SUNY Potsdam's music prof to perform in title role at Lincoln Center

01.29.09

SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music associate professor of voice David Pittman-Jennings, a world-renowned baritone, will star in the tile role of Dallapiccola’s “Il Prigioniero” at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City on Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.

Pittman-Jennings will perform with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Leon Botstein.

Pittman-Jennings has performed worldwide in dozens of roles and operas.

In former seasons, the baritone’s engagements, among others, have included Agamemnon in Gluck’s “Ipghigenie en Aulide” at the Opera La Scala in Milan; Mandryka in Strauss’ “Arabella” at the Vienna Staatsoper; Scarpia in Puccini’s “Tosca” in Buenos Aires, Verona, Torre del Lago and Strasbourg; Jochana’an in “Salome” in Berlin and Bonn; Amfortas and Klingsor in Wagner’s “Parsifal” in Berlin, Barcelona and Bordeaux; the Dutchman in Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman” in Warsaw and Paris; the Count in Mozart’s “Figaro” in Vienna, Amsterdam and Nice; Renato in Verdi’s “Balloin Maschera” in Munich, Verona and Frankfurt; Germont in Verdi’s “La Traviata” in Paris, Frankfurt, Dresden, Sao Paulo and Hamburg; and Pizarro in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” in Berlin.

Noted for his versatility in the contemporary repertory, Pittman-Jennings has performed and recorded for Deutsche Grammaphone the role of Moses in Schoenberg’s “Moses and Aron” for the Netherlands Opera, the Salzburg Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Pierre Boulez. He has sung the title role in Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck” in Parma, Buenos Aires, Strasbourg, Santiago di Chile and the USA Spoletto Festival.

The baritone has also interpreted the roles of Dr. Schoen in Berg’s “Lulu” King Priam in Michael Tippett’s opera of the same name, the title role in Milhaud’s “Christophe Colomb,” the title role in Krenek’s “Karl V,” Golaud in “Peleas and Melissande,” the title role in Albert Reimann’s “Das Schloss,” the Forester in Janacek’s “Cunning Little Vixen” and the title role in the world premiere of J. Guinjoan’s “Gaudi” at the Teatro Liceu in Barcelona.

As a concert performer, Pittman-Jennings has been heard in Britten’s “War Requiem,” in Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” Mendelsohn’s “Elijah” and works by Bach, Berg, Berlioz, Dvorak, Faure, Schoenberg and Zemlinsky.
    
David Pittman-Jennings has also notably performed the role of the Prisoner in Dallapiccola’s “Il Prigioniero” with the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Esa Pekka Salonen conducting at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo and with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Charles Dutoit and in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

He has recorded on CD and DVD many of the aforementioned operas.
Pittman-Jennings began his musical studies in voice at the University of Oklahoma.

For more information, please contact Kenneth Adler, Artistic Manager, at (315) 261-4180.