Long Island born opera star to perform African American spirituals live

Zelotes Edmund Toliver (Photo by Bernd Paulitschke)

On Sunday, Feb. 23 at 4:00 p.m., acclaimed opera vocalist Zelotes Edmund Toliver, will be performing his moving Spirituals concert, live at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.

Toliver is known for his great vocal skill and his deep sonorous bass. His Spirituals concert is dedicated to the historically important religious songs that constitute one of the largest and most significant forms of American folksong. Toliver will be joined on piano by Wayne Sanders.

His setlist will include iconic African American Spirituals: On ma’ Journey, Down on Me, I’ve been in the Storm so long, All Night, All Day, Joshua fit de’ Battle of Jericho, I Know de Lord´s Laid His Hands on Me, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Chile’, Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel, Oh Glory!, Goin’ To Shout All Over God’s Heav’n, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, O Rocks, Don’t Fall On Me, De’ Ole’ Sheep Done Know de’ Road, City called Heaven, Ride on, & King Jesus

Born on Long Island, Zelotes Edmund Toliver studied at Illinois Wesleyan before earning his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical of Arts Degrees at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he sang major roles in fourteen different operas. He has since performed at The Michigan Opera Theatre, The Wolf Trap Opera, The Cincinnati Opera, The New York City Opera, and The Lyric Opera of Chicago – in addition to numerous performances throughout Europe and Asia. He has received prizes in many international music competitions, including The International Verdi Voice Competition in Buseto, Italy, The Sixth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and he was a regional winner in the Metropolitan Opera auditions in Washington, D.C. His repertory encompasses almost all of the major-bass roles in Mozart, Verdi, as well as, Wagner Operas.

He has worked with leading conductors including Erich Leinsdorf, Heinrich Hollreiser, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Nello Santi, Giuseppe Patanè, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Horst Stein (Vienna), Niksa Bareza and Fabio Luisi (Graz), Ralf Weikert (Zurich), Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jeffery Tate (Paris and Minneapolis), James Conlon (Cologne), Lawrence Renes and Ton Koopmann (Netherlands), Hartmut Haenchen (Amsterdam) and Armin Jordan (Geneva). And is known for playing the parts of Don Basilio, Sarastro, Sparafucile, Boito’s Mefistofele, King Phillip, Grand Inquisitor, Ramphis, King Henry, Gurnemanz, King Marke, Pogner, Fasolt, Hunding, Fafner, and Hagen, in operas around the globe.

Program Event Fees: $15 Cinema Arts Centre Members | $20 Public

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