|CONTRIBUTORS TO VOCALIMAGES PRESENTS|
|WILLIAM HICKS, voice coach, conductor, and pianist, most recently completed recording 127 pieces by Victor Herbert for New World Records, including 101 songs with sixteen different singers, 15 piano solos, and eleven pieces for ‘cello and piano with Metropolitan Opera principal ‘cellist Jerry Grossman.
He also recorded HAVE A HEART by Jerome Kern with the London Sinfonietta and most recently conducted Puccini’s LA BOHÊME and Donizetti’s L’ELISIR D’AMORE for the Martha Cardona Opera Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.
He made his New York conducting debut in 2003 conducting an all Mozart/Beethoven concert with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Allice Tully Hall. From 1995 to 2001 Mr. Hicks served as Assistant Conductor for the Metropolitan Opera, and made his Metropolitan Opera stage debut as the concert pianist Lazinski in Giordano’s FEDORA.
He has also served as Associate Conductor for the Santa Fe Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, the Cincinnati Opera, and the New York City Opera. He prepared the singers, conducted rehearsals, and performed as pianist in Maestro Lorin Maazel’s first opera production of Britten’s TURN OF THE SCREW at Castleton, Virginia.
From 1990 to 1995 he collaborated as repetiteur and pianist for Luciano Pavarottti; he has coached, appeared in recital and on television and in master classes with some of the leading singers of our time, including Luciano Pavarotti, Franco Corelli, Renata Scotto, Roberta Peters, Teresa Stratas, Anna Moffo, Regina Resnik, Deborah Voigt and Harolyn Blackwell.
He is the pianist on Ms. Blackwell’s A SIMPLE SONG: BLACKWELL SINGS BERNSTEIN and ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, and for many years collaborated with Martha Eggerth Kiepura and is the pianist on her album MY LIFE, MY SONG.
In 2009 he prepared Renee Fleming for her recording, VERISMO!
From 1982 to 2002 he served as Associate Conductor to John McGlinn, preparing and performing on all of his concerts, broadcasts, and recordings; he also was on staff for the I.V.A.I. programs at Tel Aviv, Portland, Oregon, and Montreal.
Mr. Hicks gives master classes in preparation and presentation to young singers throughout the world; he also has extensive training and professional experience as a dancer and actor.
Jack Lee is one of the most respected musical directors in the theatre. His career has embraced conducting numerous Broadway shows, and national and international tours.
Originally from Cleveland, he performed as an actor in musicals at that city’s famous Cain Park Theatre. He worked at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City as an assistant conductor and then conducted at summer musicals at the Dallas Music Hall and the circuit of theatres for John Kenley in Warren, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio.
His first Broadway conducting assignment was KICKS & CO., a musical by Oscar Brown Jr. starring Burgess Meredith. Next came FRANK MERRIWELL then GEORGE M with Joel Grey, APPLAUSE, with Lauren Bacall, SWEET CHARITY with Gwen Verdon, followed by a tour of the show with Chita Rivera, FUNNY GIRL with Marilyn Michaels and Lillian Roth, Richard Rodgers’ NO STRINGS with Howard Keel and Barbara McNair, FIG LEAVES ARE FALLING with Barry Nelson and Dorothy Loudon, IRENE with Debbie Reynolds that led into a West Coast revival of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, directed by Gower Champion and starring Debbie Reynolds, KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY with Burt Lancaster, a tour and Broadway run of PETER PAN starring Sandy Duncan, NICK & NORA with Barry Bostwick, Joanna Gleason and Christine Beranski, MY ONE AND ONLY on Broadway, on tour and the in Far East with Tommy Tune and Twiggy, and later with Sandy Duncan and Stephanie Zimbalist.
He continued his association with Tommy Tune on Broadway and on tour with GRAND HOTEL, by Robert Wright and George Forrest. His association with Sandy Duncan continued with productions of I DO! I DO!, THE APPLE TREE, and SOUTH PACIFIC Between a Broadway revival of MY FAIR LADY starring Richard Chamberlain and a tour of the show in Europe playing SRO engagements in Berlin, Munich, Paris, and other cities , he conducted a new production of OKLAHOMA for the Arizona State Theatre which utilized the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.
Jack has served as the musical director for the night club acts of such notable performers as Georgia Gibbs, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Peter Palmer, Robert Horton and Juliet Prowse.
Along the way he has found time to work on the filming of SWEET CHARITY and again with Shirley MacLaine in POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE. He did the dance music for Carol Burnett’s television special, CALAMITY JANE.
He is a contributing staff member of New York University and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is a frequent guest instructor and master class teacher at his alma mater, Baldwin-Wallace. While performing such an assignment at Baldwin-Wallace he was the subject of a PBS television documentary on him and his work. The show won an Emmy.
In June of ’97 Mr. Lee traveled to Israel with a team of American artists, working in conjunction with the Leonard Bernstein Foundation to work with Israeli professional singers and actors on the musical theatre techniques and styles that America is noted for. Upon his return he rejoined Sandy Duncan in a presentation of FREE FALL at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Most recently, he was the Musical Supervisor for the Delaware Theatre Company production of CLOSER THAN EVER.
Mr. Lee has been a guest conductor with the symphony orchestras of Phoenix, Dallas, Tulsa, Columbus, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Erie, Albany, Raleigh and Portland, Oregon.
In July of this year he musically directed and conducted a concert version of SWEET CHARITY at Avery Fisher Hall in New York starring Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Debbie Allen, Donna McKechnie, Bibi Newirth, Robert Goulet, John McMartin, and Brian Stokes Mitchell, many of whom had previously appeared on Broadway or the road in full versions of the Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields/Bob Fosse musical. This was followed by a production of THREEPENNY OPERA at New York University where he is a full professor.
He conducted Tommy Tune and Sandy Duncan, in their musical revue, TWO FOR THE SHOW at the Fifth Avenue Playhouse, in Seattle, Washington. Throughout the year he will conduct concert dates for Sandy, her husband Don Correia and actor-director, Guy Stroman , called “Together”. For the Mabel Mercer Foundation he helmed a harem of lady stars of both the American and British stages in a tribute to Noel Coward at Carnegie Hall entitled Mad About the Boy.
BROADWAY(* indicates National companies as well)
CIVIC LIGHT OPERA – LOS ANGELES
TELEVISION & FILMS
SUMMER STOCK/SUMMER TOURS
NIGHT CLUB ACTS
Aloma Bardi is a musicologist and translator. She is an American music specialist, and teaches “History of Music in the United States” at the University of Florence. She is the founding director of ICAMus, The International Center for American Music. She is also a scholar of opera theaters, and the author of Teatro Comunale di Firenze – Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Catalogo 1928-2002.
|Randolph Mickelson, is a renowned musician and voice teacher, who has specialized in performance practice and singing technique of music from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Starting in the mid-sixties he worked with many of the best-known singers including Dame Joan Sutherland, Shirley Verrett, Grace Bumbry, Evelyn Lear, Patricia Brooks, Anne Elgar, Beverly Sills, Marilyn Horne, Giacomo Aragall, Justino Diaz, Ruggiero Raimondi and Luciano Pavarotti.
In 1969 La Scala, Milan, presented his edition of Rossini’s L’assedio di Corinto, conducted by Thomas Schippers with Sills, Horne, Bonisolli and Diaz. which was repeated by the Metropolitan Opera, and served as the Met debut of Beverly Sills.
Mr. Mickelson is the founder of the Music Society which produced legendary performances of operas at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, presenting among others Regine Crespin, Renata Scotto, Boris Christoff, Marilyn Horne and Rockwell Blake.
Mickelson also chose the repertoire and wrote the variations and revisions of Montserrat Caballe’s Rossini Rarities (Grand Prix du Disc) a record which presented for the first time in modern times a number of airs of Rossini’s opera serias which are now in the repertoire.
Mr. Mickelson’s now legendary restoration of Handel’s Semele in Carnegie Hall with Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Rockwell Blake, and Samuel Ramey is still remembered as the most successful Handel revival in New York, as well as his Gulio Cesare with Montserreat Caballe, also In Carnegie Hall.
In the field of Rennaisance music Mickelson has presented his reconstructions of the Missa in die Sancti Marci and the Mass of the Coronation of the Dogaressa Morosina Morosini, both performed in the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice with the Ambrosian singers and the National Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990 and 1994. These presentations were the result of decades of research in the major collections and museums of Europe and the USA.
Mickelson is at present preparing a book on Handel performance practice and has recently founded the NY Opera and Concert Society.
After many years abroad he now lives in New York, where he teaches voice.
Other recordings of his work include:
Graun Montezuma-Decca-Sutherland, Bonynge
|Andrew Farkas was a third-year law student in October 1956 of the ELTE-University of Law in his native city, Budapest, when the ELTE students started the Hungarian Revolution. In November, after the Russian forces returned, Andrew fled the country and immigrated to the United States. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, Los Angeles, in 1959, and after a full tour of duty with the U.S. Army, he earned a Master of Library Science degree at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1962.
After holding several library positions at the University of California, Davis, Andrew worked for three years for a major international book & periodicals firm in New York City. In 1970 he was appointed as the founding library director of the newly established University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He held that position from 1970 until his retirement, retiring with the title of Library Director Emeritus in 2003. He also organized, headed, and taught in an undergraduate library science program, carrying the additional title of Professor of Library Science (1970-1992). He received the institution’s highest honor, the Distinguished Professor Award in 1991, and in 2000 the Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award. In the same year he was made Honorary Alumnus of UNF.
Andrew’s lifetime avocation has been opera and opera singers. His interest in opera dates back to his early teens, starting with Otto Klemperer’s last full season in Budapest (1949-50). His scholarly contributions to the field have been several books, articles, reviews, lectures and interviews. He is co-author with Anna-Lisa Björling of Jussi (Amadeus Press, 1996), the first English language biography of Jussi Björling; co-author in collaboration with Enrico Caruso, Jr., of Enrico Caruso: My Father and My Family (Amadeus Press, 1990); editor of Lawrence Tibbett: Singing Actor (Amadeus Press, 1989); editor, contributor, and translator of Titta Ruffo: An Anthology (foreword by Tito Gobbi, Greenwood Press, 1984); author, editor, and compiler of Opera and Concert Singers (foreword by Richard Bonynge, Garland, 1985); editorial advisor and contributor of the International Encyclopedia of Opera (in 2 volumes, St. James Press, 1993); contributor to St. James Opera Encyclopedia (Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1996); founding editor of the first 16 volumes published in the Opera Biographies series of Amadeus Press (1989-2003); editor of Opera Biographies, a subseries to the Study of Music and Dance (2 vols., Greenwood Press, 1984-86); editor of Great Voices Series (2 vols., Baskerville Publishers, 1995); and advisory editor of Opera Biographies, a 42-volume reprint series for Arno Press (1977).
Special recognitions accorded his books: Enrico Caruso: My Father and My Family received the CHOICE Award Citation “Outstanding Academic Books 1990″ and was recorded as a talking book for the blind in 1993; Opera & Concert Singers received the CHOICE Award Citation “Outstanding Reference Books 1985/86″; Lawrence Tibbett: Singing Actor was recorded as a talking book for the blind, 1993.