BU Alumna Lauren Flanigan returns for masterclasses and a concert performance of Vanessa

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 | emcarr@bu.edu
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 | jeanconn@bu.edu

Boston, MA – The Boston University School of Music is delighted to welcome back alumna and internationally acclaimed soprano Lauren Flanigan for a residency that culminates in a free concert performance of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa on Tuesday, September 28. The residency aims to celebrate the past, present, and future of the BU School of Music through a collaborative effort among this illustrious alumna, a team of faculty members, and current students who will soon launch their own careers.

In celebration of Samuel Barber’s centennial, this concert performance of his Pulitzer Prize winning opera Vanessa spotlights Lauren Flanigan, Boston University alumna and internationally acclaimed artist, in the title role she performed to critical acclaim at New York City Opera. She is joined by soloists from the School of Music Vocal Performance Department and Opera Institute, with the Boston University Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Chorus.

First performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1958 in a production directed by the librettist Gian Carlo Menotti, Vanessa is the bittersweet story of a woman who waits in self delusion for the return of her lover. The performance is free with no tickets required, so seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Tuesday, September 28, 8:00pm

Samuel Barber, composer | Gian Carlo Menotti, librettist
William Lumpkin, conductor | Lauren Flanigan, soprano

Free and open to the public; no tickets required.

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (T Green Line, B line, BU East stop)
617.353.8724 | www.bu.edu/cfa

Ms. Flanigan will be in residence at the Boston University School of Music September 16-28, during which time she will participate in rehearsals for Vanessa, a master class with opera and voice students, a lecture about Vanessa, question and answer sessions with opera and voice students, and an aria class with the BU Opera Institute.

Lauren Flanigan is renowned for her musical talents from the bel canto to Berio, and has firmly established herself as a unique musical presence in the world today. Named by TIME magazine as “the thinking man’s diva” and awarded by ASCAP and the Center for Contemporary Opera for her commitment to performing the works of living composers, she has also been equally recognized as one of the leading interpreters of the early operas of Verdi including Attila, Giovanna D’Arco, Nabucco, Macbeth, I Lombardi, and La Traviata. Her repertory has included performances of more than 100 operas, including Nabucco (La Scala, Teatro San Carlo, New Japan Opera, Artscape South Africa, Cincinnati Opera, Carnegie Hall), Macbeth (La Scala, Opera Company of Philadelphia, NYCO), I Lombardi, La bohème, The Ghosts of Versailles , Rusalka (Metropolitan Opera), Norma (Cincinnati Opera, Manaus), Intermezzo (New York City Opera–NYCO, Glimmerglass), Prince Igor (San Francisco Opera), Midsummer Marriage (Bayerische Staatsoper), Euryanthe (Glyndebourne Festival), Venus und Adonis (Santa Fe Opera, Concertgebouw), Maria Stuarda (Opera Orchestra of New York), Roberto Devereaux (NYCO), Rusalka (L’Opera de Bilbao), Mourning Becomes Electra (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, NYCO), Don Giovanni (Baltimore Opera Company, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass, Cincinnati Opera), Esther, The Mother of Us All, Seven Deadly Sins, Lillith, Lizzie Borden, Central Park, Mathis der Maler, La bohème (NYCO), Peter Ibbetson, Merrymount (Seattle Symphony), Regina (Florida Grand Opera, BARD Summerscape), Fierrabras, Oberon, Giovanna D’Arco, Nabucco (Collegiate Chorale). She has been associated with the revivals of the American operas The Cabildo, Peter Ibbetson, Merrymount, Morning Becomes Electra, Vanessa, Antony and Cleopatra, The Mother of Us All, Lizzie Borden, Regina, and Esther. The operas and symphonic works Lillith, Frau Margot, Marina: A Life, Central Park, A Wedding, Symphony #6 Plutonian Ode by Philip Glass, Song of Songs, Letters Home, The Poet and the Master, Lady Macbeth, and Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwarz have all been written for her. This season she will revive and record Unknown/Unsung-The Music of Kurt Weill for the Neue Galerie, and star as Myra Foster in the New York premiere of Stephen Schwarz’s first operatic work, Séance on a Wet Afternoon. She is the founder of Music and Mentoring House, a non-profit organization recently established to guide the life and careers of young opera singers, and Comfort Ye, an annual concert to benefit New York’s homeless. CD and DVD recordings include The Cabildo, Merrymount, Peter Ibbetson, Frau Margot, Monologues, The Sun Cantata, Good Night Moon, Nabucco, Symphony #6 Plutonian Ode, and Appendage, and she is also featured as the Opera Diva in the major motion picture Death to Smoochy. She has been featured on the Live from Lincoln Center telecasts of I Lombardi, The Ghosts of Versailles, Central Park, Lizzie Borden, and the Richard Tucker Gala.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

All artists and programs are subject to change; please visit www.bu.edu/cfa for the most up to date schedules and program information.

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