As director of the Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard College, most of the time Stephanie Blythe’s concern is making sure her students become stageworthy. But once in a while, she gets to be in the Fisher Center spotlight herself for an evening. On Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m., Blythe will headline “Sing, Bard!” a cabaret-style evening of songs by popular composers ranging from Irving Berlin to Randy Newman, accompanied by pianist and musical arranger Craig Terry and some soloists from the Vocal Arts Program.
Known primarily as an opera singer, Blythe is the winner of the Dallas Opera’s 2019 Maria Callas Award. She has performed at the Met, the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Opera National de Paris. She has sung the title roles in Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Orfeo ed Euridice, La Grande Duchesse, Tancredi, Mignon and Giulio Cesare; Frugola, Principessa and Zita in Il Trittico; Fricka in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre; Waltraute in Götterdämmerung; Azucena in Il Trovatore; Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera; Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress; Ježibaba in Rusalka; Jocasta in Oedipus Rex; Mere Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites; Mistress Quickly in Falstaff; and Ino/Juno in Semele. She created the role of Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and sang Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the San Francisco Opera and Nettie Fowler in Carousel at the Houston Grand Opera and with the New York Philharmonic. Blythe has also fronted a one-woman revue, We’ll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith, and recorded a solo album, As Long as There Are Songs, among many other accomplishments.
Ticket prices for “Sing, Bard!” range from $25 to $150 (the premium level admits the bearer to an intimate reception with the artists). To reserve, call (845) 758-7900 or visit https://fishercenter.bard.edu/events/bcom-stephanie-blythe.
Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson