January 19, 1996 in Seven

Vocalist Derek Lee Ragin Appearing At Gonzaga’s Hughes Auditorium

Joe Ehrbar Correspondent
 

One of the world’s premier countertenors, Derek Lee Ragin, will perform a special, intimate engagement at the Gonzaga University campus on Wednesday night.

The widely-accomplished vocalist, seasoned in both Baroque and contemporary styles, will perform at Hughes Auditorium at 8 p.m.

Critics, luminaries and fellow musicians in both Europe and the U.S. herald him as one of the world’s leading vocalists.

As his reputation continues to skyrocket, Ragin is increasingly a musician in demand across the globe. Most of his year is spent traveling appearing in scores of recitals, operas and concerts. Last season, he performed in Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam and London.

Later this year, he is slated to perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He’ll also appear in “Xerxes” with the Seattle Opera.

Intermittently this season, Ragin has performed a number of recitals in the Northwest with lutist Peter Croton. Croton will accompany the vocalist on Wednesday. (A lute is stringed instrument with a pear-shaped body and is native to the Orient.)

One of Ragin’s most recent recordings is the soundtrack to the Oscar nominated film “Farinelli: Il Castrato.” He also recorded an album of Italian lute songs with Croton.

Advance tickets are $10 and are available at the GU Music Building and at Street Music. Admission’s $12 at the door.

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