LIEDER ALIVE! will present the U.S. premiere of a new work by German composer Anno Schreier co-commissioned by Deutsche Oper Berlin as part of its 2017/18 Liederabend Series at Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco.
The work—set to poems by German poet Nora Bossong—will be performed by mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich and collaborating pianist John Parr, who is the Head of Music Staff at Deutsche Oper Berlin and also LIEDER ALIVE!’s Master Coach.
The composer will be in attendance at the premiere and will be interviewed onstage prior to the performance of his work by LIEDER ALIVE!’s Composer-in-Residence, Kurt Erickson.
LIEDER ALIVE!’s 2017/18 Liederabend Series is made possible with support from Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Red Curtain Addict, and the Ross McKee Foundation.
About the Artists
Photo: Anfried Zerche
Composer Anno Schreier
was born in 1979 and has composed numerous vocal, orchestral, and chamber works, as well as several large-scale operas, including Die Stadt der Blinden
(Opernhaus Zürich, 2011), Mörder Kaspar Brand
(Deutsche Oper am Rhein, 2012), and Prinzessin im Eis
(Theater Aachen, 2013). In 2016, his opera Hamlet
was premiered at Theater an der Wien, and nominated for the International Opera Awards. For more information about the composer, please visit his website: annoschreier.de
Photo: Peter-Andreas Hassiepin
is a multiple award-winning poet, writer and essayist who lives in Berlin. She was born in Bremen in 1982 and studied Creative Writing at the Institute for German Literature in Leipzig as well as Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She made a name for herself with the novels Gegend
(2007) and Webers Protokoll
(2009). Her reportage Rotlicht
(2017) received widespread media acclaim as an outstanding social study on sex and prostitution.
Photo: Sarah McMillan
Pianist and Master Coach, John Parr
, was formerly Head of Music Staff at the San Francisco Opera, and currently holds the same position at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. From 2002-2005 he worked as a coach at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, and gave recitals in the Wagner Museum. He has appeared with cellist Lynn Harrell, in chamber music concerts in the Bay Area, and in recitals for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, San Francisco Performances, Old First, and LIEDER ALIVE!
Photo: Zdenek Mlíka
Mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich
has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for her "noble, vocally assured singing, with stately grace and deep-rooted pathos.” A versatile musician, she has sung over 25 roles in the lyric mezzo repertoire, and is equally at home on the operatic or concert stage. Engagements have been with Opera San Jose, Opera Parallèle, Haymarket Opera (Chicago), West Edge Opera, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and the San Francisco Choral Society, among others. In 2017, she was named Artist-in-Residence at LIEDER ALIVE!