Simone McIntosh & Zhengyi Bai Headline Schwabacher Recital Series

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: San Francisco Opera)

The 37th Schwabacher Recital Series is set to continue on Wednesday, March 4 with a performance of Francisco Opera Adler Fellows Simone McIntosh and Zhengyi Bai.

Th recital, set for San Francisco’s Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater, will explore love and heartbreak. McIntosh and Bai will be accompanied by Robert Mollicone on the piano with a program that will spotlight Olivier Messiaen’s rarely performed “Harawi,” Richard Strauss’ beloved Opus 27 songs, and selections from Vincenzo Bellini’s “Sei Ariette da Camera.”

Bai steps in for first-year Adler Fellow Timothy Murray, a baritone originally scheduled to take part in the March 4 recital. Murray has withdrawn to participate in the semifinals of the Glyndebourne Opera Cup, but he remains slated to participate in the 2020 Schwabacher series finale in April.

McIntosh will perform Messiaen’s “Harawi,” a work she first encountered at Against the Grain Theatre in a 2015 performance by mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó.