An up-and-coming American opera star and his German bride will give a joint recital at 4 p.m. Friday (Aug. 12) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.
James Kee, tenor, and Julie Ebert, soprano, have sung professionally in Germany for several years, most recently at the Volkstheater Rostock. Their ASA concert will consist of songs and arias from such composers as Puccini, Strauss, and Wagner, and a duet from Lehar’s The Merry Widow.
Kee has worked in houses such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Palm Beach Opera, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and Volkstheater Rostock in such roles as Ismaele in “Nabucco,” Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus,” Le Mari in “Les Mamelles de Tirésias,” and the Knusperhexe in “Hänsel und Gretel.”
Recent performances for the dramatic tenor include “Beethoven’s 9th Symphony” and Ismaele in “Nabucco,” both with Volkstheater Rostock.
Critics have called his voice “particularly beautiful” and a “beautifully toned, flexible and color-rich voice.”
Ebert is the leading soprano at the Theater Plauen-Zwickau in Southeast Germany. She has sung a number of major roles for Volkstheater Rostock and elsewhere in Germany, including Valencienne in “The Merry Widow,” Isabella in “The Fairy Queen” and Musetta in “La Bohème.”
Recent roles include Suzanna in “The Marriage of Figaro,” Frasquita in “Carmen,” and Papagena in “The Magic Flute.”
Kee has received a number of prestigious awards, including the 2nd prize in the Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, 1st prize in the Mario Lanza Competition, the Conductor’s Prize from Opera Index and 3rd prize in the Middle Atlantic Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition.
With a passion for new music, Kee has recorded and performed many new works from composers such as Ned Rorem, Richard Danielpour, Jake Heggie and Andre Previn.
Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer