WORLD PREMIERE – Alonzo King LINES Ballet, 4/16–25

SF Opera Adler Fellows teams with choreographer Alonzo King for premiere
“The challenge is to integrate body, mind and intention, within the individuals themselves and between the two different disciplines,” says Alonzo King

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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San Francisco Opera Center partners with Alonzo King LINES Ballet for the world premiere of a new work created by choreographer and Artistic Director Alonzo King. A selection of art songs by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré, Robert Schumann, John Sheppard and Richard Strauss as well as several arias by George Frideric Handel will be performed by San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow vocalists with piano accompaniment by Adler Fellow Allen Perriello. This new work paired with a revival of Rasa, a 2007 work set to music by Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain, comprise Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Spring Season which runs for 8 performances between April 16th and 25th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’s Novellus Theater. Adler Fellows who will participate in the LINES Ballet collaboration include Sara Gartland, soprano; Maya Lahyani, mezzo-soprano; Ryan Belongie, counter tenor; Austin Kness, baritone; and coach-accompanist Allen Perriello. Performing with the Adler Fellows are Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancers Paulo Arrais, Brett Conway, David Harvey, Ashley Jackson, Laurel Keen, Caroline Rocher, Meredith Webster, Keelan Whitmore, Ricardo Zayas, and Corey Scott-Gilbert. Alonzo King’s engaging choreography for this contemporary ballet will incorporate both the LINES Ballet dancers and the Adler Fellows moving together onstage.

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RASA. Alonzo King LINES Ballet

“The challenge is to integrate body, mind and intention, within the individuals themselves and between the two different disciplines,” said Alonzo King. “I encourage them to explore and expand into their physical bodies, using the entire body as a vocal chord.” The process of choreographing the work is a working collaboration with King coaxing just the right blend of raw talent and unguarded spontaneity from the dancers and Adler Fellows. King continued, “I initiate exercises in being, not doing. Being without armor—which is difficult to do—is believing that what you are is enough.” The work is still in progress and will be until the curtain opens. “At this point we’re still building, seeing how far we can go together.”

“Alonzo has asked the Adler Fellows to create a physical reflection of what they are already vocally expressing,” said San Francisco Opera Center Director of Musical Studies Mark Morash, who has also been on hand in the studio. “This element of creation has been a great reminder of the how the physical can inform the musical, and the experience has been both liberating and immensely fulfilling.”

San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellowship Program is a performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. Adler Fellows also gain valuable professional experience by performing roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s main-stage season. The prestigious resident artist training program has nurtured the development of more than 130 young artists since its inception including Brian Asawa, Mark Delavan, Patricia Racette, John Relyea, Ruth Ann Swenson, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick.

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SARA GARTLAND and MAYA LAHYANI

Returning home for its Spring Season after critically acclaimed appearances in Monaco, Italy and France, Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s engagement with the Adler Fellows is only the latest in a long history of collaborations with artists both local and global.  Most recently, the Company collaborated with New York-based jazz pianist Jason Moran.  Other collaborators include the Shaolin Monks; legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders; India’s national treasure, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain; Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock; actor Danny Glover; Japanese classical composer Somei Satoh; celebrated Polish composer Pavel Syzmanski; and Nubian oud master Hamza El Din.

Performances with the Adler Fellows are in the Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street. Click here to order tickets on-line: Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Friday, April 16, 8pm
Saturday, April 17, 8pm
Sunday, April 18, 5pm
Wednesday, April 21, 7pm
Thursday, April 22, 7pm
Friday, April 23, 8pm
Saturday, April 24, 8pm
Sunday, April 25, 5pm 

MEET THE ADLER FELLOWS
 
Soprano Sara Gartland, a first-year Adler Fellow, appeared this summer as Suzel in Pietro Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz with the 2009 Merola Opera Program. Other recent engagements include performances with Utah Opera and Des Moines Metro opera as Alexandra in Regina, Opera Iowa as Norina in Don Pasquale, The Ohio Light Opera as Elisabeth Bennet in the world premiere of Pride and Prejudice, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and as Marianne in The New Moon. Gartland earned a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Colorado Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She was a finalist in the Eastern Region at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and fourth place winner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition.
 
A finalist at the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani previously served as a soldier-musician in the Israeli Defense Forces, where she performed as a soloist with the army orchestra in state ceremonies, radio recordings, and concerts throughout Israel and the United States. The first-year Adler Fellow has been awarded scholarships by the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation, the Ronen Foundation, and the Israeli Vocal Arts Institute. She regularly took part in the International Opera Summer Program in Tel Aviv, where she sang the role of Rebecca Nurse in a production of The Crucible and the title role in Mascagni’s Zanetto. Lahyani received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mannes College of Music in New York. An alumna of the 2009 Merola Opera Program, she sang the role of Beppe in L’Amico Fritz. She recently made her debut with the Jerusalem Symphony in Ravel’s Scheherazade.  

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AUSTIN KNESS and RYAN BELONGIE

Baritone and second-year Adler Fellow Austin Kness sang Sciarrone (Tosca) and Marquis d’Obigny (La Traviata) with the Company this past summer, and recently appeared as Marco (Gianni Schicchi) in this fall’s Il Trittico. Kness received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and is pursuing a master’s degree at Indiana University. He has performed with Indiana University Opera Theater as Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Escamillo (Carmen), and Eddie Carbone (A View from the Bridge). His concert credits include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Indiana University and the Brahms Requiem with the Bloomington Chamber Singers. Kness is a former member of the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera Apprentice Program (2006–07), where he performed the roles of Moralès (Carmen) and Count Ceprano (Rigoletto). The baritone has also sung the roles of Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Moralès with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater. Kness was a finalist in the West Palm Beach Voice Competition in 2007 who participated in the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project, where he represented the Jacobs School of Music.

Countertenor Ryan Belongie is an alumnus of the 2009 Merola Opera Program. Now a first-year Adler Fellow, he was the winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the central region and went on to be a national semi-finalist in 2009 and 2010. Belongie has appeared as a soloist with the Grant Park Music Festival in Bernstein’s Missa Brevis under the baton of Christopher Bell, and with Music of the Baroque as Secresie in The Fairy Queen under the baton of Jane Glover. In addition to awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, he was the winner of the 2009 Lola Fletcher award from the American Opera Society and is the recipient of a 2009 Richard F. Gold career grant from the Shoshana Foundation. Belongie is a graduate of the Vocal Honors Program at Northwestern University.

Coach and accompanist Allen Perriello, a second-year Adler fellow, is an alumnus of the 2008 Merola Opera Program. During the 2009 San Francisco Opera season, Perriello served as a member of the music staff on the productions of Porgy and Bess, Il Trovatore, and The Abduction from the Seraglio. Other professional engagements include Opera Cleveland, Rising Star Opera Theater, and Ash Lawn Opera. His other coaching credits include Hänsel und Gretel, Albert Herring, La Bohème, Dido and Aeneas, Miss Lonelyhearts, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Werther, L’enfant et les Sortileges, L’Elisir d’Amore, The Merry Widow, West Side Story, and The Consul. Perriello served as chorus master for Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s productions of La Bohème and L’Elisir d’Amore. Perriello holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music education from Ithaca College.

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ALLEN PERRIELLO, Accompanist

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