American Song in Recital

Opera Selections
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

Nicholas Hay, a basso cantante singer from Highland Park, NJ, Sarah Hawkey, soprano, and Martin Neron, pianist will perform an Evening of American Song. Mr. Hay started singing at a young age in the American Boychoir, and has not looked back since. He has sung in various venues such as Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Merkin Concert Hall, and the 92nd Street Y to name a few. Mr. Hay’s roles include Zuniga in “Carmen”, Rocco in “Fidelio”, Antonio & Bartolo in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Peter Quince in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to name a few. Mr. Hay has appeared with Opera Philadelphia, Baltimore Opera Company, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, the Peabody Opera Theatre, Chelsea Opera and The Opera Festival of New Jersey. Mr. Hay will be joined by Sarah Hawkey, Soprano, and Martin Neron, Piano.
Soprano Sarah Hawkey believes that to sing is to breathe love into the world. Sarah specializes in the very old and very new: both Baroque and contemporary composers alike. This season is full of debuts, including Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Bach’s Magnificat, and Haydn’s Mariazeller Messe, as well as her Gotham Early Music Scene debut with Duo Seraphim, in collaboration with esteemed gambist Niccolo Seligmann, where they present a program of rarely-heard 17th-century French music. Sarah and Nick are together again with the Thoreau Ensemble in November, where she presents songs from the Italian Baroque. Later this season, Sarah debuts in Princeton with CUSP, a new music project, and Concordian Dawn, in a concert featuring the Medieval music of Machaut. Last season, she gave the world premieres of Surprisingly Poetic Moments from an Otherwise Typical Hiking Guidebook, a song cycle by Abraham Z. Morrison; I will not go, a duet with violin by Pamela Stein-Lynde; and Drawing Down the Moon, an opera by Hunter Long. Please visit sarahhawkey.com to learn more.

Praised as “an attentive partner” (Opera News), Canadian pianist Martin Néron has recorded different collections of French, Greek, and English art songs on the One Soul label, in addition to a program of songs by Mikis Theodorakis on the Romanos label. Mr. Néron has also recorded several concerts as a soloist and collaborative artist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). His publications on English, French, and German lyric diction, as well as French mélodie, have been featured in Australian Voice and Journal of Singing. His first book, Francis Poulenc: Selected Song Texts, was recently published by Leyerle Publications. Mr. Néron recently joined the Board of Directors of Joy In Singing, and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (DMA), Westminster Choir College, and Université de Montréal.