A friendly note from baritone Tim Krol, who sang the role of Owen Hart in the highlights from Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking at Trinity Church last Tuesday night, led to a rather delightful discovery. Mindful of all the television cameras in place that night, I knew that the performance was being streamed on the church's website. What I hadn't anticipated is that the entire performance is still available in streaming video, right here.
I regretted losing my original post on that performance, a remarkably polished reading and a tremendously moving experience. Happily, you can see it for yourself. The first fifteen minutes or so is given over to introductory comments, including those of Sister Helen Prejean herself. Watching the video now, I'm reminded of the surges of emotion Joyce DiDonato and Frederica von Stade summoned again and again, as well as of the Trinity singers' excellence.
Of course, a cursory glance at Krol's own website reminds me that there was no reason to assume any sort of amateur quality to this performance. Krol, it turns out, is a former member of the renowned chamber choir Chanticleer, and has also sung as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in music by John Tavener. His work in the heartbreaking sextet near the end of Act One -- along with that of Nacole Palmer, Hai-Ting Chinn, Matthew Hughes, DiDonato and Von Stade -- is exemplary.
The Trinity Church website includes a number of other performances by its choir; go here for streams of Brahms's Liebeslieder Waltzes and German Requiem (performed the previous weekend!), Handel's Messiah and Stravinsky's Les Noces.
Ms. Chinn, I should add, will present a recital on Thursday, Feburary 9 in the Rene Weiler Concert Hall at Greenwich House, on shady Barrow Street in the West Village. Accompanied by pianist Melody Fader, she'll be singing a premiere by Renée Favand, recent songs by David Sisco and Stefan Weisman, and Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs. Go here for more information.