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2018-2019 Season / Casual / Mass in Time of War
All performances at 3:00pm at St. Paul's Syracuse
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LAWRENCE LOH | conductor
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ORATORIO SOCIETY | John Warren, director

PROGRAM:
RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin
WALKER: Lyric for Strings
HAYDN: Mass in Time of War

Mass in Time of War
10.28.18

3:00pm | St. Paul's Syracuse

Artist Information:

Laurel Semedjian

Laurel Semerdjian, an American mezzo-soprano of Armenian descent, has recently been hailed as "a dramatic and musical tour de force" (Pittsburgh Tribune) for her portrayal of Asakir in Pittsburgh Opera's production of Mohammed Fairouz's Sumeida's Song. Her voice has been praised for its "guttural low notes" (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) and "appealing weight, intensity and flexibility".

During the 2017–2018 season, Ms. Semerdjian looks ahead to returning to both Sarasota Opera, as Flora in La traviata, and Syracuse Opera, as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. She makes company debuts with St. Petersburg Opera (Florida) as Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, with Pittsburgh's Resonance Works as Ježibaba in Rusalka, and with Washington Concert Opera as a guest soloist in their Opera's Greatest Heroines gala concert. She will also perform both Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Haydn's Mass in Time of War with Washington DC's Cathedral Choral Society at the Washington National Cathedral. In the 2018–2019 season, Ms. Semerdjian looks forward to rejoining Pittsburgh Opera as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, rejoining Tacoma Opera for her debut in the title role of The Rape of Lucretia, and performing with Syracuse's Symphoria as mezzo soloist in Haydn's Mass in Time of War and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

Ms. Semerdjian made several significant role debuts throughout the 2016–2017 season. In her return to Bellevue City Opera she performed her first Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and in October 2016 she made her Syracuse Opera debut as Tisbe in La Cenerentola. In early 2017, Ms. Semerdjian returned to Sarasota Opera for her initial performances of the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. She also made her Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra debut with her first performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

Ms. Semerdjian has recently fulfilled two seasons as a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera (2014–2016). Her responsibilities included performances of the roles of Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress, Meg in Little Women, Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon's opera 27, Fenena in Nabucco, Emilia in Otello, Eduige in Rodelinda, Asakir in Sumeida's Song, and covering the title role of Carmen. In the summer of 2015 she performed the role of Cherubino in Bellevue City Opera's inaugural production of Le nozze di Figaro, and in the summer of 2014 she performed the role of Mercédès in Carmen as a Vocal Fellow at Music Academy of the West, under the guidance of legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. As an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, she covered the role of Inez in the company's winter 2014 production of Il trovatore.

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