Kathryn Guthrie, soprano; Miroslav Sekera, piano
Kellie Van Horn, mezzo-soprano; John McGinn, piano
Justin Vickers, tenor; Andrea Chenoweth, soprano
Chad Sloan, baritone; Desiree Maira, mezzo-soprano
The Fair Ophelia, the second installment on Navona Records’ Shakespeare Concerts Series, features works by composer Joseph Summer that are inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark! With Shakespeare’s texts accompanied with music by Brahms, Strauss, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Joseph Summer, this album for vocal and chamber music consists of diverse settings that present the listener with an opportunity to hear Ophelia in a three dimensional perspective. Summer’s works have been described as “[varying] in mood and compositional technique from piece to piece, but always beautifully expressive and deeply emotional” (Shakespeare Matters).
Visit The Fair Ophelia web application to access the digital booklet, study scores, extended liner notes, and more.