Grammy Award-winning conductor John Nelson returns to Chicago to lead the fourth annual Chicago Bach Project in a one-night-only performance of Bach’s soaring St. Matthew Passion. Many consider it the most moving of all sacred works, portraying the musical narrative of the greatest story ever told. Maestro Nelson, whose recent release of the St. Matthew Passion on DVD has garnered high praise from BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and American Record Guide, brings “a deep and sensitive understanding of what gives this music its unique spiritual resonance and urgent dramatic power” (Chicago Tribune).
Chicago Bach Project’s sensational debut three years ago was hailed as one of Chicago’s “top 10 performances” of the year, “sensitively sung and beautifully played” (Chicago Classical Review). This return engagement—featuring the Chicago Bach Choir & Orchestra, composed of Chicago’s finest musicians, including performers from the Lyric, CSO, and Grant Park Music Festival, along with Anima (Young Singers of Chicago) and a distinguished roster of world-class soloists—promises another profound musical experience. Don’t miss this one!
John Nelson, conductor
Nicholas Phan, Evangelist
Stephen Morscheck, Jesus
Lisette Oropesa, soprano
Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor
Colin Ainsworth, tenor
Matthew Brook, bass-baritone
Tobias Greenhalgh, baritone
Chicago Bach Choir & Orchestra
Donald Nally, chorus master
Anima (Young Singers of Greater Chicago)
Emily Ellsworth, director
Elise Aragon, a draper, knelt at the soprano’s feet with pins cupped in her hand. Ms. Oropesa fluffed the veil with her hands and allowed the diaphanous material to settle like a mist around her face. By way of experiment, she took a few deep breaths and declared herself satisfied. “I’ve had to sing with way worse stuff on my face,” she said.
The Metropolitan Opera went behind the scenes today during the HD broadcast of Tosca to bring some footage of us rehearsing Falstaff! Lucky for us they put it online for all to see.
It's no secret that I am a runner. I was contacted by Runner's World magazine to be featured in their "I'm a Runner" column which occurs on the last page of every issue. Needless to say I was completely overwhelmed! So please enjoy the article and watch the video below! You can even hear me singing a little bit of Caro Nome from my performance of Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera!
Lisette Oropesa, I'm a Runner, Runner's World Magazine