Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Timothy McDevitt: Some Booty and Some "Così fan tutte"

Timothy McDevitt (Photo by Charles Quiles)
The last time that we blogged about Timothy McDevitt we announced that he was premiering Paul Crabtree's The Ghost Train. The Julliard graduate has had an exciting year winning the New York District Metropolitan Opera National Council competition as well as the Lys Symonette Prize in the Kurt Weill Foundation's Lotte Lenya Competition. He also took some gorgeous photos with professional photographer Charles Quiles whose work is definitely worth checking out.

The increasingly buff singer has had a busy year since graduating. Highlights for McDevitt from earlier this year include Philip Glass' Les Enfants Terribles with the North Carolina Opera, Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and appearances at the Swiss Ball and Lotus Club in New York.

Tim McDevitt (Photo by Charles Quiles)
McDevitt is about to premiere another work by an American composer, Jonathan Dawe’s COSÌ FARAN TUTTI (They’ll All Do It!). As you probably surmised from the title, the piece is a prequel to Mozart’s Così fan tutte. McDevitt will play the role of Gugliemo and the other baritone role of Don Alfonso will be sung by Chad Sloan.

The opera is being performed by the Italian Academy of Columbia University at their Teatro Theatre for three performances on December 13, 14 and 15, 2012 at 8pm.

Dawe recently became the youngest composer commissioned by James Levine for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other cast members include soprano Marcy Richardson as Fiordiligi, mezzo-soprano Ariana Chris as Dorabella, soprano Mary Elizabeth Mackenzie as Despina and hunkentenor Glenn Seven Allen as Ferrando. We have to admit that we've being waiting for an excuse to post Glenn Seven Allen.

Tenor Glenn Seven Allen sporting his barihunk body
The singers will be accompanied by the Orchestra of the Second Instrumental Unit led by Maestro Ryan McAdams and the modern baroque dance ensemble hybrid, Company XIV, led by dance director/choreographer Austin McCormick.

The Teatro Theatre at the Italian Academy of Columbia University is located at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue at 118th Street in New York City. Tickets are $40 and $20 for students and are available at the door and through Brown Paper Tickets.

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