Met Soprano Ying Fang and Pianist Ken Noda to Perform at Parlance Chamber Concerts

by Michael Parloff, Artistic Director, Parlance Chamber Concerts

This Sunday afternoon, February 16, at 3 PM, the luminous Metropolitan Opera soprano Ying Fang will be joined by the esteemed collaborative pianist Ken Noda in an afternoon of beloved arias and love songs by Händel, Mozart, Schubert, Bizet, and Rachmaninoff. English translations of the text will be projected on video screens during the performance.

About Ying Fang

One of today’s fastest-rising young artists, Ying Fang has been hailed by the New York Times for her “pure and moving soprano, phrasing with scrupulous respect for the line and traveling with assurance through the mercurial moods.” The Financial Times wrote, “Ms. Fang has a voice that can stop time, pure and rich and open and consummately expressive.”

This season Ying Fang will perform in all of the major US opera houses. At the Metropolitan, she will perform the role of Sophie in Massenet’s Werther under the direction of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séquin, and she will appear as Pamina in Julie Taymor’s popular production of The Magic Flute. Ying Fang will debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and will return to the Los Angeles Opera as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. She will also sing that role at the Houston Grand Opera.

Her 2019 – 2020 European orchestral and festival appearances include performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 led by Gianandrea Noseda at the Tsinandali Festival in Georgia, and her third return to the Verbier Festival in a concert version of Don Giovanni under Gábor Takács-Nagy, as well as a performance of Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Sir András Schiff.

Last season, Mozart was again the foundation for her debut at the Salzburg Festival in a new production of Idomeneo directed by Peter Sellars. Ying Fang was also a featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden; the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst; and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons.

About Ken Noda

The celebrated pianist Ken Noda has appeared as concerto soloist with the Berlin, Vienna, New York, Israel, and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the London, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto, and National Symphonies; the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Philharmonia Orchestra of London, under such conductors as Abbado, Barenboim, Chailly, Kubelik, Levine, Mehta, Ozawa, and Previn.

Ken Noda has performed chamber music with such renowned instrumentalists as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Nigel Kennedy, and the Emerson Quartet. As one of the world’s most respected vocal accompanists, he has performed with such great singers as Kathleen Battle, Hildegard Behrens, Maria Ewing, Aprile Millo, Kurt Moll, James Morris, Jessye Norman, Matthew Polenzani, Dawn Upshaw, and Deborah Voigt.

Ken Noda served for many years as the Musical Advisor to the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera where he coached young singers and collaborative pianists.  Last July he retired from his full-time position at the Met, but he continues to guest coach for the Met/Lindemann program under the title of Honorary Teacher.

On Sunday afternoon Ying Fang and Ken Noda will perform sparkling opera arias by Händel and Mozart and a rich selection of love songs by Schubert, Bizet, and Rachmaninoff.

The event will take place at West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe Street, Ridgewood. Free parking. Tickets at the door: Adults $40; Seniors (65+): $30; Young Adults (21 – 39): $20; Students (under 21): $10

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