The mission of the Falmouth Chorale is to share with our
audiences the joy of singing and to communicate with passion the marvelous and varied choral music which has been created over the centuries.
Passionate Voices of the Upper Cape
Waltzes benefitting “Music for Food” with pianists Cameron Stowe and Javier Arrebola at the New England Conservatory; a song recital Angel Spirits: Music of World War One with baritone David McFerrin and pianist Jerry Noble for both Jamestown Concert Association (NY) and Harvard University; and Brahms’ Requiem with conductor Robert Duff and the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. After the New Year, the season continues with Carson Cooman’s Revelations of Divine Love with Nashoba Valley Chorale; Turina’s Poema en forma de Canciones for a debut Faculty Recital appearance at Wellesley College with pianist David Collins; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with Oratorio Chorale in Portland, ME; Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées for pianist Tanya Blaich’s Faculty Recital at New England Conseratory; Mozart's Requiem with Falmouth Chorale; Purcell’s The Tempest (as Amphytrite) with The Henry Purcell Society of Boston; Brahms’ Requiem with Tufts Concert Choir and Chamber Singers; and Mendelssohn's Psalm 42 and Fauré’s Requiem with Concord Chorus.
Ms. Selig earned an Artist Diploma in Opera and MM in Voice degrees from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a summa cum laude BM/BA in Voice and English from the University of Michigan. She spent two seasons each as an Apprentice artist with Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Pittsburgh Opera; was a fellow at both the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute and Tanglewood Music Center; and studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and Istituto il David in Florence.
Ms. Selig’s voice has been described by the press as “radiant,” “beautifully rich,” “capable of any emotional nuance,” and “impressively nimble.” Ms. Selig performs repertoire spanning music from the baroque to contemporary in opera, oratorio and art song across the United States. Ms. Selig also is passionate about teaching and mentoring the next generation of singers, currently serving on the voice faculties of Wellesley College, Brown University, and the summer Boston University
Ms. Selig’s 2018-19 season includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with conductor JoAnn Falletta and Buffalo Philharmonic; Brahms’ Liebeslieder
the Requiems of both Brahms and Fauré, Dave Brubeck’s The Light in the Wilderness, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Mendelssohn’s Grosse Festmusik zum Dürerfest (U.S. premiere), Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, and the major choral works of Vaughan Williams. He as been been acclaimed for his performances with numerous orchestras—including the Boston Pops—of Lee Hoiby’s setting of the “I Have a Dream” speech of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a solo recitalist, Mr. Lima debuted in Rome with a concert of spirituals in 2000, and has performed frequently at Boston’s historic Jordan Hall. His performance of Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Beverly Orlove was cited by The Boston Phoenix in an annual summary of Boston’s “Unforgettable Classical Events.”
A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts and an alumnus of Yale University, Mr. Lima studied at the Tanglewood Music Center and Boston University with Phyllis Curtin, and with Richard Conrad. He is Conrad’s successor as the artistic director of The Bostonians, an opera and concert ensemble. More information about Mr. Lima is available at philiplima.com, and at his YouTube channel, PhilipLimaSings.
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Mr. Lima has regularly garnered critical acclaim for his performances on both concert and operatic stages: “His singing was glorious” (The Boston Globe) – “vibrant baritone and a commanding presence” (Cleveland The Plain Dealer) – “keen musicianship along with total dramatic intention.” (Opera News Online).
He has sung leading operatic roles for the international Kurt Weill Festival in Germany, numerous regional American opera companies, and the Handel & Haydn Society in works ranging from Handel’s Semele and Mozart’s Così fan tutte to Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca, to Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Barber’s Vanessa, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic classics The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance. Of particular note have been his featured roles in the world premieres of operas by jazz greats Leslie Burrs, Nathan Davis, and Mary Watkins and award-winning composer Larry Bell.
Mr. Lima has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops and over sixty orchestras, choral societies, and concert series across the United States and in Korea and Ukraine, singing major works such as Bach’s St. John Passion and Ich habe genug, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mass in C, Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles and Mass (major excerpts),
For the first time in its history, the Falmouth Chorale will perform "Dona Nobis Pacem", a major cantata by the English Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Composed in 1936, "Dona Nobis Pacem" is a stirring and uplifting cry for peace that reflects the turmoil of global events in between the two world wars. Vaughan Williams interweaves poems by Walt Whitman with texts from the Latin and English Mass, creating a profound and vivid musical tapestry that remains relevant in our own time. The Chorale will also perform familiar holiday music relating to this same theme of "Peace on Earth". Join us for what promises to be a unique and inspiring musical experience! --Krishan Oberoi