Classical Music Concert Series begins with tenor Adam Klein

(09-08-2014)

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The Adams State University Music Department, in collaboration with community music lovers, begins a classical music concert series. The first event features Adam Klein, tenor, and Dr. William Lipke, piano and Adams State professor of music.

A world class tenor, Klein will do three performances of Schubert's Winterreise with Lipke. "This is the start of a continuing classical music concert series collaboration with a community of music lovers from around the SLV," said Dr. Tracy Doyle, ASU Music Department chair.

All three performances being at 7 p.m., the first will be held at Crestone – Colorado College, on Saturday, Sept. 20. The second performance is Sunday, Sept. 21, in Adams State's Leon Memorial Hall. The final performance is Monday, Sept. 22 at the Windsor Hotel, located in Del Norte.

In 1971, Klein of Setauket, N.Y., was the first boy to sing Yniold in Pelléas Et Mélisande with Thomas Stewart and Judith Blegen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where he also appeared as Zweiter Knabe in Die Zauberflöte with Stuart Burrows and Theodor Uppman. Since returning to the Met in 2000, he has performed Loge in Das Rheingold with Bryn Terfel and Eric Owens, Yaryshkin in The Nose with Paolo Szot, Opilý Vezeňin Z Mrtveho Domu directed by Patrice Chéreau, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Alice Coote and Christine Schaefer, Števa in Jenůfa with Karita Mattila, Chekalinski in Pique Dame with Vladimir Galouzine, Chevalier Delaforce in Dialogues Des Carmélites, Fyodor in War and Peace, Iskra in Mazeppa, Third Japanese Envoy in Le Rossignol, Third Jew in Salome and Count Elemer in Arabella with Renée Fleming. At the Met Klein has also understudied many other principal roles, including Gandhi in Philip Glass's Satyagraha, Alwa in Berg's Lulu, Mephistopheles in Busoni's Doktor Faust, Grimoaldo in Rodelinda and Oedipus in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex.

In 2010 he made his debut as Tristan in Tristan und Isolde with Seattle Opera. Elsewhere across North America he has starred as (alphabetically by composer) Florestan in Fidelio, Don José in Carmen, Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Sly in Dusapin's Faustus, The Last Night, Sam in Susannah, title role in Gounod's Faust, Roméo in Roméo Et Juliette, Canio in Pagliacci, title role in Werther, Belmonte in Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, title role in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Bacchus in Ariadne Auf Naxos, Narraboth and Herod in Salome, Polo in Tan Dun's Marco Polo, Radamès in Aïda, title role in Don Carlo, title role in Otello, Duca in Rigoletto, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer, and Judge Danforth in Robert Ward's The Crucible — with opera companies from Portland east to Portland west and Edmonton to El Paso, including Central City, Dallas, Winnipeg, Memphis, Toronto, Indianapolis, Buffalo and Atlanta.

Concert highlights include Siegmund in Die Walküre (Act I) with the West Virginia Symphony and the Princeton University Orchestra; Tenor Solo/Doctor Marianus in Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the Boston Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall; Sly in Faustus, The Last Night with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Holland; and he holds the record for most solo appearances with the New York Choral Society.

For a complete biography on Klein, also a composer and songwriter, visit Adam Klein. All tickets are $20 and profits will benefit the establishment of a classical music concert series in the San Luis Valley.

For more information please call 719-587-7621.