Performance Friday, February 8, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Susanna Phillips
Myra Huang

Weill Recital Hall
You never forget a singer like Susanna Phillips. It seems that wherever she sings, critics follow with reviews that praise her “attractive, splendidly musical” performances (Chicago Tribune) and “gleaming” soprano voice (The Boston Globe). Last season, she triumphed in Lucia di Lammermoor in Chicago. As Martin Bernheimer exhorted his readers in the Financial Times: “Susanna Phillips. Remember the name.”

This concert is part of Salon Encores.


  • Susanna Phillips, Soprano
  • Myra Huang, Piano


  • SCHUBERT Ellens Gesang I (“Raste Krieger”), D. 837
  • SCHUBERT Ellens Gesang II (“Jäger, ruhe von der Jagd”), D. 838
  • SCHUBERT Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), D. 839
  • CHAUSSON "Le colibri," Op. 2, No. 7
  • CHAUSSON "Les papillons," Op. 2, No. 3
  • CHAUSSON "Oraison," Op. 24, No. 5
  • CHAUSSON "Le temps des lilas" from Poème de l' amour et de la mer, Op. 19
  • BERG Seven Early Songs
    ·· "Nacht"
    ·· "Schilflied"
    ·· "Die Nachtigall"
    ·· "Traumgekrönt"
    ·· "Im Zimmer"
    ·· "Liebesode"
    ·· "Sommertage"
  • MESSIAEN Poèmes pour Mi, Book II
    ·· "L’épouse"
    ·· "Ta voix"
    ·· "Les deux guerriers"
    ·· "Le collier"
    ·· "Prière exaucée"
  • GRANADOS "El majo discreto"
  • GRANADOS "El mirar de la maja"
  • GRANADOS "Elegia eterna"
  • GRANADOS "Gracia mía"
  • GORDON MYERS GORDON MYERS Selections from Do You Sing, Mr. Twain?
    ·· On Congress
    ·· On Taking the Opportunity of Righting a Long Postponed Social Call
    ·· On Truth
    ·· On Wagner
    ·· Any Resolutions for the Coming Year?
    ·· On Human Nature
    ·· On Chastity
    ·· On Rules of Writing

  • Encore:
  • DEROSE "Deep Purple"


  • Susanna Phillips

    Alabama-born Susanna Phillips, winner of the Metropolitan Opera's 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, returns to the Met in the 2012-2013 season to perform Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Other season highlights include Ms. Phillips's return to Santa Fe Opera as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and performances of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She performs recitals with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Celebrity Series of Boston, and Cal Performances. Concert work includes performances with Musica Sacra under Kent Tritle at Alice Tully Hall, and Mozart's Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

    Ms. Phillips's performances at the Metropolitan Opera include the roles of Pamina in Julie Taymor's celebrated production of Die Zauberflöte, and Musetta in La bohème-the role in which she made her 2008 house debut-in Japan and twice in New York. She starred in Minnesota Opera's Orfeo ed Euridice opposite David Daniels, and as the title character in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor both at Minnesota Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her busy summer of 2012 included her European debut as Pamina at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, her company debuts at the Verbier Festival and Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux as Mozart's Countess Almaviva, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 at the Aspen Music Festival, Ilia   in Idomeneo at the Ravinia Festival, and concerts with Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Ms. Phillips also released her debut solo album Paysages in 2011 on Bridge Records.

    Concert performances include the opening night of the 2011 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dvořák's Stabat mater with the Santa Fe Symphony, Handel's Messiah with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bach's Mass in B Minor with the St. Louis Symphony, and Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

    The soprano had a banner year in 2005, winning four of the world's leading vocal competitions: Operalia (both First Place and the Audience Prize), the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards, and the George London Foundation. Ms. Phillips is also a graduate of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center.

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  • Myra Huang

    Myra Huang regularly performs in recitals and chamber music concerts around the world. She has performed at the Supreme Court, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Metropolitan Opera.

    Ms. Huang has served on the music staffs of the Washington National Opera and New York City Opera. Among the conductors she has collaborated with are James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Riccardo Frizza, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Robert Spano, Patrick Summers, and Marco Armiliato. From 2006 until 2008, she was a member of the music staff at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, Spain, where she worked closely with Artistic Director Lorin Maazel and Director Zubin Mehta. Ms. Huang is a staff pianist for the Operalia competition, directed by Plácido Domingo; and at international opera houses, including Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Opera House of the National Grand Theater in Beijing, and Teatro Real in Madrid. She serves as the full-time head of music staff at New York City Opera. She received her education at The Juilliard School with Martin Canin and the Manhattan School of Music with Warren Jones, and was a studio artist at the Houston Grand Opera.

    The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Boston Globe named her album Winter Words with tenor Nicholas Phan among the best classical recordings of 2011; her album Paysages with Susanna Phillips garnered similar acclaim.

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 Messiaen's Poemes Pour Mi, "L'Epouse"
Susanna Phillips, Soprano | Myra Huang, Piano
Bridge Records

At a Glance

From Austria to France and Catalonia to America in a single program, this concert is truly an international affair. We begin with Franz Schubert's three songs for the character Ellen Douglas in Sir Walter Scott's long poem, The Lady of the Lake—Scotland via Austria.

Ernest Chausson created a small but choice repertory of beautiful, often melancholy mélodies (French art songs) near the turn of the century. We hear four of them this evening, ending with a song so lovely that Chausson would incorporate four stanzas of it into his song cycle for voice and orchestra, Poème de l'amour et de la mer.

The great 20th-century composer Alban Berg, famous for his operas Wozzeck and Lulu, wrote beautiful songs in his youth while he was studying composition with Arnold Schoenberg. We hear seven consummate late-Romantic songs.

Olivier Messiaen, another 20th-century master, wrote his Poèmes pour Mi as a wedding gift to his bride Claire Delbos, who would later suffer a tragic battle with incurable cerebral atrophy. These five songs to Messiaen's own words tell of the fusion of earthly passion and mystic Christianity.

Catalan composer Enrique Granados sings of Madrid's majos and majas (lower-class dandies), and of love in the four songs featured here.

We end with American humor—Mark Twain's witty sayings set to music as cheeky and pithy songs.
Program Notes
This concert is made possible by The Ruth Morse Fund for Vocal Excellence.
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.

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