Performance Monday, January 16, 2012 | 5:30 PM

The Song Continues... Duo Recital

Weill Recital Hall
Two young singers from Marilyn Horne’s Song Continues …, soprano Megan Hart and baritone Elliot Madore, team up in a recital that showcases their emerging vocal artistry.


  • Megan Hart, Soprano
  • Elliot Madore, Baritone
  • Natalia Katyukova, Piano
  • Sun Ha Yoon, Piano


  • MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • LISZT "Die Loreley"
  • LISZT "Oh! quand je dors"
  • LISZT "O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"
  • LISZT "Mignon's Lied"
  • POULENC Banalités

  • Encores:
  • OBRADORS "Del cabello mas sutil" from Canciones clasicas españolas
  • RAVEL MAURICE RAVEL "Chanson à boire" from Don Quichotte à Dulcinée



    Megan Hart

    Soprano Megan Hart earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, and was a resident with the Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program. Most recently, Ms. Hart sang the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Bronx Opera Company and performed in recital as the winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Major operatic credits include the title roles in Alcina and Rita, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Amina in La Sonnambula, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Almirena in Rinaldo, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Elle in Lavoix humaine, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Sibyl in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Venus in Orphée aux enfers, and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.

    Ms. Hart has performed with several distinguished ensembles, including the Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Chamber Players, Bourbon Baroque, and Music of Remembrance. She sang the soprano solo in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, and has performed many significant works by composers from the Holocaust era.

    Upcoming engagements include performances in the roles of Mlle. Jouvenot in Adriana Lecouvreur with The Opera Orchestra of New York, and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with the Annapolis Opera.

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  • Elliot Madore

    A winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Canadian baritone Elliot Madore is currently a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. This season, Mr. Madore makes his Metropolitan Opera debut as Lysander in the Baroque fantasy The Enchanted Island, and performs the role of The Novice's Friend in Billy Budd. He will make his European operatic debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in a new production of L'heure espagnole as Ramiro and L'enfant et les sortilèges as The Cat and Grandfather Clock.

    Mr. Madore will also perform with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in a program of lieder and opera arias. He recently returned to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he starred as the title role in DonGiovanni. Last season, he was seen at Opera Colorado as Schaunard in La bohème and made his recital debut at the National Arts Centre in Canada in a performance that was recorded and broadcast on the CBC Radio 2's Next! Canada's Music Future series. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Madore was a member of the Salzburg Festival's Young Singers Project in which he covered the title role in Don Giovanni and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He also made his Salzburg Festival debut as the Japanese Envoy in concert performances of Stravinsky's Le rossignol with Ivor Bolton and Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg.

    Future seasons will see Mr. Madore at the Metropolitan Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Glyndebourne Festival, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, as well as with Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Mr. Madore is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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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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  • Sun Ha Yoon

    A native of Seoul, South Korea, Sun Ha Yoon has garnered praise for her deft work with both singers and instrumentalists. Career highlights have included performances at the Seoul Arts Center, Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. In summer 2010, she attended the Music Academy of the West, where she played for the opera studio and won the Marilyn Horne Song Competition. As a result, she performed at Hahn Hall in Santa Barbara, California.

    Ms. Yoon has performed with numerous choirs and singers in the Washington, DC, area. She has also worked as a staff accompanist at the Aspen Music Festival and the Great Mountain Music Festival.

    Ms. Yoon is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Maryland and is the recipient of the Robert McCoy Graduate Assistantship in collaborative piano. She has played for the Maryland Opera Studio, where she coached singers and performed in many productions, including the world premieres of Later the Same Evening by John Musto and Shadowboxer by Frank Proto. Currently, Ms. Yoon serves as a staff collaborative pianist at California State University in Los Angeles.

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At a Glance     

On tonight’s program, two famous song cycles—one German, one French—enclose a group of songs in both languages by Franz Liszt.

In the mid-1880s, the young Gustav Mahler took a job as an assistant conductor in the city of Kassel and there composed his first song cycle on the familiar Romantic theme of a wayfarer disappointed in love. Each song in itself is a journey that begins in one musical place and ends in another.

Liszt explored the future of music in his art songs. We hear four of his finest specimens, including two to words by Heinrich Heine and Goethe, as well as the song version of “Liebestraum” and an exquisitely lyrical love song in French.

The 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc had a special affinity for poetry by surrealist poet Guillaume Apollinaire, whose Banalitésare far from banal.
Program Notes
The Song Continues… is supported by The Herman Lissner Foundation.
Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
This program is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.