Three colleagues from the School of Music at Arizona State University, soprano Carole FitzPatrick, baritone Robert Barefield, and pianist Eckart Sellheim, will present a concert titled â€śTWO PLUS ONE!â€ť at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in UALRâ€™s Fine Arts Building.
Featured repertoire includes art songs and duets from a wide range of composers including Donizetti, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Chausson, and Stephen Foster.Â Also included will be a new duet titled â€śListening into Nightâ€ť by leading American composer James DeMars.Â The three artists have enjoyed a longstanding collaboration that has culminated in the upcoming CD recording to be released by Cavalli Records of Bamberg, Germany.Â The recording is also titled â€śTWO PLUS ONE!â€ť and features many of the duets that will appear in the live program.
FitzPatrick received her bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of Texas and two masterâ€™s degrees from Yale, then moved to Europe in 1988. After engagements in Dortmund and OsnabrĂĽck, Germany, she joined the ensemble of the State Theater in Nuremberg. Her extensive opera repertoire during her seven years in Germany included Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Strauss and Wagner, having sung more than 60 major roles in German opera houses, including Hannover, Mannheim, Duesseldorf, Essen and Berlin. Her concert work has been extensive as well, including concert tours in France and Spain, and performances in Finland, Austria, Holland, the Czech Republic, Luxemburg, and Russia. She was selected by the city of OsnabrĂĽck as â€śCitizen of the Yearâ€ť and was named by the professional magazine OpernWelt as one of its â€śSinger of the Yearâ€ť candidates. In 2005 she participated in the premiere performance of Wagnerâ€™s â€śRing des Nibelungenâ€ť in Beijing, and in sang â€śDonna Annaâ€ť in â€śDon Giovanniâ€ť in Hong Kong. Since August 2005, she has been a professor of voice at Arizona State University. Recent performances include appearances with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Arizona State Lyric Opera Theater and Symphony Orchestra, Prager Sinfoniker, the Austin Chamber Music Society, and the Berliner Cappella. In 2008, she created the role of La Malinche in the world premiere of James DeMarsâ€™ opera â€śGuadalupe, Our Lady of the Roses,â€ť which was recorded and released by Canyon Records.
Baritone Robert Barefield has performed as soloist with organizations throughout the United States and in Europe, including the New Orleans Opera, the Mississippi Symphony, the Arizona Opera, the Dorian Opera Theatre, the Central City Opera, the Ohio Light Opera and Operafestival di Roma in Italy. Operatic roles have included â€śDon Giovanni,â€ť Danilo in â€śThe Merry Widow,â€ť Figaro in â€śIl Barbiere di Siviglia,â€ť Sid in â€śAlbert Herring,â€ť Eisenstein in â€śDie Fledermaus,â€ť the title role in â€śGianni Schicchiâ€ť and John Proctor in Robert Wardâ€™s â€śThe Crucible.â€ť As an oratorio soloist, Barefieldâ€™s performances have included â€śCarmina Burana,â€ť the FaurĂ© â€śRequiem, The Sea Symphonyâ€ť and â€śDona Nobis Pacemâ€ť of Vaughan Williams and Handelâ€™s â€śMessiah.â€ť An accomplished recitalist, Barefieldâ€™s wide-ranging repertoire has encompassed works such as Schubertâ€™s â€śWinterreiseâ€ť and â€śDie SchĂ¶ne MĂĽllerin,â€ť Vaughan Williamsâ€™ â€śSongs of Travelâ€ť and premiere performances of works by contemporary composers such as Simon Sargon, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Maggio and David Conte. His European recital performances have included venues in Austria, Germany and Spain. Barefield received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a Corbett Opera Scholar. He is currently a member of the voice faculty at Arizona State. His current and former voice students are active as performers and educators throughout the country. In 2008, he performed the role of Bishop Zumarraga in the world premiere of James DeMarsâ€™ opera â€śGuadalupe â€“ Our Lady of the Roses.â€ť These performances were recorded and released on CD by Canyon Records.
Eckart Sellheim received his musical training in Germany and Switzerland; Adolf Drescher and Jakob Gimpel were among his teachers. He was appointed to the faculty of the two major conservatories in Cologne and con- tinued his academic career as an assistant professor of piano and chamber music at the University of Michigan. From 1989 until 2008 he was professor and director of collaborative piano at Arizona State University. He also served as a guest lecturer of fortepiano and performance practice at various music academies in Germany, most notably at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, and taught numerous master classes in the United States and in several European countries. Sellheim maintains an active performance schedule, having concert tours in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, and throughout Europe. He appears regularly on radio programs in the United States and abroad, and Sellheim has made more than 20 recordings as a piano and fortepiano soloist and collaborative pianist, among them a great number with his late brother, celebrated German cellist Friedrich-Juergen Sellheim.