Performance Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 5:30 PM

The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital

Weill Recital Hall
Each January The Song Continues showcases emerging young singers who are on the verge of international renown. On this recital, baritone Joseph Lim and pianist Brian Zeger come together on the Weill Recital Hall stage for a program featuring works by Tosti, Schumann, and Ravel.


  • Joseph Lim, Baritone
  • Brian Zeger, Piano


  • TOSTI "Sogno"
  • TOSTI "A Vucchella"
  • TOSTI "Non t'amo più"
  • SCHUMANN Liederkreis, Op.39
  • RAVEL Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
    ··Chanson romanesque
    ··Chanson épique
    ··Chanson à boire

  • Encore:
  • GERSHWIN "The Loreley"


  • Joseph Lim

    Joseph Lim recently completed his second season as a resident artist in the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. While he was at the Lyric, he was seen as Schaunard in La bohème, Schlemil in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Frontier Guard in Boris Godunov, and Marullo in Rigoletto. Mr. Lim covered the roles of Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Hermann in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, and Albert in Werther. He sang Escamillo of Carmen with the Lyric Opera Orchestra in the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert. He also sang the role of Dr. Malatesta in Ryan Opera Center's summer production of Don Pasquale and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at the Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival. He performed the role of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Schaunard in La bohème with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago conducted by Sir Andrew Davis at Symphony Center.

    In addition to being a grand-prize winner at the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Lim won first place at the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition and second place at the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. He has also received awards from the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition and the Marilyn Horne Song Competition. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Opera Buffs Inc. and Los Angeles Opera Association, among others. Mr. Lim was named University of Southern California Thornton School of Music's Marilyn Horne Scholar.

    Mr. Lim completed his graduate certificate program at USC, where he studied with Rod Gilfry, Eric Halfvarson, and W. Stephen Smith. Mr. Lim received his bachelor's degree from Seoul National University in South Korea.

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  • Brian Zeger

    Pianist Brian Zeger has established an impressive career as a solo performer, appearing in distinguished concert venues throughout the US and Europe, and as a chamber musician par excellence, radio broadcaster, artistic administrator, and educator.

    In a career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Zeger has enjoyed collaborations with many of the world's top artists, including singers Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, René Pape, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel, and Joyce DiDonato. Recent and upcoming engagements include recitals with Ms. Voigt, Mr. Pape, Anna Netrebko, Mr. Terfel, Ms. Te Kanawa, Adrianne Pieczonka, and Piotr Beczała.

    In addition to his distinguished concert career, he also serves as artistic director of the vocal arts department at The Juilliard School and the executive director of Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. From 1993 to 2000, he was artistic director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, and has been a regular guest at many other summer festivals.

    Mr. Zeger's writings have appeared in Opera News, The Yale Review, and Chamber Music magazine. He has appeared frequently on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, both on the opera quiz and as intermission host and performer.

    His recordings may be heard on the EMI Classics, New World, Naxos, and Koch record labels, his most recent recording being Portraits and Elegies with violinist Frank Almond. Visit for more information.

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At a Glance

The Italian composer Paolo Tosti, singing master to royalty who was lionized in Victorian and Edwardian England, created a melodious species of Italian salon song beloved of such singers as Enrico Caruso and Nellie Melba, with Luciano Pavarotti following in their footsteps. We hear three of Tosti's songs, including the setting of a Neapolitan ditty by the great (if politically repellent) Italian writer Gabriele D'Annunzio.

The great German Romantic poet Joseph von Eichendorff was one of Schumann's favorite writers to whom he turned for lieder texts. We hear Schumann's assemblage of 12 haunting, passionate songs set to Eichendorff poems in Liederkreis, Op. 39, composed in 1840-one of the "miracle years" of the German lied, when Schumann composed more than 100 songs. From the first song of loneliness and alienation to the nocturnal springtime rapture at the close, this opus defines Schumann's new approach to song composition.

Three masterpieces from late in Maurice Ravel's compositional life round out the program: songs from the early 1930s that tell of a half-Swiss, half-Basque composer's love of all things Spanish, including the immortal Don Quixote and his beloved Dulcinea.
Program Notes
The Song Continues is supported, in part, by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund.
Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
Recording of workshops and master classes is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.
This performance is part of Now Arriving.