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Mikael Eliasen's 25-Anniversary Recital December 12

Performers include faculty members Roberto Díaz, viola; Pamela Frank, violin; and Danielle Orlando, piano; with alumni Elliot Madore, baritone; Layla Claire, soprano

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(December 2, 2010) Students, faculty, and alumni gather for a recital celebrating Mikael Eliasen's 25th anniversary at Curtis on Sunday, December 12 at 3 p.m. The performance is free--no tickets required--and takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street.

The recital features faculty members Pamela Frank, violin; Danielle Orlando, piano; and Curtis president Roberto Díaz, viola; alumni Elliot Madore, baritone; and Layla Claire, soprano; and current students performing alongside Mr. Eliasen, piano. The program includes works by Berg, Brahms, Strauss, Curtis faculty member Richard Danielpour, and Curtis alumnus Ned Rorem.

Mikael Eliasen is the artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre, an opera and voice coach, and the Hirsig Family Head-of-Department Chair in Vocal Studies. Under his leadership, the Curtis Opera Theatre has released recordings of Postcard from Morocco and Miss Julie on the Albany Records label, formed an innovative partnership with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Kimmel Center Presents, and produced graduates who have sung with opera companies all over the world, including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. 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.

He 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.

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 164 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 Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

Mikael Eliasen's 25th-Anniversary Recital
Sunday, December 12 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

BERG Sieben frühe Lieder
  Elizabeth Zharoff, soprano
  Mikael Eliasen, piano
DANIELPOUR     Come Up From The Fields, Father
  Julian Arsenault, baritone
  Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)
  Mikael Eliasen, piano
BRAHMS Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52
  Elizabeth Reiter, soprano
  Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo-soprano
  Diego Silva, tenor
  Brandon Cedel, bass-baritone ('10)
  Mikael Eliasen and Danielle Orlando, piano
ROREM Aftermath
  Elliot Madore, baritone ('09, '10)
  Pamela Frank, violin ('89)
  Jeong-Hyoun Lee, cello
  Mikael Eliasen, piano
R. STRAUSS "Allerseelen," Op. 10, No. 8
"Die Nacht," Op. 10, No. 3
"Ständchen," Op. 17, No. 2
"Morgen," Op. 27, No. 4
  Layla Claire, soprano ('09)

Mikael Eliasen, piano

Free; no tickets required.

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