David Sadlier, tenor & Lelia Molthrop Sadlier, piano

Sunday, March 23, 2014  ❘  3pm

Praised for his “vocal power and intensity [David Sadlier is] matched by pianist Lelia Sadlier”.  This husband and wife team specializes in German Lieder and British art song and has been performing together for over fifteen years.  Their recitals have taken them throughout the United States and Europe, recently making their debut recital to a standing room only audience at London’s Church of St. Martin in the Fields.  Their recital tour in celebration of Schumann’s 200th birthday, “Schumania,” brought them concerts in the States, England and Holland where one reviewer commented: “[They] captured the total unreality of this overheated romanticism and transported their listeners into this rarefied world.”  Upcoming performances for the duo include their debut recital in Berlin and at the Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, Germany.

David has been hailed as “one of America’s leading dramatic tenors” (Oxford Mail) and his performance credits include appearances with leading regional opera companies and orchestras in the US including The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, The Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, New Orleans Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater.  Lelia has performed as soloist and collaborator in recital and concert throughout the US and has studied with such luminaries as Emanuel Ax and Leonard Bernstein.  She is has been praised for her “virtuosic fireworks, fluid legato, and singing tone.”

The Sadliers hold degrees from the top music schools in the United States including the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Indiana University.  They are accomplished educators having served on the faculties of several music departments throughout the US and as guest lecturers at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. The Sadliers spend their summers in Cornwall and Oxford, UK with the Cornish-American Song Institute teaching the intricacies of effective art-song performance to students from around the globe.  They have also been invited to join the faculty of the Saarburg Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany for the 2014 season.  The couple has two daughters, Ada and Bronwyn, and currently resides in McAllen, Texas.


from Die schöne Müllerin
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Das Wandern

An die ferne Geliebte
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend
Wo die Berge so blau
Leichte Segler in den Höhen
Deise Wolken in den Höhen
Es kehret der Maien
Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder

from Die Walküre
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Winterstürme wichen den Wonnemond


Down by the Salley Gardens
arr. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

The foggy dew
The Ash Grove

Never Again
Noël Coward (1899-1973)

If you would only come with me
Any little fish

from The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948)

The music of the night

from Sunday in the Park with George
Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930)

Finishing the hat

from Jekyll and Hyde
Frank Wildhorn (b. 1958)

This is the moment

Lelia Molthrop Sadlier

Dr. Sadlier is active as both a soloist and chamber musician and has been praised for her “virtuosic fireworks, fluid legato, and singing tone.” She has been featured in recitals at the 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall in New York, and a recital for former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.  Recent performances include recitals at the Church of St. Martin in the Fields (London) the Trinity Artist Series in New Orleans, Boteringe Suite (Gronigen, Holland), St. Anne’s Recital Series and the Jacqueline Dupré Room (Oxford University), the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University, the COFAC Recital Hall at Western Illinois University, Reynolds Recital Hall at Montana State University, and the Zion Recital Series in Indianpolis.  In addition, Dr. Sadlier has appeared as concerto soloist with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the New Orleans Civic Symphony Orchestra, and performed the Gerald Finzi “Eclogue” for the Finzi Centenary at Indiana University, earning high praise from the composer’s son, accomplished conductor, Christopher Finzi, who was in attendance.

An active clinician and speaker, Dr. Sadlier is a guest teacher for the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program.  She has given masterclasses at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Montana State University, Interlochen, and Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. Many of her students have been accepted to and continued their musical studies at prestigious institutions including The Jacob’s School at IU, The College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati, Oberlin, Mannes College, and the Eastman School of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival.

Other achievements of Dr. Sadlier include garnering the coveted Chancellor’s Fellowship at IU, articles published in Music Teacher Magazine, an ASCAP Young Composer’s Competition Finalist award, the distinction of youngest student on the USA Today All-Academic Team (1988), an international audition winner of the TCU/Cliburn Institute, a first-place award in the Music Teacher’s National Association Composition Contest, the honor of being the youngest-ever composer to study with Leonard Bernstein at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute (1986), a feature article in Seventeen magazine, and an appearance on the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour.

Dr. Sadlier has served on the faculties of several universities including Loyola University, Baylor University, and, most recently, as the Director of Keyboard Studies at Christopher Newport University.  In the summer, Dr. Sadlier is the Director of Piano Studies at the Cornish-American Song Institute in Falmouth, UK, and a piano faculty member at the Saarburg Festival in Germany.  Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Sadlier holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Grammy award winning pianist, Emanuel Ax.  Dr. Sadlier completed the Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance at The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University where she worked with Edmund Battersby.  Dr. Sadlier resides in McAllen, Texas with her husband, tenor, David Sadlier, and their two daughters.

David Sadlier

David Sadlier has been praised for both his vocal and dramatic abilities and hailed as "one of America's leading dramatic tenors" (Oxford Mail). Dr. Sadlier's opera credits include appearances with the Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Chicago Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, New Orleans Opera, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Opera North, and the Baltimore Concert Opera. Fortunate to be involved in many new works, Dr. Sadlier has performed several world premieres including Loss of Eden (Opera Theater of St. Louis), the title role in Thamos: King of Egypt (Opera Circle of Cleveland), Our Town and the collegiate debut of A View From the Bridge (Indiana University). Most recently, Dr. Sadlier appeared in Tosca with the Lyric Opera of Baltimore and both Carmen and Tosca with The Baltimore Concert Opera.  He also returned to Opera Circle of Cleveland as Edrisi in Szymanowski's Krol Roger where he also performed Tebaldo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi, and the role of Fritz Kobus in L'Amico Fritz. In addition, the tenor covered the role of Siegmund in Virginia Opera's 2011 production of Die Walküre. Concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Joanne Falletta;  Britten's Serenade under the baton of Richard Hughey, Mozart's Requiem with the Battle Creek Symphony, Britten's Saint Nicolas with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzes with the Lafayette Bach Chorale, and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music with the Indianapolis Symphony. Equally at home on the recital stage, Dr. Sadlier has performed many major works including Die schöne Müllerin, Dichterliebe, An die ferne Geliebte, On Wenlock Edge, and Finzi's O fair to see.

Dr. Sadlier currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Texas Pan American where he teaches applied voice. Dr. Sadlier's students have distinguished themselves as winners of regional competitions, and through admittance to nationally and internationally recognized summer training programs and leading graduate programs such as the Manhattan School of Music, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Longy School of Music. Dr. Sadlier continues to serve as a guest clinician and recitalist at universities and institutes throughout the country; most recently at Florida State University, The University of Colorado Boulder, Radford University, SUNY Geneseo, the Interlochen School for the Arts, Montana State University, Western Illinois University, Albion College, and the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. Dr. Sadlier has also served as a guest-lecturer at St. Anne's College, Oxford.

In the summer of 2011, Dr. Sadlier founded The Cornish American Song Institute (CASI) based in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK. The Institute is a two-week study of art-song for singers, pianists, and composers. The Institute provides applied music lessons, musical coachings, English Music Classes, tours of historic sites in Cornwall, and presents several concerts. In addition, CASI offers a four-day residency in Oxford and the opportunity to engage in lectures and master classes with musical luminaries from the University of Oxford and Trinity College in London.

Dr. Sadlier earned the Doctor of Music degree from the The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he continues to study with Andreas Poulimenos. While at IU he served as an Associate Instructor of Voice for four years. Dr. Sadlier also holds a Masters degree in vocal performance from Indiana University as well as a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Dr. Sadlier is married to pianist, Dr. Lelia Molthrop Sadlier, with whom he regularly appears in recital. The couple has two daughters, Ada Morgan and Bronwyn McFarlane.