Wadsworth's The Doctor (world premiere)
performed at Staunton Music Festival
August 13, 2017
Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA
Scott Mello as Harlequin, the patient (tenor)
Paul Max Tipton as The Doctor (bass-baritone)
Nina Stern, recorder
Jacob Ashworth, violin
Antti Tikkanen, violin
video by Stewart Searle
Scott Mello has been praised for his “lyrical tenor” (NY Times) and for being “sonorous and alive to text” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Mr. Mello's recent performances included Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer with Damask Ensemble, Buxtehude cantatas with Ensemble Clematis, and Claude Vivier's Journal with Cappella Amsterdam. A noted interpreter of Händel, he sang Messiah in debuts with Nashville Symphony and San Antonio Symphony, and La resurrezione with Bach Collegium San Diego. He has recorded for Avie, Dorian Sono Luminus, Ex Cathedra, Koch International and NPR. Mr. Mello earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, New York University and Yale University.
Described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a dignified and beautiful singer, Paul Max Tipton, bass-baritone, performs nationally to acclaim in repertoire ranging from Schütz and Monteverdi to Britten and Bolcom. He solos under such notable figures as Masaaki Suzuki, Matthias Pintscher, Nicholas McGegan, Leonard Slatkin, Ton Koopman, Helmuth Rilling and Martin Katz, and has performed with the Bach Collegium Japan, New York Philharmonic, Apollo's Fire, Seraphic Fire, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Recent engagements include a recording of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 which earned a 2012 Grammy nomination. He studied at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Yale University.
One of the most successful aspects of Zach's style is his ability to refresh well-known material for new audiences, a feature that comes to the fore in his many song arrangements. For a Hollywood-themed program in 2017 he created a lovely version of Arlen's classic from The Wizard of Oz.
Wadsworth has also explored composition involving electronics, as in this new work for solo oboe and tape. The texts draw upon letters written by American poet Alan Seeger during The First World War, and the solo oboe is performed by Roger Roe.
Zachary Wadsworth first appeared at Staunton Music Festival as an "Emerging Composer" in 2011. Since then he has written over a dozen commissioned works for the festival and has appeared as pianist and tenor each season. Wadsworth brings originality and true poetry to all that he creates.
Written for and dedicated to contralto Sara Couden, these four quixotic songs were premiered in 2014 by Couden and Wadsworth. The texts by Hilaire Belloc become a springboard for Wadsworth's delightful musical whimsy.
While teaching at Williams College in western Massachusetts, Zachary Wadsworth sends a short postcard from his home in Troy, NY. A familiar face at SMF concerts since his debut in 2011, Zach talks about his rewarding experiences teaching and living near Williams College.
“What are the laws that govern music?” With this question, composer-in-residence Zachary Wadsworth began the process that led to Four Laws for Two Percussionists, given its world premiere performance in this 2015 video. Performed by I-Jen Fang and Brian Smith.
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