Vocal recitals at Carnegie Hall in
2010–2011 ranged from 13th-century songs about food and drink, right up to the
present day with world premieres of new pieces.
The season began with a recital by
English tenor Mark Padmore
accompanied by fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout in late October with a
program that included Schumann's Dichterliebe and Liederkreis.
November saw recitals by singers at very different points of their careers.
Tenor Nicholas Phan—accompanied
by pianist Myra Huang—made his Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall. Phan
was one of three artists—along with pianist Jonathan Biss and mezzo-soprano
Joyce DiDonato—featured in our new online series, The Carnegie Hall
Debut. Later that month, Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel was accompanied by Malcolm
Martineau in a wide-ranging program that included a warm tribute to
Welsh-American baritone John Charles Thomas.
Tenor Nicholas Phan—accompanied by Myra Huang—made his solo recital debut in Weill Recital Hall in November 2010. | Photo by Christopher Smith.
In December, Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn was
accompanied by Joseph Breinl in a program that included Brahms, Strauss, and
Rachmaninoff. Although not strictly a vocal recital, Measha Brueggergosman's
performances of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Wagner's
Treibhaus" during the Risør Chamber
Music Festival concerts in December also deserve a mention.
Renée Fleming returned to the
Hall in the New Year and gave the audience a glimpse into the musical culture
of fin-de-siècle Vienna with its enfant terrible Schoenberg, its wunderkind Korngold, and Zemlinsky—the
man who taught them both.
February was a month of vocal
diversity that began with baritone Edward
Parks performing Schubert's Winterreise, accompanied by Ken Noda. Brueggergosman returned that
month—this time accompanied by Justus Zeyen—with a program of songs based on
her recent recording, Night and Dreams. Anne Sofie von Otter joined composer-in-residence Brad
Mehldau for a recital that included the New York premiere of Mehldau's
expanded version of Love Songs, originally written for von Otter as a
Carnegie Hall commission in 2008. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sang works by Liszt,
Fauré, Taneyev, and Tchaikovsky, accompanied by Ivari Ilja. Finally, the Orlando Consort delighted the Weill
Recital Hall audience with a program of songs on the theme of food and wine.
The Playbill for that evening
included medieval recipes like "Orange Omelet for Pimps and Harlots."
The Orlando Consort delighted the audience with a program of songs on the theme of food and wine in February 2011 | Photo by Julien Jourdes.
In March, Joyce DiDonato made her solo recital
debut in the "big hall,” accompanied by David Zobel. DiDonato—another of
the stars of our The
Carnegie Hall Debut series—performed the world premiere of Jake Heggie's
The Breaking Waves. Soprano JessicaRivera—with pianist Molly Morkoski, and Ensemble Meme conducted by Donato
Cabrera—performed another world premiere that month: Mark Gray's Ātash
Sorushān (Fire Angels).
In April, soprano Dorothea Röschmann and countertenor David Daniels joined forces with early-music ensemble Juilliard415
for an evening of highlights from operas and oratorios by Handel, the Baroque
era’s most illustrious composer. Later in the month, the stellar vocal quartet
of Sylvia Schwartz, Bernarda Fink,
Michael Schade, and Thomas Quasthoff turned Carnegie Hall into a
considerably larger version of a 19th-century German parlor or music room as
they sang songs by Schumann and Brahms. The month ended with the New York
recital debut of Belgian soprano Sophie Karthäuser, who was accompanied by Eugene Asti.
Kate Royal's concert on May 20 with
Christopher Glynn—when she performed her program A Lesson in Love—rounded
out another extraordinary vocal recital season at Carnegie Hall.
For 2011–2012 vocal recital
highlights, check out these pages:Chamber Sessions IIGreat Artists IIGreat Singers IGreat Singers II: Jula Goldwurm Pure Voice SeriesGreat Singers II: Evenings of SongEarly Music in Weill Recital HallBaroque UnlimitedSignaturesOff the Beaten TrackFast Forward