Release date: 4/12/2013

2013 Schwabacher Debut Recitals Conclude on May 5 with Mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko and Tenor Theo Lebow

Sunday May 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary


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San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program conclude the 31st season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. with Merola Opera Program alumni mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko and tenor Theo Lebow presenting a program including works by Tchaikovsky, Wolf and Gershwin as well as Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs. They will be accompanied by pianist and current Adler Fellow Robert Mollicone.
 
The recital will begin with a selection from Bach’s Cantata BWV 134, performed by both Sarah Mesko and Theo Lebow. Mesko will also perform a set of songs for soprano by female French composer Cécil Chaminade, Dvořák’s well-known Gypsy Songs Opus 55, and Songs of Wonderment and Love by American art song composer Richard Hundley. Lebow will sing a selection of songs from Tchaikovsky’s Six Romances, opus 38, based on poems by Aleksey Tolstoy, Liszt’s Tre Sonetti di Petrarca and several selections from Hugo Wolf’s Mörike Lieder. The recital will conclude with a selection of songs by George Gershwin, performed by both singers.
 
A 2012 Merola Opera Program alumna, Sarah Mesko recently performed the roles of Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Hansel in Hänsel und Gretel with Washington National Opera as well as Amélie in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein with the Santa Fe Opera. The mezzo-soprano’s career highlights include Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor at Washington National Opera and La Sagesse and Sidonie in Lully’s Armide with Mercury Baroque and Théatre de Gennevilliers in Paris. She has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, the Washington National Cathedral Choral Society, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
 
American tenor Theo Lebow is also a graduate of the 2012 Merola Opera Program, where he sang the role of Contino Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera. Other recent credits include a Scientist in Menotti’s The Last Savage with the Santa Fe Opera and his main-stage debut this year with Seattle Opera as the First Prisoner in Fidelio. He has been awarded the encouragement award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, semi-finalist placement in the Marcello Giordani Foundation, and was regional finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions.
 
The Schwabacher Debut Recitals are endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of the late James Schwabacher and are sponsored by the Jack H. Lund Charitable Trust. 
 
A celebrated Bay Area singer, recitalist, scholar and teacher, James Schwabacher was a co-founder of the Merola Opera Program. The Schwabacher Debut Recitals have introduced the artistry of internationally recognized artists, including Susan Graham, Anna Netrebko, Deborah Voigt, Brian Asawa and Thomas Hampson.  The recitals offer a rare opportunity to hear a wealth of song literature ranging from Baroque masterpieces and Romantic-era classics to newly commissioned works, all performed by gifted young artists in an intimate setting.
 
 
Tickets & Information

All performances take place at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary (Two Lake Street, at Arguello, in San Francisco).  Single tickets for the Schwabacher Debut Recitals are $25.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the San Francisco Opera Box Office (Mon. 10 am-5 pm, Tues.-Sat. 10 am-6 pm) at (415) 864-3330.  Student Rush tickets are available for $15 at Temple Emanu-El 30 minutes prior to each recital (limit of two tickets per person; valid ID is required; subject to availability).  Casting, programs, schedules and ticket prices are subject to change.