Frederica Von Stade Headlines San Francisco Concert In Support Of Notre-Dame de Paris

By David Salazar

The San Francisco Opera will work together with the City of San Francisco, French Consulate, and Grace Cathedral to put on a concert in support of the Notre-Dame de Paris on April 29, 2019.

The event will feature international superstar Frederica Von Stade, who will perform music by Poulenc, accompanied by pianist Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad. The remainder of the program will include music by Debussy, Duparc, Kamen, Vierne, Clérambault, Cassanéa de Mondonville, Choate, and Allegri.

Other performers will include countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Notre-Dame de Paris organist Johann Vexo, musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, American Bach Soloists & Choir, and Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.

“San Francisco Opera is honored to participate in this musical offering of solidarity within the sacred space of Grace Cathedral,” said San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock in a press release. “There is perhaps no one more appropriate to deliver the heartfelt compassion of San Francisco to our sister city Paris than Frederica von Stade. Here and abroad, Flicka has long been a leader in the performance of French music, and her artistry will bring both comfort and inspiration as we reflect on the catastrophic fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.”