Courtroom Concert Program Details
November 17, 2016, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Jack Swanson, tenor • Thomas Glass, baritone
Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell, piano
Petrarch Sonnets – Franz Liszt
Pace non trovo • Benedetto sia l’giorno • I Vidi in terra
Songs of Wayfarer – Gustav Mahler
Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
Ging heut Morgen übers Feld
Ich hab’ein glühend Messer
Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz
Jack Swanson earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma, where he performed the roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Nemorino in L’elisir D’amore. In May of 2016 he received his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. While at Rice, Jack performed the roles of the Count in il barbiere di Siviglia and Eurimaco in Monteverdi’s il ritorno d’Ulisses in Patria. Additional opera roles include Tonio in La fille du regiment and Count Belfiore in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, and two years as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera. Jack spent two summers with Seagle Music Colony, where he performed the roles of Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd and the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring. This past summer, Jack made his Des Moines Metro Opera debut as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff.
Also known for his concert work, Mr. Swanson’s credits include Handel’s Messiah, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Requiem and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Other engagements include Holiday Favorites with the Arizona Opera and Birmingham Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera’s 60th anniversary gala where Jack performed alongside mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato. Swanson made his Kennedy Center debut singing selections from Schumann’s Dichterliebe.
Jack is the competition winner and recipient of several awards including first place in Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patroness Competition, The San Antonio Music Club Competition, The National Opera Association Competition and The Hal Leonard Art Song Competition. He twice received the Richard Tucker Memorial award from the Santa Fe Opera. He was a finalist in both Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum competition and Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Competition. Recently, Jack was featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Thomas Glass joined the Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist program this season as Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Gustave in William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s Dinner at Eight, and Schaunard in La bohème. He also covers Mercutio in Romeo and Donner in Das Rheingold. He has previously appeared in the Opera’s world premiere production of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Silent Night in 2011.
For the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Mr. Glass performed as Joseph in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles in 2015, and returned the following year as Bragherona in Florian Leopold Gassmann’s 18th-century rarity L’opera seria, where he also covered the role of Schaunard in La bohème and Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. He received his Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Rice University, singing Snug in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel, and L’Humana Fragilità in Claudio Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. Mr. Glass received his undergraduate degree from University of St. Thomas. He has also attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell is an English-born concert pianist, conductor, teaching and recording artist. He has been Music Director of the Bach Society of Minnesota, Wayzata Community Church, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church and performed many times with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and in chamber music recitals with its members, and those of the Minnesota Orchestra. His performing career has taken him across the United States and Europe, including the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, the Aldeburgh Festival, Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York.
October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.
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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).
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