Ravinia Steans Music Institute Program for Singers

July 23, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Kara Dugan in the crook of grand piano singing and gesturing joyfully in floral dress.
Peter Walsh and Kara Dugan in concert at Ravinia Steans Music Institute in 2017 (Photo: Patrick Gibson)

The Ravinia Steans Music Institute is an international destination for young professional musicians devoted to uniquely honing and advancing their talents as collaborative artists. RSMI’s Program for Singers offers 15 singers annually an opportunity to delve deeply into the vast repertoire of art song for three weeks. Fellows work with a faculty of distinguished musicians, pedagogues, and scholars on varied aspects of the musical tradition, including style, technique, language, diction, dramaturgy, performance, and career preparation. Many of the program’s alumni have cultivated highly visible and successful careers. This week, Oliver talks to RSMI Director Alejandra Valarino Boyer about this oasis for the study and performance of art song in Highland Park and previews the coming season.


Leonard Bernstein: “Take care of this house” from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Nadine Sierra, soprano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Spano, conductor
There’s A Place For US
Deutsche Grammophon B0028836-02

Robert Schumann: Du bist wie eine Blume, Op. 25 No. 24
Benjamin Appl, baritone
James Baillieu, piano
Stunde, Tage, Ewigkeiten
Champs Hill Records CHRCD-112

Franz Schubert: Erlkönig, D.328
Samuel Hasselhorn, baritone
Joseph Middleton, piano
Glaube, Hoffnung, Liebe
Harmonia Mundi HMM-902689

Erik Satie: “Sylvie” from Trois Mélodies
Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Reinbert de Leeuw, piano
Satie: Socrate
Winter & Winter 9102342

Henri Duparc: Chanson triste
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
Justus Zeyen, piano
Night and Dreams
Deutsche Grammophon 4778101

Caroline Shaw: How Do I Find You?
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Kirill Kuzmin, piano
how do I find you
Pentatone PTC-5186961

Clarice Assad: “Turn Back the Clock” from Confessions
Laura Strickling, soprano
Joy Schreier, piano
Yarlung Records YAR-18798

Lior Rosner: “Harlem” from In Time of Silver Rain
Janai Brugger, soprano
Lior Rosner, piano
Awake and Dream: Works by Lior Rosner
Bridge 9424

Lori Laitman: “Small Night Song from Oneonta” from On the Green Trail
Dominic Armstrong, tenor
Warren Jones, piano
Living in the Body: Songs of Lori Laitman
Naxos 8.559872

John Kander: A Letter from Sullivan Ballou
John Matthew Myers, tenor
Myra Huang, piano
Avie AV-2512