- Saturday, October 25, 2003
Dorothea Kelley Recital Hall
4808 Drexel Drive
Roy Stevens as Siegfried
Innsbruck, Austria, July 2003
tenor, with the assistance of Annalisa
Winberg, soprano, will perform a program of arias and
selections from Wagner operas for the Wagner Society of Dallas. This
concert is a chance to hear Dallas Opera's Alberich, from the recent
production of SIEGFRIED, newly transformed into a Heldentenor. Funds
raised during this concert will be used for Mr. Stevens' trip
in November to audition personally for Wolfgang Wagner, Daniel
Barenboim, and other great Wagnerian musicians in Europe.
Roy Stevens made his official debut as tenor in
Tiroler Festspiele 2003, singing the role of Siegfried in Wagner's opera of
the same name. In September 2003, Mr. Stevens also sang a concert for the
Society of Washington, DC, with colleagues soprano Caroline Whisnant and
baritone Charles Robert Austin, which was well received.
- "Immer is undank Loge's Lohn" from
DAS RHEINGOLD - Roy
- "Dich teure Halle" from TANNHAUSER
- Annalisa Winberg
- Three Scenes from Act I of DIE
- "Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater -
- "Wintersturme / Du bist die Lenz" - Roy and
- Act I - Scene III - Roy and Annelisa
- Two Scenes from PARSIFAL
- "Amfortas, die Wunde - Roy
- "Nur eine Waffe Taugt" - Roy
- Two Scenes from SIEGFRIED
- "Ewig" - Annalisa
- "Nothung" - Roy
- Two Scenes from GOTTERDAMMERUNG
- "Siegfried's Tod" - Roy
- Act I Duet Bruennhilde & Siegfried - Annalisa
Note: Program Subject to Change
recently sang with the Wagner Society of Washington, DC, on their
Emerging Singers Program, in the Baird Auditorium of the Natural
History Museum. Stevens was a splendidly devious Loge in a scene
from "Das Rheingold" and a convincing Siegfried in moments from
"Siegfried" and "Gotterdammerung." His diction is a powerfully
dramatic tool and he sounds comfortable throughout his newly adapted
Other singers on the program were
soprano Caroline Whisnant and baritone Charles Robert Austin. They
were accompanied by the Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra,
conducted by Sylvia Alimena.
-- Joan Reinthaler - Washington
Siegfried Forging Nothung
Tiroler Festspiele 2003
Siegfreid and Brunnhilde
Tiroler Festspiele 2003
Hello Virginia and Friends in Dallas
I have continued to progress as a tenor, with various
vocal/technical bumps in the road, but steady forward motion.
In July and August, I was again at the Tyrol Festival in
Austria, this year performing Loge and now covering both
Siegrieds. Including in the one time only, never done before,
never to be repeate, "24 Hour RING," which turned out quite
amazingly. Annalisa Winberg was also involved, covering three
Walkuries and the Siegfried Brunnhilde. They also asked her to
sing the small role of Schlepptraegerin in Elektra while there.
Strange how one can sometimes make a huge impact with a small
role...and she did. Gustav Kuhn, the director/conductor has now
publically declared that Annalisa is the best operatic actress
he has ever worked with. Hopefully he will follow that up with
interesting roles with more to sing!
I have also just debuted Don Jose in CARMEN in California. For
a debut it was pretty good, with some things to improve upon
next time around, for sure.
Now I am at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, where I am rehearsing
and will be performing the role of Edrisi in Szymanowski's
beautiful-and seldom heard in America-opera, KING ROGER, King of
Sicily. In Polish! Which is my 12th sung language, I think.
The Odysseus project has been postponed again, but I think it
will eventually happen, because the Cultural Attache of the
Greek Embassy in DC has gotten quite interested. I think that
ultimately we may wind up with at least a significant concert
version in DC area sponsored by the embassy and possibly in
Greece. We shall see.
At the moment I am having fun working also on the Act I scene 3
from DIE WALKURE and the Liebesnacht Scene from TRISTAN for the
concert with Janis Martin on February 12 (3:00 PM Fort Bragg
Center for the Performing Arts, Eileen James at the piano).
Tristan suits me awfully well...
Here are some review quotes, for your amusement from my Loge
debut in austria...in the 24 Hour Ring, taking over Loge from
Loge, DAS RHEINGOLD: Tirolefestspiele; Erl, Austria (8/2005)
"Roy Stevens war ein wunderbar zynischer Loge." -Der Standard
"Roy Stevens macht Loge zur schillernden Figur." -Kronen
"Roy Stevens, ein ausgezeichneten durchtriebenen Loge" -Wagner
Verband Bamberg Kritik (Germany)
"An excellent performance by Roy Stevens as Loge." -Musicweb-International
"Roy Stevens gelingt ein zynischer Loge par excellence." -Opernnetz
"Die Aufführung wurde zudem von ganz hervorragenden
Sänger-leistungen getragen. Überragend...Roy Stevens (Loge)."
-Neue Freie Zeitung (Austria)
I was also very touched by the number of serious Wagner fans who
sought me out to tell me just how much they had enjoyed my
performance as Loge. A startling recurring theme was that quite
a number of them said I was the best Loge of their RING
experiences and that their previous "best Loge" had been
Windgassen!! Pretty good company to be mentioned in, for my
debut in the role!
Following a successful international career as a dramatic
baritone, Mr. Stevens recently made his Heldentenor debut with
Austria’s Tiroler Festspiele, singing the Gala Opening Concert and
the title role in SIEGFRIED; he also covered Loge in DAS RHEINGOLD,
Siegmund in DIE WALKÜRE, and Siegfried in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG.
Other roles he expects to be part of his new tenor repertoire
include Florestan in FIDELIO; Don José in CARMEN; Canio in PAGLIACCI;
Bacchus in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS; Kaiser in DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN;
Herod in SALOME; Erik in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Tristan in TRISTAN
UND ISOLDE; and the title roles in OTELLO, LOHENGRIN, PARSIFAL, and
Previous career highlights have included General Belliard in WAR
AND PEACE with the Metropolitan Opera; Pedro in Berio's OUTIS with
Teatro alla Scala (telecast) and Théâtre du Chatelet; Tomsky in
PIQUE DAME with Teatro alla Scala; Telramund in LOHENGRIN with
Barcelona’s Gran Theatre del Liceu and the Cincinnatti Symphony;
Beckmesser in DIE MEISTERSINGER with Lisbon’s Teatro São Carlo; the
title role in RIGOLETTO with Teatro Colon de Bogotá (telecast) and
Oper Frankfurt; Dr. Schön in LULU with Dresden Staatsoper; the title
role in FALSTAFF in Palma de Mallorca (telecast), with the
International Festival of Macau (telecast) and Opera Ireland; Ford
in FALSTAFF with Baltimore Opera; the Prince in Krasa’s VERLOBUNG IM
TRAUM with Washington Opera; the title role of DER FLIEGENDE
HOLLÄNDER with the Savonlinna Opera Festival on tour in Spain and
with the Klagenfurt Stadtstheater; and Alberich in DAS RHEINGOLD
with the Valencia Symphony.
With the Dallas Opera, he has sung Alberich in SIEGFRIED, also
appearing in THE DREAM OF VALENTINO and RIGOLETTO.
As a baritone, he was a grant recipient of the Wagner Society of
Northern California. As a tenor he is a grant recipient of the
Wagner Society of New York and is an graduate of the Emerging Singer
Program of the Wagner Society of Washington DC. As part of the ESP,
he recently made his American tenor debut in a Wagner concert at
Baird Auditorium in Washington DC, under the tutelage of Thomas
Stewart and Evelyn Lear.
He closed his baritonal career as Scarpia in TOSCA with the
Wuppertal Opera, mercifully put out of his baritonal misery by his
wife, Annalisa Winberg, as a brilliant Floria Tosca.
Fall of the
House of Usher
Saint of Bleeker Street
Annalisa Winberg has sung with the Dallas Opera as the Goddess of
Virtue in THE CORONATION OF POPPEA. She has sung with opera
companies and symphonies around the world, including San Francisco
Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York, Opera Company of
Philadelphia, Dallas Opera, Sarasota Opera, Deutches National Opera
of Weimar, Wuppertal Opera, Wienerkammer Opera, Kamptal Festspiel
and many others.
Her performance of Cora in Paulus’s THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS
TWICE with the Boston Lyric Opera was recorded for commercial
release, and her Nedda in I PAGLIACCI with the New Israeli Opera in
Tel Aviv was nationally televised. She was a soloist in the OUR
COMMON FUTURE telecast from Avery Fisher Hall in New York, televised
live in 60 countries.
Other roles in her repertoire include the title roles of Tosca,
Madame Butterfly, Aida; as well as Abigaille in NABUCCO, Rosalinda
in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Annina in Menotti’s THE SAINT OF BLEECKER STREET,
Madeline in Glass’ THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, Die Rothaarige
in Egk’s PEER GYNT, and Anita in Krenek’s JONNY SPIELT AUF.
To date, she has sung only one Wagner role, Senta in DER
FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, with the Nashville Opera. In today’s concert
she is “trying out” selections from new possible Wagnerian
She is a grant winner of the Wagner Society of Northern
California and is a winner of the Zachary Competition in Los
Angeles, the Ismaele Voltolini Competition in Mantova, the Cittta’
di Ercolano (Napoli) competition and the Luciano Pavarotti/Opera
Company of Philadelphia Competition
Illick, pianist, is music director of the Fort Worth Opera. He made
his debut at FWO with Carmen in 2001, and since then has
conducted productions of Rigolettto, Don Pasquale, and
Il Barbiere di Seviglia. He has also conducted at Shreveport
Opera, Teatro Lirico d'Europa, and Atlantic Opera. Mr. Illick
currently lives in Dallas.
One of the main purposes of the Wagner Society of Dallas is to help financially deserving singers in advancing their
This is a Benefit Recital to help Mr. Stevens further his
career in Europe. Suggested donation is $25, but smaller
-- and especially -- LARGER gifts would all be appreciated.
If you would like to sponsor this program and have your name
listed in the program, send $50 -- OR MORE.
All proceeds go to Mr. Stevens.
Light Refreshments Will be
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participation by offering an interesting, stimulating, and enjoyable
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during the coming months with your membership, attendance, and above all
joy of being with fellow Wagner aficionados.
President of the Wagner Society of Dallas
The Wagner Society of Dallas - Virginia R.
Abdo and Dr. James T. Wheeler,
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