We are hoping you are well and wanted to let you know we are thinking of you.  Further we wanted to thank you again for your continued support over the last year, and especially during our celebration of Too Hot To Handel, our most successful fundraiser yet! 

To show our appreciation, we present a couple of very romantic solos featuring one of Rackham Choir’s interns, Ryan Hurley, just in time for you to enjoy and share with your special Valentine, your friends and family this February 14th. 

Ryan Hurley is a tenor from Huntington Woods, Michigan and a recent graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City. At Juilliard, Ryan sang the title role in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s The Dialogues of the Carmelites. Ryan was a fellow with the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California where he performed as Reid in the West Coast Premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain and as a soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella conducted by Thomas Adès with the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. He was also an apprentice at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany. Ryan is a proud alumni of the Rackham Choir High School Internship Program (2013-2016) and the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Choir (2009-2012).

Please note these performances are for sharing!  Spread the love!  If you’d like to send either of these videos as a personalized email to someone, please send us an email:  administration@rackhamchoir.org.

“The Student Prince” is a four-act operetta based on Wilhelm Meyer-Forster’s play, “Old Heidelberg.”  The music is by Sigmund Rombert and book and lyrics are written by Dorothy Donnelly.  It originally opened in December of 1924 and was considered the most successful of Romberg’s works, as the longest running show of the 1920’s on Broadway.  The story was also made into a musical film featuring Mario Lanza in 1954.   

Music: Sigmund Romberg      Voice: Ryan Hurley        Piano: Joseph Jackson

“O del mio amato ben” is a beautiful lament of lost love, was composed by Stephano Donaudy in 1918.  It was written for tenor but often is sung by soprano.  Written during the composer’s time in Naples and embodies the spirit of the area during that time, it is not considered pure Neapolitan. 

For lyrics translated into English click here.

Music: Stefano Donaudy      Voice: Ryan Hurley        Piano: Joseph Jackson

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