STANFORD OLSEN, TENORSCOTT WATKINS, PIANOTuesday, November 29, 2011 | 7:30 PM PROGRAM Schubert's Die Schoene Muellerin Concert is free and open

STANFORD OLSEN, TENOR

SCOTT WATKINS, PIANO

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Stanford Olsen cropped

Stanford Olsen, tenor

PROGRAM

Schubert's
Die Schoene Muellerin

Concert is free and open to the public

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BIOGRAPHY

Stanford Olsen has performed over 150 times with New York's Metropolitan Opera, and has been heard in such major venues as La Scala, Australian Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera, and most other significant opera companies in the U.S. and Europe. Since his debut in 1986 opposite Joan Sutherland, he has become one of the world's leading light lyric tenors.

One of this generation's most versatile concert performers, he regularly performs with the world's top orchestras and conductors in repertory from Bach to Bartok. A frequent collaborator with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Olsen has performed with such notables as Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Seiji Ozawa, the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, James Levine and the Berlin Philharmonic, John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque soloists, and Helmuth Rilling and the International BachAkademie. He has performed at the festivals of Ravinia, Tanglewood and Salzburg, and is a regular guest with the orchestras of Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, St. Louis, Montreal, and Atlanta. Winner of the 1989 Walter W. Naumburg Award for recitalists, he debuted in Alice Tully Hall in 1989 singing Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin, a piece he repeated in 1997 in the 92nd St. Y's final "Schubertiade" recitals, stepping in for an ailing Hermann Prey with James Levine accompanying. He continues to be a sought after recitalist in the U.S. and Europe.

Olsen's recordings of Bach, Mozart and Rossini have received critical praise, including a 1995 nomination for a Grammy Award for Rossini's Tancredi with Alberto Zedda on the Naxos label. His 1999 Telarc recording of Dvorak's Stabat Mater, with the Atlanta Symphony under the baton of Robert Shaw, also received a Grammy nomination.

Mr. Olsen will be joined by pianist Scott Watkins.

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