The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts will present soprano Joyce Guyer in concert this Sunday, March 16 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Accompanied by pianist Bianca Lupsha, Guyer has been a valued principal artist for 16 seasons at New York’s Metropolitan Opera with roles such as Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Sophie in “Der Rosenkavalier,” Sophie in “Werther,” and Pamina in “Die Zauberflöte.” In New York City she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall and Avery Fisher Hall with such notable conductors as James Levine, Sir Colin Davis, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gerard Schwartz and Robert Bass.
In Europe Guyer spent five years at the Bayreuther Festspiele as Woglinde and Die Waldvogel in Wagner’s Ring Cycle conducted by Levine. She can be heard on the DDG recordings of “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Parsifal,” and “Idomeneo,” all conducted by Levine; on the Newport Classic recording of “The Devil & Daniel Webster;” as well as on CDs of John Philip Sousa's “Theatre & Parlor Songs” by Premier Recordings and a collaboration with noted French horn artist, David Jolley, of music of the French Romantic composers on Arabesque.
Her teaching career includes positions as professor at Florida State University and the University of Washington. She has returned to Tallahassee where she maintains a private studio.
Guyer’s program on Sunday includes “Sieben frühe Lieder,” a 1907 work by Alban Berg; a 2002 work by Alan Smith called “Vignettes: Letters from George to Evelyn from the Private Papers of a World War II Bride; “Deità Silvane,” a 1917 work by Ottorino Respighi: and the poems of Frank O’Hara, including “Having a Coke with You,” set to music by Christopher Berg.
Admission to the concert is by a $5 donation; all students (and children) including college, are free. At the level of Patron contributor ($100 or more) and above, free admission is extended to family members.
For more information, call 653-8894.