Eccentricities of our Nature
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Tucson, AZ 85721-0004
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The University of Arizona School of Music presents "Eccentricities of our Nature," a Faculty Artist Series recital featuring baritone Andrew Stuckey and pianist Paula Fan.
Andrew Stuckey is a baritone whose opera and concert performances are widely acclaimed for their visceral power and rich beauty. His interpretations have won praise for his “unusual sensitivity” that deepened the character’s complex persona. This recital will explore vividly eccentric characters in opera and song and will feature music by Ravel, Wolf and Duke, among others. This recital will be Professor Stuckey’s debut performance in Crowder Hall, as he recently joined the University of Arizona faculty in fall 2014.
About the Artists:
These accolades and more have followed baritone William Andrew Stuckey, whose opera and concert performances are widely acclaimed for their visceral power and rich beauty.
Mr. Stuckey is a seasoned baritone who’s many and varied roles speak to his accomplished voice and broad appeal. In particular, he is a respected interpreter of the Verdi baritone roles. Mr. Stuckey sang the black-hearted Iago in Opera Roanoke’s stellar concert production, which the "Roanoke Times" deemed “not to be missed.” He has sung Verdi with the Festival Lyrique-en-mer in France, debuting with great success the title role in the comic opera "Falstaff," following up with Germont in “La Traviata,” a role he has perfected with several opera companies, including Santa Fe Opera, Opera Delaware and Opera New Jersey. With Sarasota Opera, he had a strong run as Conte di Luna in “Il Trovatore.”
His interpretation of Enrico in “Lucia di Lammermoor” with the Syracuse Opera and the Connecticut Grand Opera brought praise for his “unusual sensitivity.” His exploration of the character’s complex persona, reviewers noted, was displayed winningly in arias whose vocal agility ranged from pensive whispers to despairing outbursts.
Recently, Mr. Stuckey had the honor of working with maestro Lorin Maazel as Michele in “Il Tabarro,” Iago in “Otello,” and Sonora in “La Fanciulla del West.” Other roles on which Mr. Stuckey has put his unique stamp include Tonio in “I Pagliacci,” and Sharpless in “Madama Butterfly,” Don Pizarro in “Fidelio,” title role in "Gianni Schicchi," and the High Priest in “Samson et Dalila.” He has interpreted these and other great leading roles for opera houses throughout the United States, including the Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the opera houses of Santa Fe, Baltimore, Palm Beach, Portland, Augusta, Tulsa, Kansas City, St. Louis and Sarasota.
In addition to his prodigious talent as a singer, Mr. Stuckey is a consummate professional who has proven himself well able to meet the rigors of the stage. He is excited to join the faculty at the University of Arizona and looking forward to working to ensure the success of his students.
Pianist Paula Fan has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on five continents. As the first accompanist-coach to be invited to an emerging China, she performed on the earliest concerts of Western chamber music and art song to be heard there for decades. She has recorded twenty albums and has broadcast for the BBC, National Public Radio, Radio Television China, and international stations from Bosnia to Australia. As one of the first recipients of the doctorate in collaborative piano, she has lectured on the subject worldwide. She taught for 40 years at the University of Arizona School of Music.
A committed Earthwatch volunteer, Paula Fan is passionate about bridging the gap between the scientific and musical worlds. She is a founding member of the Solar Storytellers, a solar powered piano trio that has performed on the National Mall in Washington DC, and at the venerable Aspen Science Center. Currently, she is principal pianist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Regents' Professor Emerita of Music, and the first Senior Fellow of the interdisciplinary Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry at the University of Arizona.