Performance Tuesday, January 19, 2010 | 7:30 PM

The Song Continues...James Levine Master Class

Zankel Hall
A festival celebrating the art of the vocal recital, The Song Continues ... began in 1997 under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation and is now in residence at Carnegie Hall. Watch the Metropolitan Opera's Music Director, James Levine, "one of the most remarkable musicians of our time" (New York Times), as he instructs and critiques young singers - the rising vocal stars of tomorrow.


  • Adam Nielsen, Piano
  • Cecelia Hall, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Celia Zambon, Soprano
  • Dominick Rodriguez, Tenor
  • Julia Dawson, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Lio Kuokman, Piano
  • Lori Guilbeau, Soprano
  • Matthew Valverde, Tenor
  • Paul Scholten, Baritone


  • Adam Nielsen, Piano, 28
    Layton, UT
    Education: D.M.A., SUNY Stony Brook (current); B.M., Utah State University; The Juilliard School
    Awards: First Prize, National Steinway MTNA Competition; award winner in the Kingsville and New Orleans international piano competitions
    Upcoming: Performances at the Heifetz Institute, Wolfeboro, NH

  • Cecelia Hall, Mezzo-Soprano, 25
    Durham, NC
    Education: A.D., The Juilliard School (current); M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., DePaul University
    Awards: Makiko Narumi Prize (2009), Alice Tully Scholarship (2009), Lucrezia Bori Grant (2008), The Juilliard School
    Recent: Ariodante (Ariodante), Juilliard Opera; Dido (cover) (Dido and Aeneas), Glimmerglass Opera; Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Juilliard Opera
    Upcoming: Sister Catherine (Dialogues des Carmélites), Juilliard Opera
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  • Célia Zambon, Soprano, 32
    Nice, France
    Education: D.M.A., University of Oklahoma (current); M.M. and B.M.A., University of Oklahoma
    Awards: Hoving Graduate Fellowship, University of Oklahoma, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010; Benton-Schmidt Scholarship, University of Oklahoma, 2008; Opera Guild Fellowship, University of Oklahoma, 2007; NATS, First Prize, Oklahoma District, 2006
    Upcoming: Governess (Turn of the Screw), University of Oklahoma
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  • Dominick Rodriguez, Tenor, 32
    Buffalo, NY
    Education: A.D., Oberlin College (current); M.M., University of Minnesota; B.M., Ithaca College
    Awards: Conservatory Dean Scholarship, Oberlin College, 2009; Grant Recipient, SAMFund, 2008; Graduate Fellow, University of Minnesota
    Upcoming: All-Puccini Benefit Gala, University of Arkansas

  • Julia Dawson, Mezzo-Soprano, 21
    Cobourg, ON, Canada
    Education: B.M., Oberlin Conservatory (current)
    Awards: Shirley and Seymour Lehrer Scholarship, Music Academy of the West; First Prize, Kiwanis Festival Ontario Provincial 2006
    Upcoming: Beethoven Mass in C, Northumberland Orchestra, Port Hope, ON; Mozart Requiem, Pax Christe Chorale, Toronto, ON

  • Lio Kuokman, Piano/Conductor, 28
    Macau, China
    Education: Diploma, Curtis Institute of Music (current); M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
    Awards: Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition Collaborative Pianist Winner, Music Academy of the West, 2009; Theodore Presser Foundation Award for Young Conductor, 2008; Chautauqua Institute David Effron Conducting Fellowship, 2008; Second Prize, Sixth Mauro Paolo Monopoli International Piano Competition, 2003
    Upcoming: Conducting, La fille du régiment, Hong Kong; Duo recital, Macau Cultural Center; Conducting, Pottstown Symphony; Conducting, Hong Kong Sinfonietta
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  • James Levine

    James Levine conducts three operas at the Metropolitan Opera in 2009-2010, including the new production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann and revivals of Simon Boccanegra and Lulu. He and the MET Orchestra are heard in two concerts at Carnegie Hall this season (the soloists are Stephanie Blythe and Diana Damrau), while Pierre Boulez conducts the third date in the subscription series (with Deborah Polaski in May); Levine and the MET Chamber Ensemble give two performances in Weill and Zankel halls, featuring the music of Boulez, Mozart, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, and Strauss.

    Maestro Levine leads the Boston Symphony in two programs at Carnegie Hall in coming months with soloists Pierre-Laurent Aimard (in music of Ravel and Carter) and Christine Brewer, Stephanie Blythe, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Shenyang, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (in Mendelssohn's Elijah). His sixth season as Music Director of the BSO began on September 23 and includes world premieres of commissions from Peter Lieberson, John Harbison, and John Williams; the US premiere of Carter's Flute Concerto; his first performances with the BSO of Mahler's Seventh Symphony; and a special Pension Fund concert in February that features music of "all four Strausses": waltzes and polkas of Johann Sr., Jr., and Josef, as well as Richard Strauss's Don Quixote. The BSO recently released the first five in a new series of recordings made in live performances in Symphony Hall, including Mahler's Sixth Symphony, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, William Bolcom's Eighth Symphony and "Lyric Concerto," Brahms's German Requiem, and a two-CD collection of Mozart symphonies.

    James Levine makes his debut in March with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Mahler's Third Symphony in the German capital (as well as a gala four-hand piano evening with that orchestra's Artistic Director, Daniel Barenboim, and Dorothea Röschmann, Waltraud Meier, Matthew Polenzani, and René Pape, for the benefit of the Deutsche Staatsoper's imminent renovation), and will help celebrate Cincinnati Opera's 90th Anniversary in June, leading a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in his hometown before returning to the BSO's Tanglewood Festival (July 9-August 4).

    Participating Artists

    Lori Guilbeau, Soprano, 24
    Golden Meadow, LA
    Education: M.M., Manhattan School of Music (current); B.M., Manhattan School of Music
    Awards: Beverly Sills Award, Elardo International Opera Competition
    Recent: Pénélope (Pénélope), Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater; recital, Schwabacher Series / Merola Opera Program; Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Shreveport Opera
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  • Matthew Valverde, Tenor, 24
    Fort Worth, TX
    Education: M.M., Eastman School of Music (current); M.M., Texas Christian University; B.A. and B.A., Texas Christian University
    Awards: Full-tuition waiver, Texas Christian University, 2007-2009; Mr. and Mrs. F. Howard Walsh Voice Scholarship, Texas Christian University, 2003-2007
    Upcoming: Opera Scenes Gala (Nemorino, L'elisir d'amore; Le Chevalier des Grieux, Manon), Eastman Opera Theater
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  • Paul Scholten, Baritone, 24
    Muskegon, MI
    Education: A.D., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (current); M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; B.M., University of Michigan
    Awards: Sam Adams Award, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 2008 and 2009; Albert A. Stanley Medal for Excellence in Music, University of Michigan, 2007; Winner, Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition, 2008; Third Prize, Florida Grand Opera / Young Patronesses of the Opera National Vocal Competition, 2009
    Upcoming: Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Bel Canto Opera Night, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; resident artist, Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
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A program of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in partnership with The Marilyn Horne Foundation
Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.