• Friday, Mar 25, 2011

    Vocalists Sylvia Schwartz, Bernarda Fink, Michael Schade, & Thomas Quasthoff Perform on 4/25

     

    CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
    SOPRANO SYLVIA SCHWARTZ,
    MEZZO-SOPRANO BERNARDA FINK,
    TENOR MICHAEL SCHADE, AND
    BASS-BARITONE THOMAS QUASTHOFF IN A
    RECITAL OF SCHUMANN AND BRAHMS VOCAL WORKS
    ON MONDAY, APRIL 25 AT 8:00 PM


    Vocal Quartet is Joined by Pianists Malcolm Martineau and Justus Zeyen
     

    On Monday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. Carnegie Hall presents soprano Sylvia Schwartz, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, tenor Michael Schade, and bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff performing a variety of vocal quartets including Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder (Spanish folk songs) and Brahms’s Liebeslieder-Walzer and Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, which explore the happier and darker sides of love, respectively. Also on the program are the Brahms lieder "An die Heimat," "Der Abend," "O schöne Nacht," and "Abendlied." The vocalists are joined by pianists Malcolm Martineau and Justus Zeyen. This concert will also be performed at Chicago's Orchestra Hall, the Schubert Club in St. Paul Minnesota, and the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    About the Artists
    Sylvia Schwartz is considered one of the most exciting lyric sopranos of her generation. As a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Ms. Schwartz has worked with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Philippe Jordan, Rene Jacobs, and Fabio Luisi, among others, and her roles have included Oscar (Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera), Susanna (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), Pamina (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), and Marzelline (Beethoven’s Fidelio). She has appeared at many opera houses and festivals including The Bolshoi Theatre, Wiener Staatsoper, La Scala, Munich State Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Baden-Baden, and the Verbier Festival, among others. Ms. Schwartz is in demand as a concert artist and recitalist, having performed with pianists such as Wolfram Rieger, Kirill Gerstein, Simon Lepper, and Gary Matthewman. Beginning in the 2010–2011 season, Ms. Schwartz is a member of the Vienna State Opera company; where her roles include Adina in Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, Sophie in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, as well as frequent Mozart roles of Pamina, Zerlina, and Susanna. Ms. Schwartz was a postgraduate student at the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin where her teachers included Thomas Quasthoff.

    The daughter of Slovenian parents, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received her music education at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón. Acclaimed for her versatility, Ms. Fink’s repertoire ranges from ancient music to that of the 20th century. She regularly appears in recital at the Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, and in concert halls in Buenos Aires. Highlights of the current and coming season include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Berliner Barock Solisten, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with conductor Daniel Harding, Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Gounod’s Roméo and Juliet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Fink frequently appears with leading orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Vienna and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, working with acclaimed conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, and Sir Simon Rattle, among others. She enjoys a close collaboration with the Harmonia Mundi record label, and her next solo recording will be a program of lieder by Slovenian composers, which is scheduled to be released in spring 2011.

    German-Canadian tenor Michael Schade has given acclaimed performances in Mozart’s Idomeneo as well as Strauss’s Arabella and Capriccio with soprano Renée Fleming. At the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Schade was featured in a highly acclaimed production of Massenet’s Thaïs with Ms. Fleming and baritone Thomas Hampson and in Berg’s Lulu under Fabio Luisi. His close collaboration with the Vienna State Opera continues in the 2010–2011 season. Additional repertoire highlights of this season include Haydn’s Paukenmesse; Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde; and Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass. As a recitalist, Mr. Schade has performed at La Scala, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Alice Tully Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has had a long term relationship with the Salzburg Festival, having appeared there for the past 16 consecutive years. Mr. Schade has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. An avid recording artist, Mr. Schade received a Grammy Award in 2002 for Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

    German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff is recognized as one of the most remarkable singers performing today. Much in demand as a recitalist, he frequently sings in major recital halls in Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Amsterdam, and London and was a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist during the 2006–2007 season. He has also been an "Artist in Residence" at Vienna's Musikverein, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Barbican Centre in London, and at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. A frequent guest of both the Berliner Philharmoniker and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, he appears regularly with the world's leading orchestras. In recital, he has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and on the major recital series in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, and Atlanta, in addition to making appearances at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, and Mostly Mozart festivals, and the Hollywood Bowl. In 2003, Thomas Quasthoff made his first staged opera appearance as Don Fernando in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker in Salzburg, and he has since sung the role of Amfortas in a highly acclaimed production of Wagner's Parsifal at the Vienna State Opera. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist since 1999, three of Mr. Quasthoff's CDs have received Grammy Awards. A dedicated teacher and advocate for young vocalists, Mr. Quasthoff was a professor at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany from 1996–2004 and has been a Professor of Music at the Hanns Eisler School for Music in Berlin since October 2004.

    Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau he has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kozena, Karita Mattila, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Frederica von Stade, and Bryn Terfel, among many others, and is recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation. Mr. Martineau has presented his own series at St. John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, and at the Edinburgh Festival. He has appeared throughout Europe: in London at the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Royal Opera House; Milan’s La Scala; Paris’s Chatelet; Barcelona’s Liceu; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, as well as at the Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Munich, and Salzburg Festivals. Recording projects include albums for the Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, EMI, Chandos, Hyperion, and Onyx record labels, among others. Mr. Martineau is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

    Pianist Justus Zeyen was born in Kiel, Germany, and studied in Hannover with Karl Engel and Bernhardt Ebert among others. Since then, he has been a sought-after pianist, giving concerts in Europe, the U.S., and Japan, performing as a soloist, pianist for chamber music, and as an accompanist of vocal recitals. Mr. Zeyen has worked with a number of artists of note including Dorothea Röschmann, Diana Damrau, and Michael Schade, among others, and the choirs of the Bayerischer, Mittel, and Süddeutscher Rundfunk. Since their first concerts together at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in 1994, Mr. Zeyen has collaborated regularly with bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff. Their recording for Deutsche Grammophon of lieder by Brahms and Liszt was awarded a Cannes Award and nominated for a Grammy Award. The most recent CD that Mr. Zeyen recorded with Thomas Quasthoff is of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin. In addition to giving concerts, he teaches at the music academy in Hannover.


    Program Information
    Monday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    SYLVIA SCHWARTZ,
    Soprano
    BERNARDA FINK, Mezzo-Soprano
    MICHAEL SCHADE, Tenor
    THOMAS QUASTHOFF, Bass-Baritone
    Malcolm Martineau, Piano
    Justus Zeyen, Piano

    ROBERT SCHUMANN Spanische Liebeslieder, Op. 138
    JOHANNES BRAHMS Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52
    JOHANNES BRAHMS "An die Heimat," Op. 64, No. 1
    JOHANNES BRAHMS "Der Abend," Op. 64, No. 2
    JOHANNES BRAHMS "O schöne Nacht," Op. 92, No. 1
    JOHANNES BRAHMS "Abendlied," Op. 92, No. 3
    JOHANNES BRAHMS Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 65


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