DAVENPORT – Opera Quad Cities will celebrate its return after a two-year hiatus with a recital featuring Davenport native Nicholas Fahrenkrug, baritone and Greek pianist Eleonora Apostolidi.
The event, which begins at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9 in the Great Hall of Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, is sponsored by Opera Quad Cities and features Mr. Fahrenkrug and Ms. Apostolidi, members of the Apollo Duo. The duo will present the full cycle of songs Die Schöne Mullerin by Franz Schubert.
Composed in 1823, the set of twenty songs is based on the poetry of Wilhelm Müller. The main character is a young vagabond who falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the local miller. Throughout the song cycle, he keeps all of his thoughts to himself. There is no interaction between the characters other than the conversations the wanderer has with the stream. Eventually, the wanderer realizes that the Miller’s daughter might be in love with a hunter, and not with him. In its desperation, the song cycle ends with a dramatic and tragic final tune.
About the artists
Baritone Nicolas fahrenkrug recently received recognition for artistic achievement for his art film “Dichterliebe: Within and Without” by The American price. He is a second year master’s student in vocal performance at LSU School of Music, Baton Rouge, LA, where he studies with baritone Dennis Jesse. During his time at LSU he played several roles with the Turner-Fischer Center for Opera, including Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Giulio Cesare (Giulio Cesare), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), and Marquis de la Force (Dialogue of the Carmelites). A native of Davenport, Nicholas graduated from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in 2020 and Davenport Central High School in 2016.
greek pianist Eleonora Apostolidi is the winner of numerous national and international competitions. She is an active solo and collaborative performer who has performed at prestigious venues such as Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall and Wiener Saal. His esteemed piano teachers include Dr Willis Delony, Dr Ana Maria Otamendi, Paul Ostrovsky, Evelyne Crochet, Entela Roshi, Michael Gurt and Charalampos Agelopoulos. She is a doctoral candidate in piano performance with a minor in collaborative piano at the LSU School of Music, where she is a graduate teaching assistant. She previously received her Masters of Music from LSU, following her undergraduate degree from SUNY-Purchase. Eleonora is also an experienced piano teacher and has been on the faculty of the Grace Notes School of Music in Baton Rouge since 2018, where her students have received numerous awards.
About the sponsor
Opera Quad Cities was formed in September 2001 to expand the appreciation of artistic singing in the Quad City community. “The objective of Opera Quad Cities is threefold: to demystify the stereotype that opera is ‘suffocating’; support local singing artists who have few opportunities to showcase their talent and training; and finally to present the singers in a way that encourages them to stay in our community to perform, ”said Ron May, group president.
Opera Quad Cities has presented a variety of productions ranging from children’s operas like “Les Trois Petits Cochons-ala Mozart” to dramatic pieces such as Carmen by Bizet performed at the Adler Theater. Past productions have included The magic flute (Mozart), Bohemian (Puccini), Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), Rigoletto (Verdi), The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), and – more recently – The pirates of Penzance (Gilbert and Sullivan). “Our competition for young artists hopes to return in the near future,” said May. The competition rewards school-aged singers to mature artists with monetary rewards for continuing their efforts.
“Recent artists have continued their singing careers across the United States and Opera Quad Cities feels fortunate to have provided an additional ‘stepping stone’ to their success,” said May. As the COVID-19 era progresses, Opera Quad Cities is committed to returning to in-person performances that are invigorating, safe for artists and audiences, and pursuing excellence at the highest level. Our next major performance will be a showcase of opera on June 17-19, 2022, at the Bartlett Center in Moline, where a variety of solos, duets and choirs will be presented in a full orchestral concert setting to celebrate the best of opera.
If you are going to:
What: Die Schöne Müllerin, performed by the Apollo Duo
When: Sunday January 9 at 7 p.m.
Or: Great Hall, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa
Which: Open to the public
Cost: Free participation but donations will be accepted
All guests are required to wear masks in accordance with the Covid-19 protocol.
For more information, please contact Kristin Bruchmann at 563-940-9015, or Ron May at [email protected]
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