Dr. Genaro Mendez, KU associate professor of voice, will present his fall faculty recital on Wednesday, October 27, at 7:30pm in Swarthout Recital Hall. Featured on piano will be Dr. Charles Badami, instructor of music and collaborative pianist at Northwest Missouri State University.
Mendez and Badami will perform from the following program: From Schubert's Schwanengesang they will perform Das Fischermädchen, Am Meer, Ihr Bild, Die Stadt, Der Doppelgänger and Der Atlas. Badami will perform Schumann's Widmung as transcribed by Franz Liszt; from Liszt's Tre sonetti di Petraca the duo will perform Pace non trovo and I'vidi in terra; Mendez and Badami will perform together on Henri Duparc's Chanson Triste, Extase and Phidyle; Badami will perform Rachmaninoff's Etude-tableaux, Op. 33 No. 8 in G Minor, and the duo will perform Rachmaninoff's Before my Window, How Fair This Spot and Spring Waters to conclude the evening.
Mexican-American lyric tenor Genaro Mendez, associate professor of voice at the University of Kansas, has a versatile and wide-ranging career as a leading operatic tenor, chamber and solo recitalist, conductor, and voice professor. His most recent operatic performances include Nadir in Les pecheurs de perles and Tibalt in Romeo and Julie with Wichita Grand Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflote with Heartland Opera Theatre, and Ramiro in Rossini's Cenerentola with Springfield Regional Opera, Missouri. Other opera roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Quint in Turn of the Screw, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte with companies that include Nevada Opera, Eugene Opera, Colorado Opera Troupe, and Illinois Opera Theater. As an oratorio and chamber music soloist, he has been featured in Carmina Burana and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, & Strings with the University of Kansas, and Handel's Messiah with the Reno Baroque Ensemble, as well as other solo performances. As a conductor and musical director, Genaro has collaborated with the KU University Theater in The Fantasticks and Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Mendez completed his undergraduate degree in voice from the University of Nevada Reno and he continued his studies at the University of Illinois. He received his DMA from the University of Oregon. Dr. Mendez is the Founding Director of FIMEL, Festival Internacional de Musica Espanola y Latinoamericana.
Charles Badami is currently instructor of music and collaborative pianist at Northwest Missouri State University, where he works with student pianists, the university choirs, vocal and instrumental studios, and more. He recently completed the Doctor of Music in piano performance and Collaborative Arts degree at Northwestern University's School of Music in Evanston, IL. Charles received a BA degree in music from California State University, Bakersfield, and spent two years at the University of Oregon, receiving a Master of Music degree in piano accompanying. While at Oregon, he studied piano and accompanying with Gregory Mason, held a Graduate Fellowship in Accompanying, served as the coach/accompanist for Eugene Opera, and was the conducting master class pianist for the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling. Badami served on the music faculty at Cal State, Bakersfield, for six years, where he taught studio piano and accompanying, class piano, music fundamentals, theory, directed the Men's Chorus, and more. He was also a frequent and welcomed performer with the Musica da Camera orchestra and other groups. For the past two summers he has been on the faculty of the FIMEL festival of Spanish and Latin American music in Lawrence, KS as a coach and pianist, working with singers from Mexico and Spain, as well as the renowned Teresa Berganza.
This recital is free and open to the public. Contact the KU School of Music with questions at 785-864-3436 or visit us at www.music.ku.edu.