Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and Anthony Dean Griffey, professor of voice, will perform a benefit concert of opera music at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.
Griffey and von Stade will perform with pianist Russell Miller, professor of vocal coaching and repertoire.
Frederica von Stade made her debut in 1970 with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She has appeared with every leading American opera company, including San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Los Angeles Opera. Her career in Europe features productions at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy; Royal Opera Covent Garden in London; Vienna State Opera; and Paris Opera.
Griffey is a four-time Grammy Award-winning tenor. He graduated with a master’s degree in vocal performance and literature from Eastman in 2001. His 20-year career features leading roles at Metropolitan Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; New York City Opera; Houston Grand Opera; Los Angeles Opera; San Francisco Opera; Washington National Opera in Washington, D.C.; Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico; Opera Bastille in Paris; Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Rome; San Diego Opera; Canadian Opera Company in Toronto; and Opera Australia in Sydney, as well as made operatic appearances at the Glyndebourne, Bregenz, Glimmerglass, Mostly Mozart, Saito Kinen and Aspen festivals.
Proceeds will benefit the Eastman Voice and Opera Department. Tickets cost $26-$36, or $100 for a ticket and reception to meet Griffey and von Stade. The concert is free for students with an ID.
Tickets are available by phone, online and at Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 E. Main St., Rochester. Call (585) 274-3000 or visit eastmantheatre.org for information.