St. Pierre is a classical languages major and biology minor, who plans to attend veterinary school after graduation. She has selected for her program a range of styles and genres from classical arias to musical theater to German art song.
“It is my hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy and that the pleasure I derive from singing is conveyed to the audience,” she says.
The program includes two of her favorite pieces, one of them “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera “Samson and Delilah.”
“It is the quintessential mezzo-soprano aria and an incredibly difficult piece in my repertoire,” St. Pierre says. “The melodic line is simply exquisite and with the descending motif of the chorus, it exudes sensuality and a bewitching sentiment — it is no wonder Samson succumbs to Delilah with Camille Saint-Saëns on her side!”
The other piece is the closing theme in “Gladiator,” one of her favorite films. The set up for “Now We Are Free,” by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, is the death of Maximus in the arena, she explains.
“In [dying] he has, in this fictionalized Rome, saved the empire,” she says. “You don’t need to understand the words to realize that this song is at once an epitaph for a great man and a vocalized resolve towards a better world. The music itself is situated in the strongest part of my range and I look forward to making the most of it.”
Anna Billias will accompany St. Pierre on piano. She also will perform duets with seniors Mandy Helms, Stacy Ludington and Ebet Davey.
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