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—SONGSTUDIO—

SOPRANO RENÉE FLEMING RETURNS
TO LEAD SONGSTUDIO,
AN INNOVATIVE WORKSHOP CELEBRATING
THE ART OF THE VOCAL RECITAL

JANUARY 17–22, 2022

Public Master Classes Will be Taught by Ms. Fleming,
Christian Gerhaher, Graham Johnson,
and Anthony Roth Costanzo

Young Singers and Pianists from Around the Globe
Selected From Hundreds of Applicants to Participate

Tickets Available Now For Public Master Classes
and Young Artist Recital in Zankel Hall

Photo: Chris Lee

(New York, NY, December 15, 2021)—From January 17–22, 2022, renowned soprano Renée Fleming will mentor 10 aspiring young singers and 10 collaborative pianists from around the world in the fourth year of SongStudio, an innovative program exploring the future of the vocal recital. The annual intensive workshop—hosted by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI)—brings emerging vocalists and pianists together with leading artists and coaches for a week of instruction and performance at Carnegie Hall.

 

“I’m delighted with the amazing roster of rising singers and pianists we have coming this year,” said Renée Fleming. “They will have the opportunity to work with truly world-class artists. Christian Gerhaher is one of the most masterful interpreters of German lieder I have ever heard, and Anthony Roth Costanzo is blazing new territory in creative presentations of vocal music. And returning from previous years, we have Graham Johnson, the unparalleled authority on the art of the song, With our regular SongStudio faculty of renowned experts Gerald Martin Moore and Javier Arrebola, I know it’s going to be an exciting week. I’m also gratified to see our artists receiving major recognition. SongStudio alumnus Johnathan McCullough has just been nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of Soldier Songs. His first public performance of material for this project was at SongStudio two years ago. This is exactly the kind of innovative work we strive to foster.”

 

The week will feature leading vocalists, collaborative pianists, and other artists lending their insights and expertise. On Monday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m., Ms. Fleming will kick off the week with a public master class for participants. The following day, Tuesday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m., lauded countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo will lead a public master class as well as lead a private discussion with the SongStudio participants about creative programming and collaborating with artists across genres. Pianist Graham Johnson will share his expertise and lead a master class on Wednesday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. Sought after baritone Christian Gerhaher will cap off the public events, working with the SongStudio vocalists and collaborative pianists on Friday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.

 

All participating singers and pianists will receive one-on-one private lessons and coaching throughout the week with Ms. Fleming and Graham Johnson and learn from teachers, coaches, and collaborative pianists including Gerald Martin Moore, Director of Yale Opera at the university’s School of Music and Javier Arrebola, faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

 

The week will culminate in a dynamic “Young Artist Recital” on Saturday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall featuring a range of music by Ned Rorem, Debussy, Sibelius, Chausson, Webern, Hemsi, and more.

 

Following a rigorous audition process open to talented young singers and collaborative pianists from around the world, twenty artists have been selected to participate and paired by faculty, coming from Canada, China, Denmark, New Zealand, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and the United States:

Kathryn Henry, Soprano
Artyom Pak, Piano

Tamra Grace Jones, Soprano
Francesco Barfoed, Piano

Mer Wohlgemuth, Soprano
Pierre-Nicolas Colombat, Piano

Maire Therese Carmack, Mezzo-Soprano
Chun Hsin (Cynthia) Liu, Piano

Deepa Johnny, Mezzo-Soprano
Matías Ferreyra, Piano

Daniel Moody, Countertenor
Gracie Francis, Piano

Laurence Kilsby, Tenor
Ella O'Neill, Piano

Joseph Parrish, Baritone
Elias Dagher, Piano

Samuel Kidd, Bass-Baritone
Liza Armistead, Piano

Yue Wu, Bass-Baritone
Tongyao Li, Piano

Following Ms. Fleming’s return for SongStudio, she will perform the New York premiere of André Previn and playwright Tom Stoppard’s Penelope on Sunday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage alongside Oscar-award nominated actress Uma Thurman, the Emerson String Quartet, and pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

Program Information

Monday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Resnick Education Wing
SONGSTUDIO: RENÉE FLEMING MASTER CLASS

Enjoy an inside look at a SongStudio master class and hear the next generation of great singers hone their craft under the leadership of one of the world’s best: Renée Fleming. Designed to renew and refresh the vocal recital experience, SongStudio invites leading musicians to mentor emerging vocalists and collaborative pianists. Together, they explore innovative approaches to both classic and current song repertoire, inviting new audiences to engage with the art form.

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Tuesday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Resnick Education Wing
SONGSTUDIO: ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO MASTER CLASS

Under the masterful guidance of world-renowned countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, emerging vocalists and collaborative pianists come together to explore innovative approaches to both classic and current song repertoire. Designed to renew and refresh the vocal recital experience, SongStudio invites new and familiar audiences to engage with this time-honored, evolving art form.

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Wednesday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Resnick Education Wing
SONGSTUDIO: GRAHAM JOHNSON MASTER CLASS

Under the masterful guidance of renowned pianist Graham Johnson, emerging vocalists and collaborative pianists come together to explore innovative approaches to both classic and current song repertoire. Designed to renew and refresh the vocal recital experience, SongStudio invites new and familiar audiences to engage with this time-honored, evolving art form.

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Friday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Resnick Education Wing
SONGSTUDIO: CHRISTIAN GERHAHER MASTER CLASS

Emerging vocalists and collaborative pianists come together under the guidance of baritone Christian Gerhaher to explore innovative approaches to vocal repertoire with an emphasis on German lieder. Designed to renew and refresh the vocal recital experience, SongStudio invites new and familiar audiences to engage with this time-honored, evolving art form.

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Saturday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Zankel Hall
SONGSTUDIO: YOUNG ARTIST RECITAL

Marking the culmination of SongStudio, world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming hosts a recital that showcases emerging vocalists and collaborative pianists who have trained with her throughout a weeklong intensive workshop. Marvel at these musical talents, and get a glimpse of the bright future of this time-honored, evolving art form.

 

About the Artist

Renée Fleming one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, performing on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. Honored with four Grammy® awards and the US National Medal of Arts, Renée has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2014, she brought her voice to vast new audience as the first classical artist ever to sing The Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl.

Renée’s latest album is Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin as pianist. A collection of classical songs and specially commissioned world premieres, the album focuses on nature as both inspiration and casualty of humans. Renée’s voice is featured on the soundtracks of Best Picture Oscar winners The Shape of Water and The Lord of the Rings. During the pandemic, Renée’s performances on digital platforms have included online concerts for the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In recent years, Renée has become known as a leading advocate for research at the intersection of arts, health, and neuroscience, giving presentations with scientists and practitioners around the world, and winning Research!America’s Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion. In 2020, Renée launched Music and Mind LIVE, a weekly web show exploring the connections between arts, human health, and the brain, amassing nearly 700,000 views, from 70 countries.

In addition to directing SongStudio at Carnegie Hall, Renée is Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center and Advisor for Special Projects at LA Opera. She is Co-Director of the Aspen Opera Center and VocalArts at the Aspen Music Festival. Renée’s other awards include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. www.reneefleming.com

About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music.  

The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. More than 800,000 people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes more than half a million students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students in grades 3 through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with more than 110 orchestras in the US, as well as internationally in New Zealand, Canada, China, Japan, Kenya, and Spain.   

For more information, please visit: carnegiehall.org/education 

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Lead support for SongStudio is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and the A.E. Charitable Foundation.

Major support for SongStudio is provided by the Titus Family Charitable Remainder Unitrust.

SongStudio is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.

Lead support for workshops and master classes is provided by Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and the A.E. Charitable Foundation.

Workshops and master classes are also made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari.

 

 

Ticket Information

Tickets, priced at $20, for master classes and other events held in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing can be purchased exclusively by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org. Tickets for master classes are not available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.

Tickets, priced at $20, for the January 22 performance in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.

Please note: to support a safe reopening for in-person events and in accordance with the advice of medical and public health experts, all artists, visitors, and staff will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to enter Carnegie Hall. While inside Carnegie Hall, all guests must wear a properly fitting mask over their nose and mouth except when eating or drinking in designated areas. 
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