Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Samuel Jarrick naked in La traviata

Samuel Jarrick in La traviata at Folkoperan ***
Folkoperan is the small opera company in Stockholm that performs opera in Swedish. Their current production of Verdi's La traviata features a lot of nudity...A LOT OF NUDITY. Fortunately, one of nude performers is barihunk Samuel Jarrick, who we've featured before in a state of semi-undress in the Mälmo Opera's production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking (which also featured nudity).

 Jesper Säll as Alfredo in La traviata (photo by Markus Gårder)
Folkoperan prides itself of pushing the boundaries of operatic convention and this production will certainly do that. Their concept with La traviata was to challenge both the work and the audience in the traditional concepts of male and female sexuality. The production features drag queens, body builders, models, children and, did we mention, lots of nudity.

The opera will be performed three times a week until November 29th. Tickets and additional performance information is available online.

*** A reminder that our nudity policy is that we only show pictures with nudity if it is from a staged production. This site does not contain gratuitous nudity. 

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Barihunks galore at American Classical Orchestra

Tim McDevitt and Paul Max Tipton
Barihunks will play a prominent role in two upcoming shows with the American Classical Orchestra in New York City. Paul Max Tipton will sing the role of Jesus in Bach’s St. John Passion conducted by Thomas Crawford on Tuesday, November 3 at Alice Tully Hall. Members of the American Classical Orchestra Chorus will be featured in the solo arias, which includes barihunks Jesse Blumberg and Joseph Beutel, who will also have solo roles. They will be joined by tenor Rufus Muller as the Evangelist.

On February 23, they will perform Haydn's L'isola disabitata (Desert Island) with barihunk Timothy McDevitt, who will be joined by soloists Sherezade Panthaki, Sarah Brailey and Owen McIntosh. Regular readers may remember our post of the opera with shirtless photos of Tom Corbeil in the Mark Morris production, which remains one of our top fifty posts of all-time. The opera was first performed in 1779 and is an Enlightenment parable about the relationship between humanity's natural instincts and society.

Tickets for both shows are available online.

Jesse Blumberg
Fans of Jesse Blumberg can catch him in Norhtern California with the Mirror Visions Ensemble in San Francisco on October 9 and in Sacrmento on October 11. He'll be in New York on October 19th with the Tertulia Chamber Music ensemble to perform Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes. He'll be joined by soprano Kiera Duffy, mezzo Jennifer Johnson Cano and tenor John Bellemer.

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Luis Alejandro Orozco to play transgender character

Luis Alejandro Orozco as "Hannah Before" (photos by C. Stanley Photography)
Luis Alejandro Orozco is the latest barihunk to take on the role of Hannah, the transgender protagonist of Laura Kaminsky's groundbreaking opera As/One. Orozco will play "Hannah after" and Ashley Cutright will portray "Hannah Before" in this new production at UrbanArias by director Octavio Cardenas. This will be the first performance in Washington D.C. 

Performances will be on October 3, 4, 9 and 10 and tickets are available online.

Kaminsky was inspired to write As One after reading an article in the New York Times in 2008 about a New Jersey marriage in which one of the parties transitioned from male to female, transforming the couple from straight to gay. The opera is based on the life experience of noted filmmaker Kimberly Reed.

As One provides insights into both the personal and philosophical questions at the core of how personhood is defined, as well as into the compromised civil and humans rights of transgender individuals in the broader societal framework.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Doug Williams in US premiere of Scarlatti serenata

Douglas Williams
Bass-barihunk Doug Williams will join baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra this week for the American premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti's The Glory of Spring . The serenata has not been heard in the western hemisphere for nearly 300 years, which the composer wrote to celebrate the birth of the heir to the Holy Roman Emperor.

The prince was John Leopold, son of Charles VI and his father’s only male heir. Since Charles had recently acquired the kingdom of Naples in a treaty, the Neapolitans commissioned Scarlatti, their court composer, to write a grand serenata to celebrate the prince’s birth and gain favor with their new sovereign. Scarlatti wrote the piece within a few weeks and it was performed to adoring audiences in Naples immediately following the birth. Unfortunately, just months after the The Glory of Spring premiered, the celebrated infant died and the incredible work was forgotten.

Performances run from October 4-10 in Berkeley, San Francisco and Palo Alto. He'll be joined by tenor Nicholas Phan, soprano Suzana Ograjenšek, mezzo Diana Moore, countertenor Clint van der Lindeand the Philharmonia Chorale.

Tickets are available online. You can listen to Doug Williams HERE.

Williams will remain on the West Coast, where he will join Stephen Stubbs and the Pacific Masterworks for Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers in British Columbia.  Performances are from October 23-25 and tickets are available online.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sexy preview of Randal Turner in Bonfire of the Vanities

Randal Turner as Sherman McCoy
The creators of composer Stefania de Kenessey and librettist Michael Bergmann's operatic version of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities have been gracious enough to give us brief preview of the opera. The scene shows barihunk Randal Turner as Wall Street trader Sherman McCoy in the iconic "Masters of the Universe" scene after the prisoners have stripped him of his clothes.

The phrase is taken from the original book and refers to the ambitious young men who racked up millions of dollars in bonuses at investment banks like Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

Randal Turner in "Masters of the Universe" scene from Bonfire:
The story takes on the universal socioeconomic tensions in 1980s New York City that is home to both Wall Street and Harlem. Turner's character is a successul bonds trader whose popularity propels him to the top of the financial world. But just as he meets the peak of his success, he collides with a scandal that brings all of New York City crashing down upon him. His former admirers and current problems include a ferocious Harlem reverend, played by fellow barihunk Keith Miller; a wealthy and sexually predatory femme fatale, sung by Yingzie Zhou; Sherman's cossetted housewife, sung by Anne-Carolyn Bird; and, an idealistic lawyer who demands better for her city, performed by Adrienne Danrich.  
The world premiere will be on October 9 and 10 at the El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. Tickets are available online.

Barihunks Calendar Model Profile: Malte Roesner

Malte Roesner
Barihunk Malte Roesner only came to our attention about 10 months ago, but we instantly realized that he was a pretty special artist and human being. That belief was confirmed when he showed up this summer in the Loire Valley for our Barihunks Calendar photo shoot.

Not only is he an absolute natural in front of the camera, but he is as intelligent as he is charming and attractive. He is an avid reader who reads science and medical periodicals in his spare time, can discuss almost any topic with great insight, and translates librettos on the side. He recently starred in Jake Heggie's Holocaust themed opera For a Look or a Touch in Braunschweig, for which he also did the translation.

He also balances his mind and his body, practicing martial arts and yoga, as well as staying in shape with kettle bell training. 

Malte Roesner
Roesner began his musical education when he was five years old and took violin lessons. He performed with the Hanover Boy’s Choir in Germany, before continuing his studies at the University of Hamburg and at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, where he majored in both musicology and in opera performance. He was awarded scholarships from both the German National Academic Foundation and the Richard-Wagner-Foundation.

Roesner, who is German but born in America, has recently decided to move to Vienna and pursue and independent career after being a member of the ensemble at the Staatstheatre Braunschweig since 2006. He'll be returning to Braunschweig next season to sing in the revival of Werner Egk's Peer Gynt and in the new production of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park. In the latter, he will be singing the male lead Edmund in his own translation.

During his time at the Staatstheatre Braunschweig he performed more than fifty roles. In addition to most of the major baritone Mozart roles, his operatic repertoire includes Enrico in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Pasquale in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, Ping in Puccini's Turandot, Schaunard in Puccini's La Bohème and Sharpless in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Dr. Falke in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Paolo in Simone Boccanegra, Heerrufer in Lohengrin, Masaniello in the German premiere of Carlos Gomes’ Salvator Rosa and in the world premiere of the operatic version of Schnitzler’s Traumnovelle.

Malte Roesner is featured on the cover, as well as in January, June & December
Roesner is the most featured calendar model this year, appearing on our cover, as well as in January, June and December. This year's calendar will fund the creation of the Foundation for the Advancement of Baritones (F.A.B.), which will fund programs to benefit baritones and basses. FAB will commission new music, provide prize money for vocal competitions and financially support other endeavors promoting the baritone and bass voice. Composer Clint Borzoni is working on the first commission, which are two songs for baritone and string quartet based on poems by Hermann Hesse and Hilde Domin.

"I'm pleased to be part of a project that will fund the creation of FAB, which will actively support select young singers beyond the significant promotional value of Barihunks," stated Malte Roesner.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Barihunk trio in Boston's La bohème

Andrew Garland and Brandon Cedel (left), Jonathan Beyer and Cedel (center) and a rehearsal break
The Boston Lyric Opera kicked off their new season with a production of Puccini's La bohème. The cast features the barihunk trio of Jonathan Beyer as Marcello, Brandon Cedel as Colline and Andrew Garland as Schaunard. Beyer and Cedel are a couple offstage, making one wonder what is really going on in that Parisian garret.

Directed by Rosetta Cucchi, the opera is updated to the 1968 Paris student revolts that reflected generational unrest and supported strikes that brought the city to its knees, this production is influenced by the spirit of defiance embodied in French New Wave films (particularly Jean-Luc Godard’s “Masculin Féminin”) and the mod clothing inspired by London fashion that upended the city’s haute couture reputation.  Boston Lyric Opera's new La Bohème places Puccini’s familiar story of bohemian artists fuled by idealism and passionate love in a graffiti-laden student flat, the revolutionaries’ gathering place Café Momus, and alongside a barricade erected during the student riots.  Audio recordings from the era and from the riots are an integral part of the production’s sound design.

Beyer is returning to the company after having performed Figaro in their 2012 production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Garland sang Schaunard in the company's 2007 production of La bohème and Cedel is making his company debut. Also in the cast are Jesus Garcia as Rodolfo and the stunning Kelly Kaduce as Mimì.

There are remaining performances on October 4, 7, 9 and 11. Tickets and addition production information is available online.

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