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Sept. 26, 2007

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UI alumna Katherine Goeldner offers a German art-song recital Oct. 5

Katherine Goeldner, a University of Iowa alumna who has a well-established operatic career in Europe and the United States, will return to campus for a weeklong residency, including a recital of German art songs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Clapp Recital Hall.

Goeldner's recital, presented with pianist Shari Rhoads from the UI School of Music faculty, will be free and open to the public.

Other events during Goeldner's residency will include a master class with UI students that is open to the public, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building. Goeldner will also teach individual lessons and speak to UI Opera Workshop students about careers in the opera world in the United States and Europe.

A major work on the Oct. 5 recital will be Robert Schumann's 1840 song cycle "Frauenliebe und -leben" (A Woman's life and love). The cycle of eight songs is based on poetry in the 19th-century German "Biedermeier" style, which emphasized domestic subject matter in art and literature. The cycle covers the incidents in a woman's life from the first time she sees her beloved through her husband's death many years later.

Other songs one the program will be by Mozart, Franz Schubert, Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss.

Goeldner has returned to the UI several times, including a 2004 benefit program for music scholarships and a solo appearance in a performance of the Verdi Requiem, a year ago during the School of Music Centennial.

"When Kathy was here last year, we had such a wonderful time working together," Rhoads said. "We thought another recital would be great fun. Kathy suggested 'Frauenliebe und -leben' and the recital grew from that to be a German Lieder concert. For me, that's like being presented a huge box of exquisite chocolates -- you eat one bite out of each one in one long succession of great bonbons.

"I love accompanying Kathy because it is so easy to hear her inner music and join with her in some great music-making."

Goeldner commented, "I am always thrilled to be asked to perform in Iowa. I still consider Iowa my home -- even though I've lived in Austria for 20 years! The people of Iowa gave me so much growing up, and continue to give. I'm just happy to be able to pay a little of that forward.

"I've been privileged to perform twice with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater and to have been a soloist with the wonderful UI Symphony and Choruses for the Verdi Requiem last fall. And of course now they've asked me for this recital and a week of teaching -- something I'm very excited about.

Goeldner, who graduated from the UI in 1985, has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Glimmerglass Opera Festival and Opera Omaha, as well as major opera houses across Europe. Recently, she made debuts at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain, as the Composer in Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos"; the Dallas Opera in Verdi's "Nabucco"; and the Santa Fe Opera as Dorabella in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte."

A favorite at New York City Opera, Goeldner has been heard there in the title role in "Carmen" and other roles. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Mozart's Requiem with the New York Choral Society and was the featured soloist with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg during their U.S. tour in April 1999, performing at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Boston's Symphony Hall. In addition, she has performed with a long and distinguished list of orchestras and conductors, including Sir Charles Mackerras, Dennis Russell Davies, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Adam Fischer and George Manahan.

Upcoming engagements include a return to New York City Opera in the role of Erika in Samuel Barber's "Vanessa," followed by the Composer in "Ariadne auf Naxos" in Salzburg and Prince Orlovsky in Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" with Seiji Ozawa in Japan.

Goeldner and fellow UI alumna Amy Morris -- a flutist from Omaha and Goeldner's former UI roommate -- are currently commissioning a new work for mezzo-soprano, flute and piano from composer Peter Ash. Based on "The Song of the Lark," Willa Cather's novel about the life of the opera singer Olive Fremstad, the new work would be performed throughout Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota.

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty as opera coach in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI, she taught Lieder and interpretation at the Music Conservatory in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. She was Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and served as conductor and coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany, the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Spain, and the Teatro de las Zarzuela in Madrid. For more information, see

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