The Summer Recital Series continues on July 20 in the newly-landscaped Brooklyn Bridge Park, with an evening of favorite arias and duets performed by rising stars Susanna Phillips (soprano), Michael Fabiano (tenor), and Christopher Magiera (baritone) accompanied by pianist Jonathan Kelly.
Rising American soprano Susanna Phillips made her Met debut in the 2008-09 season as Musetta in La Bohème and returned as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, a role she reprises in the coming season. A graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Phillips has won four of the world’s leading vocal competitions: the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards, the George London Foundation, and Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. In April, Phillips was named the fifth recipient of the Met’s prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award.
Michael Fabiano made his Met debut last season as Raffaele in Stiffelio. A winner of the 2007 National Council Auditions, this exciting young tenor recently made his London debut at English National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto. His other recent engagements include Alfredo in La Traviata for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with the Fort Worth Opera. In 2008, Fabiano made his debut at La Scala as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He has upcoming engagements at the Paris Opera, Dresden State Opera, and the Limoges Opera.
Christopher Magiera is a 2008 finalist of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. A former Young Artist at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera and a 2008 member of the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program, he is also a recipient of the 2009 Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize and was an International finalist in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. This summer, he performs the title role of Eugene Onegin with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis before joining the roster of the Dresden State Opera with the beginning of the 2010-11 season.
Jonathan Kelly has served as an official accompanist for the San Francisco Opera Center, Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Kelly has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Kirk in the Hills, the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, and for the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Zankel Hall.