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April 21, 2013

Featured Artists from the
Metropolitan Opera’s
Lindemann Young Artist
Development Program

Join us on Sunday, April 21 at 3PM for the first concert of our 27th Season, when we are once again privileged to present some rising young stars of the opera world through the auspices of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Yes indeed, that is the Metropolitan Opera, sending another fabulous group of performers to Stamford.

The audience for this concert grows steadily each season, which we take as proof that the superb talent of these young artists has won over the musical hearts of many folks in our audience pool who thought 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 acknowledged opera fans, this performance 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 for this superb musical gift sent to us in Stamford.

photo of Anthony Kalil, tenor

Anthony Kalil, tenor

photo of Bryan Wagorn, piano

Bryan Wagorn, piano

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 their name in the caption above.

Administrator's Note, Saturday Night 04/20/13:
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the program we had planned on and worked so hard to bring about has changed radically due to the illness of two of the artists scheduled to perform. Rather than cancel the concert altogether, Mr. Kalil and Mr. Wagorn have graciously agreed to make the journey to Stamford and with only hours to prepare they will perform a modified program, which will include some solo piano pieces. The final program may be listed here after-the-fact.

We apologize for any disappointment and inconvenience this may cause to the many people in our area who were so looking forward to the program previously announced.


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