Brahms Requiem The University of Alabama 25, 27 April 2008
University Singers University Chorus The Huxford Symphony Orchestra
Elizabeth Claxton, Soprano Christopher O'Rear, Baritone
Christopher O'Rear, Baritone
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Chris O'Rear is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Alabama where he studies voice with Dr. Susan Fleming. He has previously served as instructor of voice at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Mr. O’Rear holds degrees from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Since becoming a part of the University community, he has sung as a featured soloist with The University Singers under the direction of Dr. John Ratledge where he has performed multiple oratorio roles including Carmina Burana and the role of Pilate in the St. John Passion. Other oratorio credits include performances of the role of Jesus in The St. John Passion with The Orchestra of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat with The Montgomery Chorale, Handel's Messiah, the Duruflé, Fauré, and Brahms Requiem's, Haydn's Creation, and Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs.
Additionally, he has given performances both in recital and on the operatic stage. His most recent performances include performances of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise and the role of Danilo Danilovitch in The University of Alabama Opera Theatre’s production of Franz Lehar’s, The Merry Widow. On stage, Mr. O’Rear has been seen as Sarastro and Belthazzar in OperAlabama productions of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Amahl and the Night Visitors, respectively, and Colline in a concert version of Puccini's La Bohème with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Carlton McCreery. Other roles have included Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata and Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.
The soprano Elizabeth Claxton was
born and raised in Dublin, Georgia and graduated from the Royal Academy of
Music Opera course in London with the prestigious Dip RAM award.Elizabeth received her Bachelors of
Music from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia with scholastic and musical
honours.While at Shorter she
studied with Dr. John Ramsaur, and was a member of the internationally
acclaimed Shorter Chorale under the direction of Dr. John Ratledge.Elizabeth was a featured soloist with
this group, performing Brahms’ Requiem
both with the Académie de St. Louise en L’Isle at the prestigious L’église
Madeleine in Paris, and at the Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial in
Madrid with the Orquesta Académica.She also performed
Orff’s Carmina Burana at Teatre
Fortuny, Reus, Spain.Her most recent concert performances
include a staged lieder recital with music by contemporaries of Freud entitled Dreamlives-Dark Music of Desire, Shostakovich’s Seven Poems of Alexander
Blok for Piano Trio and voice Opus 127 at
the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Elgar’s Coronation Ode, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in Bristol Cathedral, and Verdi’s Requiem.
Elizabeth has won many prizes and scholarships, and
has just recently won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Georgia and
Florida District Auditions and received Honorable Mention in the Grand Finals
of the Singer of the Year Competition in Shreveport, LA.She has also been selected to perform
in masterclasses given by Sylvia McNair, William McGraw, Costanza Cuccaro,
Robert Tear, Paul Kiesgen, and Dennis O’Neill.
has performed many roles both in opera and musical theatre.Recently she performed the role of Musetta
in La Boheme and Adele in Die
Fledermaus with St. Petersburg Opera,
Gerhilde in Die Walküre with the
Mastersingers, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Young London Opera’s tour to Holland, and Léna in a concert
performance of La Princesse Jaune
by Saint-Saëns conducted by Dominic Wheeler.Other roles include Clarice in the Royal Academy Opera’s Il
Mondo della Luna by Haydn, Rosalinde in Die
Fledermaus with the Brevard Music Festival
in Brevard, North Carolina, Fiordiligi in Shorter College’s production of
Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte,Zerlina in Mozart’s DonGiovanni
with the Rome Festival in Rome, Italy, Nettie Fowler in Carousel, Mother Superior in The Sound of Music, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Guenevere in Camelot, and Annie at the age of 8.
has recently been seen entertaining at Ocean Forest, the new Cloister’s Spanish
Lounge and Club Room on Sea Island, Georgia with music from Mozart to Johnny
Mercer. This summer Elizabeth will be spending her summer with Opera New
Jeresey in the Merry Widow and study covering Violetta in La Traviata.
Elizabeth Anne Claxton, Soprano
The full consort
Karis Lamb, Violinist, after the Brahms
Elizabeth Claxton, New York Soprano
Larry Mathis, UA Percussion Professor
Anna Davis, DMA Organ Performance, IN THE CLOUDS
Chris and Pam Gordon
Elizabeth Claxton and Yoon Hee Kim
Imygyu Kang and Yoon Hee Kim
Becky McCord and Elizabeth
Chris O'rear, DMA Vocal Performance
Skip Snead, Director of School of Music, after the Brahms
Goshia (Concert Master) and Hovhannes (Principal cello) after the Brahms