Southern Theatre, Heartland Opera Theatre and the Institute of International Studies join to present Leoncavallo’s opera of jealousy and revenge, Pagliacci Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. in Taylor Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the event are free.
- Brian Cheney, tenor for the production, will participate in a Voice Master Class with Brian Cheney, Tenor at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.
The Master Class also is free and open to the public.
Following Mr. Cheney’s debut at Carnegie Hall in 2007, he has been performing concert works and oratorio throughout the country.
Cheney is emerging as one of opera’s most versatile, and exciting tenors. The protégé of legendary tenor, Jerry Hadley, Mr. Cheney is quickly gaining national acclaim for his portrayal of characters such as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rodolfo in La Boheme, the Duke in Rigoletto, Candide in Candide and Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress.
In 2011, Mr. Cheney made his Lincoln Center debut as tenor soloist for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 at Avery Fisher Hall appearing with acclaimed soprano, Jessye Norman. Most recently, he gave a world premiere performance of a song cycle for Tenor and Orchestra, Daniel Steven Crafts’ From a Distant Mesa with the New Mexico Philharmonic.
He has served as tenor soloist in pieces ranging from Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Mr. Cheney has performed numerous times as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with his most recent performance in 2013 performing a world premiere and US premiere of Hungarian music with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leon Botstein.