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The Art of Fugue: The Opera
Jory Vinikour, Director & Harpsichordist / Patrick Kilbride, Tenor / Charles Humphries, Countertenor / Andrew Potter, Bass
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 7:30pm
3137 Aberfoyle Pl., NW, Washington DC 20015
Program Details: 

"The Art of Fugue: The Opera" 
Friday, December 2, 2016, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm  
Venue: 3137 Aberfoyle Place NW., Washington DC 2015

The evening is planned as follows:

- 7:00pm    Arrival of guests; complimentary fine beverages served 

-7:30pm     Guests take their seats

 -7:45pm     Jory Vinikour will open the evening by performing works for solo harpsichord

 - 8:15pm    Pause/Intermission 

 - 8:30pm    Opera commences

 -9:00pm     Complimentary canapès & beverages served

Jory Vinikour, Director
Jory Vinikour to Direct from the Harpsichord

Two time Grammy® Award nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. A highly diversified career brings him to the world’s most important festivals and concert halls as recital and concerto soloist, and partner to several of today’s finest artists.

Born in Chicago, Jory Vinikour studied in Paris with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert on a Fulbright scholarship. First Prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and the Prague Spring Festival (1994) brought him to the public’s attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series throughout much of the world.

 In repertoire ranging from Bach to Poulenc to Nyman, Jory has performed as soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic of Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Martin Haselböck, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Benjamin Levy, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Gordan Nikolic, Constantine Orbelian, et al.

Well-known as an accompanist, he has worked extensively with artists such as David Daniels, Vivica Genaux, Magdalena Kozena, Annick Massis, Dorothea Röschmann, Rolando Villazon... He has accompanied legendary Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in recitals in Sweden, Norway, Spain and Paris and at La Scala in Milan. With lutenist Jakob Lindberg, their programme of English and Italian music of the 17th century, entitled Music for a While was released by Deutsche Grammophon in early 2005.

 Mr. Vinikour's recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, released on Delos International in 2001, received excellent reviews throughout the world. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune named it as one of 2001’s top ten classical CD’s, an honor that was also accorded to Mr. Vinikour’s recording of Bach’s Toccatas in 1999. Mr. Vinikour’s 2009 Delos release of Handel’s 1720 Suites for Harpsichord has received wide critical acclaim (American Record Guide naming it the finest recording of these works). His debut recording for Sono Luminus, the complete harpsichord works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, was nominated for a Grammy® award, in the category of Best Classical Solo Instrumental Recording in 2013, an honor also accorded to his Toccatas (Contemporary American works for harpsichord) in 2015.

In recent seasons, Mr. Vinikour has appeared as conductor/soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Korea Chamber Orchestra, musicAeterna, Juillard415, Alabama Symphony. He will direct Handel's Agrippina in August, 2016 for West Edge Opera, and Purcell's Fairy Queen for Chicago Opera Theater the following November. Jory Vinikour is Artistic Director and co-founder of Great Lakes Baroque in Milwaukee.

Patrick Kilbride, Tenor
Patrick Kilbride performs in Die Fledermaus

Praised for his “sweet tone” and “superbly acted” portrayals, American tenor, Patrick Kilbride, is enjoying a flourishing career, particularly sought-after as an interpreter of Monteverdi, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel,Mozart and Britten.

He pursued his undergraduate studies in voice at Northwestern University, and his graduate studies in opera at the University of Maryland Opera Studio. Additionally, he was a fellow for three summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a member of the Aspen Opera Theater Center singing roles under the batons of many musical luminaries including Jane Glover, Tomàš Netopil, and Robert Spano.  He has also been a Young Artist with the Boston Early Music Festival and Victoria Bach Festival.

Currently residing in Washington, D.C., Mr. Kilbride recently made his professional operatic debut in the United States singing the role of Iro in a new production of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with the Boston Early Music Festival, directed by Gilbert Blin and conducted by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs. Following his debut in Boston, he studied and performed for two months at the prestigiousTanglewood Music Center as a Vocal Fellow where he collaborated with many celebrated artist-mentors including Mark Morris, Sanford Sylvan and Dawn Upshaw. While there he made his recital debut in Seiji Ozawa Hall and performed in world premieres, including music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Lang.

Other important roles performed and covered include Albert Herring in Albert Herring, Arbace inIdomeneo (Maryland Opera Studio), Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Secondo Soldato/Lucano inL’Incoronazione di Poppea, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Gomatz in Zaïde, Flute in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aspen Music Festival), Osman in Almira (Boston Early Music Festival), Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, La Discorde in Les arts florissants, and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro (Northwestern University). In demand as a concert artist, Mr. Kilbride has performed with the Washington Bach Consortand Chicago’s Music of the Baroque.

As a winner of the 24th International Concours de Chant Centre-Lyrique d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Mr. Kilbride will make his professional operatic debut in Europe singing the role of Damon in a new production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea in France throughout 2015 and 2016. Upcoming performances include Damon in Acis and Galatea with Théâtre Municipal Montluçon,Opéra Grand Avignon, Opéra Théâtre de Clermont-Ferrand, Opéra de Rennes and Festival de la Chaise-Dieu as well as soloist appearances with Third Practice, the Washington Bach Consort and the Cathedral Choral Society.

He was the 2015 recipient of the Marillyn Zacharis Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center, the 2014 recipient of the Pomeroy Prize for his work in 17th and 18th century repertoire, a three time recipient of the  Newman Family Foundation Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival, a Victor Rice Opera Assistantship recipient from the University of Maryland, a Helen Heim Nichols Endowed Fellowship recipient from Northwestern University, and a 2007 National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts YoungARTS finalist and winner in classical voice.

Charles Humphries, Countertenor
Charles Humphries to perform Countertenor in The Art of Fugue: The Opera


“...his voice is smooth and well balanced from top to bottom....”
"...Charles Humphries is a major label artist....”
“...beautiful Counter tenor voice smooth througout the range...”  

Charles Humphries’ vocal career began in the United Kingdom as a 7 year old chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and since those days music has taken him to all parts of the globe. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, he was honored with the letters ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music) for his services to music.  Known for his intelligent interpretations of baroque and renaissance music he has been one of the most sought after countertenors worldwide for the past twenty-five years. 

Throughout that time his career has paired him with a number of very distinguished conductors and directors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, Robert King, Rinaldo Allessandrini, Nicholas McGegan, James O’Donnell, Trevor Pinnock and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. As a consort singer and soloist he has made over forty recordings and highlights of those recordings include being an integral part of all the Venetian reconstructions that both the Gabrieli Consort and the Kings Consort produced throughout Europe. He was also a major contributor to the Bach cantata pilgrimage through the millennium year with Sir John Eliot Gardiner both as a soloist and consort member.

His Operatic appearances have taken him as far afield as Germany, England, Lithuania, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Greece and roles sung have included Ptolomeo, (Handel- Giulio Cesare), Delfa, (Cavalli - Giasone), Pompeo, (Cavalli -Pompeo Magno), Lichas (Handel - Hercules), Lucio Silla (Handel- Lucio Silla), Tamerlano (Handel- Tamerlano), The Sorceress (Purcell- Dido and Aeneas), Hamor (Handel- Jephtha), to name but a few. 

Charles now resides in the USA's capital where his career continues to flourish. Appearances on the East coast have included working with groups such as Washington Bach Consort (J Reilly Lewis), Bach Sinfonia (Dan Abraham) and the Washington Cathedral Choral Society. Across the United States he has appeared extensively with ensembles such as Bach Collegium San Diego (CA), Pacific Bach Project (CA), the Berkeley early music festival(CA), Ensemble xiii, (Texas) and St Thomas 5th Avenue(NY). In recital he is in great demand and he is often seen in collaboration with the great young lutenist, Kevin Payne. Last seasons concert highlights included programmes of Handel Arias and Duets, Vivaldi cantatas, a programme of songs by Barbara Strozzi, John Dowland Lute songs, Handel's Messiah, a selection of cantatas of JS Bach, the St John Passion, the Pergolesi Stabat Mater and songs of Henry Purcell and his debut with Opera Lafayette directed by Ryan Brown. This summer saw his solo album  released featuring the Alto cantatas of JS Bach on the Claudio label with Naxos worldwide distribution.  

Future engagements include early cantatas from Bachs time in Weimar (Bach Sinfonia, DC), Couperin Lecons de Tenebrae (DC).  In the fall he will return to the UK to participate in a new recording of John Joubert's opera “Jane Eyre” for the SOMM label, a disc of Campian Lute songs will be recorded at that time for Claudio records as well as concerts to promote that disc in the UK and Europe. Proposals and negotiations are underway for projects in December in Australia. Mr. Humphries is also in high demand as a vocal coach, teacher and mentor nationwide and as well as running his successful private studio, he continues his collaboration with Universities throughout the country.

Andrew W. Potter, Bass



A  bass  vocalist  of  increasing  demand  who  towers  at  an  imposing  and  athletic  6’10”,  Andrew  Potter  is  a  true   Basso who has been welcomed by audiences and critics across the country for a larger-than-life stage presence with a voice to match.

“His  lithe,  powerful  bass  voice  had  both  authority  and  beauty...”  (M.D.  Ridge,  WHRO Radio, March 2014)

(Larry Kellum, Town Times, March 2016) “Andrew  Potter  proved  to  be  sensitive  and  appealing...”  (James  Sohre,  Opera Today, July 2015) “...a  virile  yet  spry  stage  presence  with  sturdy,  responsive  and  infectious  singing.  The  guy  owns  the   stage.” (Gerald Moshell, The New London Day, March 2016)

His athleticism and physicality on stage, along with his dramatic sense and character depiction, are not the only things to have earned him the praise of critics nationwide. Andrew has successfully performed roles spanning from sonorous profundo roles like Osmin in Die Entführung, to much more lyrical Bass-Baritone roles such as Escamillo in  Bizet’s  Carmen; a vocal range granting incredibly rare versatility make him stand out among the growing community of low voices.

“Despite   this   plethora   of   great   vocalism   from   everyone,   the   one   standout   was   Andrew   Potter   as   Colline.  He  is  of  an  almost  extinct  species...”  (Larry  Kellum,  Town Times, May 2015)

In the early part of his career, Andrew was cast in mainstage roles at several prestigious programs such as Des Moines Metro Opera, St. Petersburg Emerging Artists, Opera Roanoke Apprentice Artists, and the Tyler Young Artist Program. He has since performed across the country proficiently demonstrating the vocal depth and sonority to sing such roles as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, the range and physicality to perform buffo roles like Don Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte; and the flexibility and agility to sing challenging Handelian roles including Zoroastro in Orlando, Ariodate in Serse, and Argante in Rinaldo.

The 2016 season promises exciting role debuts for Andrew, such as Melchtal (Guilliaume Tell), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Varlaam (Boris Godunov), Capitán (Florencia en el Amazonas), and Sparafucile (Rigoletto).

When   this   BarihunkTM   isn’t   on   stage   portraying   the   most   sinister   of   villains,   hilarious   antagonists,   or   heartbroken royalties, he can most often be found mountain climbing among some of the nation's most challenging peaks or enjoying any number of outdoor sports.

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