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Grammy-winning bass Matthew Rose ('03) presents Schubert's 'Winterreise' on the Alumni Recital Series Jan 20

Acclaimed artist in recital with Curtis faculty member Mikael Eliasen, piano


(December 18, 2012) The Curtis Institute of Music's Alumni Recital Series presents bass Matthew Rose ('03), praised for his "beautiful, dark resonant voice, impeccable technique, and wonderful stage presence" (ConcertoNet) in concert on Sunday, January 20 at 3 p.m. Mr. Rose performs Schubert's heartrending song cycle Winterreise in collaboration with Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre. Winterreise, the second of Schubert's two great song cycles based on Wilhelm Müller's poems, depicts a young man's trials of love during wintertime with penetrating emotion and atmosphere.

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.

Matthew Rose's recent engagements include performances at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and a debut at the Metropolitan Opera as well as concert performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Dresden Staatskapelle. In the 2012-13 season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Talbot in a new production of Maria Stuarda; makes his role debut as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Covent Garden; and appears in concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique with John Eliot Gardiner.

In 2006 Mr. Rose made an acclaimed debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, for which he received the John Christie Award; and he has gone on to sing the role at La Scala, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Lyon, and Houston Grand Opera. Other highlights have included Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Covent Garden; Colline in La bohème at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in Mozart's Figaro at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; Claggart in Billy Budd at the English National Opera; and Leporello in Don Giovanni and Nick Shadow The Rake's Progress at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Future seasons will see Mr. Rose sing Leporello at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and Henry VIII in Anna Bolena for the Opéra de Bordeaux. He also returns to Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival, and the Metropolitan Opera. In recital his appearances include the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Brighton, Edinburgh, Chester and Cheltenham International Festivals.

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.

Mr. Eliasen has recorded for Albany Records, CBC, Hilversum Radio, Polish State Radio, Kol Israel, Irish Radio and Television, London Records, MHS, and Suprahon. He has given master classes at Aix-en-Provence, the Shanghai Conservatory, Txhaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), Jersusalem 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 Alumni Recital Series brings Curtis graduates from around the world back to Field Concert Hall. Performers are leaders in their field, whose success as musicians in the 21st-century continues the impact and legacy of Curtis music-making achieved over more than eight decades. Artists on the Alumni Recital Series donate their services, and proceeds from the concerts directly benefit current Curtis 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 provides its 165 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills, and the school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.

Alumni Recital Series: Matthew Rose
Sunday, January 20 at 3 p.m.

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

Matthew Rose, bass ('03)
Mikael Eliasen, piano

SCHUBERT Winterreise

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

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