Dordt College News

Tricia Van Ee Molbert and Chandler Molbert will perform a vocal recital

September 19, 2011

With a voice that the Duluth News Tribune praised as “what you would hear if lilies could sing: pure, dignified, and controlled beauty,” soprano and Dordt College alumna Tricia Van Ee has been steadily gaining a reputation for vocal excellence. With accomplished bass-baritone Chandler Molbert, this husband and wife duo will perform a special guest recital Friday, September 30. The free recital begins at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

Van Ee has appeared with many regional and local organizations, including Opera Omaha, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra, the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Aria Group, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She has been honored with numerous awards, including First Prizes with the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, the Schubert Club Vocal Competition, and the Voices of Vienna Competition. 

Van Ee holds degrees in music from Dordt College and the University of Minnesota. Her studies also took her to Austria, where she performed at the esteemed Mozarteum in Salzburg as well as at the Tyrolean Opera Program. She has performed in Christopher Gable's The Ladysmith Story, and her upcoming performances include the role of Micaela in a concert version of Carmen with the Minnesota Opera and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.

Chandler Molbert is a versatile performer with numerous opera and oratorio roles in his rapidly expanding repertoire. His opera roles include Colline in La Boheme, Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, and Masetto in Don Giovanni. He has appeared in Figaro, as well as Secrets Revealed, The Merry Widow, and The Ladysmith Opera.

An enthusiastic oratorio soloist, Molbert has recently appeared in the Twin Cities as the bass soloist with the St. Mark’s Cathedral Choir in Bach’s St. John Passion and Faure’s Requiem, with the Minnesota Oratorio Society in Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem, and with the Minnetonka Music Association in Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Molbert holds degrees in English and music from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, as well as a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. He also studied at La Musica Lirica in Italy, where he performed Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro. Molbert's upcoming performances include the German Soldier in the Minnesota Opera's world premiere of Silent Night by Kevin Puts.

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