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2017-18 Season

PregardienFebruary 24, 2018
Christoph Prégardien
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Hoffman March 20, 2018
Theo Hoffman
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MulliganApril 28, 2018
Brian Mulligan
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NYFOSNovember 5, 2017
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BondarenkoDecember 5, 2017
Andrei Bondarenko
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ErraughtJanuary 9, 2018
Tara Erraught
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RoschmannFebruary 8, 2018
Dorothea Röschmann
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"My Favorite Song"

Guest contributors select one song that has a special, personal meaning for them, sharing specific reasons about why they find the music and lyrics irresistible, and choosing a performance that they feel ideally captures the spirit of that song.

Archive of Past Selections

Announcing Vocal Arts DC's 2017-2018 Season!

NYFOSNovember 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Terrace Theater
As part of the worldwide "Leonard Bernstein at 100" celebration, New York Festival of Song offers a Leonard Bernstein extravaganza. The concert features selections from a wide range of the maestro's musical offerings: concert pieces (excerpts from Arias and Barcarolles, Mass, and Songfest), Broadway (On the Town, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue), the opera house (Trouble in Tahiti), as well as some precious rarities from the trunk. "[New York Festival of Song]... delivered everything that a song recital can achieve, in terms of musical revelation, vocal excellence and audience engagement." - Tim Page, The Washington Post  More >

BondarenkoDecember 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Terrace Theater
Since winning the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Song Prize, young Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko has gone on to a series of successful appearances with some of Europe's most prestigious opera houses and orchestras. "Bondarenko...has an astonishingly beautiful voice, and is on his way to greatness." - TIM ASHLEY, The Guardian (London)  More >

ErraughtJanuary 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Terrace Theater
TARA ERRAUGHT mezzo-soprano

Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught's star is rapidly on the ascent. Launched through several years in residence with Munich's Bavarian State Opera, she is now performing principal roles at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals and has concertized at London's Wigmore Hall and with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. "She is a tremendously appealing and charismatic singer, with a warm voice and a bright future...she rose to some reworks in the nal aria that drew shouts of excitement from the audience." - ANNE MIDGETTE, The Washington Post   More >

RoschmannFebruary 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Terrace Theater
Luminous German soprano Dorothea Röschmann, world renowned as a Bach and mozart specialist and lieder recitalist, has rarely performed in the US, and only once previously in Washington: a Vocal Arts DC appearance in 2006. "Ms. Röschmann's seriousness is only a veil attractively covering and accentuating an underlying sensuality. Her silvery soprano, clear and ethereally pretty on top, has a startling quality of voluptuousness, going down to rich, warm, earthy low notes that sometimes erupted from a vocal line with disproportionate (you might say unladylike) power." - ANNE MIDGETTE, The New York Times  More  >

PregardienFebruary 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Terrace Theater
One of the world's most revered lyric tenors, Christoph Prégardien is known for consummate technical control, superior musicality, and an innate ability to get to the emotional core of each song he interprets. "His lyric tenor voice had a youthful glow, yet he sang with plaintive beauty and piercing insight." - ANTHONY TOMMASINI, The New York Times  More >

HoffmanMarch 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Terrace Theater
A 2016 alumnus of The Juilliard School and 2016 Grand Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the versatile and charismatic lyric baritone Theo Hoffman is currently a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera. "With easy control, Hoffman's strong, warm voice lled the space . . . the entire room sat mesmerized . . .This was a performance so visceral, so equally raw and re ned, it felt completely fresh." - CATHERINE WOMACK, LA Times   More >

MulliganApril 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Terrace Theater
Possessed of a burnished, ringing baritone, an intensely focused stage presence, and an omnivorous musical appetite, Brian Mulligan has sung Verdi, Berlioz, Britten, Gounod, and Sondheim roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Opernhaus Zürich and San Francisco Opera, performed works by Mahler and John Adams with the San Francisco Symphony, "A wonderful, rich voice and a ne stage presence." - JOSHUA ROSENBLUM, Opera News   More >

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Take Song to our Schools Classroom programs presenting young professional singers and song to students around the region inspire the singers and audience of the future.

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Art Song Discovery Competition
An annual, juried competition for singers in the greater Washington area. Find more information here.

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