To close out its 2010-11 season, Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS presents two great collaborations in its annual Michael Palm Series of house concerts in New York City. On April 6, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, fresh from portraying Fricka in Das Rheingold at the Metropolitan Opera, will present a recital with pianist Warren Jones. The series closes on May 4, when Gramophone’s “Artist of the Year” mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joins forces for a duo recital with pianist Jeremy Denk, whose recent solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium won high praise. Both concerts will be held at the magnificent Tribeca loft apartment of longtime Classical Action supporters Simon Yates and Kevin Roon. Tickets for all concerts in the series can be purchased online at www.classicalaction.org or by calling (212) 997-7717.
Stephanie Blythe, recently called “vocally sumptuous” by the New York Times, is performing her first concert for Classical Action. Although she has concluded her run of Das Rheingold at the Met, Blythe hardly takes a break before continuing in the Met’s Ring Cycle when Die Walküre opens on April 22. In addition to joining Classical Action for the fundraising concert, Blythe will co-host the Opera News Awards with Patti LuPone on April 17. For the April 6 Classical Action concert, Blythe will be accompanied by Warren Jones, who was recently named “Collaborative Pianist of the Year” by Musical America