Posts Tagged ‘stabat mater’


Angel and Givens perform in Ars Llyrica’s “Forbidden Pleasures”

June 11, 2011

Houston Chronicle, June 9, 2011 — “For Forbidden Pleasures, Ars Lyrica has engaged countertenor Ryland Angel, making his Houston debut, and soprano Denise Givens, who’s no stranger to Ars Lyrica audiences.”  “Following the June 10th performance, Ars Lyrica will travel to Boston to repeat the program June 15th at the Boston Early Music Festival.”

“On the concert program (accompanied by a small baroque ensemble) are two relatively short cantatas: Alessandro Scarlatti’s Infirmata vulnerata, sung by Angel; and Domenico Scarlatti‘s Scritte con falso inganno, sung by Givens. As well, Alessandro’s Stabat Mater will be sung by Angel and Givens together; and also his Sonata in C Minor, played by cellist Barrett Sills.”

“Ryland Angel has been singing this repertoire for a long time,” Dirst says. “He sings in the contralto range, which is where the voices of many castrati lay. It’s hard for women to sing this music because it’s so active in the lower range, which is the weakest part of a woman’s voice. However, for castrato parts written in a soprano range, you almost always need a real girl – and Denise Givens has a very agile voice.”

Read more from the Houston Chronicle’s June 9th article.

Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater

April 19, 2011

Tonight I have the pleasure of singing countertenor in Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with John Scott and the Sinfonia Players.  Please join us for an enjoyable evening:

St Thomas Church
1 West 53rd Street (at Fifth Avenue)
Tuesday, April 19
6:30-7:30 PM

Note that no tickets or reservations are required, although a donation is suggested.


Stabat Mater/Our Lady of Love and Sorrows

March 21, 2011

The fourth score for the Stabat Mater/Our Lady of Love and Sorrows project has just come through and it’s beautiful.  Malcolm Archer has very kindly written this piece for me, called “Mary at the Cross”.  The three previous scores are also fantastic, and I’m greatly appreciative for those contributions made by Gregory Spears for “Our Lady”,  Vincent Bouchot for “Stabat Mater”, and Jackson Hill for “El Duelo”.


NYC Oct 13th – Ryland sings with John Scott and the Sinfonia Players

October 7, 2010

I’m thrilled to be performing in a recital of one of my favorite pieces, Vivaldi‘s “Stabat Mater“, with John Scott of St Thomas Church and the Sinfonia Players.  The concert is to be held next Wednesday, October 13th, 7:30pm, at Saint Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University.  It is open to the public and free of charge.  Please join us and bring your friends — you’ll be in for a real treat!

Wednesday October 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Sacred Music of Italy
Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Caldara, and Corelli
Presented by
Saint Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University
Enter at 116th and Broadway: Domed Chapel is up and to the right of Low Library
Admission: Free

The Sinfonia Players
with Ryland Angel, countertenor
Margaret Ziemnicka, violin
Dongmyung Ahn, violin
Rachel Evans, viola
Christine Gummere, cello
John Scott, harpsichord


Greetings from Dallas

April 2, 2010

I am singing one of my favourite works of all time, ‘Stabat Mater’ by Vivaldi, tonight at University Park Methodist Church at 7pm. Please come along if you live nearby.