Performance Friday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Heidi Stober
Craig Terry

Weill Recital Hall
Soprano Heidi Stober’s critically acclaimed performances at the world’s great opera houses and recital halls have made her a singer in great demand. Opera News praised her “magnetic stage presence and lovely vocalism,” qualities she brings to her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Heidi Stober, Soprano
    New York Recital Debut
  • Craig Terry, Piano
  • David Heiss, Cello


  • HAYDN "The Mermaid's Song," Hob. XXVIa: 25
  • HAYDN "O Tuneful Voice," Hob. XXVIa: 42
  • HAYDN "Pastoral Song," Hob. XXVIa: 27
  • SCHUBERT "Gute Nacht," D. 911, No. 1
  • SCHUBERT "Am Feierabend," D. 795, No. 5
  • SCHUBERT "Auf dem Wasser zu singen," D. 774
  • SCHUBERT "Der Zwerg," D. 771
  • SCHUBERT "Im Abendrot," D. 799
  • R. STRAUSS "Ich trage meine Minne," Op. 32, No. 1
  • R. STRAUSS "Junghexenlied," Op. 39, No. 2
  • R. STRAUSS "Meinem Kinde," Op. 37, No. 3
  • R. STRAUSS "Mein Auge," Op. 37, No. 4
  • R. STRAUSS "Muttertändelei," Op. 43, No. 2
  • DEBUSSY from Ariettes oubliées
    ·· C’est l’extase
    ·· Il pleure dans mon coeur
    ·· Chevaux de bois
    ·· Spleen
  • JAKE HEGGIE From the Book of Nightmares
  • CHAMINADE "Chanson de neige"
  • REGER "Die bunten Kühe"
  • CLARKE "Of Cheese," No. 3 from Opposites
  • WILDER "Milwaukee"

  • Encore:
  • JONES / WILDER "A Child is Born"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Heidi Stober 

    Stunning audiences with her lyric voice and incisive stage personality, American soprano Heidi Stober has established herself as a favorite at leading venues around the world. Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel,conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, and Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, conducted by James Levine; a return to the San Francisco Opera in another  production of Un ballo in maschera, led by Nicola Luisotti; a return to the Santa Fe Opera for her role debut as Sandrina in La finta giardiniera; her debut with Opera Philadelphia, reprising the role of Ada Leverson in Theodore Morrison's Oscar; and performances at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Concert appearances include a recital and master class at Lawrence University with pianist Craig Terry and a return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the world premiere of Stephen Hartke's Symphony No. 4, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

    Since her critically acclaimed debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2008, Ms. Stober has cultivated a longstanding relationship with the opera company in a variety of leading roles. A favorite of the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, she has performed a broad range of repertoire from early music to 21st-century premieres. Ms. Stober has also made concert appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Stober received her professional training at the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and she holds degrees from Lawrence University and the New England Conservatory of Music. She lives in Berlin with her husband, baritone Simon Pauly, and their son.

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  • Craig Terry 

    Pianist Craig Terry performs with some of the world's leading singers and instrumentalists. He is currently in his 10th season as assistant conductor at the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he was recently appointed music director. He previously served as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Mr. Terry has performed with esteemed vocalists such as Jamie Barton, Nicole Cabell, Sasha Cooke, Eric Cutler, Giuseppe Filianoti, Denyce Graves, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel, Joseph Kaiser, Quinn Kelsey, Kate Lindsey, Danielle de Niese, Susanna Phillips, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Bo Skovhus, Garrett Sorenson, and Amber Wagner. His 2014-2015 season includes recitals with Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Joyce DiDonato, Brian Jagde, Ana María Martínez, Luca Pisaroni, Patricia Racette, and Hugh Russell, as well as chamber music concerts with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra.

    Mr. Terry was recently named artistic director of Beyond the Aria, a new concert series presented by the Harris Theater in collaboration with the Ryan Opera Center and Lyric Unlimited. His discography includes Diva on Detour with Patricia Racette, As Long as There Are Songs with Stephanie Blythe, and Chanson d'avril with Nicole Cabell. He was also featured in a Live from Lincoln Center national broadcast on PBS with Ms. Blythe in 2013. Mr. Terry received his bachelor's degree in music education from Tennessee Technological University, continued his studies at Florida State University, and received his master's in piano performance and accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of Warren Jones.

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  • David Heiss 

    As a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, David Heiss has performed with the company as cello continuo soloist in performances of the entire canon of Mozart operas, as well as last season's revival of The Enchanted Island and a worldwide HD broadcast of Handel's Giulio Cesare in 2013. For the past two seasons, he has joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for performances of Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte, both conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Heiss is principal cellist of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and has been featured as a concerto soloist and recitalist on a wide range of repertoire, including the US premieres of concertos by Irving Robbin and Theodore Antoniou at the Tanglewood Festival, and the world premiere of Robert Manno's Cello Sonata, which was dedicated to him. He is a founding member of the Omni Piano Quartet, and is a frequent guest artist and teacher at conservatories and music festivals.

    Mr. Heiss was involved in the conception and development of the original Tony Award-winning Broadway production of The Elephant Man as a composer and arranger, and he performed throughout the US as the on-stage cellist in the drama. His television credits include The Today Show and Late Show with David Letterman, and his career has been profiled twice on the PBS series Expressions. He has also been featured several times on American Public Media's series Performance Today. Mr. Heiss studied with famed cellist Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School, and he plays a John Betts cello that is dated 1789.

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At a Glance

This evening’s program begins with three canzonettas born of Joseph Haydn’s extended trips to London. We hear a light, bright sea song, as well as two songs about loss and the memory of beloved people. Franz Schubert was Shakespearean in the range of poetic characters he brought to life in more than 600 songs. The five songs on tonight’s program are a study in contrasts, but are alike in showcasing Schubert’s ability to plumb the depths of poetry and human nature in his music. Richard Strauss claimed that he liked his songs the most of all his musical output. Despite his allegiance to opera, he composed songs throughout his life on the poetry of contemporary poets and those beloved of earlier 19th-century composers.

There are few more felicitous pairings of poet and composer than that of Paul Verlaine and Claude Debussy, who would forever alter the course of French music. We hear three of Debussy’s mélodies set to text by Verlaine, whose evocation, suggestion, and nuance finds its perfect expression in music that is inimitably French with its new sonorities and textures. Poet Galway Kinnell’s lengthy involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and his experiences protesting the Vietnam War are recorded in The Book of Nightmares. Contemporary composer Jake Heggie selected portions of this book-length poem and set them to music in his work From the Book of Nightmares. The program then concludes with a philosophical song by notable French composerCécile Chaminade, a whimsical song by German composerMax Reger, and two songs by American composers Henry Leland Clarke and Alec Wilder.  
Program Notes
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.

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