My Friend's Story
Martin Bresnick's opera of betrayal and denial released on YouTube
On June 19 and 20 of 2013, Jonathan Hays was heard as the Narrator in a world premiere opera by Martin Bresnick and J.D. McClatchy entitled My Friend's Story at New Haven's International Festival of Arts and Ideas. The opera is based on Anton Chekhov's short story and play, Terror, and explores the lives of two friends, Peter and the Narrator, through their mutual obsession with Peter's wife, Milena. The production marked Hays's first return to Yale since performing Ned Rorem's elegant Songs of Sadness with New Music New Haven in 1997. The premiere performance can be heard in its entirety below.
How Green Was My Valley
Hays premieres Roger Ames's musical epic
On August 14 and 15, 2014, Jonathan Hays returned to Central City Opera for the world premiere production of Roger Ames's epic musical, How Green Was My Valley, which was performed in Colorado Springs in conjunction with the Colorado Springs Conservatory and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. Hays originated the role of Reverend Gruffydd in a workshop performance of the new work at the Actor's Studio in New York City in 2011.
Concert honoring Stellfox Award Winner Paul Muldoon
On April 1, 2014, Baritone Jonathan Hays, tenor William Ferguson, and pianist Craig Ketter premiered composer Robert Pound’s new settings of poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and the late Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney in honor of both poets. The settings were commissioned by the Stellfox Award Committee of Dickinson College. Hays, Ferguson, and Ketter also performed Pound’s song cycle unquiet spirit, settings of the poems by a former Stellfox Awardee, the late Maxine Kumin.