March 13: LIEDER
Saturday, March 13 @ 8pm
Vancouver Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Drive
$20 advance tickets available at http://www.vancouveralpenclub.
Fresh from her UK trip, opera diva Robyn Driedger-Klassen treats us to a repertoire of German art songs that span time and cross borders; Karen Lee-Morlang returns as the musical director and pianist.
Described as “singing with pure tone, absolute clarity of diction and vivid characterization", Robyn Driedger-Klassen is in high demand in the opera and recital fields. Seen on many Canadian opera stages, Robyn's roles span from Baroque to contemporary music. Also in demand for solo work, she has performed many oratorios, a few of which are: Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn’s Creation. Recently, she was the soprano soloist for a new work by Canadian composer, Larry Nickel, entitled Requiem for Peace, which can be heard on recording. She is also known for her many recitals and performances of contemporary music; most notably her recent appearance with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble performing R Murray Schafer’s Arcana.
Recent operatic appearances include: Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, Naiade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Mazelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Alexandra in the Canadian premiere of Marc Blitzstein’s Regina and Bubikopff in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. Robyn has received critical acclaim for her performances of the Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Banff Centre and with Seattle Opera’s young artist programme where she also performed the Governess in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Of her performance last season as the Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England, the London Times Online wrote: “The soprano of Robyn Driedger-Klassen was outstanding in its impassioned embodiment of the drama.” Highlights for the upcoming season include Handel’s Messiah, a recital of songs celebrating the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte. Robyn is a proud and grateful recipient of a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Award-winning performer and educator, Karen Lee-Morlang is recognized for her exquisite playing, boisterous stage presence as well as her freshly innovative programming. After completing two Music degrees, Karen taught at UBC for four years. She has performed for the International World Peace Forum, Festival Vancouver, CBC Radio, various Folk Festivals. Karen also sings with “The No Shit Shirleys” and directs the “Koncert Kontinuum” series.