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Sunday 20 October, 2019

Today I had my second performance as “Die Alte Nonne” in Hindemith’s very controversial short opera Sancta Susanna. The role is small and perfect for me and marked my debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. I’ve included a couple obligatory “office for the day” pics from Strathmore Concert Hall in this post.

I highly encourage you all to listen to Sancta Susanna, noticing how import the instrumental colors are to the opera and that the melodic content is carried and driven by them and not the singers for most of the show. For me, this was highlighted specifically when I heard the piano reduction in preliminary rehearsals.


I’ve spent a lot of time backstage in my life. In fact, I’m probably at my most happy in rehearsals whether I’m participating or watching/listening. For me, it’s about taking the music apart, understanding why things are written or staged the way they are and then knowing the piece literally inside out for ever more. It’s been great to do this with Hindemith’s music and to remember how much I like that composer’s music generally.


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Sonya Alexandra Knussen

CONTRALTO
UPCOMING EVENTS
2019-2020
17

OCT

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: HINDEMITH SANCTA SUSANNA 

Marin Alsop, conductor

Aušrinė Stundytė, soprano
Renée Morloc, contralto
Sonya Alexandra Knussen, contralto
Women's Voices of Peabody Opera
Kateryna Sokolova, director

 Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 

1212 Cathedral Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

 

Thursday, October 17, 8:00pm

20

OCT

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: HINDEMITH SANCTA SUSANNA 

Marin Alsop, conductor

Aušrinė Stundytė, soprano
Renée Morloc, contralto
Sonya Alexandra Knussen, contralto
Women's Voices of Peabody Opera
Kateryna Sokolova, director

Music Center at Strathmore 

5301 Tuckerman Lane 

North Bethesda, MD 20852

 

Sunday, October 20, 3:00pm

26
OCT

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE 

Attending Shadwell Opera’s production of Oliver Knussen’s fantasy opera composed in collaboration with Maurice Sendak 

Alexandra Palace Theatre

Alexandra Palace Way

London, N22 7AY

 

Saturday, October 26, 3:00pm

2

NOV

AND PEACE AT LAST:

CONCERT FOR ALL SOULS

Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Crypt Church

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Michigan Avenue NE

Washington, DC 20017

 

Thursday, November 2, 7:00pm

 

Broadcast Live on the EWTN, Facebook and YouTube

6

DEC

BNSIC

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine Christmas Concert 2017

Upper Church,

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Michigan Avenue NE,

Washington, DC 20017

 

Friday, December 6, 7:30pm

10

DEC

A TRIBUTE TO

OLIVER KNUSSEN

Attending the LA Philharmonic's tribute to Oliver Knussen curated by Susanna Malkki and Leia Josefowicz

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA 

 

Tuesday, December 10, 8:00pm

Additionally the LA Philharmonic 

performs Oliver Knussen's

Violin Concerto with violinist Leila Josefowicz and conducted by Susanna Malkki on December 6, 7 and 8. 

24/25

DEC

BNSIC CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Michigan Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 

 

Tuesday, December 24, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 25, 12:00pm

Broadcast Live on the EWTN, Facebook and YouTube

5

JAN

THREE KINGS: 
MUSIC FOR THE MAGI

 

Chantry

St. Bernadette's Church

70 University Blvd, E

Silver Spring, MD 

Sunday, January 5, 3:00pm

1

MAR

THE PURCELL SCHOOL AT SOUTH BANK

Narrating Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and working with The Purcell School students for the following concerts in Tribute to Oliver Knussen:

Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road

London, SE1 8XX

Purcell Room:

Sunday, March 1, 11am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

 

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Sunday, March 1, 7:30pm

30

MAY

MONTEVERDI'S VESPERS

 

hexaCollective performs Monteverdi's Vespers at the Ware is the Music concert series 

Ware Episcopal Church

7825 John Clayton Memorial Highway
Gloucester, VA 23061

Saturday, May 30, 7:30pm

15

JUNE

BACH IN BALTIMORE RECITAL

Short solo recital set in a concert presented by the Bach in Baltimore concert series.

Mercy Ridge, MD

Monday, June 15, 7:30pm