Thursday, November 28, 2013

Edwin Crossley-Mercer to make New York debut with NC-17 rating

Edwin Crossley-Mercer
French bass-barihunk Edwin Crossley-Mercer is making his long-awaited New York debut on March 3, 2014 at the Weill Concert Hall. It only seems appropriate that a singer as sexy as Crossley-Mercer would make his Big Apple debut with what amounts to an NC-17 rating. The Carnegie Hall website states, "Because the poems of Catullus deal with issues of sex in a frank manner, some members of the public might find them objectionable. "

The warning refers to Carmina Catulli, a 17-movement song cycle by Michael Linton based on the poems of Catullus, the Latin poet of the late Roman Republic. Catullus fell in love with the aristocratic Clodia Metelli who was alleged to have an insatiable sexual appetite. Although many people have found his poems about his relationship with Clodia Metelli shocking, he actually influenced many great poets including Ovid, Horace, and Virgil.

Edwin Crossley-Mercer and Camille Poul sing "La ci darem la mano" from Don Giovanni: 

Michael Linton’s music is notorious for its emotional ferocity and extraordinary technical difficulty. The rest of the program will include Linton's Seven Franchetti Songs, settings of poetry by the Italian-American polymath Cody Franchetti. They will be performed by tenor H. Stephen Smith. The accompanist for the concert is Jason Paul Peterson.

Tickets do not go on sale until January 7, so check back early next year at the Carnegie Hall website.

If you can't wait until March, you catch him in recital in Moscow, Russia on December 16 or as Jupiter in Rameau's Platée at the Theater an der Wien from February 17-28.

Wanna stay warm over the holiday (make that HOT)? Order our 2014 Barihunks Charity Calendar today!

Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.


  1. Replies
    1. Then, in view of your enthusiasm, might I suggest this from a LIVE performance a few weeks ago in France:

    2. It must be emphasized that this recording was done on a mobile at the side of the stage. Nonetheless, it underscores the exceptional Dandini performance.

    3. Dandini's aria from La Cenerentola - Edwin Crossley-Mercer (YouTube).

      Killer coloratura - recorded from the side of the stage, but right on the money!

  2. Promo clip for Carmina Catulli put out by Refinersfire:

    This is powerful and finely elaborated music for which any composer would be hard put to find a baritone anywhere capable of singing it. He has found one for his recordings and his Carnegie Hall Début.