Soprano Julia Rottmayer and pianist Martha Fischer present a concert featuring art songs from a mother and child’s perspective. While these songs represent a variety of languages and cultures, the experiences of mothers and children are remarkably similar. Repertoire will include works ranging from Charles Ives’s songs to Mussorgsky’s The Nursery and Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben.
Soprano Julia Rottmayer is active in the stage, concert, and teaching arenas. Along with her interpretation of standard repertoire, Dr. Rottmayer is an avid performer and champion of contemporary and early music. Recent performances include the title role in Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Everly Shrills in The Impresario with Opera Orlando. In 2014, Dr. Rottmayer was honored to be chosen as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Orlando Ballet for the grand opening of Orlando’s premiere performing venue, The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Other favorites include her performances as soprano soloist in Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, Beth in Adamo’s Little Women, Mabel in G&S’ Pirates of Penzance, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Rose Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene. In addition to her numerous concert and operatic credits, Dr. Rottmayer has toured nationally, singing art song recitals with repertoire ranging from Bach to Berg, Clérambault to Fauré, Lauridsen to Mussorgsky, and much more. She has premiered works for such art song composers as Scott Gendel and Daniel Crozier, and was honored to sing for such dignitaries as the then sitting President of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel. In addition to performing, Dr. Rottmayer is a dedicated voice teacher. She maintains a private voice studio and is a member of the voice faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is a frequent master class clinician, workshop presenter, and adjudicator at universities and competitions. Dr. Rottmayer has served as president of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) from 2013-2018 and is currently a member of the board of directors for MusikTheater Bavaria, a training program for opera and musical theater young artists held each summer in Oberaudorf, Germany. Past appointments include Assistant Professor of Voice at Rollins College where she supervised 12 adjunct voice and opera instructors, led a voice area of over 90 voice students, taught countless voice-related courses, and received the Professing Excellence award. She has also served as a member of the faculties of Kingwood College, Opera Orlando Youth Company, Berkshire Choral International, and MusikTheater Bavaria. Dr. Rottmayer holds voice performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (BM), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and the Moores School of Music, University of Houston (DMA). In dedication to evidence-based teaching, Dr. Rottmayer has pursued further education in vocal health and voice science as it relates to singing and speech, having earned her certificate in Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech in 2012 with continuing studies at the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida since. For more information, please visit her website at www.JuliaRottmayer.com.
Martha Fischer is professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, where she heads the collaborative piano program. A sought-after accompanist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe with many internationally recognized singers and instrumentalists. In a review of Fischer’s recording with trombonist Mark Hetzler, American Voices II, American Record Guide wrote: “At least half of the credit for these superb readings must go to her, for she is a marvelous pianist, profound interpreter, and expert collaborator.” Fischer and her husband, UW-Madison emeritus piano professor Bill Lutes, frequently collaborate in concerts of two-piano and piano duet literature. Their interpretation of Schubert’s “Fantasie in F minor” was described by the Washington Post as “an energetic performance bursting with heartfelt intensity.” Together they have presented all-Schubert concerts of lieder, vocal ensembles and piano music in the style of the original “Schubertiads,” with series in Boston and Washington DC. Recently they premiered a two-piano work, Stray Dogs, written for them by distinguished American composer Lee Hoiby. Singers as well as pianists, Fischer and Lutes have toured North America with their revue Innocent Merriment: An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan. Fischer has also presented unique recitals of art song in which she accompanies herself in the tradition of the French singer Jane Bathori. In addition to the CD recital with trombonist Mark Hetzler, Fischer has recorded Schubert’s song cycles Winterreise and Die Schoene Mullerin with baritone Paul Rowe; Reverie with tubist John Stevens; Four Elements: Works for Horn and Piano by Female Composers with hornist Lin Foulk, a CD of short works for euphonium and piano with Demondrae Thurman, and a program of trumpet and piano works with John Aley. Fischer has also recorded a CD of songs to texts of Emily Dickinson, Between the Bliss and Me, with soprano Julia Faulkner and is in the process of recording the complete works for two pianists by Robert Schumann, with Bill Lutes. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Fischer has presented papers and served on national panels devoted to the pedagogy of collaborative piano. Her work as collaborative pianist has taken her to international festivals, symposia, and competitions in Sweden, France, and Costa Rica. Fischer has served as Artistic and Music Director of Opera for the Young, an organization dedicated to bringing fully staged professional operatic performances to school children throughout the nation. She has also served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp. A native of Plymouth, Michigan, Fischer holds degrees in piano from Oberlin College and the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers included Herbert Stessin, Jack Radunsky, Robert Shannon, Edith Oppens, and Victor Rosenbaum.