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Contralto Meredith Arwady ('04) Performs April 29 on the Alumni Recital Series

Rising star in recital with faculty member Mikael Eliasen, piano

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(April 13, 2012) The Curtis Institute of Music's Alumni Recital Series presents contralto Meredith Arwady ('04), a fast-rising star, "remarkably rich of voice" (Chicago Sun Times), in concert on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. She performs alongside pianist Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre, in a program of works by Weill, Barber, Elgar, Bolcom, Bernstein, and others.

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.

Meredith Arwady has been a favorite of Metropolitan Opera audiences since her debut in 2008 and has performed repeatedly at the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Oper Frankfurt, and English National Opera, among others. She has recently appeared in concert with the Boston, Seattle, National, and Houston symphony orchestras.

Highlights of Ms. Arwady's 2011-12 season include role debuts at Oper Frankfurt as Erda in a new production of Siegfried and First Norn in Götterdämmerung. In late spring she will return to Frankfurt for the second cycle of the Ring. On the concert stage, she joins the Boston Symphony for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with Bernard Haitink conducting. In the summer of 2012 she will perform Mahler's Eighth Symphony at the Aspen Music Festival.

A Grand Finals winner of the 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Meredith Arwady joined the roster of Astral Artists upon winning its 2002 National Auditions. Astral presented her Philadelphia debut recital. She is also the recipient of other numerous awards and grants, including the 2005 Kirsten Flagstad Award, presented by the George London Foundation for a singer with a promising Wagnerian career, First Prize winner of both the 2004 Licia Albanese/Puccini Competition, the inaugural Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists in 2002, and a 2007 Richard Tucker Career Grant.

Born in Michigan, Ms. Arwady received a Master of Music degree from Curtis where she studied with Marlena Kleinman Malas. The Curtis Opera Theatre featured her in the roles of Mother in The Consul, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Ottavia in L'incoronazione di Poppea, the Baroness in Vanessa, Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress, and Maman in L'Enfant et les sortilèges.

Danish-born coach and accompanist Mikael Eliasen is the Hirsig Family Head-of-Department Chair in Vocal Studies at Curtis, in addition to serving as artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre. He received his early training in Copenhagen, Montreal, and Vienna and 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 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. 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 Alumni Recital Series is coordinated by the Alumni Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, who work together each year 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 students, which number around 160. 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 Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

Alumni Recital Series: Meredith Arwady, contralto
Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Meredith Arwady, contralto ('04)
Mikael Eliasen, piano (guest artist)

WEILL "Lost in the Stars" from Lost in the Stars
COPLAND "Why do they shut me out of Heaven" from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
BARBER  "Sure on this shining night," Op. 13, No. 3
BURLEIGH "Deep River" from Jubilee Songs of the United States
ROREM  "Alleluia"
ELGAR Sea Pictures, Op. 37
WEILL "My Ship" from Lady in the Dark
BOLCOM "Angels are the Highest Form of Virtue" from Cabaret Songs
BARBER "The secrets of the old," Op. 13, No. 2
"Rabbit at top speed" from La bonne cuisine
BOLCOM  Selections from Cabaret Songs
"Can't Sleep"
WEILL "The Saga of Jenny" from Lady in the Dark
SONDHEIM "Losing My Mind" from Follies
BOLCOM "Song of Black Max (As Told by the de Kooning Boys)" from Cabaret Songs
RODGERS "You'll never walk alone" from Carousel

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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