CONCERT PROGRAM, Handel Messiah
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017, 8:00 PM
Kathryn Lewek, Soprano
Kathryn Lewek has established herself as one of opera’s strongest coloratura sopranos of this generation and is now branching out to some of the most vocally challenging roles in the soprano repertory. Recent engagements include role debuts as Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini with Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the title roles of Maria Stuarda with Edmonton Opera and Lucia di Lammermoor (and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera. Ms. Lewek’s interpretation of her signature role, the quintessential Mozart villain, Queen of the Night, has garnered international critical acclaim. This season, she will reprise the role in her debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago and in a return to the Metropolitan Opera.
Widely lauded for her numerous operatic and oratorio performances, Kathryn Lewek is also receiving critical acclaim for her decisive interpretations of contemporary art song and vast concert repertory. Recent concert engagements include Bach’s Mass in B-minor with Soli Deo Gloria, and Carmina Burana with Dallas Symphony. Under John Nelson’s baton, she performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Haydn’s Creation with the Orchestra symphonique de Montréal. Her appearances also include with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Toledo Symphony, and Musica Sacra. She last performed with the Oratorio Society in its 2016 presentation of Messiah.