Sarah Pelletier has an international performing career that encompasses the opera, solo orchestral, oratorio, chamber music, and artsong repertory. She is acclaimed for her “virtues of voice,...
“Vado, ma dove?,” K. 583
from “Venezia – 6 Chansons en dialecte Vénitien”
La Biondina in Gondoleta
Sapphische Ode, Op. 94, No. 4
Dein blaues Auge, Op. 59, No. 8
from “Les Nuits d'été,” Op. 7
Bleuet, FP 102
Hôtel, from Banalités, FP 107
Violon, from Fiançailles pour rire, FP 101
Three Browning Songs, Op. 44
“Cherry Duet” from L’amico Fritz
Vocalists Allison Spann '20 and Neel Nagarajan '21 present a junior recital as part of the Certificate in Music Performance: "L'Île Inconnue." With Sarah Pelletier, piano.
Free and open to all. No tickets required.
About the Artist:
Allison Marie Spann is an anti-disciplinary music and theater artist who has worked extensively across genres to engage audiences with her dedication to text and character. An alumni of Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College Program in Musical Theater, Allison’s “spontaneous rebellions sparkle” (Broad Street Review) and her “engaging presence” (Jazz Times) has landed her performances in the Kennedy Center, The Vancouver Symphony Hall, and jazz clubs around the world. She has worked in a solo capacity with Rufus Reid, Archie Shepp, Gustavo Dudamel, Darcy James Argue, Paul Bogaev, Heinavanker, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Through her work with David Kellett, she has developed her classical voice and expanded her love for song into yet another genre, working on solos in Handel’s Dixit Dominus, the Bach St. John Passion, and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Princeton University Glee Club. She is humbled and honored to present beside such an experienced and wise talent as Neel, whom she is proud to call her friend. She would also like to thank Sarah Pelletier for her incredible guidance, love, and talent. Credits include: Company Member at Princeton Summer Theater (Susan: Tick Tick Boom, Rita: Uncommon, Martha: The Children’s Hour) Lewis Center for the Arts (Witch: Into the Woods, Emma: Fefu and Her Friends, Dr. Fine/Madden: Next to Normal) Princeton University Music Department (Sandrina: Mozart’s Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe, Messaggiera: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo).
Described by critics as “a revelation” (The New York Times), tenor Neel Ram Nagarajan has impressed audiences with his radiant singing and nuanced interpretations in both the operatic and art song repertory. A graduate of The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, Nagarajan possesses a wide range of musical abilities with vast experiences performing in Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and most notably, the Metropolitan Opera, where he sang Principal Boy Soprano roles in over 300 performances. Having studied and performed internationally as well, Nagarajan has appeared on National TV and received acclaimed reviews in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, The Financial Times, and The Juilliard Journal for his performances. He is also a frequent performer at South Asian charity events, galas, and fundraisers in New York City. A sophomore at Princeton University and a student of David Kellett, Nagarajan intends to concentrate in the Economics Department and pursue certificates in Finance and Music Performance. This year, he had the pleasure of singing the role of Podesta in Mozart’s Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe, as well as a tenor solo in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Princeton Glee Club. He is thrilled to have another opportunity to collaborate with his dear friend, Allison Spann.