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Mercyhurst hosts mezzo-soprano Emily Righter

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mezzo-soprano Emily Righter will present the second recital of this season’s Roche Visiting Artists Series at Mercyhurst University.

She’ll perform Monday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall (located in the Hirt Academic Center). The following afternoon at 2 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall she’ll present a masterclass for music students in the D’Angelo Department of Music. Both events are free and open to the public.

Righter is gifted not only in opera, but also in jazz, musical theater, art song and chamber music. In 2013 she made her New York City Opera debut singing Amenofi in Mosé in Egitto. She has also sung internationally in opera roles at the Salzburger Landestheater, the Salzburger Festspielhaus and the Tyrolean Festspielhaus in Austria, and at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. In 2012, she made her debut in Tyrol, Austria, and Trento, Italy, as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro.

Her many operatic roles include Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Clomiri in Imeneo, Flora in La Traviata, Ines in Il Trovatore, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Margaret in Wozzeck, Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, and Sophia in the German-translated Sound of Music. In the U.S. Righter has performed in roles with the Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington, D.C., and the Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City, and recently made several national debuts at the Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Vero Beach Opera and Carnegie Hall.

Righter’s Mercyhurst recital will feature songs by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Turina and Rorem, opera arias by Mozart and Rossini, and music from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.  She will be joined by collaborative pianist Billie Jo Miller and guest oboist Hilary Philipp. 

Now in its 27th season, the Visiting Artists Series was founded by music Professor Dr. Albert Glinsky to introduce local audiences to an eclectic array of acclaimed soloists and ensembles. All events are presented to the community at no charge thanks to the generosity of the Terry M. and Margaret Roche Family.

The 2015-16 season will continue with Tartan, Baroque and Klezmer, featuring FleytMuzik, on March 7-8, and violinist Jinjoo Cho with pianist Hyun Soo Kim on April 11-12.

For more information, contact Dr. Glinsky at aglinsky@mercyhurst.edu