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OCU Voice Professor Sings Verdi, Wagner in Recital
Dr. William Nield Christensen will team with Bass School alumna Jessica Brine Hilliard to present an evening of Verdi and Wagner opera. The free recital, also featuring collaborative pianist Jan McDaniel, begins 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in Petree Recital Hall. Selections include “Dich teure Halle” Tannhauser; “Già nella notte” and “Niun mi tema” from Otello; and “Tu che la vanità” from Don Carlo. After intermission, illiard will sing the role of Sieglinde and Christensen will sing Siegmund from Act One, Scene Three of Die Walküre. Hilliard earned her master’s degree from Boston’s Longy School of Music and her undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the Bass School at Oklahoma City University. A frequent soloist, Christensen frequently performs here and abroad. Engagements include work with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Fort Smith Symphony, Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, the Key West Symphony Young Artist Program, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Grand Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Santa Barbara, the Adriatic Music Festival, and the Würtembergishe Philharmonie Reutlingen. Leading roles including the tenor soloist from Verdi’s Requiem, Siegmund from Die Walküre, Don Josè from Carmen, Max from Der Freischütz, and Cavaradossi from Tosca.