Performance Saturday, April 6, 2013 | 7 PM

Elina Garanca
Kevin Murphy

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“My career has built step by step,” says Elīna Garanča. “It’s a very quiet story.” The buzz got a lot louder in 2010 after Garanča’s “nuanced, sexy, and cagey” turn in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera’s Carmen (The New York Times). This is a singer who will astound you, whether singing the role of a Spanish temptress or in recital here at Carnegie Hall.


  • Elina Garanca, Mezzo-Soprano
    New York Recital Debut
  • Kevin Murphy, Piano


  • SCHUMANN "Widmung," Op. 25, No. 1
  • SCHUMANN "Der Nussbaum," Op. 25, No. 3
  • SCHUMANN "Jemand," Op. 25, No. 4
  • SCHUMANN "Lieder der Braut aus dem Liebesfrühling I," Op. 25, No.11
  • SCHUMANN "Lieder der Braut aus dem Liebesfrühling II," Op. 25, No. 12
  • SCHUMANN Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42
    ·· Seit ich ihn gesehen
    ·· Er, der Herrlichste von allen
    ·· Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben
    ·· Du Ring an meinem Finger
    ·· Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
    ·· Süsser Freund, du blickest
    ·· An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust
    ·· Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan
  • BERG Sieben frühe Lieder
  • R. STRAUSS "Leise Lieder"
  • R. STRAUSS "All’ mein Gedanken, mein Herz und mein Sinn," Op. 21, No. 1
  • R. STRAUSS "Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden," Op. 21, No. 3
  • R. STRAUSS "Meinem Kinde," Op. 37, No. 3
  • R. STRAUSS "Allerseelen," Op. 10, No. 8
  • R. STRAUSS "Heimliche Aufforderung," Op. 27, No. 3

  • Encores:
  • BRAHMS "Meine Liebe ist grün," Op. 63, No. 5
  • TRAD. (Latvian) "Close Your Eyes and Smile"


  • Elina Garanča

    Elīna Garanča has quickly established herself as a major star through her performances with leading opera houses and symphony orchestras around the world. She has captured critical and popular acclaim for her beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship, and compelling stage portrayals.

    Ms. Garanča was born into a musical family in Riga, Latvia. She studied at the Latvian Academy of Music with her mother. She won the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in 1999 and was a finalist in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Ms. Garanča began her professional career as a resident artist with the Südthüringischer Staatstheater in Meiningen, where she performed a number of leading roles. She has also been a resident artist with Oper Frankfurt.

    In September 2005, Ms. Garanča became an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon. Her first solo recording, Aria Cantilena, was released in March 2007 to great popular and critical acclaim, earning her the prestigious ECHO Klassik award for Singer of the Year. Her second solo record, Bel Canto, was received with similar enthusiasm.

    Highlights of recent seasons have included her critically acclaimed house debut in the title role of Bizet's Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She reprised the role in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera, which was broadcast in more than 1,000 cinemas worldwide. Ms. Garanča was also named Musical America's 2010 Vocalist of the Year; that same year, Ms. Garanča won the MIDEM Classical Award and another ECHO Klassik. She also performed with Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Gustavo Dudamel, Paavo Järvi, and Karel Mark Chichon, in addition to various recital engagements throughout Europe.

    This season, Ms. Garanča appears at the Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Semperoper Dresden. She also embarks on a major European tour to promote her new Deutsche Grammophon record Romantique in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, the UK, Spain, and France.

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  • Kevin Murphy

    Pianist Kevin Murphy is a professor of music at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music; he is also director of the vocal program at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute. He previously served as director of music administration at New York City Opera and director of musical studies at Opéra National de Paris.

    In 1992, Mr. Murphy was the first pianist invited by Maestro James Levine to participate in the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and continued as assistant conductor from 1993 through June 2006. He has played continuo harpsichord with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in productions of Così fan tutte, La Cenerentola, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, La clemenza di Tito, and Idomeneo, in addition to traveling with the company on tour in Japan.

    In addition to his on- and off-stage partnership with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, Mr. Murphy has collaborated in concert and recital with artists such as Michelle DeYoung, Bejun Mehta, Gary Lakes, Nathan Gunn, Olaf Bär, Bryn Terfel, Marcelo Álvarez, Plácido Domingo, Frederica von Stade, Renée Fleming, Paul Groves, and Cecilia Bartoli. He appeared on The Today Show with Ms. Fleming, Good Morning America with Ms. Bartoli, and The Tonight Show with Mr. Lakes.

    Mr. Murphy has been musical assistant and played continuo harpsichord for the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku in Japan, and at the Tanglewood and Verbier festivals, in addition to working with Esa-Pekka Salnnen at La Jolla's SummerFest. Additional festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Bellingham Festival of Music, and Musique et Vin in Burgundy. Mr. Murphy has been in residence with the Canadian Opera Company, The Juilliard School, and the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera.

    A native of Syracuse, Mr. Murphy received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University and his master's from the Curtis Institute of Music.

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At a Glance

This evening's program looks at love in all its phases: a mother's love for her newborn child, the first stirrings of romance between a woman and a man, the unity of a successful marriage, and the warm contentment of a bond matured over many years. Our guides are three of the masters of German lieder: Robert Schumann, Alban Berg, and Richard Strauss.

Schumann struggled for many years to win the hand of his beloved Clara Wieck over the fierce opposition of her father. In 1840, after winning the law case Friedrich Wieck had brought against him and confident he could now marry, Schumann was gripped by one of his most powerful bursts of creativity, resulting in the creation of many of his finest songs and song cycles. His total absorption in Clara led him to explore a woman's inner life through the poetry of Adelbert von Chamisso in the cycle Frauenliebe und -leben, while his wish to present her with a very personal wedding gift produced the songs of Myrthen, from which we hear five songs.

Berg and Strauss were also inspired by love for a woman they would eventually marry: Berg for Helene Nahowski and Strauss for soprano Pauline de Ahna. The songs we hear tonight were written when both were in their 20s and still developing their own individual voices. Indeed for many years, Berg tried to suppress the songs composed when he was still a student of Schoenberg, only relenting in 1928 to publish the luxuriantly sensual Sieben frühe Lieder (Seven Early Songs).
Program Notes


Elīna Garanča performs Saint-Saëns' "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" from Samson et Dalila

This performance is part of Great Singers I, and Great Singers I - Students.