WPAS, Vocal Arts DC announce 2013-14

The last season announcements are coming in. The Washington Performing Arts Society has laid out a younger, fresher, perhaps slightly leaner but also slightly more diverse season for 2013-14 — a season much of which was effectively planned in the interim period between the departure of the group’s former president and CEO, Neale Perl, and the arrival of his successor, Jenny Bilfield.

And Vocal Arts DC is announcing the first season fully planned by its current general director, Peter Russell. In 2013-14, the men dominate: the tenors Michael Fabiano and Lawrence Brownlee, and the countertenor Iestyn Davies, are the season’s highlights. Also appearing are the sopranos Ana Maria Martinez and Hei-Kyung Hong (often underrated), and the bass-baritones Luca Pisaroni and Brandon Cedel, a young Curtis graduate who will inaugurate a series named for Vocal Arts’s founder, Gerald Perman, focusing on rising talent. More information on the group's website.

Above: For those who know Lawrence Brownlee mainly as an opera singer, here’s evidence that his recital work is well worth a listen — something Washington audiences will have a chance to do when he wraps up Vocal Arts DC’s next season in May, 2014.

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.

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