Sopranos Rachel Hanauer & Caroline Spaeth to Present Joint Recital ‘Music for the End Times’

By Chris Ruel

Sopranos Rachel Hanauer and Caroline Spaeth will give a joint recital entitled “Music for the End Times” on Feb. 20, 2022, at the Ryan Concert Hall at the Smith Center of the Arts at Providence College, with a reprise on Feb. 25, at Providence’s AS220 Black Box Theater.

The program comprises contemporary works, with Spaeth performing György Ligeti’s “Mysteries of the Macabre.” Pianist Caroline Ly will accompany Spaeth, with Hanauer stage directing the piece. Hanauer’s portion of the program features a performance of Lori Laitman’s “In Sleep the World is Yours,” with oboist Crikkett Young and pianist Nathaniel Baker. The recital will conclude with a contemporary musical theater duet.

Spaeth frequently performs the works of composer Felix Jarrar, most recently having appeared in the March 2021 virtual concert performance of Jarrar’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” She has also sung the roles of Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos,” and Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.”

Hanauer, besides her work as a vocalist, is a Rhode Island-based director and music educator. She has sung the role of Elle in Poulenc’s “La voix humaine,” and appeared as Johanna in “Sweeney Todd,” and Jenny in Sondheim’s “Company.”