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

Bird Songs

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.



Bellini La sonnambula Lisa
Berg Lulu Lulu*
Bizet Carmen Frasquita
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Tytania
Carlson, David Anna Karenina Kitty
Cavalli La Calisto Diana
Chabrier L'étoile Laoula
Chen, Justine F. The Maiden Tower Miranda

Jeanne Joan of Arc
Debussy L'enfant prodigue Lía
Donizetti La fille du regiment Marie*

L'elisir d'amore Adina*
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
Massenet Cendrillon Fairy Godmother
Menotti The Medium Monica

The Last Savage Sardula
Mozart Don Giovanni Zerlina

La clemenza di Tito Servilia*

Le nozze di Figaro Susanna*, 1st Bridesmaid

Die Zauberflöte Pamina

Idomeneo Ilia*
Muhly, Nico Dark Sisters Zina
Mussorgsky, Modest Boris Godunov Xenia
Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld Euridice
Puccini Manon Lescaut 1st Madrigal Singer

La bohème Musetta

Turandot Liu*
Prokofiev War and Peace 2nd French Actress
Ravel L'enfant et les sortilèges La Bergère
La Princesse
La Pastorelle
Romberg The New Moon Marianne
Rorem, Ned Our Town Emily Webb
Strauss, R. Elektra Fifth Maid

Der Rosenkavalier Sophie*

Ariadne auf Naxos Komponist*, Echo
Verdi Falstaff Nannetta

Rigoletto Gilda*
Wagner Der Ring des Niebelungen Woglinde, Waldvogel

Tannhäuser Shephard Boy*
* suggested repertoire

Orchestral/Choral Solo

Bernstein Kaddish Symphony
Britten Les Illuminations
Foss Time Cycle
Handel Messiah
Haydn Harmoniemesse
Mahler Symphony No. 4
Mozart Mass in c minor (Great Mass)


Coronation Mass
Respighi Lauda per la Nativitá del Signor
Stravinsky Les Noces
Tavener Requiem

Chamber Works

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


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