The Atlanta Vocal Arts Society’s 2012-2013 Debut Season is dedicated to showcasing Atlanta’s talent. All of the exciting artists being presented in our first season are natives of Atlanta or currently call the Atlanta Metro Area ‘home’.
Russell Thomas is an international opera, concert, and recital performer. He is a frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera where he has performed leading roles such as Steersman in The Flying Dutchman, Tamino in The Magic Flute and Foresto in Attila, the latter with the eminent conductor Riccardo Muti. Mr. Thomas has a special relationship with American Composer John Adams, who composed the role of the Prince in A Flowering Tree for him which premiered in 2006 at Peter Sellars’ New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna and the role of Lazarus in The Gospel According to the Other Mary which premiered with The Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in the Spring of 2012. Mr. Thomas first collaborated with celebrated director Peter Sellars as Sultan Soliman in Mozart’s Zaide at the Vienna Festwochen. These collaborations have led to further debuts and performances with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle, San Francisco Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, The Barbican Center Mostly Mozart Festival and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed leading roles with the Atlanta Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Welsh National Opera and Teatro Municipal Santiago.
A winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has been described by Opera News as “a rising star” with a “sumptuous voice.” Ms. Barton is also a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
In the 2010-11 season, Ms. Barton performs Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the Metropolitan Opera and Dryad in Ariadne Auf Naxos with Houston Grand Opera. Concert appearances include: Domenico Scarlatti’s rarely performed comic intermezzo La Dirindina with Ars Lyrica (Music of the Baroque), Mozart’s Requiem with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under Edo de Waart, and Schubert’s Mass No. 6 with San Diego Symphony. She presents recitals in Jacksonville and Sarasota, Florid
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012 – 7:30pm
Where: Florence Kopleff Recital Hall/Georgia State University – 10 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA
Tickets: $30.00 plus a $5 fee for individual tickets / $15 for student tickets plus a $3.50 fee – (15% Discount for friends of Best of Atlanta Concerts! Use this discount code: 2012AVAS15S)
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Entry Deadline: Thursday, October 4, 2012