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Oct. 31, 2008

Soprano Joselson teams with mezzo Sandel in Nov. 7 UI recital

Soprano Rachel Joselson, a member of the voice faculty at the University of Iowa School of Music, will be reunited with a former colleague from European opera houses, mezzo-soprano Marina Sandel, for a recital of art songs and duos at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Room 150 of the Clinton Street Music 376.

The recital with accompanist Casey Rafn on piano will be free and open to the public.

Due to the closure of the Voxman Music Building following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to its usual performance venues. Clinton Street Music 376 is one of the buildings in the downtown Iowa City area that the School has moved into for offices, classroom, and rehearsal and performance space. It is located at 376 S. Clinton St., near the U.S. Post Office. To see the map visit

"We were colleagues at the Theater und Philharmonie Essen in the late '80s and sang together on many occasions," Joselson said of her long friendship with Sandel. "We performed the duets together at the Martin Luther University in Halle when she was professor there. In fact, she has invited me twice to Halle, and now I am reciprocating."

For the first half of the program, Sandel will perform art songs from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including works by Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Hugo Wolf, Clara Schumann, Alban Berg, Henri Duparc and Debussy. One rarely performed work will be a song by Theodor Adorno, who is better known as a theorist and cultural critic than as a composer.

The second half of the program comprises duos from the standard operatic repertoire for soprano and mezzo:

--The famous Barcarolle from Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffmann," with the mezzo-soprano in the pants-role Niklaus and the soprano as the courtesan Giulietta.
--From Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," the famous flower duet between Suzuki and Cio Cio San as they prepare for the long-awaited Pinkerton's homecoming.
--From Bellini's "Norma," "Mira o Norma" between Adalgisa and Norma, as they decide to stick together even though Norma's partner and the father of her children, Pollione, is having an affair with Adalgisa.
--And the duet near the beginning of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte," as Dorabella and Fiordiligi adoringly brag about their respective lovers.

Sandel has been a professor of voice and pedagogy at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater since 2007. She was first engaged as a lyric mezzo-soprano at the Theater and Philharmonic in Essen, and was guest singer in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Hannover, Kassel, Toulouse, Stuttgart, Weimar and Wiesbaden. Since 2005 she has been vice-president of the Association of German Voice Teachers and was appointed culture senator of Saxon-Anhalt in 2007. Her personal Web page in German is

Before joining the School of Music faculty in the fall of 1997, Joselson spent 13 years in Europe performing in opera and concert. She has performed many of the major soprano roles in the repertoire. Among her many appearances worldwide were an engagement with the Metropolitan Opera and a tour of Japan with London's Covent Garden. For more information see

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