Full House at Nicholas Wiggins Concert
Published on Nov. 6, 2012
By. Casey So Hyeun Cho
A former member of University of Rochester Yellow Jackets, an a cappella group from NBC’s hit show “The Sing-Off”, brought a classical Saturday night fever to the University at Albany community.
The community showed their their excitement with filling the Recital Hall thoroughly.
The University at Albany Department of Music presented baritone Nicholas Wiggins as one of the featured artists in the 2012-13 Bel Canto series spotlighting Capital Region vocal artists at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday.
As a member of the Yellow Jackets, Wiggins had the opportunity to share his love of music traveling the US, Africa, Hong Kong, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
The program on Saturday included the selection of classical song, opera arias and popular music including Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Six Romances, which are rarely heard in performance these days.
Wiggins expressed emotions through his voice, gestures and facial expressions while he sang.
Wiggins was a man in love singing “Tres Rimas de Becquer,” a man grieving for his love singing “ Six Romances, op.4,” a man determine to revenge when singing “the Count’s Aria” from Le Nozze di Figaro.
“I was impressed how he expressed emotion while he was singing,” said student Dan Snyder. “It was the most impressive performance I’ve watched here.”
He was accompanied by pianist Olga Krayterman, an award winning performer and competitor who has been awarded first prizes at the Concours International de Piano du Moulin d’Andé in France, the Stravinsky Competition and the Southeastern Piano Festival in South Carolina as well as third prize at the Thousand Island International Piano Competition for Young People.
Julie Norman and Brittany Walker, the two sopranos are Wiggins’s friends from high school and college. Norman is from Clifton Park and went to high school together with Wiggins. Walker is a graduate of the University of Rochester where she met Wiggins.
Each soprano joined Wiggins in different pieces. Norman sang “Al fin siam liberati… La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni and Walker sang “Wheels of a Dream” from Ragtime. Both performances got loud applauses from the audience.
The style of the last song “A Song for You” by Leon Russell was different from the rest of the songs that he performed and pianist Matthew C. Cremisio accompanied Wiggins.
At the end of the concert, Wiggins’s mother Mary Wiggins came on the stage to appreciate the audience’s support for her son’s dream.
While the audience standing ovation, she handed out flowers to the accompanists, the sopranos and her son Nicholas Wiggins.
Portraits of Nicholas Wiggins were sold at the table in front of the Recital Hall for the donation toward Regional food banks in Albany and Schenectady.
“I want to have many rounds of college tours and I want to make it to the Carnegie Hall someday again,” said Wiggins.
The Bel Canto Series will return the Spring 2013 featuring soprano Maria Todaro and baritone Louis Otey. The two will team up for a master class, meet the artists session and a Duo Opera Recital on April 21.