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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Pretty Yende, Soprano
James Baillieu, Piano

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Watch a vocal rocket blast off when South African soprano Pretty Yende sings. Praised for her “lustrous voice” (NPR) and “silky, flexible sound” (The New York Times), she also commands the stage with her irresistible charisma. Carnegie Hall audiences were dazzled by her 2014 debut recital during the UBUNTU festival, and delighted by her appearance with The MET Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas in 2018. Now it’s your turn to be dazzled.

Performers

Pretty Yende, Soprano
James Baillieu, Piano

Program

SCHUMANN "Der Nussbaum," Op. 25, No. 3

SCHUMANN "Mein schöner Stern!," Op. 101, No. 4

SCHUMANN "Widmung," Op. 25, No. 1

SCHUMANN "Schmetterling," Op. 79, No. 2

SCHUMANN "Loreley," Op. 53, No. 2

SCHUMANN "Aufträge," Op. 77, No. 5

SCHUMANN "Waldesgespräch," Op. 39, No. 3

DONIZETTI Selections from Nuits d'été à Pausilippe
·· “Il Barcaiuolo”
·· “La Conocchia”
·· “Le Crépuscule”

DONIZETTI “Que n’avons-nous des ailes…” from Lucie de Lammermoor

TOSTI "Aprile"

TOSTI "Ideale"

TOSTI "Malìa"

R. STRAUSS "Zueignung," Op. 10, No. 1

R. STRAUSS "Kling!," Op. 48, No. 3

R. STRAUSS "Allerseelen," Op. 10, No. 8

R. STRAUSS "Ständchen," Op. 17, No. 2

R. STRAUSS "Ich schwebe," Op. 48, No. 2

R. STRAUSS "Cäcilie," Op. 27, No. 2

J. STRAUSS JR. Csárdás from Die Fledermaus


Encores:

TOSTI "A Vucchella"

ROSSINI "Una voce poco fa" from Il barbiere di Siviglia

TRAD. "Thula Baba"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

At a Glance

Tonight’s program is filled with songs that complement a high soprano voice possessing considerable coloratura facility. The lieder by Schumann are from throughout his career and include the familiar, such as “Widmung,” and the rarely heard, like the infectious “Schmetterling” from his Lieder-Album für die Jugend, composed to entertain his children. R. Strauss was, of course, in love with the soprano voice, the register of his adored wife, Pauline de Ahna.

Moving to other languages, we hear songs by Donizetti in both Italian and French, as well as a true rarity: an aria from his little-known French version of Lucia di Lammermoor. The appealing Italian songs of Tosti—the toast of Victorian and Edwardian England—are now making a comeback, no doubt because they set off a soprano or tenor voice to perfection and treat the language so idiomatically.

The program concludes with Johann Strauss Jr. and his “Csárdás” from Die Fledermaus, a vivacious showpiece for soprano.

Bios

Pretty Yende

With her magnetic charm, critically and popularly acclaimed operatic and solo performances, and a wildly successful debut album, South African soprano Pretty Yende has quickly become one of  ...

With her magnetic charm, critically and popularly acclaimed operatic and solo performances, and a wildly successful debut album, South African soprano Pretty Yende has quickly become one of the brightest stars of the classical music world. Since making her professional operatic debut at the Latvian National Theatre as Micaëla in Carmen, she has performed at many of the world’s major theaters, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Opéra national de Paris; Metropolitan Opera; Teatro alla Scala; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Staatsoper Berlin; Bayerische Staatsoper; Opernhaus Zürich; and Gran Teatre del Liceu.

This season, she returns to Paris for two role debuts: Violetta in La traviata
and the title role in Manon. She also appears for the first time at the Dallas Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. On the concert stage, Ms. Yende performs with the Würth Philharmonic Orchestra, appears at the Barbican Centre and Carnegie Hall, and makes further concert appearances in Frankfurt, Zurich, Prague, Liège, Paris, Bratislava, and Grafenegg.

Ms. Yende began the 2018–2019 season with a return to Barcelona as Elvira in I puritani. She appeared at the Metropolitan Opera for her debut as Leïla in Les p
êcheurs de perles and as Marie in La fille du régiment. Shortly thereafter, she appeared at the Opéra national de Paris as Norina in Don Pasquale, sang her first Amina in La sonnambula at Opernhaus Zürich, and returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper in the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and as Adina in L’elisir d’amore. In the 2017–2018 season, Ms. Yende made her role debut as Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini in Paris, her role and house debut as Marie in La fille du régiment at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Adina and Lucia, and sang Lucia at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She also joined the The MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in a performance of Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and gave concerts in Switzerland, Spain, and Austria.

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James Baillieu

An accomplished chamber musician, soloist, and accompanist, James Baillieu’s artistic partnerships include Lawrence Power, Mark Padmore, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Pumeza ...

An accomplished chamber musician, soloist, and accompanist, James Baillieu’s artistic partnerships include Lawrence Power, Mark Padmore, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Pumeza Matshikiza, Pretty Yende, and the Heath Quartet. He has performed at venues that include Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, Vienna Musikverein, The Bridgewater Hall, and National Concert Hall in Dublin. He has appeared at the Bergen, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, St. Magnus, Norfolk & Norwich, Edinburgh, Brighton, Verbier, and Aix-en-Provence festivals. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, and Vienna Chamber Symphony.

Mr. Baillieu has presented his own series at Wigmore Hall with Adam Walker, Jonathan McGovern, Ailish Tynan, Henk Neven, Iestyn Davies, and Allan Clayton, among others. This series was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Chamber Music and Song Award in 2016. He appeared with Benjamin Appl and Peter Moore as part of the ECHO Rising Stars series. He has recently collaborated with Markus Werba, Jamie Barton, Tara Erraught, and Lise Davidsen.

Born in South Africa, Mr. Baillieu studied in Cape Town and London. He was a Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellow and awardee of the Young Classical Artists Trust, and has been shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award. He is an international tutor in piano accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music and head of the song program at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival Academy.

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