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Young Artists Recital: Opera in the Drawing-Room | Walter Hall, Toronto
Songs by operatic composers, or by composers who wished to be such

date: January 31, 2006

Four young singers from the University of Toronto’s Opera School joined forces to present songs by operatic composers (Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky) or by composers who wished for operatic success, though it eluded them all their lives (Rachmaninov and, especially, the prolific song-composer Wolf).  All of the songs, as we wrote in our programme note, require the recitalist to create a miniature world of drama on the concert stage.

Song Artist Composer Poet
La passeggiata (Péchés de vieillesse) Cesaroni, Lucia, soprano; Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Bataligin, Sasha, tenor; Bowes, Trevor, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Rossini, Gioachino anon.
My genius, my angel, my friend Bowes, Trevor, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Fet, Afanasy
A tear trembles, Op.6/4 Bowes, Trevor, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tolstoy, Alexey
Amid the din of the ball, Op.38/3 Bowes, Trevor, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tolstoy, Alexey
Oh, could I but in one single moment, Op.38/4 Bowes, Trevor, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tolstoy, Alexey
Night, Op.73/2 Bowes, Trevor, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Rathaus, Daniil Maximovich
Don Juan’s Serenade, Op.38/1 Bowes, Trevor, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tolstoy, Alexey
With Nanny (The Nursery) Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Modest
In the Corner (The Nursery) Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Modest
The Beetle (The Nursery) Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Modest
With Dolly (The Nursery) Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Modest
Evening Prayer (The Nursery) Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Modest
Sailor’ the Cat (The Nursery) Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Modest
Riding the Wooden Horse (The Nursery) Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Modest
INTERMISSION
Nimmersatte Liebe (Mörike-Lieder) Cesaroni, Lucia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Neue Liebe (Mörike-Lieder) Cesaroni, Lucia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Nixe Binsefuss (Mörike-Lieder) Cesaroni, Lucia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Das verlassene Mägdlein (Mörike-Lieder) Cesaroni, Lucia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Der Knabe und das Immlein (Mörike-Lieder) Cesaroni, Lucia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens (Mörike-Lieder) Cesaroni, Lucia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
April! a festive day in the spring Bataligin, Sasha, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rachmaninov, Sergei Pailleron, Edouard, trans. Tushnova, Veronika
Oh, do not leave! Op.4/1 Bataligin, Sasha, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rachmaninov, Sergei Merezhkovsky, Dmitri Sergeyevich
Withered Flower Bataligin, Sasha, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rachmaninov, Sergei Rathaus, Daniil Maximovich
A Dream, Op.8/5 Bataligin, Sasha, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rachmaninov, Sergei Heine, Heinrich, trans. Pleshcheyev, Alexey
Oh, never sing to me again, Op.4/4 Bataligin, Sasha, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rachmaninov, Sergei Pushkin, Alexander
A passing breeze caressed me, Op.34/4 Bataligin, Sasha, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rachmaninov, Sergei Balmont, Konstantin
La regata veneziana (Soirées musicales) Cesaroni, Lucia, soprano; Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino Pepoli, Carlo
I gondolieri (Péchés de vieillesse) Cesaroni, Lucia, soprano; Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Bataligin, Sasha, tenor; Bowes, Trevor, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Rossini, Gioachino anon.
Buona sera (Il barbiere di Siviglia) – ENCORE Cesaroni, Lucia, soprano; Couture, Hélène, mezzo; Bataligin, Sasha, tenor; Bowes, Trevor, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Rossini, Gioachino Sterbini, Cesare