Episode #1933

George London Foundation Competition Winners

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Baritone Norman Garrett (photo by Arielle Doneson)

This week's Young Artists Showcase features in-studio performances by two recent winners of the George London Foundation for Singers competition. Begun in 1971, the foundation has given out grants — now totaling $80,000 annually — to help outstanding young professional opera singers in the early stages of their careers.

Soprano Marina Harris is an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera. In addition to arias by Massenet and Wagner, Harris sang a duet from Don Giovanni with fellow winner Norman Garrett. A baritone from Lubbock, Texas, Garrett recently completed the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. In the past three years, Garrett has won more than a dozen vocal competitions around the world. The accompaniment for Harris and Garrett comes from Ken Noda. He says that his day job as musical assistant to conductor James Levine and a coach in The Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Program helps to keep him young. In fact, Noda was a 13-year-old piano soloist when he first met host Bob Sherman nearly 40 years ago.

This program also features archival recordings of the foundation's namesake singing two of his signature roles. 

You can see the finals of the 2015 competition at the Morgan Library on Friday, Feb. 27. A recital on Sunday, March 22, features 2010 winners countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and soprano Nadine Sierra, with pianist Bryan Wagorn.

Program Details:

Massenet: Pleurez, Pleurez mes yeux (from Le Cid)            
— Marina Harris, soprano; Ken Noda, piano.

Massenet: Vision fugitive (from Herodiade)
— Norman Garrett, baritone; Ken Noda, piano.

Wagner:  Einsam in trueben agen (from Lohengrin)
— Marina Harris, soprano; Ken Noda, piano.

Wagner: O du mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhauser)
— Norman Garrett, baritone; Ken Noda, piano.

Mozart: Hai gia vinto la causa (from The Marriage of Figaro)
— George London, bass-baritone; the Vienna Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor. 

Mozart: La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)
— Marina Harris, soprano; Norman Garrett, baritone; Ken Noda, piano.

Wagner: Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge (from Das Rheingold)
— George London, bass-baritone; the Vienna Symphony; Rudolf Moralt, conductor.

Mozart: Act II Canzonetta (from Don Giovanni)
— George London, bass-baritone; the Vienna Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor.

Stephanie Lamprea
Pianist Ken Noda, soprano Marina Harris, and baritone Norman Garrett
Stephanie Lamprea
soprano Marina Harris and YAS host Bob Sherman
Stephanie Lamprea
Pianist Ken Noda and baritone Norman Garrett waming up for the YAS recording session
George London Foundation for Singers
bass-baritone George London in 1951

Guests:

Ken Noda

Produced by:

Aaron Dalton

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