Grammy Award-winning American contralto Meredith Arwady brings a delightful program in life-affirming contrast to her role as Death in The Nightingale and Other Fables. Accompanied by Michael Ierace, her rich vocal intensity will be brought to a gloriously eclectic program with a distinctly avian theme, including works by Samuel Barber, Antonín Dvořák and Edward Elgar, alongside songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (“Blackbird”), Richard Sherman (“Feed the Birds”), Harold Arlen (“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”) and Tom Lehrer (“Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”).
Arwady showed that she is that rarity, a genuine contralto... with a rich, dusky tone [and] daunting power in the low notes.
Hailed by critics as a “rarity” and “a genuine contralto,” Meredith Arwady continues to delight audiences in the United States and abroad with rich vocal intensity and captivating stage presence.
Meredith begins the 23/24 season with a debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for a concert performance of Cavalleria rusticana (Lucia) conducted by James Gaffigan. Other season highlights include her debut with the Adelaide Festival in Australia for The Nightingale and Other Fables (Death) and returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago for Champion (Kathy Hagen) and Madison Opera for Candide (Old Lady).
Career highlights include performances with with The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Santa Fe Opera.
About Michael Ierace
Cited as having ‘an exceptional gift’ and his playing described as ‘revelatory’, Adelaide-born Michael Ierace had much success in local and national competitions before receiving the prestigious Elder Overseas Scholarship, enabling him study at London’s Royal College of Music. He was selected as an RCM Rising Star was later on staff as a Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment. He won several competitions in the UK and performed extensively throughout the country.
Much sort after as an associate artist for national and international guests, Michael also teaches at the Elder Conservatorium and is the regular pianist for State Opera and Adelaide Festival productions.