Performance Friday, October 21, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Layla Claire
Natalia Katyukova

Weill Recital Hall
Praised internationally for her thoughtful interpretations of Mozart heroines, this exciting young soprano presents an evening of music by Fauré, Templeton, R. Strauss, Schoenberg, Canteloube, and Golijov. This season, Layla Claire makes her first appearances with the Dallas, Toronto, Baltimore, and Kansas City symphonies—and her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.


  • Layla Claire, Soprano
    New York Recital Debut
  • Natalia Katyukova, Piano


  • TEMPLETON "Vienna in the Springtime"
  • R. STRAUSS "Ständchen," Op. 17, No. 2
  • R. STRAUSS "Ich wollt’ ein Sträusslein binden," Op. 68, No. 2
  • R. STRAUSS "Schlechtes Wetter," Op. 69, No. 5
  • R. STRAUSS "Die Nacht," Op. 10, No. 3
  • SCHOENBERG "Gigerlette"
  • SCHOENBERG "Galathea"
  • R. STRAUSS "Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb vor andern nun?," Op. 67, No. 1
  • R. STRAUSS "Guten Morgen, ’s ist Sankt Valentinstag," Op. 67, No. 2
  • R. STRAUSS "Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss," Op. 67, No. 3
  • FAURÉ "Clair de lune," Op. 46, No. 2
  • FAURÉ "Ici-bas!," Op. 8, No. 3
  • FAURÉ "Le secret," Op. 23, No. 3
  • FAURÉ "La fée aux chansons," Op. 27, No. 2
  • OSVALDO GOLIJOV "Lúa Descolorida"
  • CANTELOUBE "La pastoura als camps"
  • CANTELOUBE "Lou coucut"
  • CANTELOUBE "La delaïssádo"
  • CANTELOUBE "Malurous qu'o uno fenno"


  • Layla Claire

    Soprano Layla Claire has become a sought-after artist on the world's preeminent operatic, symphonic, and recital stages. Praised for thoughtful characterizations and exquisite musicality, her interpretations of Mozart's heroines have garnered accolades throughout North America and Europe. In 2010, she became the inaugural recipient of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, an honor she is immensely proud to receive again this season.

    Following July 2011 performances of Beethoven's Missa solemnis and Symphony No. 9 under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and four concerts as a featured artist in the Metropolitan Opera's Summer Recital Series, Ms. Claire performed at the Tanglewood and Manchester music festivals before beginning a robust fall schedule. Her 2011-2012 season includes debuts with the Dallas, Toronto, Baltimore, and Kansas City symphony orchestras, as well as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. In December, she creates the role of Helena in the Metropolitan Opera's star-studded Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, conducted by William Christie. In March 2012, she reprises her first operatic role, this time on the Met stage, as Giannetta in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. Returning to Symphony Hall in April 2012, she performs Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink.

    Recent engagements include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Tebaldo in Verdi's Don Carlo; her portrayal of Mařenka in Smetana's The Bartered Bride; and debuts with the Boston, San Francisco, and Norrköping (Sweden) symphony orchestras, as well as the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

    In 2008, Ms. Claire received the Mozart Prize at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition, and was a Queen Elisabeth Competition Laureate. She is also a CBC / Radio-Canada Jeunes Artistes recital winner and a proud recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant. She studied at the Université de Montréal before attending the Curtis Institute of Music.

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  • Natalia Katyukova

    One of the most highly regarded young collaborators of her generation, Russian pianist Natalia Katyukova is currently working as an assistant conductor on the Don Giovanni and Khovanshchina productions at the Metropolitan Opera. She has performed with instrumentalists and singers such as Irina Arkhipova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, and Ildar Abdrazakov, in addition to appearing in recital throughout the US, Russia, Germany, Italy, Finland, and Japan. She has been featured as a soloist with renowned orchestras, such as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio under Vladimir Fedoseyev, the Haydn Orchestra with Ola Rudner, and the Moscow State Symphony led by Dmitry Orlov. Ms. Katyukova has performed at festivals and summer programs, including the Ravinia Festival and Merola Opera Program. She has accompanied master classes led by Renée Fleming, Malcolm Martineau, Sir Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles, José van Dam, Martin Katz, and Warren Jones.

    A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory and The Juilliard School, her teachers included Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Brian Zeger, Ken Noda, Vlad Iftinca, Diane Richardson, Lev Naumov, and Luca Schieppati. Currently, Ms. Katyukova is in her second year as a participant in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Strauss's "Die Nacht"
Layla Claire, Soprano; Deirdre Brenner, Piano

At a Glance

We begin the evening with two sentimental, operetta-style songs by the British-born jazz and classical pianist Alec Templeton, who spent much of his life in the US.

The following five songs by German composer Richard Strauss were composed between 1885 and 1918. These include one of the most ardent and joyful serenades ever written, two love songs, a virtuosic depiction of a storm set to poetry by Heinrich Heine, and a nocturne that has become one of Strauss’s most popular songs.

Arnold Schoenberg is famous for radically reinventing musical language in the 20th century; lesser known, however, is his work for the cabaret as a newly married composer journeying from Vienna to Berlin. We hear two of his spicy songs for Ernst von Wolzogen’s Buntes Theater.

In 1918, a quarrel between Strauss and his publishers led to the composition of one of his most moving sets of songs: Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op. 67—settings of Ophelia’s pathos-drenched songs before she drowns herself in the last act of Hamlet. Strauss warps late-Romantic harmonies to evoke insanity, yet also allows moments of unalloyed beauty to shine through in reference to Ophelia’s previous sweet and graceful temperament.

After the intermission, we hear four songs by the late 19th-century master of the French art song, Gabriel Fauré. The first song features a melancholy, elegant minuet in the piano with words by French poet Paul Verlaine. A sweet, sentimental song follows; next, a hymn to love; and finally, an airy soap-bubble of a song to end the group.

The next song is a plangent hymn to the moon by the contemporary composer Osvaldo Golijov. Born in Argentina, he studied music in Jerusalem and the US, and was later named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

We conclude the program with four of Joseph Canteloube’s lush, Romantic arrangements of folk songs from his native region of France, Auvergne. The region’s dialect and rich folklore are preserved and enhanced in this composer’s songs.
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