The project started when Tappan and Gordon first met while working on a workshop production of his opera, Morning Star, at Lyric Opera of Chicago. This lead to a collaborative recital at the Chicago Cultural Center, and the birth of Once I Was – a life story told in song. A labor of love, Tappan and Gordon’s collaboration in creating this musical journey culminated in this special recording, which marks a first solo album for Stacey Tappan. On selected tracks, she is joined by clarinetist Caroline Hartig, performing parts added by Gordon especially for this project.
Proclaimed a “rising star,” Tappan’s milestone appearances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl (including the DVD release of The Birds as Wren); the Ravinia Festival; the Lyric Opera of Chicago; as well as the San Francisco, Glyndebourne, Lille, Dijon, and Bangkok opera houses; among numerous others. Ricky Ian Gordon has long been considered a house-hold name for music-lovers and a leading American composer of vocal music.
“Once I Was” was recorded at Blue Griffin’s Studio The Ballroom, produced and engineered by Sergei Kvitko, and is available at www.BlueGriffin.com, as well as other online and physical retail outlets.
You can see Tappan's performance of "Once I Was" here: http://www.youtube.com/
The complete tracks are as follows:
1 I Am Cherry Alive
2 The Special Picnic
3 Afternoon On A Hill
4 My Sister's New Red Hat
5 Wild Swans
7 Run Away
9 The Satin Dress
10 The Red Dress
13 Just An Ordinary Guy
15 The More Loving One
17 We Will Always Walk Together
18 An Old Fashioned Song
19 What The Living Do
20 Once I Was
21 Who knows if the moon's a balloon
22 Poor Girl's Ruination/Dream Keeper
Stacey Tappan, Soprano
Stacey Tappan continues to distinguish herself as a world-class musical artist. In stellar reviews for her "witty and sexy" Adele in Die Fledermaus with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, she was praised for the production's "most polished singing... her coloratura bright and well-focused."
Last season's appearances included the Charmeuse in Thaïs at the Edinburgh Festival, Woglinde and the Woodbird in San Francisco Opera's Ring Cycle, and Miss Wordsworth in Los Angeles Opera's Albert Herring.
Next season she will be singing Lucia di Lammermoor with Arizona Opera and Clorinda in Cenerentola with Los Angeles Opera, as well as concert performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the Mozart Requiem and Handel's Messiah.
Tappan recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic singing Wing on Wing, composed and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand" at the Hollywood Bowl. She sang in the first concert of the Recovered Voices series at the Los Angeles Opera under the baton of James Conlon, subsequently joining Conlon at the Ravinia Festival to sing the rarely heard songs of Alexander Zemlinsky and Franz Schreker. She has also appeared with Los Angeles Opera as the Wren in The Birds (released recently on DVD), Virtú and Pallade in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel.
Heralded for her "breakthrough performance"
Equally outstanding on the concert stage, Tappan's recent performances include Beethoven's Christ on the Mount of Oliveswith the Springfield Symphony in Massachussetts, and Carmina Burana with Colorado Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony and Springfield Symphony, which she has also sung with Wichita Symphony and Elgin Symphony. She has been a featured soloist in Mahler's Second Symphony with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra. Chicago concert highlights include "Bernstein on Broadway" with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Hugh Wood's Scenes from Comus with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, three performances of the Stars of Lyric Opera concerts in Chicago's Millennium Park, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, and Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream at Ravinia Festival. She portrayed Cunegonde inCandide at the Chicago Cultural Center, later returning in Rossini's Il signor Bruschino and Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, winning critical acclaim as "the vocal showstopper."
She was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center and an ensemble artist with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Wolf Trap Opera, before making her professional debut with Houston Grand Opera as Beth in Little Women, broadcast on PBS' Great Performances, released on CD by Ondine and on DVD by Naxos. With Bangkok Opera, she portrayed Pamina in Die Zauberflöte after singing the title role in Madana, the first grand opera by a Thai composer. She is featured on the best-selling Thai recording of the Mahajanaka Symphony, a work honoring the King of Thailand. Her operetta roles include Mabel inPirates of Penzance with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Hannah Glawari in The Merry Widow and Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me Katewith Chicago's Light Opera Works.
Her awards include grants from the Elardo Competition and the Solti Foundation U.S., first place in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competition, finalist in the MacAllister and Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum competitions, the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the Lucrezia Bori award, and first place from the New York Singing Teachers Association, as well as scholarships from Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Miami, and Chapman University.