Complete Recital Programs
Under Cover of Night
As we go through life, our relationship to nighttime and sleep evolves. This was never more apparent to me than when I was approaching the end of my pregnancy last year at this time. Many nights I gave up hours of sleep when the baby inside, having been lulled to sleep by gentle movements during the day, was aroused by my stillness. Other nights my body decided that it could not wait until the morning to eat. After our daughter Katarina was born, I often rocked her to sleep in the wee hours of the night, looking out the window every so often in an effort to connect to the rest of the world.
I have always been intrigued by what is happening when most people are asleep. It never ceased to amaze me throughout this strange time of late pregnancy and early infancy that there was always something happening outside on our relatively calm street in Washington Heights. A car would drive by. A person—either headed home from a long night or going out to start a day of work—would walk down the street.
In addition to noticing the activity, I wondered how the night affects us emotionally and behaviorally. When is it a cloak of darkness protecting us from being fully seen, and when does the invisibility it gives to others threaten us? When does it fill us with wonderment and flights of imagination, and when does it leave us lying awake in bed, swirling thoughts disturbing our sleep?
This program, like our daughter, was “born” of my seeing a lot more of nighttime, which made me wonder what other nighttime experiences had been captured by composers and poets. When David and I started to program the recital, we knew a good number of atmospheric “night” songs, but we did not know we would find songs covering the range of experiences that we have programmed. Nor did we know that we would be honored with the beautiful songs of Nico Muhly that we are premiering tonight. I was singing in the world premiere of Nico’s opera Dark Sisters in my eighth month of pregnancy when this program was inspired, so it seems right that Nico’s music should appear on this recital.
The chapters of this program are titled, respectively, Encounters, Melancholy, The Fantastic, The Nightingale, and Dreams and Flight.
Composers include: Handel, Grieg, Brahms, Strauss, Debussy, Wolf, Barber, Granados, Shostakovich and Rimsky-Korsakov. The first performance of this program also included a world premiere cycle for soprano and string quintet by Nico Muhly.
Alice Tully Hall; Juilliard Vocal Arts Recital Award
Birds—those multifarious creatures of song and flight—have inspired the lyrics of this program. The nightingale that sings through the night, the lark who sings first in the morning, the swan that sings only before dying, the stork that brings messages, the hummingbird that drinks the nectar of flowers, as well as amorous turtledoves, waddling ducks, and chattering swallows, are the apparent subjects of these songs. Humans, however, lie just beneath the surface of each lyric, since in each of these avian characters we have seen ourselves.
Composers include: Alabiev, Berlin, Bishop, Brahms, Chabrier, Chausson, Duke, Granados, Grieg, Hahn, Lennon/McMartney, Milhaud, Puccini, Wolf.
The Juilliard School (Paul Hall), Artist Series of Sarasota
Straddling the Pyrenees
French music with Spanish dance rhythms, Spanish music with flavors of Debussy, a little American perspective, and some castanet playing complete this program.
Composers include: Berlioz, Mompou, Poulenc, Ravel, Rorem, Turina.
Florida Grand Opera
Words and Music
An exploration of the composer's relationship to his or her own words.
Composers include: Ravel, Debussy, Boulanger, Schubert, Justine F. Chen, Ives, Porter
Marilyn Horne Foundation On Wings of Song series, full program broadcast on WQXR
A chronology of motherhood drawing on songs from all over the world.
Composers include: Bernstein, Chanler, Fine, Ives, Poulenc, Rachmaninov.
|Britten||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Tytania|
|Carlson, David||Anna Karenina||Kitty|
|Chen, Justine F.||The Maiden Tower||Miranda|
|Jeanne||Joan of Arc|
|Donizetti||La fille du regiment||Marie*|
|Glass||The Fall of the House of Usher||Madeline Usher|
|Gounod||Roméo et Juliette||Juliette|
|Hagen, Daron Aric||Amelia||The Flier|
|Humperdinck||Hänsel und Gretel||Gretel|
|Janáček||The Cunning Little Vixen||Vixen|
|Liebermann, Lowell||Miss Lonelyhearts||Betty|
|The Last Savage||Sardula|
|La clemenza di Tito||Servilia*|
|Le nozze di Figaro||Susanna*, 1st Bridesmaid|
|Muhly, Nico||Dark Sisters||Zina|
|Mussorgsky, Modest||Boris Godunov||Xenia|
|Offenbach||Orpheus in the Underworld||Euridice|
|Puccini||Manon Lescaut||1st Madrigal Singer|
|Prokofiev||War and Peace||2nd French Actress|
|Ravel||L'enfant et les sortilèges||La Bergère
|Romberg||The New Moon||Marianne|
|Rorem, Ned||Our Town||Emily Webb|
|Strauss, R.||Elektra||Fifth Maid|
|Ariadne auf Naxos||Komponist*, Echo|
|Wagner||Der Ring des Niebelungen||Woglinde, Waldvogel|
|Mahler||Symphony No. 4|
|Mozart||Mass in c minor (Great Mass)|
|Respighi||Lauda per la Nativitá del Signor|
|Carter, Elliot||Tempo e tempi|
|Gould, Gabriel||The Ideas Inside *premiere|
|Muhly, Nico||Far Away Songs *premiere|
|Schoenberg||String Quartet No. 2|
|Schubert||Der Hirt auf dem Felsen|
|Shostakovich||From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79|
|Tan Dun||Silk Road|
|Villa-Lobos||Bachianas Brasilieras, No. 5|
|Webern||Drei Lieder, Op. 18|