Public Master Classes and Talks by Ms. Fleming, Gabriel Kahane, Soprano Julia Bullock, Hartmut Höll, and Mezzo-Soprano Elīna Garanča
Young Singers and Pianists from Around the Globe Selected to Participate
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From January 13–18, 2020, renowned soprano Renée Fleming will mentor 10 aspiring young singers and 10 collaborative pianists from around the world in the second year of SongStudio, an innovative program exploring the future of the vocal recital. Building on Marilyn Horne’s remarkable work with The Song Continues, the intensive workshop will bring emerging vocalists and pianists together with leading artists and composers for a week of instruction and performance at Carnegie Hall.
“I’m hoping to spark more creative thinking about the art form and how it can be expanded,” said Renée Fleming. “I want to encourage singers to be intellectually curious and adventurous in their approach to song repertoire; to think outside the box in their choice of repertoire, including music beyond the standard classical literature; and to experiment with new performance elements.”
The week will feature vocalists, collaborative pianists, and other artists from a wide variety of disciplines lending their insights and expertise. Gabriel Kahane will serve as SongStudio’s composer-in-residence, working with the singers and pianists on selections from his diverse vocal music. On Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m., he will join Ms. Fleming for a discussion and master class dedicated to his vocal writing, with performances by SongStudio artists.
A public master class with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča follows on Thursday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m.
Sopranos Julia Bullock and Renée Fleming will be in conversation on Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Ms. Bullock’s recent production, Zauberland, as well as her approach to creative programming and choosing collaborators.
All participating singers and pianists will receive private coaching throughout the week, learning from teachers, coaches, and collaborative pianists Javier Arrebola, Craig Terry, Hartmut Höll, and Gerald Martin Moore. Brian Zeger and Craig Terry will lead sessions on recital programming with the SongStudio artists. There will be a master class by Mr. Höll, focused on the art of the collaborative pianist, on Friday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. that evening, Ms. Fleming will lead a public master class for participants.
The week will culminate in a final “Young Artist Recital” on Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall.
Following a rigorous audition process open to talented young singers and collaborative pianists from around the world, twenty artists have been selected to participate and paired by faculty, coming from Russia, Armenia, Canada, Colombia, Australia, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States:
- Natalie Buickians, Soprano/Sandy Lin, Piano
- Meghan Kasanders, Soprano/Cameron Richardson-Eames, Piano
- Anneliese Klenetsky, Soprano/Anna Smigelskaya, Piano
- Kady Evanyshyn, Mezzo-Soprano/Nara Avetisyan, Piano
- Xenia Puskarz Thomas, Mezzo-Soprano/Richard Fu, Piano
- Eric Finbarr Carey, Tenor/Tomomi Sato, Piano
- Randy Ho, Tenor/Celeste Marie Johnson, Piano
- Dominik Belavy, Baritone/John Robertson, Piano
- Johnathan McCullough, Baritone/Michael Sikich, Piano
- Laureano Quant, Baritone/Toni Ming Geiger, Piano