Baritone David Pershall and Mezzo-Soprano Krysty Swann will be accompanied by Arthur McManus in a memorable evening of great opera and Broadway hits. Program to be announced.
David Pershall was recently featured in Voix des Arts “Best Artists of 2014” and praised for “[dispatching] his smooth, evenly produced lyric baritone with elegance and style” in Opera News, David’s latest performances in the U.S. A. were at Minnesota Opera as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Washington National Opera as Papageno in The Magic Flute, and at Carnegie Hall as Lord Nottingham in Roberto Devereux for which he was hailed as “passionate and resonant” by The New York Times.
He has won many prestigious vocal competitions including 1st Prize in the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition, 1st Prize in the New Jersey Verismo Competition, 1st Prize in the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, 1st Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, 1st Prize in the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, 1st Prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition for Voice, the Presser Music Foundation Award, and the Thomas Stewart Award for Vocal Excellence. His other awards include prizes in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition, the Opera Index Competition, the George London Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize for the Outstanding Singer in the Yale School of Music, and an Artist Grant Award from the National Bel Canto Vocal Competition.
David is a graduate of the Merola Opera program at San Francisco Opera and the Virginia Opera Resident Artist program. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University, as well as a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music.
Mezzo-Soprano Krysty Swann is a winner of the Marcello Giordani International Vocal competition in Italy 2013, Richard F. Gold CareerGrant (New York City Opera) and of the Intermezzo Foundation Award (Elardo International Opera Competition). Other distinctions include the Silver Prize of the Opera Index Competition and prizes from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation.
Next season 2015 she will make her debut as Amneris in Bucharest National Opera's production of Aida. This season, She made her concert debut in South Africa with the acclaimed KZN Philharmonic under the baton of Daniel Boico. Ms. Swann returned to the Metropolitan Opera for their 2013 season in their productions of Die Walküre and Francesca Da Rimini. Last season the mezzo-soprano made her Milan debut in concert with Laverdi orchestra and returned to Austria's Bregenz festival for a second season. She made her debut with the Boston Symphony orchestra as well as the Tanglewood music festival. Krysty Swann returned to Carnegie Hall as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Alberto Veronisi, garnering rave reviews. She has appeared as soloist in Messiah with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In the previous season she was Emilia with Nathan Gunn in The Firebrand of Florence by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin conducted by Ted Sperling. In the same season she returned to New York City Opera as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly.
Krysty Swann has also taken part in a number of educational programs with New York City Opera. Recently she performed the title role of Richard Danielpour's opera Margaret Garner, which received its world premiere in 2005 (New York City Opera), made her debut in Avery Fisher Hall with Verdi's Requiem and sang in Giacomo Puccini's Edgar along with Marcello Giordani with the Opera Orchestra of New York conducted by Eve Queler. In addition the singer has been a guest at the Michigan Opera Theater and the International Vocal Arts Institute, Israel.