Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
METROPOLITAN OPERA SOPRANO AND QUEENS COLLEGE GRADUATE
ERIKA SUNNEGÅRDH PERFORMS AT QUEENS COLLEGE MAY 19
FLUSHING, NY, May 16, 2007—Erika Sunnegårdh, the acclaimed opera soprano who performed the title role in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera this past season, will join with the Queens College Choral Society on May 19 to perform selections from that opera. She will also perform arias from Verdi's Nabucco, and an excerpt from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana.
The program of this glittering event, which also features the Queens College Chorus and Orchestra, includes the famous choruses from Nabucco, Turandot, Prince Igor, Cavalleria Rusticana and Carmen.
Born in Sweden, Sunnegårdh came to the U.S. at nineteen. She graduated from the college’s Aaron Copland School of Music with a master’s degree in vocal performance in 1999. The New York Times called her performance as Turandot “powerful and “virtuosic.” “She is the rare Turandot who both sings like an object of hopeless desire and looks like one.” Sunnegårdh’s breakthrough performance occurred last spring at the Metropolitan Opera when she stepped in for an ailing Karita Mattila to perform the role of Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio during a Saturday afternoon radio broadcast.
The performance takes place at 8 pm in Colden Auditorium. Tickets are available at $18 ($16 for seniors and $5 for students with a valid QC ID) by calling the Kupferberg Center box office at (718) 793-8080. For directions, visit http://www.kupferbergcenter.org/directions.htm.
Founded in 1941, the Queens College Choral Society, now under the direction of James A. John, is a college-community oratorio society sponsored by the Aaron Copland School of Music. It is devoted to the performance of choral-orchestral masterworks, and presents two concerts a year, in December and May. The Aaron Copland School of Music is part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.