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Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano; Julius Drake, piano; 12/02/2011

credit Marco Borggreve
Friday, December 2, 2011
8:00 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Winners of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award for their recording of Tchaikovsky Romances, the Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and the world’s most in-demand collaborative pianist, Julius Drake, will perform songs by Schumann, Mahler, and Eisler. “Christianne Stotijn is that artist in a thousand whose personality shines through everything she does”—BBC Music Magazine. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.

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Widmung from Myrten op.25  (Rückert)

Die Lotosblume from Myrten op.25 ( Heine)

Nachtlied op. 96.1 ( Goethe)

Auftrage op.77 ( l Egru)

Zigeunerliedchen 1& 2 op.79 ( aus dem Spanischen von Geibel)

Die Kartenlegerin op. 31.2  ( von Chamisso)


SCHUMANN Lenau-Lieder opus 90
Lied eines Schmiedes
Meine Rose
Kommen und Scheiden
Die Sennin
Der schwere Abend



EISLER Selection from the Hollywood-Songbook

Errinerung an Eichendorf und Schumann

Uber den Selbstmord


Der Kirschdieb

Hotelzimmer 1942

Diese Stadt hat mich belehrt

In den Hügeln wird Gold gefunden

Die Heimkehr

Vom Sprengen des Gartens

An den kleinen Radioapparat


MAHLER Rückert Lieder
Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder
Ich atmet einen linden Duft
Um Mitternacht
Liebst Du um Schönheit
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen



Video Profile of Christianne Stotijn recording in Potton Hall, Suffolk, with pianist Joseph Breinl for Onyx Classics. Filmed in 2005 and produced by Borletti-Buitoni Trust.


Artist Biographies
Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo soprano Christianne Stotijn was born in Delft,the Netherlands and first received her solo diploma for violin in 2000. She then pursued intensive vocal studies with Udo Reinemann at the Amsterdam Conservatory graduating cum laude. She furthered her studies with Jard van Nes, Noelle Barker and Dame Janet Baker. Throughout her career, she has won several important prizes including the prestigious 2005/06 ECHO Rising Stars, 2005 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the Dutch Music Prize in 2008. Christianne Stotijn was also a BBC New Generation Artist in 2007.

An impassioned performer of lieder, Christianne Stotijn has performed recitals in many of the world’s premier concert halls with her accompanists Joseph Breinl and Julius Drake with whom she has had a longstanding and fruitful collaboration. Her recital career has already seen her appear several times at the Wigmore Hall, the Kleine and Grote Zaal of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Mozarteum Salzburg, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Spivey Hall in Atlanta. She made her debut at the Philharmonie Berlin performing Schoenberg's 'Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten' with pianist Mitsuko Uchida.

The eminent conductor Bernard Haitink has been an influential figure in Ms Stotijn’s career. Following her successful performances in Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Orchestre National de France and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mr Haitink invited her for theMahler 2 with the BBC Proms, Beethoven 9 at the Lucerne Festival,Rückert Lieder with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Matthew Passion with the Boston Symphony as well as Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Other important conductors with whom Christianne Stotijn has performed include Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Jurowski, Kurt Masur, René Jacobs, Ivan Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Sir Andrew Davis, Marc Minkowski , Charles Dutoit and Andris Nelsons.

On the concert platform, Ms Stotijn has appeared with such important orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony and Bayerische Rundfunk.

Christianne Stotijn’s operatic career has seen her perform roles such as Pauline in Pique Dame at the Paris Opera, Ottavia inPoppea at the Netherlands Opera, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare at the Monnaie and Netherlands Opera, the title role of Tamerlano at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Ottavia in Poppea at the Teatro Campoamor Oviedo as well the Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao. She has collaborated with directors such as Graham Vick, Emilio Sagi, Pierre Audi and the Hermanns.

Ms Stotijn records for the Onyx label and so far her discography includes recordings of Schubert, Berg and Wolf accompanied by Joseph Breinl, Mahler songs accompanied by Julius Drake and Tchaikovsky lieder accompanied by Julius Drake which won the BBC Music Magazine’s Vocal Recording of 2010. For the MDG label, Christianne Stotijn recorded a work close to her heart - Frank Martin’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke, which was awarded the ECHO  'Liedeinspielung des Jahres 2008'.


Julius Drake, piano

The pianist Julius Drake lives in London and specialises in the field of chamber music, working with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc.

He appears at all the major music centers: in recent seasons concerts have taken him to the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Salzburg, Schubertiade, and Tanglewood Music Festivals; to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre, New York; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Philarmonie, Cologne; the Châtelet and Musée de Louvre, Paris; the Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna; and the Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms, London.

Director of the Perth International Chamber Music Festival in Australia from 2000 - 2003, Julius Drake was also musical director of Deborah Warner’s staging of Janáček’s Diary of One Who Vanished, touring to Munich, London, Dublin, Amsterdam and New York. He is appointed artistic director of Leeds Lieder in 2009 and the Machynlleth Festival in Wales from 2009 - 2011.
Julius Drake’s passionate interest in song has led to invitations to devise song series for the Wigmore Hall, London, the BBC and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. A series of song recitals – Julius Drake and Friends – in the historic Middle Temple Hall in London, has featured recitals with many outstanding vocal artists including Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Ian Bostridge, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sergei Leiferkus, Felicity Lott, Katarina Karneus, Simon Keenlyside, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Christoph Pregardien, Amanda Roocroft, and Willard White.

Julius Drake is frequently invited to perform at international chamber music festivals – recently Kuhmo in Finland, Delft in the Netherlands, Oxford in England and West Cork in Ireland - while his instrumental duo with Nicholas Daniel has been described in The Independent newspaper as “one of the most satisfying in British chamber music: vital, thoughtful and confirmed in musical integrity of the highest order.”

From 2010 Julius Drake is appointed Professor at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts in Austria and he regularly gives master classes, recently in Amsterdam, Brussels, Oxford, Paris,Vienna and at the Schubert Institut, Baden bei Wien. 

Recordings include releases for Bis, Chandos, Eloquentia, EMI, Etcetera, Hyperion, Naxos, Onyx and Virgin and include Sibelius Songs and Grieg Songs with Katarina Karneus ( both Hyperion), French Sonatas with Nicholas Daniel (Virgin), Spanish Song with Joyce Didonato (Eloquentia), Mahler Songs and Tchaikovsky Songs with Christianne Stotijn (both Onyx) and Schumann Lieder with Alice Coote (EMI). 

Live recordings from recitals at Wigmore Hall London for the ‘Wigmore Live’ label have included concerts with Lorraine Hunt Liebersen, Joyce Didonato, Christopher Maltman, Gerald Finley and Matthew Polenzani. He has made an award winning series of recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI, including discs of Schumann, Schubert, Henze, Britten, The English Songbook and La Bonne Chanson. His recent series of recordings with Gerald Finley for Hyperion – Ives, Barber, Schumann, Ravel and Britten – has been widely acclaimed and Barber Songs and then Schuman Heine Lieder have won both the 2008 and 2009 Gramophone Awards.

Recent and coming highlights in Julius Drake’s schedule include a special Birthday Concert for him hosted by the Wigmore Hall in London; Schumann duets and quartets with Röschmann, Kirchschlager, Bostridge, Quasthoff and Deutsch at the Schubertiade, and in Hamburg, Paris, London and Vienna; recitals in the USA, Canada and at the Edinburgh Festival Gerald Finley; the first recording in a series of seven for Hyperion of The Complete Songs of Liszt, with Matthew Polenzani; recitals at Carnegie Hall, New York, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall, London with Alice Coote; a tour in Europe of Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch with Ian Bostridge and Angelika Kirchschlager; a recording of English songs for Harmonia Mundi with Bejun Mehta; a Beethoven/Schubert project in Aldeburgh, Lisbon and Luxembourg with among others the Belcea Quartet and Imogen Cooper; a recital in Istanbul with Joyce Didonato and tours in the USA with both Matthew Polenzani and Dorotea Röschmann.

Artist websites



Press Quotes

"Christianne Stotijn is that artist in a thousand whose personality shines through everything she does."--Bristol Magazine, April 2010, BBC Music Magazine Awards


"From her first phrases it was obvious that Christianne Stotijn is an artistic singer with a rich voice which she used to express fully the many emotions in her recital.  Whether placing notes on the mask of her face or deep in her chest register she drew us completely into her world...This exciting drama brought pianist Julius Drake to the fore in the significant accompaniment.  Throughout the evening his playing was as partner and sure support..."--Crackerjack, July 2009

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