Performance Friday, January 22, 2010 | 7:30 PM

The Song Continues...Marilyn Horne Foundation Annual Recital

Dames at "C"

Zankel Hall
The Marilyn Horne Foundation's Annual Recital - this year entitled Dames at "C" - closes The Song Continues ..., a four-day festival that celebrates the art of the vocal recital. Festival events also include master classes led by leading artists and duo recitals of singers from the Marilyn Horne Foundation.


  • Amanda Majeski, Soprano
  • David Shimoni, Piano
  • Elaine Alvarez, Soprano
  • Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano
  • Kathleen Kim, Special Guest Artist
  • Keri Alkema, Soprano
  • Marilyn Horne
  • Michael Baitzer, Piano
  • Tamara Sanikidze, Piano
  • Warren Jones, Piano


  • RESPIGHI "Nebbie"
  • DONAUDY "O del mio amato ben"
  • JAKE HEGGIE "My True Love Hath My Heart"
  • JAKE HEGGIE "Danny Boy"
  • JAKE HEGGIE "I Shall Not Live in Vain"
  • HAHN "Sopra l'acqua indormenzada"
  • HAHN "La barcheta"
  • DEBUSSY "Beau soir"
  • HAHN "Dans la nuit"
  • BERLIOZ "La Mort d'Ophélie," Op. 18, No. 2
  • RACHMANINOFF Daisies, Op. 38
    ·· Noch'ju v sadu u menja (In My Garden at Night)
    ·· K nej (To Her)
    ·· Margaritki (Daisies)
    ·· Son (Dreams)
    ·· Au (The Quest)
  • LISZT "Im Rhein, im schönen Strome"
  • LISZT "Die Loreley"
  • TURINA Tres Poemas, Op. 81
    ·· Olas gigantes
    ·· Tu pupila es azul
    ·· Besa el aura


  • Amanda Majeski, Soprano

    In spring 2009, American soprano Amanda Majeski received acclaim from both critics and audiences alike as Vitellia in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito with the Chicago Opera Theater in a production directed by Christopher Alden.

    Ms. Majeski subsequently joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center for the 2009-2010 season, where she will cover Marguerite in Gounod's Faust and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Ms. Majeski also sang the role of Marguerite in Faust with Washington Concert Opera. In spring 2010, she will return to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Future seasons will see Ms. Majeski at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Pittsburgh Opera, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Edo de Waart.

    Ms. Majeski completed her graduate degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was heard as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Magda in La rondine, Nuria in Ainadamar, in the soprano role in Poulenc's La voix humaine, and in the title role of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta.

    Ms. Majeski's recent concert performances include Handel's Solomon and Messiah with Apollo Chorus of Chicago and Mahler's Fourth Symphony with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.
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  • David Shimoni, Piano

    Pianist David Shimoni has built a career as a soloist, vocal coach, accompanist, chamber musician, and teacher. Winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Auditions, he has appeared in concert in New York's Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and the Museum of Modern Art. He has been a guest artist at the Chautauqua, Brevard, Moab, Foothills, and Rockport music festivals, and his performances have been broadcast on radio stations throughout the United States.

    Mr. Shimoni has worked with the Jupiter String Quartet, New York Festival of Song, Southeastern Festival of Song, and Toronto Dance Theatre. He frequently performs as a song recital accompanist under such auspices as the Juilliard School's Alice Tully Hall Vocal Arts Debut Recital, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Concert Artists Guild, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Artist Series of Sarasota. Another important part of his career have been the 15 educational and outreach tours throughout the US, in affiliation with the Piatigorsky Foundation.

    Mr. Shimoni is currently an Associate Coach in the Vocal Arts Department at Juilliard. He has also been on the accompanying and teaching staff of Brooklyn College, Ravinia's Steans Institute, and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
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  • Elaine Alvarez, Soprano

    Elaine Alvarez has had major successes as Mimì in La bohème at Lyric Opera of Chicago and as soprano soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater under the baton of Riccardo Muti with the Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Most recently, Ms. Alvarez made her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Violetta in La traviata, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson.

    Ms. Alvarez began the 2009-2010 season with her Oper Frankfurt debut as Mimì in La bohème and is scheduled to sing concert performances of Magda in La rondine at Frankfurt's Alte Oper. She also makes her Arizona Opera debut as Mimì and her Florida Grand Opera debut in her hometown of Miami as Micaela in Carmen.

    The 2008-2009 season saw Ms. Alvarez again as Mimì in La bohème at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and as the Countess in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Cleveland. She also returned to Oper Leipzig in new productions of La rondine as Magda and Don Giovanni as Donna Anna.

    Recitals for Ms. Alvarez have included her Washington, DC, debut with the prestigious Vocal Arts Society at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater and a Marilyn Horne Foundation recital residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, both in the fall of 2007.
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  • Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano

    Since graduating from The Juilliard School in 2006, soprano Jennifer Zetlan has made debuts with Florida Grand Opera as Lisa in La sonnambula, with New York City Opera as Frasquita in Carmen, and with the Metropolitan Opera in War and Peace. She has also received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Emily Webb in Our Town at Aspen Music Festival and with Juilliard Opera Center.

    During the 2009-2010 season, Ms. Zetlan debuts with Nashville Opera as Madeline Usher in The Fall of the House of Usher and sings the role of The Flier in the world premiere of Daron Hagen's Amelia with Seattle Opera. She also sings Laoula in L'Étoile with New York City Opera and joins the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Ariadne auf Naxos.

    Ms. Zetlan began the 2008-2009 season as a featured soloist in New York City Opera's Looking Forward concert series. She performed the role of The Boxer's Wife in Ernst Krenek's Schwergewicht, oder Die Ehre der Nation at Juilliard Opera Center under James Conlon and made her Avery Fisher Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony, conducted by Alan Gilbert. For her performances with New York City Opera, Ms. Zetlan received the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Award.
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  • Kathleen Kim, Special Guest Artist

    Ever since Kathleen Kim's acclaimed 2007 debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, followed by Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and Marie (cover) in La Fille du régiment, this young Korean-American coloratura soprano has been engaged by many of the world's most important opera houses. The 2009-2010 season offers her biggest roles yet at the Met with Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffman, and a return as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She also makes her debut at Atlanta Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. Other engagements include Armida in Rinaldo at Central City Opera (Denver) and her first Carmina Burana with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

    During the 2008-2009 season, Ms. Kim made her debut with Minnesota Opera in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Her European debut followed at Bilbao Opera as Marie in La Fille du régiment. At the Met, she returned as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and in Rusalka.

    During her recent apprenticeship at the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center, Ms. Kim appeared as Adele in Die Fledermaus, the Page in Rigoletto, the Milliner in Der Rosenkavalier, and Frasquita in Carmen.

    Ms. Kim has won numerous prizes and awards, including a 2006 Sullivan Foundation award, a Sarasota Opera Guild's Leo Rogers Scholarship, and the Rose Ann Grundman Scholarship of the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation in Chicago. She was also third-prize winner of the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition, a National Finalist of the MacAllister Awards, and a prize winner of the Liederkranz Competition.

    Ms. Kim received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Manhattan School of Music.
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  • Keri Alkema, Soprano

    In the 2009-2010 season, Keri Alkema made her soprano role debut to great critical acclaim as Donna Elvira in Christopher Alden's production of Don Giovanni at New York City Opera. She will later be heard as Adalgisa in the original two-soprano version of Bellini's masterpiece Norma at the Caramoor International Music Festival with Will Crutchfield. Future seasons will see her return to Washington National Opera and New York City Opera, as well as the Cincinnati May Festival and Ravinia Festival under the baton of James Conlon.

    As a mezzo-soprano, Ms. Alkema was heard as Charlotte in Werther at Chautauqua Opera; Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Sarasota Opera; Zulma in L'italiana in Algeri at Opera di Treviso; Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at New York City Opera; Erika in Vanessa at Chautauqua Opera; and Meg in Little Women at Skylight Opera. While a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera, Ms. Alkema sang Clotilde in Norma, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Flora in La traviata, and Angelina in La Cenerentola.

    On the concert stage, Ms. Alkema has worked with such notable conductors as Plácido Domingo, Emmanuel Villaume, Riccardo Frizza, Heinz Fricke, Antony Walker, and Anne Manson.
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  • Marilyn Horne

    She has been called the "Star-Spangled Singer" and "the Heifetz of singers." In 2002, after a career in which for over four decades Marilyn Horne had dominated her field, Opera News said, "Marilyn Horne, whose face and song have been in the light-in so many places, in so many styles, through so many media, for so many years-may be the most influential singer in American history."

    Marilyn Horne continues to be one of America's most beloved artists and one of the busiest. She has received numerous accolades and honors in the arts as well as academia. Among her many worldwide prizes are the Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France's Ministry of Culture, the Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, the Fidelio Gold Medal from the International Association of Opera Directors, and the Covent Garden Silver Medal for Outstanding Service. Miss Horne's international success in the most difficult of coloratura mezzo-soprano roles led to the revival of many of Rossini's and Handel's greatest operas. In an unprecedented move, she received Italy's first Rossini Medaglia d'Oro, created especially for her.

    Miss Horne celebrated 26 years as a leading lady at the Metropolitan Opera, and was honored for 39 seasons at the San Francisco Opera. Her many academic awards include numerous honorary doctorates from schools that include The Juilliard School, Johns Hopkins University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Miss Horne was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and received a President's Merit Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Opera News Award, and a Kennedy Center Honor. Miss Horne was also inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was honored in Washington, DC, as a 2009 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors.

    In January 1994, in celebration of her birthday, Miss Horne launched the Marilyn Horne Foundation, dedicated to the art of the vocal recital and presentation of young singers in recital throughout the United States. Since its inception, the foundation has introduced 114 young singers in vocal recitals and educational programs in New York City and many cities across the country, reaching 120,000 students and adults.
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  • Michael Baitzer, Piano

    Michael Baitzer has established himself as one of his generation's top opera and recital pianists. A graduate of Drake University with degrees in piano and vocal performance, he continued studies with Margo Garrett at the University of Minnesota, and then Ms. Garrett and John Moriarty at New England Conservatory. He began a faculty position at The Juilliard School, which he held for 10 years, as well as a position on the music staff of the Spoleto Festival USA, which he also held for 10 years. In his first year at Juilliard, Mr. Baitzer joined the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

    Mr. Baitzer was recently heard as the pianist for the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Opera Awards Concert in Washington, DC. An avid recitalist, he has been heard throughout the country with many of today's leading opera and recital singers, including Richard Cox, Keith Phares, Jennifer Rivera, and Jessica Jones. This season he is heard at Washington National Opera as the harpsichord player for Il barbiere di Siviglia and Le nozze di Figaro, and in Ariadne auf Naxos as a member of the orchestra.
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  • Tamara Sanikidze, Piano

    A native of the Republic of Georgia, Tamara Sanikidze recently became an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera. At Washington National Opera, Ms. Sanikidze was a coach in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, before serving as assistant conductor and coach for Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Hansel and Gretel, La traviata, Carmen, Turandot, and Falstaff. She was also the principal coach for Eugene Onegin at Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Cleveland.

    Ms. Sanikidze has performed with such artists as Elizabeth Futral, Nicole Cabell, Emily Albrink, Isabel Leonard, Magdalena Wór, Laura Brioli, Quinn Kelsey, Evan Hughes, and Sidney Outlaw, as well as Plácido Domingo in Beijing. She was the official pianist for the Operalia Competition in Budapest and performed at the White House for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

    Ms. Sanikidze participated in programs at Wolf Trap Opera Company, the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, Aspen Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. She just completed a doctorate degree at the University of Maryland.
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  • Warren Jones, Piano

    Warren Jones has recently been named as Collaborative Pianist of the Year for 2010 by Musical America. He performs with many of today's best-known artists, including Stephanie Blythe, Denyce Graves, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Anthony Dean Griffey, Ruth Ann Swenson, Bo Skovhus, Samuel Ramey, James Morris, John Relyea, and Joseph Alessi-and is principal pianist for the exciting California-based chamber music group Camerata Pacifica. In the past, he has partnered such great performers as Marilyn Horne, Håkan Hagegård, Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Carol Vaness, Judith Blegen, Tatiana Troyanos, and Martti Talvela. His collaborations have earned consistently high praise from many publications: The Boston Globe termed him "flawless" and "utterly ravishing"; the New York Times, "exquisite"; and the San Francisco Chronicle said simply, "He is the single finest accompanist now working."

    Mr. Jones has often been a guest artist at Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center's Great Performers series, as well as the festivals of Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Caramoor. His international travels have taken him to recitals at the Salzburg Festival, Milan's Teatro alla Scala, the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence, the Teatro Fenice in Venice, Paris' Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Opéra Bastille, Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong, and theaters throughout Scandinavia and Korea. Mr. Jones has been invited three times to the White House by American presidents to perform at concerts honoring the President of Russia, and prime ministers of Italy and Canada-and three times he has appeared at the US Supreme Court as a specially invited performer for the Justices and their guests.

    Mr. Jones is a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. Each summer he teaches and performs at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. For 10 years he was assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and for three seasons served in the same capacity at San Francisco Opera.
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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.

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