Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Diana Newman, Soprano Renate Rohlfing, Piano Three Early Songs (8’) I. Night II. Let it be Forgotten III. Elegy to the Wind George Crumb (b. 1929) “Witches” (8’) Junghexenlied Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949) Nixe
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Diana Newman, Soprano
Renate Rohlfing, Piano
Three Early Songs (8’)
II. Let it be Forgotten
III. Elegy to the Wind
George Crumb (b. 1929)
Junghexenlied Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
Nixe Binsefuß Hugo Wolf (1860 – 1903)
Hexenlied Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
“Night Songs” (10’)
Some Things Are Dark from Night Dances Juliana Hall (b. 1958)
Insomnia from Three Ages of Woman Lee Hoiby (1926 – 2011)
Black Anemones from Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro Joseph Schwantner (b. 1943)
Gesang der Nymphen from Suite-Vocalise, Op. 41 No. 2 Nikolai Medtner (1880 – 1951)
Chanson des sirens from 3 Chansons de la Petite Sirène Arthur Honegger (1892 – 1955)
Die Loreley, S. 273 Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
That Old Black Magic (3’)
Harold Arlen (1905 – 1986)
Johnny Mercer (1909 – 1976)
American soprano Diana Newman brings fresh and intense performances to opera houses and concert stages across the United States. Having just completed three years with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, she returns for Lyric’s 2018/19 season as Woodbird in Wagner’s Siegfried this November. Additional upcoming performances include her house and role debuts as Sara in composer Justine Chen’s and librettist David Simpatico’s “The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing,” with Chicago Opera Theater, as well as her mainstage debut at The Dallas Opera.
During her tenure at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Diana has performed a total of ten roles including Woglinde/Das Rheingold, Frasquita/Carmen, Leïla/ Les pecheurs des perles, Pedro/Don Quichotte, Clorinda/La Cenerentola, and Papagena/Die Zauberflöte.
On the concert stage, Diana will be making her debut with the Alabama Symphony later this season in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. She has recently performed as a soloist in Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks at the Lucerne Festival, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate, Bach’s “Coffee” Cantata, and Mahler’s Symphony no. 4.
Committed to the performance of art song and new works, Diana has attended numerous programs including the Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute, SongFest, and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. Diana has given multiple premieres of works by living composers, including Francesco Cilluffo, Dr. Alan L. Smith, and David Newman. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.
Winner of the Sonderpreis Klavier (Special Pianists’ Prize) at the 2016 Internationaler Wettbewerb für Liedkunst Stuttgart, Renate Rohlfing is active as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist. She has performed with many of the world’s leading artists, including James Conlon, Anna Netrebko, Frederica von Stade, Alan Gilbert, and John Adams, and her performances have taken her to the most prestigious festivals and halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival, Amsterdam’s Musiekgebouw, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. She was also awarded Second at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition in 2015 with baritone Samuel Hasselhorn.
An accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Rohlfing is a founding member of the critically acclaimed piano trio, Longleash. An “expert young trio” praised for its “subtle and meticulous musicianship” (Strad Magazine UK), Longleash balances a full performing schedule in venues such as Merkin Hall (NY), San Francisco Center for New Music, and Trondheim Chamber Music Festival in Norway, among others. Ms. Rohlfing has served as a resident pianist at prestigious festivals such as the Cincinnati May Festival, and was invited for four seasons to return to The Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Upcoming highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Schloss Elmau, Morgan Library, and the Isabella Gardner Museum, a return to music staff at Spoleto Festival USA, and concerts and university residencies with Longleash in Austria and across the United States. Ms. Rohlfing is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, and a graduate of The Juilliard School. www.renaterohlfing.com
(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST