NORTHEAST HARBOR – Carole FitzPatrick, noted soprano and member of the voice faculty at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, will present a vocal recital with pianist Clayton W. Smith at 8:00am on Friday, July 23rd at St.-Maryâ€™s-by-the-Sea in Northeast. Ms FitzPatrickâ€™s appearance is sponsored by the Mount Desert Summer Chorale and supported by a grant from the Lynam Foundation.
Included on the program are arias by Gluck and Verdi and songs by FaurĂ©, Britten, and Richard Strauss. Ms FitzPatrick is especially known for her singing of music by Strauss: she performed the title role in his opera Ariadne auf Naxos in several different productions in Germany, to great acclaim.
Ms FitzPatrick, who appeared with the Mount Desert Summer Chorale in their performances of the Mozart Requiem in 2006 and the Brahms Requiem in 2008, received her Bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of Texas and two Masterâ€™s degrees from Yale. She moved to Europe in 1988. After engagements in Dortmund and OsnabrĂĽck, Germany, she joined the ensemble of the State Theater in Nuremberg. Her extensive opera repertoire during her 19 years in Germany included Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Strauss and Wagner. She sang over 60 major roles in German opera houses, including those in Hannover, Mannheim, Duesseldorf, Essen and Berlin.
Since August 2005, she has been a professor of voice at Arizona State University. Recent performances include appearances with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Arizona State Lyric Opera Theater and Symphony Orchestra, Prager Sinfoniker, the Austin Chamber Music Society, and the Berliner Cappella. She can be heard on the just-released CD called â€śTwo Plus One,â€ť a collection of art song duets with colleagues Robert Barefield and Eckart Sellheim.
Clayton W. Smith, pianist, is a native of Maine who now lives in Bangor. He is the regular accompanist for the Mount Desert Summer Chorale. After attending the University of Maine at Orono, he earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Accompanying from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He has performed at many diverse venues, including Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia; Musicana Dinner Theatre in Melbourne, Florida; and on the Canadian cruise ship MV Northern Ranger. In addition to playing for the choruses of Hampden Academy, he also accompanies the Downeast Singers of Camden and the Oratorio Society and Opera Workshop of the University of Maine at Orono.
The recital is open to the public. Admission is by donation ($10 suggested). For more information, visit the Choraleâ€™s website, www.mountdesertsummerchorale.org, or call 207-244-0042.
Contact Name: Marty Ward
Telephone Number: (207)244-0042