September 21, 2012

Stephen Lord Conducts Gluck’s "Orfeo ed Euridice" in Performance Featuring NEC’s Artist Diploma in Opera Singers

Free Oct. 10 Performance Takes Place in NEC’s Jordan Hall

Stephen Lord, Artistic Advisor of NEC's opera studies program, will conduct Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera Orfeo ed Euridice in Jordan Hall, Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 pm. Based on the myth of Orpheus, set to a libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi, the opera will feature the NEC Philharmonia and a student cast led by three singers from the Artist Diploma in Opera program.  Joshua Major, Chair of opera studies, will direct the semi-staged production, which will be performed in the Italian version first performed in Vienna in 1762.

Certainly one of opera’s most enduring subjects, the story of Orpheus, his love for Euridice, his descent into the underworld to rescue her, his encounter with the Furies, and his deliverance of Euridice with the help of Cupid has enticed composers for centuries. Gluck’s setting was historic in its own right because it represented his first “reform” work, in which he challenged the abstruse and formulaic “opera seria” with a music drama of noble simplicity.

The principal roles will be sung by mezzo soprano Jaime Korkos as Orfeo, soprano Hae Ji Chang as Euridice, and soprano Soyoung Park as Cupid.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Mezzo-soprano Jaime Korkos '11 G.D., '13 A.D. (Orfeo) is a student of Luretta Bybee. During her previous studies at NEC, Korkos sang the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and the title role of La Périchole, as well as the solo part in Mahler's Symphony No. 3. Immediately before returning to NEC this fall for the Artist Diploma program, she participated in the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, which allowed her to perform in four operas in a two-month span.






Soprano Hae Ji Chang '12 A.D. (Euridice) studied with Lorraine Nubar. At NEC, she has previous sung Pamina in The Magic Flute. During the 2011–12 season, Chang covered Giannetta from L'elisir d'Cupid at New York City Opera in March and Mélisande from Pelléas et Mélisande at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in June. She was cast as Giulietta in Opera Boston's 2012 production of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montechhi—a production that unfortunately never took place, due to the closing of Opera Boston at the end of 2011. Chang is enrolled as of fall 2012 in the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera, and returns to NEC for tonight's performance.



Soprano Soyoung Park '12 M.M., '14 A.D. (Cupid) studies with Lorraine Nubar. At Aspen in 2012, when she reprised her showcase role from NEC's 2011 production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, Park "delivered a relentless, forceful and blazingly sung Queen of the Night," according to MusicWeb's eyewitness. Park has also appeared at NEC in the 2012 Boston premiere of Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan.

For further information on the Artist Diploma in Opera program, click here. For information about the performance, click here or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory in Boston, MA offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz, contemporary improvisation, and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Senior Communications Specialist
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115