Jennifer Graf, Soprano
David Lutz, Piano
Ray Legnini -- Recording and Editing
Jennica Musselman -- Graphic Design
Barbara Peterson-Clint -- Photography
Daniel Pantano -- Operetta Liner Notes
Dan McKinney - Final Audio Mastering
*Musical coaching by David Lutz and
Dr. Kathryn Chilcote.
*Additional coaching at the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) by Kristin Okerlund, Ildiko Raimondi, and Hans Fuchsberger.
Producer: Jennifer Graf
Assistant Producer: Dr. Kathryn Chilcote
Recorded in August, 2010
in Wernersville, PA.
Jennifer Graf sings operetta, opera, oratorio, early music, musical theatre, and jazz. She performs regularly in the northeast United States and made her European debut in 2007. Favorite roles performed include Pamina (The Magic Flute), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Kathie (The Student Prince), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Nadina (The Chocolate Soldier), Anna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Aline (The Sorcerer), and Musetta (La Boheme.) She has appeared as soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Mozart's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Bach's Cantata 202, among others. Her previous solo recordings include "Echoes of Christmas Past" and "Tidings of Christmas." Jennifer holds a Master's Degree of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and studies voice with Dr. Kathryn Chilcote. Learn more at www.jennifergraf.com.
David Lutz has performed in concert tours as an accompanist for Lucia Popp, Thomas Hampson, Robert Holl, Hermann Prey, Nicolai Gedda, Paul Esswood, and others. He has played concerts throughout Europe, the U.S.A., Canada, Brazil, Israel, Syria, South Korea, Japan and Australia. Festivals where he has accompanied include the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Schubertiade in Hohenems, Hermann Prey-Schubertiade in Vienna, Carinthischer Sommer, Styriarte Festival (Graz, Austria), Festival di Carpi (Italy), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), Musica da camera Old Jaffa/Tel Aviv, the Dresden Music Festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Finland), and the Aberdeen Youth Music Festival (Scotland). From 1978 - 2001, he was professor at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien (Conservatory of the City of Vienna) where he held classes in Lied and Oratorio and in Vocal Accompanying. Since 1994: Professor for Vocal Accompanying at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (the former Hochschule for Musik in Vienna).
Thank you to everyone who made this recording possible! Special thanks to Dr. Chilcote for being a great teacher and for helping in the creation of this project, and to David for your wonderful accompanying and for making me feel so welcome in Vienna. Huge thanks to Jennica, Barb, Dan, Dan M. and Ray. And thank you to all my friends for your support through this whole project - you know who you are and I truly appreciate you. Thanks to Brian, my parents, and my grandmother, and all the rest of my family. And extra special thanks to my grandparents who are no longer here on this Earth, but who are always in my heart