St. Cecilia Series Presents: Lydia Beasley, soprano; Samuel Gaskin, accompanist
October 11, 2020 7:00pm
Soprano Lydia Beasley has appeared with Peabody Opera, Emerald City Opera, The Figaro Project, Erie Opera, Birmingham Music Club, and University of Alabama Opera in such roles as Mimì in La bohème, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Frau Fluth in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Marietta in Naughty Marietta, and Mrs. Garland in the world premiere of Freedom and Fire! A Civil War Story. An experienced oratorio soloist, she has appeared in Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Italy in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Honegger’s King David, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Lydia has had a decade of teaching experience; previous appointments include the University of Alabama, Mercyhurst University, Southern Virginia University, and Judson College. She holds a B.M., summa cum laude, from Shenandoah Conservatory, an M.M. from Peabody Conservatory, and a D.M.A. from the University of Alabama.
Lydia Beasley and Samuel Gaskin present "Letters", an art song recital comprised of letters of love, familial connection, and a war-time farewell. Featured in the recital will be Songs from Letters: Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey, 1880-1902, a song cycle by American composer Libby Larsen.