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Graduate recital in voice

This recital program was constructed to feature songs and arias by composers from different periods. Baroque opera arias, German Lieder, Spanish songs, American songs, as well as Italian and French arias are all represented and grouped into seven sets. The pieces within each set were chosen in order to exhibit various emotions, as well as to represent different moods and atmosphere. The recital begins with a set of three arias from operas by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). The second set features German Lieder by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).The first half of the recital concludes with "Prendi, per me sei libero," an aria from the comic opera L'Elisir d'Amore by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. "Ah! Je veux vivre" from the opera Romeo et Juliette by the French composer Charles Gounod (1818-1893) opens the second half of the recital. The fifth set contains four Spanish songs by Enrique Granados (1867-1916). The sixth set features songs by three American composer: Ned Rorem, Samuel Barber, and Richard Hageman. The recital ends with another aria by Donizetti-- "Norina's Cavatina," from the comic opera, Don Pasquale. Music when combined with text intensifies all emotions. Whether joy or sorrow-the songs and arias in this recital illustrate this perfectly. From the humor and playfulness of "Norina's Cavatina" to the emotionally intense "Immer leiser wird," the music plays vital roles to create the mood of the song, the drama of the text and the overall emotional impact of the piece.

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