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Release: Sept. 18, 2002
Crider Arrived As A Student, Returns Oct. 3 As An International Star
Michele Crider arrived at the University of Iowa as an undergraduate music
student from Quincy, Ill., she had never sung an opera role. She returns for
an 8 p.m. Oct. 3 concert in Hancher Auditorium -- where she made her debut
in a UI Opera Theater production of Madame Butterfly -- as an
international star who has performed in the leading opera houses and concert
halls of Europe and America.
Crider, accompanied by former Iowa Citian Kim Van Cura, will perform songs
by Purcell and Richard Strauss; opera arias by Verdi, Bellini and Puccini
(including Un bel di vedremo from Madame Butterfly);
and a set of spirituals. She will also lead a master class for UI voice students
at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.
The public is invited to observe, free of charge.
A two-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, Crider entered
the Zurich Opera Studio on the personal recommendation of UI alumnus Simon
In 1988 she was a finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti competition and in 1989
she won one of three first prizes in the Geneva International Music Competition,
setting her on the course of what has become a major international career.
In the early 1990s she sang leading roles in the major opera houses of Europe,
gaining recognition as a leading Verdi soprano, and she made her
U.S. professional debut in 1996, leading to her acclaimed performances of
Madame Butterfly at the Met.
Crider has also become a prolific concert singer, including performances
with the London Symphony, the Orchestre Nationale de Paris, the Berlin Philharmonic
and the Israel Philharmonic, and she has performed under the direction of
renowned conductors including Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Seiji Ozawa,
Riccardo Muti and Daniel Barenboim.
In a professional career of less than 15 years, she has truly become one
of the worlds outstanding performers of Italian opera, and the object
of adoration by an international fan club based in Belgium. Critic Serge Martin
wrote, a real 'Verdian' . . . the American soprano Michele Crider has
hardly any competition nowadays. The timbre is ample and brave, victorious
in the high range, fascinating in the low: a truly great voice, full and strong,
as one seldom hears today.
Local opera lovers who became her fans during her student days at the UI
have not only taken delight in Criders rise to stardom, but some --
including William and Marlene Stanford, who are sponsoring the Hancher concert
through the University of Iowa Foundation -- have even traveled to Europe
to hear her sing.
Tickets to Michele Criders homecoming concert are $30, $27 and $24.
For UI students, Zone 1 tickets are $24, and Zone 2 and 3 tickets are $10.
Senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, and tickets for audience
members 17 and younger are half price. Ticket-buyers can take advantage of
volume discounts on most events in the season. A simultaneous purchase of
three to five events qualifies for a 15-percent discount, and a simultaneous
purchase of six or more events qualifies for a 20-percent discount.
Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with
special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319)
335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who
use that technology.
Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through
Hanchers website: http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher.
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