Faculty/Guest Artist Recital: Martin Vodrazka, baritone and Willem van Schalkwyk, piano

Monday, September 23, 2019
8:00 pm
College of Music Building
Voertman Hall
Martin Vodrážka is a visiting opera coach from Czechoslovakia at the UNT College of Music for the fall semester.

Willem van Schalkwyk joins the UNT Faculty this fall as our new Opera
Coach/Lecturer in the Division of Conducting & Ensembles.

Hanuš - Dřevěný Kristus (Wooden Christ): Písně na kříž nalezený v horách, Opus 40
Dvořák - from Biblické pisně (Biblical Songs),Opus 99


Smetana - Krásný to cíl, Dalibor
Smetana - Já ale zůstanu… Ó, vy lípy, Libuše
Janáček - Je to pohádka či pravda, Příběhy lišky Bystroušky (Cunning Little Vixen)
    Martin Vodrážka, Revírník • Tessa Newman, Skokánek

Baritone Martin Vodrážka graduated from the Academy of
Performing Arts in Prague as the last student of the legendary dramatic soprano
professor, Nadezhda Kniplova.  He then trained
with the renowned Italian teacher Paolo De Napoli and Brazilian baritone
Miguelangelo Cavalcanti.  He was a winner
of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in the United States, a laureate of
the Imrich Godin International Singing Competition and a finalist and honorable
mention of Antonin Dvorak in Karlovy Vary.

He has recorded for Czech Radio and Czech Television and has
toured many European countries including St. John's Smith Square in London,
Paris, Germany, Austria, Slovakia. He debuted in Italy in the summer of 2013 in
the opening concert of the Rovereto Mozart Festival.

His opera roles include Count and Figaro in Figaro's
Wedding, Guglielma in Cosi fan tutte, Calender in Gluck's opera Pilgrims to
Mecca and Water Sprite in Rusalka.  Martin Vodrážka has been invited to perform the
oratorio solos, including Dvořák's Stabat Mater, Te Deum, Requiem by G. Fauré
and The Last Words of Christ Theodore Dubois. He is intensely involved in
songwriting. Martin collaborates with pianists including Pavel Voráček, Marcel
Javorček, Vojtěch Spurný and Miloš Orson Štědroň.  He has also collaborated with conductors including
Lukáš Kovařík, Leoš Svárov, Ondřej Vrabec, Petr Louženský, Tomáš Židek, Roman
Válek and Donka Miteva. He was soloist of Collegium Musicum Berlin, Hradec
Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Harmonia Delectabilis, Ensemble Guilleume,
Symphony Orchestra of Jinřichovice, Bum Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles.

Since the 2013/14 season, he has been performing regularly
at the Hrdin Studios in Prague in the double role of a multi-genre production
of Thomas Mann's The Blood of the Wälsung as Arenhold and Wotan in the final
output of Valkyrie, Wotan's Goodbye.

Applauded by the Salt Lake City Tribune for “maturity beyond
his years” and “dizzying technical facility,” Namibian pianist Willem van
has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, South
America, and Southern Africa - most recently in France and Mexico. Willem
regularly returns to Namibia for concert appearances, and has performed the
Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto and the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with
the Namibia National Symphony Orchestra, in addition to presenting a solo
recital as part of the National Theatre of Namibia’s 25-year anniversary. As
collaborative artist Willem has performed with instrumentalists from the New
York Philharmonic, the Chicago, San Francisco and Utah Symphonies, as well as
the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. As vocal coach and pianist Willem has served
with companies that include the Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, the Taos Opera
Institute, the American Institute of Musical Studies program in Austria, Arizona Opera, Opera Fort Collins, and
the Opera in the Ozarks. From 2014 until 2019, Willem was Assistant Professor
of Piano and Opera/Vocal Coaching at the University of Northern Colorado.
Willem completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the
University of North Texas 2009.

Free admission.

Free Parking spaces will be available in Lot 26 (Highland Street, between Bain Hall and Music Practice South) for patrons attending performances at the College of Music on weekends and after 5:00pm on weekdays.