The next concert by the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra provides an opportunity to hear not just one outstanding soloist, but two: Anna Singer, a veteran of both the operatic stage and radio broadcast, and Nicholas Stamatakis, one of the music department’s multi-talented students.
Anna Singer is well known to classical music lovers in Pittsburgh as the mid-day host for WQED FM, and she can be seen and heard frequently in operatic productions in Pittsburgh and throughout the country. Singer has performed as the lead in numerous operas including Tosca, Salome, Aida, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Lohengrin, Die Walküre, and many more. Her skill as a performer of Wagner will be on display for Wednesday night’s concert when she performs with the orchestra on the “Prelude and Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde.
If Anna Singer is the seasoned pro, Nick Stamatakis is a rising star. A senior studying both Industrial Engineering and Music, Stamatakis has studied piano with Lee Kikuchi (2003–09) and Natalie Phillips (2010–present). In high school, Stamatakis won first prize in the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association Senior Division, Solo Division. He’s been a busy performer at Pitt as well, providing musical direction for a number of Pitt Musical Theatre Club productions including Into the Woods, Music of Musicals: the Musical, Spamalot, and more. On Wednesday night, he makes his debut as concerto soloist with Pitt’s Symphony Orchestra performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor.
Don’t miss these two outstanding soloists in a program that also includes music by Hans Werner Henze and Jules Massenet. The concert takes place at Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, November 6 at 8 p.m. and is free to the public.