April 12, 2010/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (high resolution photo available)
Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – Renowned singer Stacey Rishoi has been named the mezzo-soprano soloist for the upcoming concert presentation of Gustav Mahler’s towering Symphony No. 2, “The Resurrection,” at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).

UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri will lead the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra and a large community and UNC chorus in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at UNCSA’s Stevens Center, 405 West Fourth St., downtown Winston-Salem.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available by calling the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 or online at www.uncsa.edu/performances.

Stacey Rishoi

Rishoi has garnered critical and audience acclaim on both operatic and symphonic stages throughout her international career. She has appeared as guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, National Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati May Festival, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, among others. She can be heard in the world premiere recording of Liszt’s St. Stanislaus, conducted by James Conlon, on the Telarc label. Rishoi’s 2009-10 season includes Handel’s Messiah (Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta conducting), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Fresno Philharmonic and Springfield Symphony orchestras), Verdi’s Requiem (Bel Canto Chorus), and Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Florida Orchestra). Rishoi is a winner of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Norman Treigle Award from New York City Opera. For a full bio, see below.

A massive work in its scale, “The Resurrection” will unite more than 100 students in the UNCSA orchestra and approximately 125 chorus members. The chorus will be composed of the UNCSA Cantata Singers and the Parkland Magnet High School Choir, as well as student vocalists from across the University of North Carolina system, including Winston-Salem State University, N.C. Central University, N.C. State University, and Fayetteville State University.

A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Fellow and UNCSA Master of Music candidate Jodi Burns will be the soprano soloist.

The concert will be repeated in Raleigh on Sunday, April 25, at the Grand Opening Festival of the N.C. Museum of Art, “A Celebration of North Carolina Arts.” For that concert, which will be presented at 3 p.m. April 25 in the Museum Park Theater, the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Choral Society of Durham and the Duke University Chapel Choir. Chancellor Mauceri will conduct. For more information about the Raleigh concert, see: http://ncartmuseum.org/interim/grand-opening.php.

UNCSA School of Music alumna Tichina Vaughn was scheduled to be the mezzo-soprano soloist for April 17; however, she had to withdraw due to a tonsillectomy. Fortunately, Vaughn will be able to join the performance on April 25 in Raleigh.

Mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi has garnered an international reputation for the beauty and power of her instrument. Following her debut as Adalgisa in Norma, the Washington Post stated, “It was Rishoi’s Adalgisa, however, who nearly stole the show with a performance that was convincing and unwavering from start to finish… . Rishoi commanded the stage with a lustrous voice graced with natural expression and a surprising clarion projection.”

Stacey Rishoi returns to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the 2009-10 season to sing Handel’s Messiah, JoAnn Falletta conducting; sings as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with both the Fresno Philharmonic and Springfield Symphony orchestras; in Verdi’s Requiem with Bel Canto Chorus; in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Florida Orchestra; and in an evening of opera highlights with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Her 2008-09 season included singing as soloist in Messiah with the Pacific and Jacksonville symphony orchestras; Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos with Calgary Opera; De Falla’s El Amor Brujo with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem with the Jacksonville and Atlanta symphony orchestras; Verdi’s Requiem with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C.; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Buffalo Philharmonic; Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with West Virginia Symphony; and an appearance with the South Dakota Chamber Orchestra in a vocal showcase concert, which included Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’ete, through Sounds of South Dakota.

Highlights of Rishoi’s recent seasons include two successful role debuts – Dalila in Samson et Dalila with Nashville Opera and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Orlando Opera; her return to Washington National Opera as Waltraute in Die Walküre; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with North Carolina Symphony, conducted by Grant Llewellyn; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C.; De Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat with Columbus Symphony; joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the world premiere of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor; Mozart’s Requiem with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and performances of Vaughan Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits and Serenade to Music at the Washington National Cathedral.

Rishoi’s opera highlights include Adalgisa with Virginia Opera; Waltraute in Die Walküre with both Seattle Opera and Canadian Opera Company; Amneris in Aida with Orlando Opera; and Magdalene in Die Meistersinger with the Cincinnati May Festival, conducted by James Conlon. Rishoi also added the role of Waltraute in Götterdämmerung to her repertoire at Seattle Opera, as well as Fricka in Die Walküre with the Canadian Opera Company. She has performed both Sesto in La clemenza di Tito and Arsamene in Xerxes with Wolf Trap Opera; Jo in Little Women with both Central City Opera and Opera Omaha; Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus with Utah Opera; Mercedes in Carmen with Kentucky Opera, Meg Page in Falstaff with Opera Festival of New Jersey; Flora in La traviata with New Orleans Opera; and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with both Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the 2003 Macau International Music Festival. 

Rishoi has met with critical acclaim on concert stages across the United States and has garnered an extensive list of symphonic credits. Among her many successes are Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Syracuse symphony orchestras; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Virginia Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Santa Rosa Symphony; her engagement by Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic for the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Four Seasons and Aaron Kernis’ Garden of Light, which was followed by an immediate re-engagement for the world premiere of Ades’ America: A Prophesy; and Mozart’s Requiem with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Portugal’s Festival dos 100 Dias. She has performed Bach’s Magnificat with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; B Minor Mass with the Bach Festival Society of Florida; and St. Matthew Passion with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C.; Handel’s Messiah with both the Phoenix and San Diego symphony orchestras; and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Rishoi can be heard on the world premiere recording of Liszt’s St. Stanislaus, conducted by James Conlon, on the Telarc label. The Liszt also marked her debut performance at the Cincinnati May Festival.

Committed to the performance of song literature, Rishoi was singled out for her participation in the “Christa Ludwig Song Workshop: Brahms and Mahler,” sponsored by Carnegie Hall. She also gave the world premiere of John Musto’s song cycle for vocal quartet and piano titled The Book of Uncommon Prayer at Miller Theater, Columbia University.

Rishoi is a winner of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Norman Treigle Award from New York City Opera. She has served as artist-in-residence at Festival Dos 100 Dias in Portugal and at the Beaumaris Festival in Wales. She is married to bass Gustav Andreassen.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.