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Vocal Arts DC announce 2014-15 season of debuts

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The 2014-15 season of Vocal Arts DC will mark the Washington debuts of six noted singers, as well as mark the return of the New York Festival of Song series. Among those being introduced to Washington audiences include South African soprano Pretty Yende, French mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes, Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, and English bass-baritone Matthew Rose, all building illustrious international careers, all appearing in the nation's capital for the first time.

Matthew Polenzani, one of the most admired lyric tenors of his generation, will make his area recital debut in a collaboration with distinguished pianist Julius Drake. Newcomer John Brancy, a lyric baritone who received his graduate degree from The Juilliard School in 2013, and won the Marilyn Horne Art Song Competition later that same year, will offer the second recital for Vocal Arts DC under the auspices of the Gerald Perman Fund for Emerging Artists, established in July of 2013 in honor of the 90th birthday of VADC's founder and artistic director emeritus. The New York Festival of Song concert, with NYFOS Co-Artistic Directors Steven Blier and Michael Barrett as duo pianists, will celebrate Spanish poetry in music, and will include among its soloists emerging soprano Corinne Winters, much admired for her appearances at Wolf Trap in 2012 and 2013, and young tenor Theo Lebow, a recent alumnus of San Francisco Opera Center. All seven recitals will take place at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

Vocal Arts DC General Director Peter Russell reflected on the new season.

"We are especially pleased next season to offer a diverse range of debuting artists, all of them already in high demand throughout Europe, and well on their way to establishing equal success in the U.S. Our current 2013-2014 season witnessed an increase of 71 households joining us as new subscribers, which has resulted in full houses for several of our concerts at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. This makes us optimistic that there is still very much a core audience in the nation's capital for the niche market of the classical song recital, voice lovers who are highly aware of, and extremely keen to hear, some of the world's finest singers in concert at eminently reasonable subscription prices."

For more information about the 2014-2015 season, visit VocalArtsDC.org, or by phone at 202-669-1463.

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