David Bintley, CBE
Huddersfield is not as famous in the world of classical dance as St Petersburg, Paris or London, but it was the birthplace of David Bintley - one of the most consistent and significant forces in British ballet.
At the age of four, he fell in love with the stage at a Sunday school concert, and from that point onwardsdance became 'a single-minded obsession' that led to him winning a place at the Royal Ballet Upper School at the age of 16.
It was 1973, and that meant that Bintley was directly influenced by the founders of British ballet - Dame Ninette de Valois and Frederick Ashton. He still cites 'Madam and Fred' as his heroes, and his love for the communicative style of English ballet that they forged springs from the training they gave him.
Even before he arrived at the school, Bintley knew he was interested in choreography and he made his first fledgling ballets there. But after he joined Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet in 1976, it was as a character dancer that he made his mark. His performances as Alain and Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée, the smaller Ugly Sister in Cinderella, and Petrushka in Fokine's ballet of that name, set the benchmark for those roles at that time.
At the same time, his choreographic ambition was encouraged, beginning with The Outsider in 1978 and continuing through his first major narrative ballet The Swan of Tuonela in 1982. In 1983, he became resident choreographer of Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, but left three years later to take up the same position at The Royal Ballet. His period with the Covent Garden company was one of mixed success. Works such as Still Life at the Penguin Café perfectly caught the mood of the late 1980s and has been enduringly popular. Hobson's Choice (1989), a deft, fluent transposition of Harold Brighouse's great Northern working-class comedy to the ballet stage, made for SWRB, was equally enduring. But ambitious pieces such as The Planets (1990) and Cyrano (1991) failed to win over the critics. Bintley resigned from the Royal Ballet in 1993, but not before he had bequeathed them the darkly beautiful Tombeaux.
For the next two years, he worked mainly abroad, but in 1995, he returned home as artistic director of his old company, now based in Birmingham and renamed Birmingham Royal Ballet. Since his appointment, he has shaped a company where the dancers share his philosophy of continuing to preserve the classical repertory while introducing new work made in the same idiom.
He has been a careful curator of the classics - preserving some in Peter Wright's sensitive revivals, but also choreographing his own productions, such as Sylvia (2009) and Cinderella (2010). Just as noticeably, he has also championed the works of de Valois, Ashton and MacMillan which provide the basis of the modern English repertory, giving them a safe and loving home.
At the same time, he has continued to be a prolific choreographer, with a natural impulse towards story telling that has made popular hits of works such as Carmina Burana (1995), Far From the Madding Crowd (1996) and Beauty and the Beast (2003). The reworked Cyrano (2007) and Sylvia (2009) have also emerged as a durable and attractive works. Alongside such narrative pieces, he has tapped another more abstract vein with jazz-inflected creations such as The Shakespeare Suite (1999) and Take Five (2007) taking their place alongside the thrilling E= mc² (2009), a bright meditation on physics with a new score by Matthew Hindson, and Faster (2012), an Olympics inspired commission to the same composer. Such works reflect his instinct, throughout his career, to make work to new music. This ambition, combined with his narrative sophistication, has won him many awards and world-wide recognition. Although still firmly based in Birmingham, since 2010 Bintley has also been Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Japan, creating Aladdin (2008) and The Prince of Pagodas (2011).
- SARAH CROMPTON | Sarah Crompton is Arts Editor in Chief and Dance Critic of The Daily Telegraph
The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Georgia State University Singers, and three professional soloists will be bringing the iconic and resounding Carl Orff score to life for all Atlanta Ballet performances of David Bintley's Carmina Burana!
Brendan Daly (Tenor Soloist), an Atlanta native, finished the 2011|2012 season with critically noted lead roles in Le 66 by Offenbach, Trial by Jury by G&S, and The Mighty Casey by Schuman (Opera Saratoga). Recent supporting credits include La Bohème (Atlanta Opera), Die Fledermaus (Saratoga), Kurt Weil’s Mahagonny (Opera Boston), Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, and the Magnificat and St. Matthew Passion of Bach. Brendan apprenticed two seasons with Opera Colorado, appearing in Tales of Hoffmann by Nathanaël and the Barber of Seville (Almaviva). He is in residency at Boston University’s Opera Institute, recently appearing in stage works of Massenet, Poulenc, Britten, and Jake Heggie.
Angela Gilbert (Soprano Soloist), a South African born soprano, is an accomplished international interpreter of the Bel Canto repertoire. She has performed the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Maria Stuarda for San Diego Opera under the batons of Richard Bonynge and Edoardo Müller, respectively. The title role in Lucia has also taken her to the Anna Livia International Opera Festival in Dublin, Ireland, Cape Town Opera in South Africa, Connecticut Grand Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Palm Beach Opera; and she has covered the role for Natalie Dessay at the San Francisco Opera. She has also performed Norina in Don Pasquale with Cape Town Opera and Wolf Trap Opera, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore with the Bar Harbor Festival, and Inez in La Favorita for Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall. Additional engagements with OONY include covering the title role in Adelia and Elena in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago. An alumna of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, Angela is a versatile performer relishing her ongoing relationship with Mozart and Verdi.
Gabriel Preisser (Baritone Soloist), praised for his "rich and powerful voice," has performed over 30 operatic and musical theatre roles with companies such as Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Pensacola Opera, and Kentucky Opera. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, Ars Lyrica, Mercury Baroque, and others. Recently, he reprised his role as Lt. Gordon in the Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, a role he created with Minnesota Opera last year. A district winner in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition and winner of the American finals of the International Lirico Concorso Competition in 2011, he has earned performance degrees from Florida State University and the University of Houston.
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY SINGERS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DR. DEANNA JOSEPH
Dr. Deanna Joseph (Conductor, Georgia State University Singers) is director of choral activities at the Georgia State University School of Music, where she conducts the University Singers and the Women’s Chorus, teaches conducting and choral literature, and supervises the master’s program in choral conducting. She is an active guest conductor and clinician who has conducted all-state and honor choirs in eight states. Dr. Joseph is a frequent conductor of choral-orchestral repertoire and has led performances of pieces such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven‘s Mass in C, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in A-flat, and Bruckner’s Mass in D Minor. Dr. Joseph holds a BS in music education from Duquesne University and both the MM and the DMA in conducting from the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, she taught conducting and served as the assistant conductor of the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize. Dr. Joseph has also been a conducting fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival. Prior to her appointment at Georgia State University, Dr. Joseph served on the faculties at Smith College (2004-2007), the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2007-2008), and Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2008-2010) and served for three summers as a conductor and teacher on the artist faculty of the New York State Summer School for the Arts - School of Choral Studies (2007-2009).
Georgia State University Singers (Choir), under the direction of Dr. Deanna Joseph, is the Georgia State University School of Music’s premier vocal ensemble. Selected by competitive audition, the choir is comprised of both music majors and non-majors, undergraduate and graduate students, while representing the diverse population of Georgia State University. The ensemble’s annual performances have included appearances before the Georgia Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, and at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards. The Singers’ tours have taken them throughout much of the United States, including Carnegie Hall on two occasions, and six international tours with stops in France, Belgium, Italy, Yugoslavia, Finland, Russian, Estonia, Canada, and Great Britain. The University Singers is honored to have been selected to represent the United States in the 2013 Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choral Song Competition this May.
Soprano: Lauren Dellinger, Julia Metry, Megan Price, Lauren Westberg, Natalie Harrell, Courtney Long, Jessica Lane, Alaina Powell, Megan Schuitema, Megan Zhang, Paige Williams, Stephanie Cross, Elizabeth King, Morgan Mooney, Aikaterini Grigoriadou
Alto: Melissa Joseph, Jazmine Scroggins, Kayla Harriot, Carolyn Balkovetz, Oriana Wisdom, Hannah Lee, Eve Webber, Elaine Peek, Madison Skeeters, Michele Ripley, Laura Massas, Amber Tittle, Alix Urien, Yadi Flores, Chelsea Siegel, Maggie Garred, Lakendra Fort
Tenor: James Taylor, Moonsuk Kang, Matthew Talley, Christopher Massie, Keithni Woodside, Dylan Banks, David Clark, Ariel Merivil, Salvatore LoCascio, Jarrett Roseborough, Craig Upchurch, Drew Bridges, Nick Backfisch, Bill Walker, Corey Houston
Bass: David Porter, Alishan Lalani, Kevin Banks, Jacob Zhou, John Tibbetts, Nick Yaquinto, Asa Moon, Stephen McCluskey, Matt Samuels, Terrance Patterson, Jason Arnold, Miguel Velez, Joshua Alexander, James Peterson, Melvin Carter, Jonathan Maiocco, Brandon Affeck, David Ducharme
ATLANTA BALLET ORCHESTRA WITH GUEST CONDUCTOR
Beatrice Affron (Conductor) was born and raised in New York City. She joined Pennsylvania Ballet in 1993 as the assistant conductor and was promoted to music director and conductor in 1997. A graduate of Yale University, Beatrice studied conducting with Robert Spano and Pascal Verrot at New England Conservatory. At Pennsylvania Ballet, Beatrice has conducted many Balanchine ballets as well as other classics such as The Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet. In 2004, she conducted the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake. Other dance credits include Les Sylphides, Moor’s Pavane, and Dark Elegies, all of which Beatrice led at the Boston Conservatory. Outside of dance, Beatrice is heard in a large and varied repertoire that encompasses works from Handel to Donizetti to Philip Glass. In 2002, she received international attention when she led the world premiere performances of Philip Glass and Mary Zimmerman’s Galileo Galilei at Chicago’s
Goodman Theater and subsequently on a tour to London’s Barbican Theatre. In 2005, Beatrice made her debut with the Glimmerglass Opera conducting Donizetti’s Lucie de Lammermoor. Other guest conducting appearances include Opera Theatre St. Louis, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Landmarks Orchestra, and New England Conservatory. Beatrice lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.
ATLANTA BALLET ORCHESTRA 12|13
Lisa Morrison, Concertmaster
Sally Wilson Martin, Associate Concertmaster
Linda Pinner, Principal Second
Joli Wu, Principal
Charae Krueger, Principal
Lyn Deramus, Principal
Nella Rigell, Principal
Jeanne Carere, Principal
Erica Howard, Principal
Katherine White, Principal
Michael Muszynski, Principal
Jason Eklund, Principal
Kevin Lyons, Principal
John Morrison, Co-Principal
Robb Smith, Principal
Don Strand, Principal
Scott Douglas, Principal
Mike Cebulski, Principal
*leave of absense 2012-2013