Sing Sistah Sing!
by Andrea Baker
Sing Sistah Sing! is the first work conceived and written by internationally renowned Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker. Andrea began her operatic career with the San Francisco Opera, and now resides in Scotland. The show is both a celebration of the sound and extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice, and a heartfelt retelling of some of their most incredible life stories.
Sing Sistah Sing! brilliantly weaves together these women’s brave struggles both in the civil rights movement and in their fight for artistic freedom both at home and abroad. Some have chosen opera, jazz or blues to express themselves. Celebrated artists include Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Donna Summer, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.
Andrea Baker, herself an artistic trailblazer, is the first African American to sing Fricka, Waltraute, Erda and 2nd Norn in Wagner’s great Ring Cycle in the Chinese premiere of the work at the Beijing Arts Festival, the first African American Carmen in Australia at the Sydney Opera House and the first African American to sing the role of Ortrud in the South Korean premiere of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Daegu Opera Festival.
With Sing Sistah Sing! Andrea Baker tells her own deeply personal story and pays joyful, soulful and varied musical homage to many of the women who courageously paved the way. Andrea began to discover that their stories were also her story and that she too would continue to lay the path for the next generation.
There will also be a unique opportunity to attend a singing master class on Thursday 10th June run by Andrea herself. (There is a possibility of alternative dates for the masterclass of 24th June, if necessary, with performance dates of 25th and 26th June.)
The workshop will last approximately one and a half hours and participants will receive the music score beforehand. Details for enrolment, timings and payment will be available on the website.
For the master class, we are also looking for a volunteer conductor. This is a great opportunity to work with an international professional singer and her pianist. Don’t hesitate to put yourself forward. A convivial, relaxed evening is assured. The performances and the master class will be organised respecting Covid social distancing rules.
The setting of Théâtre Basse Passière is ideal for a great evening of singing and fun and this will be a good opportunity to celebrate the arrival of summer.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions (email@example.com)
Andrea Baker - Creator and Performer
Described as possessing a “luscious and full-bodied tone” (Das Opernglas), British-American mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker is renowned for her distinctive voice, intense artistry, and passion.
Her much heralded interpretations range from Amneris in Aida, Fricka in Die Walküre and the title role in Carmen to Mescalina in Le Grand Macabre and Nen -Nen in Dominique Legendre’s world premiere of The Bird of Night. The 2015 season saw her debut in the role of Die Amme in Die Frau Ohne Schatten. Her enthralling interpretation was hailed as an extraordinary success. Andrea Baker was described as “born to sing and act the music of Richard Strauss” (Opernetz).
Throughout her career Andrea Baker has been celebrated as a performer of great integrity, intensity, and vocal ability. Her career has taken her to a number of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls
Carolyn Sittig - Stage Director
Carolyn Sittig studied music-theatre direction at Hamburg University of Music and Drama, graduating with distinction, and art history at École du Louvre in Paris. From the beginning, her career followed two distinct paths: classical/contemporary opera stage directing and interdisciplinary performances.
She made her directing debut in 1993 with Don Giovanni for Theatre Giessen. Noted world premieres soon followed: When Sun Rises (composer Cong Su) at the Theatre Krefeld, The Principle of Salomé (composer Enjott Schneider) at Theatre Gelsenkirchen and National Theatre Luxembourg and her scenic adaption of the poem Three Women by Sylvia Plath at Akademie Schloss Solitude and Theatre Tübingen.
Most recently, her staging of the french premiere of The diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (composer Detlev Glanert, libretto Carolyn Sittig) for National Opera Bordeaux received great critical acclaim.
Hildegard Pohl - Pianist
Born in Stuttgart, Hildegard trained as a concert pianist in Nuremberg, and gained a great reputation as a soloist, arranger, band leader and above all as an improvisation artist. In a fascinating crossover, she spans the musical arc from baroque to jazz and in recent years has developed a special concert concept with classical composers such as Bach, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mozart and Gershwin. Original compositions are transformed into jazzy improvisations, Bach swings, Mozart grooves and the audience is enthusiastic about the HildegardPohl_Trio. With this trio she has found her own musical language between all musical worlds.
In addition, silent film accompaniments on piano and organ as well as working with great artists and solo evenings by the “wild Hilde” on the piano are her specialty. In 2019 Hilde Pohl received the Wolframs Eschenbach Prize More: www.hildegardpohl.de