NEW YORK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
A LOOK AT ELEKTRA
a MasterClass/Workshop with the
world-renowned MET Opera star soprano
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 2:00 PM
Leonard Nimoy THALIA
at Peter Norton SYMPHONY SPACE
New York Chamber Music Festival presents
"A Look at Elektra " - a masterclass/workshop with Metropolitan Opera star soprano Carole Farley, who will direct a workshop on the opera "Elektra" by Richard Strauss.
Elektra: Amanda Zory / Leah Crowne
Chrysothemis: Susan Wheeler / Sangeetha Ekambaram
Klytemnestra: Galina Ivannikova / Caroline Tye
Orestes: Michael Nansel
Narrator: Scott Carlton
Craig Ketter, Collaborative Pianist
This event is by invitation only.
PLEASE NOTE: Proof of Vaccination is required in order to be admitted to the venue, in accordance with the policies of Symphony Space. Acceptable Proof: Vaccination Card or Excelsior Pass.
EVENT PRODUCER: Elmira Darvarova
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Yui Kitamura
Amanda Zory has an exciting 2022 season, which includes excerpts as Turandot and Tosca with the Metropolitan Opera Guild in their “Puccini Showcase” at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Theater, returning to Arizona for a recital with the Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts at the Benderly-Kendall Opera house, performances throughout Manhattan with ACMA (Association of Classical Musicians and Artists), and a world premiere of composer David Pearson’s “Anti-Imperialist Song Cycle”.
The 2020-2021 season includes Strauss’ Elektra with the New York Chamber Music Festival in “A Look at Elektra”, excerpts of Lady Macbeth, Turandot, Senta, Abigaille and Aida with the Metropolitan Opera Guild “Viva Verdi” and “A Royal Day at the Opera” showcases, debut at Carnegie-Weill Hall with ACMA, guest artist on PBS Television “Poetry in America”, recital with the Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts at the Benderly-Kendall Opera House, recordings with pianist Walter Aparicio and composer David Pearson, and guest lecturing/performances with Macaulay Honors College, City College, Baruch College, Brooklyn College, Lehman College, Queens College, John Jay, College of Staten Island and Hunter College.
2018-2019 engagements included a Wagner fellowship with The Miami Music Festival, as Ortrud in Lohengrin, under the direction of Maestro Michael Rossi with a 95-piece orchestra at the New World Center, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana in Philadelphia, the title role in Puccini’s Turandot at the National Opera Center. Additionally, Amanda made her Carnegie Zankel Hall debut with ACMA, won a second grant with the Wagner Society of New York, won second place in the New Jersey State Opera – Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, and gave guest lectures in opera with Macaulay Honors College and 8 senior colleges of CUNY.
Additional roles performed: Maddalena de Coigny in Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, Elisabeth in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Götterdammerung, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Lady Bird in Mollicone’s Lady Bird: First Lady of the Land, Alida Slade in Ward’s Roman Fever, and excerpts from Wagner's Die Walküre and Verdi’s Macbeth as Brünnhilde and Lady Macbeth respectively.
An avid performer of new music, Ms. Zory has premiered several roles with New York Opera Fest, Hunter Opera Theatre at the Kaye Playhouse, soloist with the Nouveau Classical Project (NCP), and Metropolis Opera Project. Noted television appearances have been with MTV Network, PBS Television “Poetry in America”, MNN.org “The Manhattan Classical and Opera Series”, and CUNY Television
Scott Carlton is a singer, voice teacher and coach-pianist with over 30 years’ experience in the classical and operatic fields.
Having returned this August from Salzburg, where he taught at the Mozarteum, Scott Carlton is currently Artistic Director of Singers Programs for the Richard Wagner Society of New York and appears frequently as interviewer and host for the Society’s programs, as well as overseeing its support of young singers with potential as Wagnerians. In 2020-21 he produced and/or hosted for the Society programs on “Rienzi and Maestro Eve Queler”, “Parsifal and French Symbolism”, “The Russian Parsifal?: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and The Invisible City of Kitezh” and the New York Times interview with Alex Ross on the occasion of the publication of his book “Wagnerism.”
After voice and piano study at the University of Southern California, he moved to Cologne, Germany, where he worked as a translator/audience researcher for Radio Deutsche Welle. After operatic training at Aspen Opera Theatre and the Brooklyn College Opera Theater, he appeared with numerous regional companies on the West Coast (Max in Krenek’s Jonny Spielt Auf, Satyavān in Holst’s Savitri) and East Coast (Alfredo, Ferrando, Sam Kaplan in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, the Male Chorus in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia) in addition to numerous appearances in recital and oratorio.
For 19 seasons he sang in the extra chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, in the associate chorus of New York City Opera, and for ten seasons (2003-2013) in the chorus of the Bayreuth Festival, Bayreuth, Germany, where he sang the Steersman in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman in concert at the Margravian Opera House. He appeared in two seasons of the 92nd Street Y Schubertiade with Hermann Prey.
He is on the faculty of the International School of the Voice, Philadelphia.
Critically acclaimed for “transporting the listeners to extraordinary heights” and “into a world beyond time and space,” pianist Craig Ketter is known for playing with powerhouse sonority combined with long-lined, dulcet lyricism. The winner of the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition (among numerous other competitions), and a renowned faculty member of universities and festivals, Craig Ketter has performed as soloist with a number of prestigious orchestras and his solo recitals and masterclasses have taken him to Mexico, Argentina, Barbados, France, Germany, Japan, and across the United States and Canada. Complementing his solo performances with collaborative ventures, Mr. Ketter regularly joins forces with international singers and chamber groups. Venues include NPR’s Performance Today series, CBS Sunday Morning, Sirius Satellite Radio, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, La Huaca de Atlapa in Panama City, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, “Music in the Mountains” in Colorado, and The Marilyn Horne Foundation. Singers he has collaborated with include Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Margaret Jane Wray, Samuel Ramey, Paul Plishka, Nathan Gunn, Ben Heppner, Cliff Forbis, Francisco Casanova, and Robert White. He has also performed with the esteemed actress Claire Bloom.