Franchetti & Catullus

Cody Franchetti & CatullusTwo song cycles to poems by the contemporary Italian/American Cody Franchetti and the ancient Roman poet Catullus will be premiered at the Weill Recital Hall in New York City’s Carnegie Hall March 3, 2014.  The event will also be the first appearance in New York of the French bass-baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer.   The songs are the works of Michael Linton, a prize-winning composer based in Tennessee.Cody Franchetti has established himself as a historian, publishing a number of articles in juried scholarly journals on literary criticism, the philosophy of history, and topics ranging from Frederick the Great to 18th-century oratorio texts. The “Seven Franchetti Songs” is the first public presentation of his highly striking original poetry and translations (from the Italian and ancient Greek).They will be premiered by tenor H. Stephen Smith, accompanied by David See at the piano.  Smith was last in New York when he appeared as Don Jose in the Swedish Folk Opera’s production of “Carmen” at BAM, an insightful characterization the New York Times praised for its “power and finesse.”

Bass-baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer is being called one of the finest singers of his generation.  In the 2013-14 season he performs operatic roles in Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Vienna, and Paris, as well as presenting solo recitals in Moscow and at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.  His repertory ranges from Rameau, through Rossini and Brahms and to premiers of 21st Century works.

Below are two songs that will be premiered at Carnegie Hall on March 3, 2014.

“Vivamus mea Lesbia” is the second movement of Carmina Catulli by Michael Linton.  Here the poet breathlessly tells his beloved of his passion for her, giving her nights of thousands of kisses, so many that those who wish them ill are lost in the counting.

“Amabo, mea dulcis Ipsitilla” is the sixth movement of Michael Linton’s “Carmina Catulli”. Here is the beginining of A. Z. Foreman’s translation of Catullus’ Latin, commissioned for this song cycle: “I beg you, be a sweetheart, Ipsitilla, my darling, my experienced beauty, call me over to join your nap this afternoon, and if you’re willing, do me this huge favor: Don’t let some other client lock the door, resist the urge to try and cruise the streets, but stay at home and get yourself prepared. . . . ”

These videos were filmed during a private partial performance of Michael Linton’s “Carmina Catulli” with baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer and pianist Jason Paul Peterson. They will perform “Carmina Catulli” in its entirety at Carnegie Hall March 3, 2014. For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets, please visit General Admission tickets are $35. Seniors and Students have discounted tickets for $5.


To see other articles about the upcoming Carnegie Hall concert, please browse the links below.

Get to Know Our Carnegie Hall Performers

Listen to a glimpse of “Carmina Catulli

Special Announcement

Rocking out to ‘Carmina Catulli”


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