Voice Recital Series

Each year, with support from Cultural Affairs, the music department at Mount Mercy presents a visiting artist recital series that features professional opera singers that is free and open to the Mount Mercy community and general public. These guest vocalists maintain an active performance career, many of them nationally and internationally. The work of both Daniel Kleinknecht and Tony Nickle in the professional opera world help to establish the relationships that make it possible to draw such accomplished talent to our campus. Since its inception in 2010, audiences at Mount Mercy have been serenaded with art songs of Mahler, Schumann, and Poulenc, and arias of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky, to name a few. The beautiful Commons in the University Center provides an open yet intimate setting for these programs. For works set in a foreign language, supertitle translations are projected onto a screen.

2013-14 Voice Recitals

Shakespeare on the Hill
Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:30 p.m.
McAuley Theater, McAuley Hall, Mount Mercy University
Free and open to the public

An evening of arias from the operas and musicals Otello, Macbeth, Roméo et Juliette, A Midsummer Night's Dream, West Side Story, and more, each introduced by scenes from the original plays. Featuring guest artists Diana Stoic, soprano; John Humphrey, tenor; Philip Torre, baritone; with Tony Nickle, piano; the Mount Mercy University Drama Club; and the Mount Mercy University Madrigal Singers.

Creation & Destruction,
Muses & Sirens

Sunday, October 13, 2013
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
University Center Commons
Free and open to the public

Soprano and Iowa City native Meagan Brus, baritone Craig Irvin, and pianist Tony Nickle present a recital of arias, art songs, and duets about that which inspires others toward creativity or compels them to their ultimate demise. Featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Mozart, Poulenc, and more.

Past and upcoming visiting artists

Craig Irvin, baritone
Susannah Biller, soprano 
Meagan Brus, soprano
Chris Carr, baritone
Katharine Goeldner, mezzo soprano
John Humphrey, tenor

Janara Kellerman, mezzo soprano
Austin Kness, baritone 
John Muriello, baritone
Kimberly Roberts, soprano
Diana Stoic, soprano
Philip Torre, baritone