Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at Historic Mechanics Hall


Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at Historic Mechanics Hall

Meet the Conductors and Soloists


Jack Daly Goodwin, Conductor

Over the last twenty-four seasons, John Daly Goodwin, Music Director Emeritus (1987-2012), has led the New York Choral Society to new musical dimensions as he builds upon an honored fifty-two year tradition of choral excellence. Under his direction, the NYCS has performed in the People’s Republic of China, the Czech Republic, Israel, Austria, France, Italy, Greece and Mexico.  Mr. Goodwin has conducted more than ninety concerts around New York City, including forty-two in Carnegie Hall, seven at Lincoln Center, and eleven international concert tours, conducting the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony Broadcasting Orchestra, the Collegium Ducale in Venice, the Orchestre Symphonique Bell’Arte of Paris, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. In his most recent guest appearance Mr. Goodwin conducted the Coro Filarmónico Universitario in two November 2011 performances of Carmina Burana.

Mr. Goodwin has been selected to prepare choruses for such prominent conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Dennis Russell Davies, Asher Fisch, Yong Yan Hu, Fabio Luisi, Yehudi Menuhin, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Eve Queler, Julius Rudel, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Alberto Veronesi.


Esther HeidemanSoprano

Angelic is the word that has most often been used to describe the silvery, pure, sweet tone of Esther Heideman’s vocal artistry.  In 2000, she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Licia Albanese Competition. In 2001, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut singing Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.  These performances were immediately followed by her debut with the New York Philharmonic in Bach’sChristmas Oratorio, and her European debut with the Prague Radio Symphony, singing in Mahler’sSecond Symphony.

Frank KelleyTenor

The talented and versatile American tenor, Frank Kelley, has performed in concert and opera throughout North America and Europe. His 2014-2015 season includes a return to Florentine Opera in two roles – as Joseph in Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights and in his stage directing debut for Elmer Gantry; as well as a return to Odyssey Opera in Boston as Victorin in Die Tote Stadt.


Craig Irvin, Baritone

Baritone Craig Irvin brings a vibrant sound and commitment to character to each role he portrays.  Craig recently made role and company debuts with Wolf Trap Opera as the Villains in The Tales of Hoffman and then returned to Wolf Trap in 2012 for Leporello in Don Giovanni. Additionally, he debuted with Minnesota Opera in the world premier of Kevin Puts’ new opera Silent Night, appeared with the Canadian Opera Company as Betto in Gianni Schicchi and covered the role of Simone in A Florentine Tragedy, and joined the cast of Simon Boccanegra with Los Angeles Opera covering the role of Paolo.  The 2013-2014 season brought debuts with both Fort Worth Opera and Cincinnati Opera reprising his Lieutenant Horstmayer in Silent Night, his return to Minnesota Opera as Mandryka in Arabella, and his role debut as Dandini in Pensacola Opera’s La Cenerentola.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM

Tickets: $25.00 – $55.00

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