TACOMA, Wash. – Dawn Padula, a powerful and emotive vocalist who interprets works ranging from opera and cabaret to Broadway and Baroque, will perform a solo concert at University of Puget Sound on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
An Evening of Vocal Works will include music by German-born Baroque composer George Frideric Handel, Austria’s early Romanticist Franz Schubert, French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz, and American pianist and modern classical composer Lee Hoiby. The concert will be held in Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus. Ticket information is below.
Padula, director of vocal studies at Puget Sound and a nationally acclaimed performer, will be accompanied by Tanya Stambuk on piano. For Handel’s cantata Lungi da voi, che siete poli, HVW 126c and Hoiby’s The Life of the Bee, Padula will be joined onstage by David Requiro on cello. For Schubert’s Ständchen, D. 889 she will be joined by the male vocalists in Puget Sound’s Voci d’Amici singing group.
The mezzo-soprano’s career has included performances of many of the major operatic roles, solo concert repertoire, and reading and recording sessions with major American music organizations. She has won critical acclaim for her beautiful tone quality, musical interpretations, and characterizations. After a solo appearance with the Alamo City Men’s Chorale, the San Antonio Express-News wrote about her interpretation of Johannes Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody:
“Padula brought heartfelt clarity to its soaring lines. … Her reading was emotional and effective.” The newspaper went on, “Padula revealed a delightful flair for cabaret style—and a gift for acting—in novelty songs by William Bolcom and Mary Rodgers. A lush arrangement of Ye Banks and Braes for choir and the mezzo’s floating obbligato brought the concert to a close.”
Dawn Padula received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Houston Moores School of Music. She has performed many of the major mezzo-soprano operatic roles, including Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Isabella in L’Italiana Algeri. In addition she has performed extensively as a soloist in oratorios such as Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, and in several orchestral pieces, including the requiems of Mozart and Duruflé. Padula has sung with the Houston Grand Opera, Tacoma Opera,
Houston Symphony Orchestra, Amarillo Opera, Alamo City Men’s Chorale, Opera in the Heights of Houston, and Living Opera Company of Dallas, among others.
Tanya Stambuk is professor of piano in the School of Music at Puget Sound and a member of Finisterra Piano Trio. She has appeared internationally as a guest soloist with prominent orchestras, and has performed in the United States and Europe, and on radio and television. She recorded the piano works of Norman Dello Joio, and won the international piano competition at the Auditório Nacional Carlos Alberto in Portugal.
David Requiro is the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence at Puget Sound. He has garnered first-prize awards at the Walter W. Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, and the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International string competitions, as well as a top prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Japan. Requiro has made concerto appearances with major orchestras and has been a featured soloist at venues including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center.
FOR TICKETS order online at tickets.pugetsound.edu or call Wheelock Information Center at 253.879.6013 to purchase with a credit card. Admission is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Group ticket rates are available for parties of 10 or more by calling 253.879.3555 in advance. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.
Press photos of Dawn Padula can be downloaded from: pugetsound.edu/pressphotos
Photos on page: Top right: Dawn Padula. Top left: Composer Hector Berlioz; Above: Tanya Stambuk and David Requiro.
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