The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present soprano Amanda Boyd as a featured artist in the 2013-14 Bel Canto series spotlighting Capital Region vocal artists at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Boyd concludes this year’s series which also included performances by mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna and Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre.

Ms. Boyd will perform a program entitled Elizabethan to Romantic: Forgotten Songs on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7pm.  The program includes works by Purcell, Schubert, Wolf, Debussy, Quilter and Argento.  She will be accompanied by pianist Michael Clement. Clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski will be featured in Schubert's setting of Müller's poem Der Hirt auf den Felsen. Prior to the concert, Boyd will also participate in a meet-the-artist session and conduct a master class on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 12pm to 3pm.

Ms. Boyd trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, both in London.  Among her many roles, she has played the title role in the film Lucia (Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor).  Other operatic roles include La Contessa (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro) for the New Opera Festival in Rome, Italy; Ginevra (Handel’s Ariodante) for the Covent Garden Festival; Adina (Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore) for Bel Canto UK and the Cambridge Opera Players; Martha (Flotow’s Martha) for Bel Canto UK; Lucia (Britten’s The Rape Of Lucretia) for Music Theatre Wales at the Cheltenham and Buxton Festivals; Romilda (Handel’s Xerxes) with The Early Opera Company; Gretel (Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel); Despina (Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte) for The London Opera Players; and Cunegonde and Maria (Bernstein’s Candide and West Side Story) with the Columbia Festival Orchestra in New York. Boyd’s performances of contemporary works have included the lead as Maeve in the world premiere of Deirdre Gribbin’s Hey! Persephone for the Almeida and Aldeburgh Festivals; the role of Duende in the world premiere of Simon Holt’s A Nightingale’s To Blame for Opera North UK; and Edward Barnes’ one-woman opera The Vagabond Queen for Hudson Chamber. Solo concert appearances include Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with Sir Simon Rattle; Poulenc’s Gloria with Sir David Willcocks and Britten folksong arrangements with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Educated at the Eastman School of Music and the Chautauqua Institute, Michael Clement has centered his professional life on the joyful pursuit of chamber music, primarily in collaboration with vocal artists. Having served as staff accompanist at Skidmore College and the College of St. Rose, he has found himself in steady demand as a recital partner. He has been engaged as pianist for the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, Opera Saratoga, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Chamber Opera, Hubbard Hall Opera Theater and the Mendelssohn Club of Albany.

Hailed by The New York Times as  " agile and powerful player" and by the International Clarinet Magazine as a clarinetist with "awesome technical prowess," Joseph Rutkowski has performed with James Galway, Mstislav Rostropovich, Eleanor Steber, William Warfield and Maurice Andre and under the batons of Alan Hovhaness, Karel Husa, Laszlo Halasz and JoAnn Falletta.  His recording of Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock" for Ali Mar Records received critical acclaim in Richard Gilbert's The Clarinetist's Discography.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office. Admission for the meet-the-artist session and participation in the master class are free.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.