A 75-minute recital project with baritone Alan Dunbar centralized around characters who are crazy, delusional and flat-out psychopathic.
Heard in a Violent Ward David Evan Thomas (b. 1958)
Three Settings of Ernst Schulze Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Don Quichotte à Dulcinée Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Kung Eriks visor Ture Rangström (1884-1957)
The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes Libby Larsen (b. 1950)
Program includes four languages, and works by two living composers, as well as standard repertoire. Recital includes settings of letters by the writer John Clare during his residency in the Northampton General Lunatic Asylum, Schubert’s settings of poet Ernst Schulze, a known stalker of two sisters, a Swedish cycle about a King who goes mad with a combination of power and jealousy, and Libby Larsen’s work about Herman Webster Mudgett, one of America’s first documented serial killers who is best known for his hotel he opened in Chicago during the 1893 World Exposition.