DATE: Nov. 1, 2020
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: Civic Center Music Hall


Johannes Brahms’ wrote his choral masterpiece, Ein deutsches Requiem​, after the deaths of his mother and composer Robert Schumann. It became the central work of Brahms’ career, one that established him as a composer of major stature, and linked two of the most important spheres of his lifelong musical endeavor – the vocal and the symphonic. Canterbury chooses Brahms’ own piano transcriptions as the accompaniment: two pianos, four hands.

Sarah Coburn

American soprano Sarah Coburn is captivating international audiences with her “precision placement, mercury speed, and a gorgeous liquid gold tone, gilded by a thrilling top and bottom register” (The Globe and Mail). Following her performances as Lucie de Lammermoor at Glimmerglass Opera, the New York Observer noted “she turns out to have qualities that have made legends out of so many of her predecessors, from Adelina Patti to Maria Callas: stage charisma, a thrilling upper register and, crucially, a fearlessness about abandoning herself to opera’s most abandoned heroine … this is a palpably exciting voice … Ms. Coburn is a budding prima donna of exceptional promise.”

Gabriel Preisser

Grammy award winning baritone Gabriel Preisser has been praised by Opera News for his “handsome voice, charismatic energy, and timbral allure,” and The New York Times called his performance as Lt. Gordon “wonderful.” He created the role of Lt. Gordon in Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night at Minnesota Opera, with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. He then took on the role of Farmer Bean in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox with both Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera of Boston. He can be heard on the first official audio recording of Fantastic Mr. Fox which he won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for 2019.

Sergio Monteiro
Ruirui Ouyang



*All productions this season are programmed to avoid intermissions and the potential spread of COVID-19.