NEW YORK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
presented on October 3, 2021
A LOOK AT ELEKTRA
a MasterClass/Workshop with the
world-renowned MET Opera star soprano
On October 3, 2021 The New York Chamber Music Festival presented "A Look at Elektra " - a masterclass/workshop with Metropolitan Opera star soprano Carole Farley, who directed a workshop on the opera "Elektra" by Richard Strauss, with the participation of Amanda Zory (Elektra), Susan Wheeler and Sangeetha Ekambaram (Chrysothemis), Galina Ivannikova and Caroline Tye (Klytemnestra), Michael Nansel (Orestes), and with Scott Carlton (Narrator) and Craig Ketter, Collaborative Pianist.
YOUTUBE PREMIERE of this workshop's video
On Nov. 11, 2021 YouTube premiered "A LOOK AT ELEKTRA":
EVENT PRODUCER: Elmira Darvarova
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Yui Kitamura
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.