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Philharmonia Northwest

Welcome to our 2015-2016 season!

Fauré’s Pénélope

Thursday & Saturday, October 22 & 24 2015 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 pm
Meany Studio Theater, UW Seattle

$40 general; $20 senior; $10 students

Dean Williamson, Guest Conductor
Julia Benzinger, Soprano
Clayton Brainerd, Bass-Baritone
Nerys Jones, Mezzo-Soprano
Eric Neuville, Tenor

Philharmonia Northwest partners with Vespertine Opera and UW School. of Music to present Gabriel Fauré’s rarely performed opera Pénélope (1913). Fauré’s elegant lyricism and refined expression shine through this original treatment of Homer’s timeless Odyssey. The production, directed by Dan Miller and conducted by Dean Williamson, features a cast of veteran professionals.
Dean Williamson is widely known throughout the United States for his perceptive and commanding conducting. His ambitious and versatile career in standard and contemporary repertoire earns the conductor worldwide acclaim. The Washington Post says “a brilliantly directed, beautifully sung and endlessly funny Barber of Seville…the orchestra, which played the sparkling overture and the vivid storm music with grace and color under the expert baton of Dean Williamson.” The Seattle Times says “Williamson keeps a sure, steady hand on the singers and the orchestra…realizing the shimmering and otherworldly textures of the score.”Last season’s engagements include Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Il barbiere di Siviglia with Nashville Opera, Hänsel und Gretel for Baldwin-Wallace University, Carmina Burana for Spectrum Dance, as well as Le comte Ory with Des Moines Metro Opera. This season, Maestro Williamson leads performances of Rigoletto at Arizona Opera, La Cenerentola at Skagit Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Idaho, a reprisal of Carmina Burana for Spectrum Dance, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Des Moines Metro Opera, and Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas and Carly Simon’s Romulus Hunt for Nashville Opera. Maestro Williamson will be conducting recordings of Romulus Hunt and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat as part of a new collaboration between Nashville Opera Association and Belmont University’s Ocean Way recording studio.Recent engagements include returns to the Seattle Opera for Il barbiere di Siviglia, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Pagliacci, Turn of the Screw, and Le nozze di Figaro; The Rake’s Progress, Don Pasquale, La Cenerentola, and Falstaff at Wolf Trap Opera; La bohème with Opera Santa Barbara; Die Zauberflöte with Opera Colorado; Il barbiere di Siviglia and Carmen at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; L’italiana in Algeri for Boston Lyric Opera; Lucia di Lammermoor with Minnesota Opera; La fanciulla del West, Roméo et Juliette, Samson et Dalila, La Cenerentola, and The Difficulty of Crossing a Field with Nashville Opera; Il trovatore, Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and Die Zauberflöte at the Chautauqua Opera; Summer and Smoke with the New England Conservatory; Street Scene for Hardin-Simmons University; Don Giovanni and The Turn of the Screw for Baldwin-Wallace University; Pagliacci with Skagit Opera; Die Zauberflöte for Northwestern University; and Le nozze di Figaro with Wichita Grand Opera.Williamson served as the Artistic Director of Opera Cleveland from 2008-2010, in which he conducted Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor, La bohème, Hänsel und Gretel, Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Falstaff, Les pêcheurs de perles and their final production of La voix humaine/Pagliacci. In addition, Williamson served until 2002 as Music Director and Conductor of the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program. He led all of the program’s productions, such as Falstaff, Così Fan Tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, La Cenerentola, and La bohème. He was Music Director of the Washington East Opera, and Artistic Director of the Viva Voce Song Recital Series with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra.Williamson also worked with the Caramoor Festival, Central City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Blossom Festival, Banff Festival, Colorado Arts Festival, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Opera Idaho, Bellevue Philharmonic, and has served as Guest Faculty for the University of Washington and New York University. Mr. Williamson also performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as accompanist with some of the world’s leading singers in such venues as Weill Recital Hall, the Wieniawski Society, and at Merkin Hall.

His discography includes Richard Danielpour’s Chamber Concerto, Respighi’s Prelude, Bach’s Fugue, and a program of Chopin/Bartok entitled Musically Speaking, all on the Delos Productions label, as well as He’ll Bring it to Pass and Songs of Harold Arlen with Mezzo-Soprano Del-Louise Moyer on Alyssum Enterprises Records.

Tickets available through the UW Box Office.