LOOK + LISTEN
Soprano soloist, Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Modus Opera Orchestra
“The program printed the excerpted text as Barber set it, and Mr. Bischof encouraged the audience to follow along—a salutary notion, as clear as Elyse Kakacek’s diction was. What was truly remarkable was the depth of her identification with the place and the experience, and she is not a Southerner! Her crystalline soprano, beautifully produced with well-centered pitch, was ideal for the shapes of the musical phrases and the feelings they evoked. Barber brought us into the marrow of the experience and Ms. Kakacek and Mr. Bischof guided us gently along, although with a firm narrative hand."
NEW YORK ARTS
Soprano soloist, Exsultate Jubilate
Modus Opera Orchestra
"Associate Conductor Brian Holman led the orchestra for Kakacek’s lively and beautifully phrased rendition of Mozart’s early Exsultate Jubilate. Both amply deserved the warm reception the audience afforded the short piece, and both are young artists to watch.”
NEW YORK ARTS
by Barbara Strozzi
Ms. Kakacek's group Frisson is a collective focused on the filmed expression of classical music, capturing the emotional immediacy of the genre by collaborating with artists of all disciplines.
Their latest production, L’Eraclito amoroso, is an exploration of an aria written by Italian singer, poet and composer Barbara Strozzi. The film combines emotive classical singing, artful pole dancing, and inspired harpsichord to reimagine the piece through a new and fascinating lens.
Trailer for Frisson Collective's upcoming feature film of Daniel Felsenfeld's
and Be Goodwin's "Exposure"
The Cell Theatre
01. "Zeffiretti lusinghieri" from Idomeneo (W.A. Mozart)
02. "Si, mi chiamano Mimi" from La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini)
"God is my Shepherd"
from Formless: The Biblical Songs of Antonin Dvořák
"Inspirational in both interpretation and content, Formless offers a salve for the soul in troubled times such as these."
Ms. Kakacek's latest album: Formless: The Biblical Songs of Antonin Dvořák, featuring pianist Ryan Jackson is now available on major streaming platforms! To listen and purchase the full album, follow the links below.
"SALVE FOR THE SOUL"
WGTE Classical Conversations
Elyse Anne Kakacek: Biblical Songs
"The young American soprano Elyse Anne Kakacek joins us to discuss her new album Formless: The Biblical Songs of Antonin Dvořák. Inspirational in both interpretation and content, Formless offers a peaceful meditation on spirituality – and a salve for the soul in troubled times such as these.
Dvořák's Biblical Songs are simple yet powerful settings of ten famous Psalms (in the composer's own English translation), written while he was living in New York (not far from where Elyse herself lives now). As Elyse tells us in this conversation, Dvořák's music not only resonates with her own Czech heritage, but has deeply personal connections as well."
Listen to the full podcast interview with WGTE.
"Behold the Archer's Skill... In the Morning"
from Untethered: The Song Cycles of Valerie Saalbach
Ms. Kakacek's latest album: Untethered, featuring the world premiere recording of the complete song cycles of Valerie Saalbach, is now available on major streaming platforms! To listen and purchase the full album, follow the links below.
Don Giovanni (W.A. Mozart)
ET INCARNATUS EST
Mass in C Minor (W.A. Mozart)
PRESS & PRODUCTION
Press photos by Fay Fox. Production photos from Don Giovanni, L'Euridice, Flash Operas, La Bohème, Carmen, and more.
Photography by Fay Fox.
Production photos from L'Euridice, Don Giovanni, Flash Operas, and debuts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.