Ellen Hargis, soprano
Paul O'Dette, archlute
Sunday, October 6,
at 3:00 p.m.
Soprano Ellen Hargis and lutenist Paul O’Dette will open the series on October 6 with a program entitled “Wait, I’m Singing Now,” featuring music from the early Italian Baroque including works by Barbara Strozzi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Cesti, and others.
One of America’s premier early music singers, Ellen Hargis has worked with leading period music conductors, including Andrew Parrott, Gustav Leonhardt, Monica Huggett, and Paul Hillier. Her recording of the leading role in Lully’s Thésée was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 2008, and she is featured on many solo discs including two with Paul O’Dette. Ellen Hargis teaches voice at Case Western Reserve University and is Artist-in-Residence with the Newberry Consort at the University of Chicago.
Best known for his recitals and recordings of solo lute music, Paul O’Dette also regularly performs in ensemble with such artists as Jordi Savall, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, and Tafelmusik. He is a leading exponent of Baroque opera, conducting at Tanglewood, the Utrecht Early Music Festival and Sweden’s Drottningholm Court Theater. Many of his over 100 recordings have been nominated for the Gramophone’s “Record of Year.” He has served as Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music since 1976 and is Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival.