Open Space: Laquita Mitchell and Myra Huang
November 7, 2020 7:00PM EST
Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim on eminent international opera and concert stages worldwide. Opera News wrote she "dazzled the SFO [San Francisco Opera] audience with her purity of tone and vivid theatrical presence.” She has since reprised the role with The Atlanta Opera, The Tanglewood Festival, Madison Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Toledo Opera, Springfield Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and many more. Ms. Mitchell’s most recent engagements included the title role in Tom Cipullo’s Josephine with Opera Colorado, Bess in Porgy and Bess with Grange Park Opera in the UK, Lithuanian State Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony, and the soprano soloist in Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road with the Columbus Symphony. Future engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Barber's Knoxville: Summer 1915 with Augusta Symphony, Bruckner’s Te Deum with Colorado Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with Long Beach Symphony, and Brahms’ Requiem with Albany Pro Musica. Ms. Mitchell will also make a long-awaited role debut as the title role in Aida with Virginia Opera as well as create the role of Julie in the World Premiere of Grammy Award-Winner Rhiannon Giddens’ OMAR with the Spoleto Festival USA
Acclaimed by Opera News as being "among the top accompanists of her generation," and "...a colouristic tour de force" by The New York Times, Grammy® Award-nominated pianist Myra Huang is highly sought after for her interpretation of lieder and art song as well as her depth of musicianship and impeccable technique. Last season, Huang performed in recitals throughout the U.S., including The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Kennedy Center, The Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and The 92nd St Y. Huang has served on the music staffs of the Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, and The Palau De Les Arts in Valencia, Spain. She was a staff pianist for the Operalia competition, directed by Placido Domingo, for fifteen years. Huang is on the music staff of The Steans Music Institute at Ravinia, as well as The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera. Her album Gods and Monsters with tenor Nicholas Phan was nominated for “Best Classical Vocal Solo Album” at the 2018 Grammy® Awards. Her most recent album, Clairières, features the music of Lili and Nadia Boulanger and has been released to critical acclaim. Huang is a Steinway Artist.