Three guest artists, known collectively as the Oceana Ensemble, will present a recital of songs by French composer Henri Duparc on Tuesday, January 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Performers are soprano Ariana Wyatt, baritone Marc Callahan, and pianist Richard Masters.
Ms. Wyatt is an assistant professor of voice at Virginia Tech University. Her recent opera engagements include appearances with Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera on the James, Opera Omaha, Opera Roanoke, Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Juilliard Opera Center, and the Aspen Opera Theater. Symphonic highlights include appearances with the Roanoke and Charleston Symphonies and an upcoming recording with the Bulgarian Radio Orchestra.
Dr. Callahan is an assistant professor of voice at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His operatic performance career has taken him around the world, singing at houses such as the Royal Opera House, Opera North (UK), Santa Fe Opera, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Capitole, Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra Comique, Théâtre Royale de Versailles, Opéra de Marseille, and others.
Mr. Masters is a soloist, opera coach, chamber musician and orchestral pianist who serves as an assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano at Virginia Tech University. He has performed solo, chamber, and vocal recitals throughout the United States and in Europe.
Henri Duparc (1848-1933) was best known for his art songs on poems of Charles Baudelaire, Leconte de Lisle, Théophile Gautier, and others. In 1871, he joined Camille Saint-Saëns and Romain Bussine to found the Société Nationale de Musique Moderne.
This recital by the Oceana Ensemble is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.