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Arts and Entertainment

February 22, 2013

Soprano to perform Poulenc opera

Hartwick College will host a performance of Francis Poulenc’s 1959 opera “La Voix Humaine” (“The Human Voice”) by Delhi native soprano Barbara Paterson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Anderson Theater on the Oneonta college’s campus.

The one-act opera, based on Jean Cocteau’s stage play, focuses on an unnamed woman speaking to her former lover on the telephone for the last time. According to a media release, “for 45 minutes, the two laugh and cry, trade accusations and secrets, and contemplate their lives without each other.”

Paterson, now based in New York City, has performed operatically and in concert across the U.S., France, Germany and New Zealand. Locally, she has appeared as a soloist with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, the Catskill Choral Society and the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra.

She will be joined for the performance by Montreal pianist Jean-Francois Grondin. The show is directed by Kelvin Chan, general director of New York City’s Vital Opera, and is presented as part of the 2012-13 Hartwick College Concert Series.

In addition to the performance, Paterson will lead a master class of arias and art songs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today, featuring voice students from the college.

The show and the class are free and open to the public. For more information, call Michelle Iannelli-Rubin, office manager for the music department, at 431-4800 or email her at iannelli_rum@hartwick.edu.

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