Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will present a duet recital with opera singer Stephanie Blythe and pianist Warren Jones in a program entitled "All American Song" Friday, Feb. 1. It will be held at 8 p.m. at the center, 1073 N. Benson Road, preceded by a talk with Laura Nash, university associate professor of music, at 7:15 p.m.
Blythe, a mezzo-soprano, has starred on opera stages in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Opera National de Paris, according to a release. She regularly appears in productions at the Metropolitan Opera, including in the Met's new production of Wagner's Ring Cycle, "Der Ring des Nibelungen."
She also stars in this season's "Un Ballo in Maschera" and appeared in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's presentation of "Carousel." Just prior to her performance at the Quick Center, she will have completed another starring role in the Metropolitan Opera's "Il Trovatore," as the gypsy Azucena, the release states.
Jones, who was named as "Collaborative Pianist of the Year" for 2010 by the publication Musical America, is principal pianist for the California-based chamber music group Camerata Pacifica. He is a member of the faculty of Manhattan School of Music as well as the Music Academy of the West and received the "Achievement Award" for 2011 from the Music Teachers National Association of America, its highest honor.
Three times he has been an invited guest to the White House to perform for state dinners, the release states.
A graduate of New England Conservatory, he currently serves on its board of visitors and has been honored with the doctor of music degree from San Francisco Conservatory. His discography contains more than 25 recordings.
His newest musical ventures include conducting, and he will return to the podium for performances of Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" in 2013.