Thomas Meglioranza, baritone & Reiko Uchida, piano


Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The New York Times wrote of this dashing baritone, “Sublime is the first word to come to mind.” Making his debut, Meglioranza offers selections from Hugo Wolf’s magnum opus of the lieder repertoire.

Wolf: Mörike-Lieder (selections)

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Thomas Meglioranza, an American baritone of Thai, Italian and Polish heritage, was born in Manhattan, grew up in New Jersey, and graduated from Grinnell College and the Eastman School of Music. He was a winner of the Walter W. Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Franz Schubert/Music of Modernity, and Joy In Singing competitions.

He has sung Messiahs, Bach Passions, and Carmina Buranas with many of America’s leading orchestras as well as Copland’s Old American Songs with the National Symphony, Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, John Harbison’s Fifth Symphony with the Boston Symphony, Milton Babbitt’s Two Sonnets with the MET Orchestra, Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina with the Houston Symphony, and Bach cantatas with Les Violons du Roy and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Described in The New Yorker as an “immaculate and inventive recitalist”, his Songs from the WWI Era program was named one of the “Top Ten Best Classical Performances of the Year” in the Philadelphia Inquirer. His discography includes three acclaimed albums of Schubert lieder and French mélodies with pianist Reiko Uchida, songs of Virgil Thomson with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Bach cantatas with the Taverner Consort.

His operatic roles include Fritz in Die tote Stadt, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva, as well as Chou Enlai in Nixon in China, and Prior Walter in Eötvös Peter’s Angels in America with Opera Boston. He also regularly performs with the Mark Morris Dance Group, including the role of Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas.

Meglioranza is a Visiting Artist in Voice at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. He lives in New York City.

Pianist Reiko Uchida is recognized as one of the finest, most versatile pianists on the scene today. She was the first prize winner of the Joanna Hodges Piano Competition. Ms. Uchida has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, and the Santa Fe Symphony, among others. Ms. Uchida made her New York solo debut in 2001 at Carnegie’s Weill Hall under the auspices of the Abby Whiteside Foundation. She has performed solo and chamber music concerts throughout the world, including the United States, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Finland, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic, in venues including Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, the White House, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Her festival appearances include Spoleto, Tanglewood, Santa Fe, Marlboro, and the Laurel Festival of the Arts.

As a chamber musician, she was one of the first pianists selected for Chamber Music Society Two, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program for outstanding emerging artists. She has been a recital partner for Jennifer Koh, David Shifrin, Jaime Laredo, and Sharon Robinson, with whom she performed the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano. She has also collaborated with the Borromeo and Tokyo String Quartets. She is a member of the Laurel Trio, and the Moebius Ensemble, a group specializing in 20th century music in residence at Columbia University.

Ms. Uchida holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Claude Frank and Leon Fleisher, a Master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School. She currently resides in New York City where she is an associate faculty member at Columbia University.