Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano & Richard Stilwell, baritone
Saturday December 10, 2005, 7:30 pm

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Unparalleled in her artistry as a recitalist, Frederica von Stade combines expressive vocalism with exceptional musicianship. Since her triumph in the Metropolitan Opera auditions, she has sung nearly all of her great roles with that company in addition to other opera houses around the world. She has received numerous honors including the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, as well as honorary degrees from major universities.

Richard Stilwell's career includes impressive credits with major opera houses throughout North America. He has been a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera since his debut, including his appearance in the title role at the Met premiere of Billy Budd. He has also been in demand in Europe at Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper, and the Opéra de Paris among many others.

Among many notable partnerships between Ms. von Stade and Mr. Stilwell, was the Dallas Opera world premiere of Dominick Argento's The Aspern Papers, a production televised nationwide on the PBS "Great Performances" series. Their performances together in Pelléas et Mélisande of Debussy and Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria of Monteverdi have been recorded with Karajan and Leppard respectively.





Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)  RS
L'Horizon Chimérique    
   La mer est infinie
   Je me suis embarqué
   Diane, Séléné
   Vaisseaux, nous vous aurons aimés      

Pauline Viardot (1821-1910) FvS
Bonjour, mon cœur       
Die Sterne

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Old American Songs, selected
At the River       RS
Little Horses      FvS
Zion's Walls       RS
Simple Gifts      FvS
I bought me a cat!  FvS & RS

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) FvS & RS
Final Duet from Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria           

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Four selected songs     
Liebst du um Schönheit   FvS
Der Tambourg'sell          RS
Rheinlegendchen           FvS
Lob des hohen Verstandes FvS & RS

Charles Ives (1874-1954) RS
The Greatest Man      
Vivian LeWine (1963-) FvS    
Charles Ives RS
Lee Hoiby (1926-) FvS
The Serpent                  

Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986)
Ah, yes, I remember it well         from Gigi  
Irving Berlin (1889-1989)        
Anything you can do, I can do better   from Annie Get your Gun 





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