Performance Friday, October 9, 2009 | 7:30 PM

Sandrine Piau
Susan Manoff

Weill Recital Hall


  • Sandrine Piau, Soprano
    New York Recital Debut
  • Susan Manoff, Piano


  • FAURÉ "Au bord de l'eau," Op. 8, No. 1
  • FAURÉ "Nell," Op. 18, No. 1
  • FAURÉ "Le secret," Op. 23, No. 3
  • FAURÉ "Clair de lune," Op. 46, No. 2
  • FAURÉ "Sylvie," Op. 6, No. 3
  • ZEMLINSKY "Liebe und Frühling"
  • ZEMLINSKY "Das Rosenband"
  • ZEMLINSKY "Frühlingslied"
  • ZEMLINSKY "Wandl'ich im Wald des Abends"
  • CHAUSSON "Hébé," Op. 2, No. 6
  • CHAUSSON "Le charme," Op. 2, No. 2
  • CHAUSSON "Sérénade," Op. 13, No. 2
  • CHAUSSON "Le colibri," Op. 2, No. 7
  • R. STRAUSS Mädchenblumen, Op. 22
    ·· Kornblumen
    ·· Mohnblumen
    ·· Efeu
    ·· Wasserrose
  • DEBUSSY "Nuits d'étoiles"
  • DEBUSSY "L’âme évaporée"
  • DEBUSSY "Triolet à Philis" ("Zéphir")
  • DEBUSSY "Fleur des blés"
  • SCHOENBERG Vier Lieder, Op. 2
    ·· Erwartung
    ·· Schenk mir deinen goldenen Kamm
    ·· Erhebung
    ·· Waldsonne

  • Encores:
  • POULENC "Voyage à Paris" from Banalités, No. 4
  • POULENC "Les chemins de l'amour"

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes including one intermission



    A renowned figure in the world of Baroque music, French soprano Sandrine Piau performs regularly with such celebrated conductors as William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Christophe Rousset, Gustav Leonhardt, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ton Koopman, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, Fabio Biondi, Michel Corboz, Josep Pons, and Louis Langrée. She was recently awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture.

    Embracing both lyric and Baroque repertoire, she performs such roles as Pamina (Mozart's Die Zauberflöte), Titania (Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream), and Servilia (Gluck's La Clemenza di Tito).

    Previous engagements have taken her to the Grand Théâtre de Genève to perform the role of Ismène (Mozart's Mitridate, re di Ponto); to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées to sing Aennchen (Weber's Der Freischütz), as well as Pamina and Servilia; and the Théâtre du Châtelet to perform Ismène, Nerine (Rameau's Les Paladins), and Wanda (Offenbach's La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein).

    Ms. Piau has been invited by the Opéra National de Bordeaux to perform Titania, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari to sing Pamina, Opéra de Montpellier and the Dresden Festival to sing in Handel's Xerxes, Drottningholm Festival to sing Asteria in Handel's Tamerlano, and the Bayersiche Staatsoper and Opéra National de Bordeaux to sing Konstanze in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

    Her recent roles include Nanetta (Verdi's Falstaff) at the Grand Théatre de Bordeaux, the title role in Handel's Atalanta at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Sophie (Massenet's Werther) at both the Capitole de Toulouse and the Théâtre du Châtelet. Future projects include Dalinda (Handel's Ariodante) at the Théâtre Champs Elysées and the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Pamina and Cleopratra at La Monnaie Brussels, and Titania at the Opera National de Lyon.

    In recent years, Ms. Piau has performed at the Salzburg, Covent Garden, and Montreux festivals; the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Comunale di Firenze, and Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

    Ms. Piau has an exclusive recording contract with Naïve. Her recording of Mozart arias, with pianist Freiburger Barockorchester, received enthusiastic critical response and was awarded the Prix Charles Cros. Her second Naïve album, Debussy Mélodies, with pianist Jos van Imserseel, was awarded the Prix Ravel at the Orphée Awards in Paris. In January 2005, Gramophone named Haendel: Opera Seria, with Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, an Editors Choice. The album also won the Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize that year.

    Her latest release, évocation, features a Franco-German program based on texts that reference women in the third person, and was recognized as a Gramophone Editors Choice and Opera magazine's "Diamant d'opéra."
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    Born in New York, Susan Manoff studied piano at Manhattan School of Music and the University of Oregon. After winning first prize in the Petri Competition, she went to Paris to study with Noël Lee. Ms. Manoff pursued her love for singers and the art song repertoire, and has rapidly become one of the leading and most appreciated accompanists of her generation.

    She has worked with Christa Ludwig and Hans Hotter, and appears regularly in recitals worldwide with such artists as Véronique Gens, Patricia Petibon, Sandrine Piau, Magdalena Kožená, and Natalie Dessay. Fascinated with the theater, Manoff has also created recitals that blend music and text, working with such partners as Nelly Borgeaud, Hélène Delavault, Marie Christine Barrault, and Jean Rochefort.

    Ms. Manoff currently focuses on chamber music, performing with Nemanya Radulovic and other notable instrumentalists. Her festival appearances include Verbier, Covent Garden, Lugano, and Montpellier. Her 2009-2010 season includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein (Vienna), and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). Ms. Manoff is a professor at the Paris Opera School and the Paris Conservatory.
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This concert is made possible by The Ruth Morse Fund for Vocal Excellence.