin

Single tickets: $28; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or All artists donate their services, and proceeds benefit current Curtis students.

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