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April 15, 2012

Artists from the
Metropolitan Opera
Lindemann Young Artist
Development Program

Join us on Sunday, April 15 at 3PM to hear a truly international group of rising young stars of the opera world. Coming to Stamford through the auspices of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, for the fourth year Friends of Music is honored to begin our 26th Season with a performance by such gifted musicians.

For people who think they do not like opera, this is a rare opportunity to hear world-class operatic voices in an up-close-and-personal setting, a very different experience from a venue like the Metropolitan Opera House which seats nearly 4,000 people. For those who are true opera fans, this concert is not to be missed.

Founded in 1980, The Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program identifies and nurtures the most promising young artists through training and performance opportunities. The selected artists are provided with specialized coaching in music, language, drama, and movement from the Met's own artistic staff and from invited master teachers.

The Program provides an annual stipend for living expenses and funds private lessons with approved teachers from outside the Met staff. Participants also have access to rehearsals for all Metropolitan Opera productions.

The selected artists are offered a position with the Program for a period of one year with annual renewal for up to three years for singers and two years for pianists. During this period, the young artists' engagements both inside and outside of the Met are at the consent of the Artistic and Executive Directors, and Friends of Music is grateful that they will once again send this musical gift to Stamford.

To learn more about the Lindemann Program, please visit the Met's Web site at www.metoperafamily.org

To read more about the featured performers, please click here or on their photo or on their name near the top of this page.

photo of Haeran Hong, soprano photo of Alexander Lewis, tenor photo of Luthando Qave, baritone
photo of Natalia Katyukova, piano

Featured artists

Top row, left to right:
Haeran Hong, soprano; Alexander Lewis*, tenor; Luthando Qave*, baritone.

Pictured at left:
Natalia Katyukova*, piano.

* Members of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program


“Largo al factotum” from Gioachino Rossini’s
    Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Luthando Qave

“All idea di quel metallo” from Gioachino Rossini’s
    Il Barbiere di Siviglia


Alexander Lewis
Luthando Qave

“Quel guardo, il cavaliere” from Gaetano Donizetti ’s
    Don Pasquale

Haeran Hong

Mélodies passagères by Samuel Barber
    Puisque tout passe
    Un cygne avance sur l'eau tout entouré
    Tombeau dans un parc
    Le clocher chante

Alexander Lewis

Selections Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann
    Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
    Aus meinen Tränen sprieße
    Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
    Wenn ich in deine Augen seh

Luthando Qave

“La fioraia fiorentina” by Gioachino Rossini

Haeran Hong

“Venti Scudi” duet from Gaetano Donizetti’s
    L'elisir d'amore


Alexander Lewis
Luthando Qave

“Saper Vorreste” from Giuseppe Verdi’s
    Un Ballo in Maschera

Haeran Hong

“Ah, per sempre io ti perdei” from Vincenzo Bellini’s
    I Puritani

Luthando Qave

“Là ci darem la mano” from W.A. Mozart’s
    Don Giovanni


Haeran Hong
Luthando Qave

Blue Mountain Ballads by Paul Bowles
    Heavenly Grass
    Lonesome Man
    The Cabin
    Sugar in the Cane

Alexander Lewis


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