FREE Lunchtime Concert: Mitchell Sturges (Tenor)
Beethoven – ‘Meine Seele ist erschüttert’ from Christus am Ölberge
Ben Moore – This heart that flutters
Ben Moore – In the dark pine-wood
Ben Moore – Bright cap and streamers
Gluck – ‘O del mio dolce ardor’ from Paride ed Elena
John Duke – Four Emily Dickinson Poems
Mozart – ‘In quegli anni in cui val poco’ from Le nozze di Figaro
Clint Borzoni – Within the Looking Glass (European Première)
Gershwin – ‘By Strauss’ from An American in Paris
Mitchell Sturges Tenor
Nigel Foster Piano
Hailed with “honest” and “transparently clean” singing, tenor Mitchell Sturges, a Salt Lake City, Utah native, lives in Vienna, Austria, where he recently made his international operatic début singing Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Prior to moving to Europe, he was a Teaching Artist for Arizona Opera and held positions with Tucson Desert Song Festival, True Concord, and Utah Symphony|Utah Opera. A consummate concert artist, he has been featured throughout Vienna and the American Southwest performing the works of J.S. Bach, P.D.Q. Bach, Britten, Diabelli, Dubois, Dvořák, Gounod, Händel, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, and Schütz. Rapidly becoming known as an innovative recitalist, Mitchell is known for his commitment to exploring and performing a vast array of song repertoire, with a special passion for 20th & 21st century American song. Mr. Sturges has been presented in recital at such celebrated venues as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Philip’s-in-the-Hills in Tucson, and Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake, giving “inspired performances” and leaving audiences “entertained and edified”. A champion of new music, Mitch has recently begun work with Clint Borzoni on their fourth collaboration, Requiem Fragments, a song cycle for voice, cello, and piano. For more information, please visit his website: www.mitchellsturgestenor.com.
Nigel Foster studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside. At both the Academy and the Guildhall he won every prize and award available for piano accompaniment, and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, and a Steinway artist. Nigel is the founder and director of the London Song Festival, and has performed at major UK venues including Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre and the Royal Opera House (Crush Room) in London and St. David’s Hall, Cardiff. Nigel has given concerts all over Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and the Americas.