Met Opera Singer

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

April 18, 1997

Met Opera Singer, Composer to Perform

An accomplished singer with the Metropolitan Opera and a noted Twin Cities composer and pianist will perform Thursday, April 24, at UW-River Falls. Both are UW-RF graduates.

Patricia Steiner, mezzo-soprano, and Kent Fenske, pianist, will perform at 8 p.m. in the William Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert, "Old Songs, New Songs, Beautiful Songs," will feature the works of Brahms, Schubert and Bolcom, Mozart and Bizet.

Steiner, a 1979 graduate of UW-RF, received her master's degree in music performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and has been a regular with the Metropolitan Opera chorus since 1991. She has appeared in the New York area as a soloist with Songfellows and Chamber Music Midnight Run Benefit.

She performed as "Bersi" in "Andrea Chenier" with the New York Verismo Opera, "Suzuki" in "Madame Butterfly" with Queens Opera. Most recently she appeared as the "Page" in "Rigoletto" with the Metropolitan Opera, "Adagisa" in "Norma" with the Long Island Lyric Opera and "Carmen" with the Inwood Opera.

She has sung with regional houses such as Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre and Sarasota Opera in addition to being a soloist with various regional orchestras. Her roles include "Florence Pike," in "Albert Herring," with Glimmerglass Opera, "Mrs. Gross" in "The Turn of the Screw" with Des Moines Metro Opera, and "Rosina," "Dorabella" and "Suzuki" with Opera Northeast. She has performed in "Romeo and Julliette," in "Faust" and numerous musical theater roles.

Steiner has been a Metropolitan Opera Audition District and Regional award winner.

Fenske, a 1980 graduate of UW-RF, received a master of arts degree in composition and theory from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He is director of music and liturgy at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lino Lakes, Minn.

While a student at UW-RF, Fenske accompanied many recitalists and ensembles, including the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and soloed with the University Wind Ensemble.

Fenske is a member of the American Composer's Forum. His works have been performed by various UW-RF ensembles, including the Concert Choir and Alumni Choir, as well as by the University of Minnesota Male Chorus, the Metropolitan Lutheran Chorale, and the Bach Society of Minnesota. He served as a member of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdiocesan Worship Board from 1990-96.

For more information, contact the UW-RF music department at 715/425-3183.

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