Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Singers II: Jula Goldwurm Pure Voice Series

Witness the sheer beauty and subtle nuance of the most personal of instruments—the human voice—in this unforgettable series of recitals by both emerging singers and seasoned vocal veterans. Jessica Rivera and Kelley O’Connor share the concert stage for a program of traditional works and New York premieres, Marilyn Horne celebrates her 80th birthday during her annual workshop with fresh young singers and special guest artists, and Alice Coote and Gerald Finley perform intimate song selections.
October 29, 2013
Jessica Rivera
Kelley O'Connor
Robert Spano
January 16, 2014
Marilyn Horne Song Celebration
January 30, 2014
Alice Coote
February 13, 2014
Gerald Finley
Julius Drake

Jessica Rivera
Kelley O'Connor
Robert Spano

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | 7:30 PM


Jessica Rivera, Soprano
Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo-Soprano
Robert Spano, Piano


SAINT-SAËNS "El desdichado"
DEBUSSY Chansons de Bilitis
JONATHAN LESHNOFF Monica Songs (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
GOUNOD "La siesta"
MENDELSSOHN "Volkslied," Op. 63, No. 5
MENDELSSOHN "Ich wollt' meine Lieb'," Op. 63, No. 1
DAVID BRUCE That Time with You (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
MOMPOU Combat del Somni
GABRIELA LENA FRANK Selections from The Kitchen Songbook (NY Premiere)
·· "Honey"
·· "Sofrito"

HUMPERDINCK "Prayer" from Hansel and Gretel
Dynamic darlings Jessica Rivera and Kelley O’Connor have received critical acclaim for their interpretive collaborations on some of the most renowned masterpieces of today, including Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar and John Adams’s El Niño, as well as numerous concert performances of more traditional fare. The pair unites again to showcase their overall artistic excellence in a not-to-be-missed recital that features New York premieres by inventive composers David Bruce and Jonathan Leshnoff.

The contemporary works on this program are part of My Time, My Music.


Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión según San Marcos ("Lúa descolorida")

Jessica Rivera, Soprano | L. Mark Carver, Piano

Marilyn Horne Song Celebration

Zankel Hall
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 7:30 PM


Samuel Ramey, Host
Frederica von Stade, Host
Barbara Cook, Vocalist
Renée Fleming, Soprano
Brenda Rae, Soprano
Jamie Barton, Mezzo-Soprano
Isabel Leonard, Mezzo-Soprano
David Daniels, Countertenor
Piotr Beczala, Tenor
Lester Lynch, Baritone
Martin Katz, Piano
Warren Jones, Piano
Lee Musiker, Piano
Marilyn Horne, founder and guiding voice of The Song Continues series, has long demonstrated a commitment to nurturing gifted young vocal talent. The legendary songstress is honored on her 80th birthday in a festive evening of songs performed by an all-star lineup of special guest artists.

Alice Coote

Zankel Hall
Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 7:30 PM


Alice Coote, Mezzo-Soprano
Graham Johnson, Piano


POULENC "Les chemins de l'amour" from Léocadia
HAHN "L’heure exquise" from Chansons grises
HAHN "Les étoiles" from Rondels, No. 19
FAURÉ "Le secret," Op. 23, No. 3
GOUNOD "Sérénade"
GOUNOD "Au printemps"
CHABRIER "Toutes les fleurs"
CHAUSSON "Le temps des lilas" from Poème de l' amour et de la mer, Op. 19
FAURÉ "Fleur jetée," Op. 39, No. 2
BERLIOZ "Le spectre de la rose," Op. 7, No. 2
SAINT-SAËNS "Aimons-nous"
CHABRIER "L’île heureuse"
BACHELET "Chère nuit"
SAINT-SAËNS "Soirée en mer"
HAHN "Fumée"
DEBUSSY "Auprès de cette grotte sombre" from Le promenoir des deux amants
SATIE "Je te veux"
HAHN "La chère blessure"
KOECHLIN "Novembre" from Quatre mélodies, No. 2
POULENC "Voyage à Paris" from Banalités, No. 4
POULENC "Hôtel" from Banalités, No. 2
POULENC "La grenouillère"
POULENC "Voyage" from Calligrammes, No. 7

POULENC "C'est ainsi que tu es" from Métamorphoses, No. 2
FAURÉ "Adieu" from Poème d’un jour, Op. 21, No. 3
Equally famed on the great operatic stages as in concert and recital, Alice Coote dazzles audiences everywhere with her unmatched mezzo and depths of expression. The exquisite singer comes to Carnegie Hall with a recital that shows off her acclaimed voice, that is "beautiful, to be sure, but, more importantly, it thrills you to the marrow" (The Daily Telegraph).


Elgar's "Speak, Music," Op. 41, No. 2

Alice Coote, Mezzo-Soprano | Graham Johnson, Piano

Gerald Finley
Julius Drake

Zankel Hall
Thursday, February 13, 2014 | 7:30 PM


Gerald Finley, Baritone
Julius Drake, Piano


SCHUBERT Winterreise
"Recognized as a recitalist of rare versatility, a concert artist of the first rank, and an opera singer of distinction in a broad repertory" (The New York Times), Gerald Finley has become one of the leading singers and dramatic interpreters of his generation. With award-winning recordings and performances in the world’s major opera houses and concert venues, the baritone brings his vocal talents and inspiring versatility to an unforgettable recital at Carnegie Hall.


Schumann's Liederkreis, Op. 39 ("Mondnacht")

Gerald Finley, Baritone | Julius Drake, Piano