Brian Asawa

Biography

Born: 1966  
Brian Asawa became one of the world's leading countertenors before he was 30 years of age. He is known for his wide choice of roles and for a uniquely dark sound for his voice range. Asawa is an American of Japanese ancestry, brought up in Los Angeles. He became interested in music at an early age and took piano lessons. He began his collegiate studies as a piano major at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he sang in the choir as a Read more tenor. It was during this time that Asawa made the transition to the countertenor voice range, carefully pursuing studies with Harlan Hokin, Virginia Fox, and Jane Randolph. He traveled to San Francisco, where he joined the Merola Opera program of the San Francisco Opera Program, the West Coast's leading training ground for young vocal artists. He was invited back as an Adler Fellow for 1991 -- 1992. His debut role was in Henze's Das Verratene Meer, soon followed by the role of Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meanwhile, he had become the first countertenor ever to win the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (1991), and in 1994 he won the Plácido Domingo International Operalia Competition. He has sung in numerous European houses, mostly in earlier operas. These include the roles of Farnace in Mozart's Mitridate; Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare, Arsamene in Serse, and Polinesse in Ariodante (all by Handel); and in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. He also sings some so-called "pants" roles intended for female singers, such as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Baba the Turk in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. In addition to several opera recordings (including Midsummer Night's Dream, Mitridate, and Serse), he has released solo CD albums of sixteenth century songs ("The Dark is My Delight") and Romantic-era songs ("Vocalise," which includes Rachmaninov's eponymous work as well as Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5). He is considered one of the leading exponents of a newer approach to the countertenor voice, stressing emotion and individual tone quality, as opposed to the pure "uncolored" voice long in vogue among early music practitioners. Read less

Biography

Born: 1966  
Brian Asawa became one of the world's leading countertenors before he was 30 years of age. He is known for his wide choice of roles and for a uniquely dark sound for his voice range. Asawa is an American of Japanese ancestry, brought up in Los Angeles. He became interested in music at an early age and took piano lessons. He began his collegiate studies as a piano major at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he sang in the choir as a Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
"Over hill, over dale"
"Oberon is passing fell and wrath"
"Well, go thy way"
"How now my love?"
"Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull"
"Welcome wanderer!"
"Is all our company here?"
"Fair love, you faint with wand'ring in the wood"
"Through the forest have I gone"
"Stay, though thou kill me, sweet Demetrius"
"Come, now a roundel and a fairy song"
"You spotted snakes with double tongue"
"What thou seest when thou dost wake"
Introduction: The wood
"Are we all met?"
"I see their knavery"
"Be kind and courteous to this gentleman"
"Hail, mortal, hail!"
"I have a reas'nable good ear in music"
"How now, mad spirit?"
"Flower of this purple dye"
"Puppet? Why so?"
"This is thy negligence"
"Up and down, up and down"
"On the ground, sleep sound"
"My gentle Robin, see'st thou this sweet sight?"
"Helena! Hermi! Demetrius! Lysander!"
"When my cue comes, call me"
"Have you sent to Bottom's house?"
"Now, fair Hippolyta"
"If we offend, it is with our good will"
"Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show"
"In this same interlude it doth befall"
"O grim-look'd night, O night with hue so black"
"O wall, full often hast thou heard my moans"
"You ladies, you whose gentle hearts do fear"
"This lanthorn doth the horned moon present"
"Sweet moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams"
"Asleep, my love?"
"Come, your Bergomask"
"Now the hungry lion roars"
Judas Maccabaeus: Overture: Grave - Allegro - Lentement - Allegro
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Chorus: Mourn, ye afflicted children
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Recit: Well may your sorrows
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Duet: From this dread scene
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Chorus: For Sion lamentation make
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Recit: Not vain is all this storm of grief
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Aria: Pious orgies, pious airs
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Chorus: O Father, whose almighty pow'r
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Recit: I feel the deity within
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Aria: Arm, arm, ye brave! - Chorus: We come, we come
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Recit: 'Tis well, my friends
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Aria: Call forth thy pow'rs, my soul
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Recit: To heav'n's Almighty king
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Aria: O liberty, thou choicest treasure
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Aria: Come, ever-smiling liberty
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Recit: O Judas, may these noble views
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Aria: 'Tis liberty, dear liberty alone
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Duet: Come, ever-smiling liberty
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Chorus: Lead on, lead on!
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Recit: So will'd my father
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Semi-chorus: Disdainful of danger
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Recit: Ambition!
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Aria: No, no unhallow'd desire
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 1. Chorus: Hear us, O Lord
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Chorus: Fall'n is the foe
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Recit: Victorious hero!
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Aria: So rapid thy course is
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Recit: Oh let eternal honours
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Aria: From mighty kings
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Duet & Chorus: Hail, hail, Judea
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Recit: Thanks to my brethren
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Aria: How vain is man
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Recit: O Judas, O my brethren!
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Aria & Chorus: Ah! wretched Israel!
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Recit: Be comforted
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Aria: The Lord worketh wonders
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Recit: My arms! Against this Gorgias
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Aria: Sound an alarm! - Chorus: We hear the pleasing, dreadful call
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Recit: Enough! To Heav'n we leave the rest
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Aria: With pious hearts
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Recit: Ye worshippers of God
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 2. Duet & Chorus: Oh! never, never bow we down
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Aria: Father of Heav'n!
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Recit: See, see yon flames
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Recit: Oh grant it, Heav'n
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Aria: So shall the lute and harp awake
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Recit: From Capharsalama
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Chorus of Youths: See, the conqu'ring hero comes - Duet: See the godlike youth - Chorus: See, the conqu'ring hero comes
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. March
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Duet & Chorus: Sing unto God
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Recit: Sweet flow the strains
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Aria: With honour let desert be crown'd
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Recit: Peace to my countrymen
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Chorus: To our great God be all the honour giv'n
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Recit: Again to earth
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Duet: O lovely peace
Judas Maccabaeus: Act 3. Aria & Chorus: Rejoice, O Judah!; Hallelujah! Amen
Judas Maccabaeus: Appendix. Act II, Recit: Well may we hope
Judas Maccabaeus: Appendix. Act II, Duet & Chorus: Sion now her head shall raise
Judas Maccabaeus: Appendix. Act II, Aria: Wise men, flatt'ring, may deceive us
Judas Maccabaeus: Appendix. Act I, Aria: Far brighter than the morning
Judas Maccabaeus: Appendix. Act II, Recit: Sweet are thy words
Judas Maccabaeus: Appendix. Act II, Aria: Great in wisdom, great in glory
Judas Maccabaeus: Appendix. Recit: Not vain is all this storm of grief
Judas Maccabaeus: Appendix. Act I, Aria: Pious orgies, pious airs
Cantata IX - Conservate, raddoppiate HWV185: Conservate, raddoppiate
Handel: Cantata IX - Conservate, raddoppiate, HWV185: "Nodi voi, che gli stringeste"
Symphony
1. Accompagnato: Comfort ye, My people
2. Air: Ev'ry Valley shall be exalted
3. Chorus: And the glory of the Lord
4. Accompagnato: Thus saith the Lord
5. Air: "But who may abide the day of his coming"
6. Chorus: And He shall purify the sons of Levi
7. Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive
8. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
9. Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings
10. Accompagnato: For behold, darkness shall cover
11. Air: The people that walked in darkness
12. Chorus: "For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
14. Recitative: There were shepherds - Accompagnato: And lo, the angel of the Lord - Recitative: And the angel said unto them - Accompagnato: And suddenly
15. Chorus: Glory to God in the highest
16. Air: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion
17a. Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind
18a. Duet: He Shall Feed His Flock
19. His yoke is easy
20. Behold the Lamb of God
21. Air: He was despised
22-24. Chorus: Surely He hath borne - And with His stripes - All we like sheep
25. Accompagnato: All they that see Him
26. Chorus: He trusted in God
27. Accompagnato: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
28. Arioso: Behold and see
29. Accompagnato: He was cut off
30. Aria: But thou didst not leave
31. Chorus: Lift up your heads
36. Air: How beautiful are the feet
38. Air: Why do the nations
39. Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunder
40. Recitativo: He that dwelleth - 41. Air: Thou shalt break them
42. Chorus: "Hallelujah"
43. Air: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
44. Chorus: Since by man came death
45. Accompagnato: Behold, I tell you a mystery
46. Air: The trumpet shall sound
47. Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass / 48. Duet: O death where is thy sting?
49. Chorus: But thanks be to God
50. Air: If God be for us
51. Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb... Amen
"Over hill, over dale"
"Oberon is passing fell and wrath"
"Well, go thy way"
"How now my love?"
"Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull"
"Welcome wanderer!"
"Is all our company here?"
"Fair love, you faint with wand'ring in the wood"
"Through the forest have I gone"
"Stay, though thou kill me, sweet Demetrius"
"Come, now a roundel and a fairy song"
"You spotted snakes with double tongue"
"What thou seest when thou dost wake"
Introduction: The wood
"Are we all met?"
"I see their knavery"
"Be kind and courteous to this gentleman"
"Hail, mortal, hail!"
"I have a reas'nable good ear in music"
"How now, mad spirit?"
"Flower of this purple dye"
"Puppet? Why so?"
"This is thy negligence"
"Up and down, up and down"
"On the ground, sleep sound"
"My gentle Robin, see'st thou this sweet sight?"
"Helena! Hermi! Demetrius! Lysander!"
"When my cue comes, call me"
"Have you sent to Bottom's house?"
"Now, fair Hippolyta"
"If we offend, it is with our good will"
"Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show"
"In this same interlude it doth befall"
"O grim-look'd night, O night with hue so black"
"O wall, full often hast thou heard my moans"
"You ladies, you whose gentle hearts do fear"
"This lanthorn doth the horned moon present"
"Sweet moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams"
"Asleep, my love?"
"Come, your Bergomask"
"Now the hungry lion roars"


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