Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wednesday at 8:00 pm
It is well established that opera singers can sing like canaries. Now we’re finding they tweet like them, too. Baritone Christopher Maltman used Twitter to share something of the on-stage and off-stage energy during his concerts with the Milwaukee Symphony earlier this year (and being broadcast Wednesday, August 27 at 8:00 pm).
Of his visit to Milwaukee in March, Christopher Maltman tweeted, “3 joyous concerts,3 full houses,3 standing ovations! Thx
@MilwSymphOrch it’s been AMAZING!& great beer too..;-) 1more night left2find more..”
This week, Mr. Maltman tweets he is “Deep into learning Rheingold, first Wotan for
The Milwaukee Symphony‘s Beethoven Symphony No. 9 features several veterans of Chicago’s stages, including Mr. Maltman, Susanna Phillips, and music director Edo de Waart. Most recently, Christopher Maltman sang the role of Don Giovanni with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at this summer’s Ravinia Festivial. The Chicago Tribune‘s John von Rhein described Maltman’s Don in a single word: “superb.”
The British baritone is also the object of social media (see mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor’s Facebook post below). Maltman has also been recognized by the opera blogger Barihunks (if you haven’t heard of Barihunks, the name should be self-explanatory).
‘No one’s going to complain about being found desirable…And for Don Giovanni, it’s crucial. He has to be dangerous, without that he’s nothing. That’s what I learnt when I was directed in the role by Sir Thomas Allen. He has to unbalance people, make them vulnerable and access their psyches at the same time. He’s a chameleon, he changes from minute to minute but without personal contradiction; that’s dangerous and sexy.’
—Christopher Maltman, on being singled out by Barihunks
More on Ravinia’s Don Giovanni.
Soprano Susanna Phillips, a Chicago favorite and alumnus of the Ryan Opera Center, joins the vocal quartet for the Milwaukee broadcast along with mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, a veteran performer with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera; and tenor Thomas Cooley, who sang with Jane Glover and Music of the Baroque in 2009.
While Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is a heavy in terms of scope and power, Wednesday’s Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra broadcast features Mr. Maltman in a 20th century heavyweight in the John Adams setting of verses from Walt Whitman’s Drum Taps, a piece called The Wound-Dresser. The text comes from Whitman’s account as a volunteer with a medical unit during the Civil War.
The WFMT broadcast of this Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert airs on Wednesday at 8:00 pm.