American contralto Emily Marvosh—recognized for her “sterling voice” and “graceful allure”—will make her debut appearance with American Bach Soloists in Handel’s Messiah this December in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.
The Boston-based contralto is no stranger to Handel’s magnum opus:
“Messiah is one of my favorite pieces of all time,” says Marvosh. “It is always a delight to perform such a familiar and well-loved masterpiece with a completely new team.”
Emily’s vibrant and engaging voice is effortlessly synchronized with her poised and charismatic stage presence. As a radiant soloist and a virtuoso chamber musician, her elegant fusion of a warm, smooth tone with colorful and penetrating characterization promises to leave a distinct and lasting impression.
“I often say I could perform this piece every other week for the rest of my life and be completely happy,” affirms Marvosh. “There’s always something new to hear – in the orchestra, choir, or the soloists’ parts—and each conductor, soloist, and audience can change the energy and effect of this protean piece, even from night to night! I’m excited to mold my interpretation with Maestro Thomas and the orchestra.”
“Every performance of a masterwork like Messiah (or the Passions, for example) carries with it the layered memories from previous performances. My first Messiah, my first professional Messiah, my first period performance Messiah, my first solo Messiah, the Messiah when my partner was on stage with me, the Messiah when I was going through a breakup, Messiah with colleagues who have passed away … ALL of those have influenced my performance experience.”
Intricate and heartfelt, Marvosh believes that both the music and the narrative of Messiah are capable of unearthing and transporting us through the full range of raw human feelings.
“We, the musicians and the audience, traverse many emotions in the course of the evening: expectation, joy, horror, tragedy, consolation, assurance, etc.” Marvosh further explains: “Every year, a different emotion—or one piece of text—resonates a little more with me than the others, and I’m sure everyone in the audience can relate to that experience.”
“As a chamber musician who enjoys ensemble singing, I LOVE having a front row seat for the choral music, which is really the best stuff in the whole piece! That Amen fugue! I die. If you look closely, you will probably see me singing along in more than one place. I’m also very excited to perform in these beautiful venues! Wow!”
Emily Marvosh will join three other soloists Hélène Brunet (soprano), Derek Chester (tenor), and Mischa Bouvier (baritone) for Messiah performances by American Bach Soloists and the renowned American Bach Choir under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas.
Tickets are on sale now:
American Bach Soloists Messiah Performances:
- Wednesday December 14 2017 7:30 PM – Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
- Thursday December 15 2017 7:30 PM – Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
- Friday December 16 2017 7:30 PM – Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
To reserve your seat please call 415-621-7900 or purchase online.
- Saturday December 10 2017 7:00 PM – Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
- Sunday December 18 2017 3:00 PM – Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA
Photo credit Tatiana Daubek