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Jared Michaud & Christina Koti
Notes on the performers
Jared Andrew Michaud
Jared Andrew Michaud is a London-based Franco-American baritone who recently obtained an MA in Vocal Performance & Music Education with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, where he was a Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholar and studied with Neil Baker, Helen Yorke, and Eugene Asti. He previously studied at Yale University, under the tutelage of Janna Baty at the School of Music and graduating cum laude with Distinction in Theatre Studies and a certificate in Education Studies. He has studied in Vienna with Michele Friedman, Anna Ronai, and Chihiro Gordon; sung in Israel under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Stanley Sperber, and Dan Ettinger; and performed in Greece as a recitalist at the Horto Festival and a soloist for the Nostos Festival at Stavros Niarchos. Jared has trained and performed with companies such as the College Light Opera Company, Quisisana Resort, and Berkshire Choral International, and in October 2022, he made his premiere at Welsh National Opera singing Barabashkin in their Young Company production of Shostakovich’s Cheryomushki. Jared won first
prize in the 2022 Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Duo Competition, the 4th International SGSM Singing Competition in Slovenia (Lieder Duo category), and the 2022 Federation of Art Song Fellowship competition in New York City with his duo partner Christina Koti, with whom he is also a Song Easel Young Artist and a pupil of Simon Lepper.
Christina Maria Koti
Christina Maria Koti is a London-based Greek pianist who recently completed an MMus in Piano Performance under Professor Deniz Gelenbe-Arman at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance with the Trinity College of Music scholarship. Christina Maria graduated from the University of Glasgow with a first class honours Bachelor of Music degree, and she has taken part in international music festivals and competitions such as the Gnessin Academy Summer Festival, the Concorso International Pianistico citta Villafranca di Verona, the Glasgow Music Festival, the Horto Festival, and the Dinu Lipatti International Piano Competition. She has appeared in collaborative piano recitals and concerts in the UK, France, Italy, Russia, and Greece. Christina Maria has participated in masterclasses with Pascal Rogé, Paul Roberts, Aaron Shorr, Natalia Mihailidou, Petras Geniusas, and Tatiana Svistunova. She is passionate about art song and is currently a SongEasel Young Artist with her duo partner, baritone Jared Andrew Michaud. Together, they have performed in masterclasses with Dame Sarah Connolly and Dr. Emily Kilpatrick, as well as taking home first prize from the 2022 Federation of Art Song Fellowship Competition (New York City), the 2022 Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Duo Competition (London), and the 4th International SGSM Singing Competition, Lieder Duo category (Slovenia).
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 – 1908)
The Wave Breaks into Spray Op. 46, No. 1
The Wave Breaks into Spray is the first of five songs that form the work “By the Sea” by Rimsky-Korsakov composed in 1897. The words are written by Leo Tolstoy, arguably one of the greatest writers of all time.
The wave surges and breaks and splashes Into my eyes with its salty spray; Motionless, I sit in the rock, and my soul Is full of inexplicable valour. / Wave upon wave, ebb and flow, And their crests are covered in foam. Oh sea, who can I challenge to a contest To prove my resurgent powers? / My heart senses the grandeur of life, You, oh waves, have dispelled the grief, The thunder and splashing has woken my soul – Akin to the roaring sea!
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Selections from Schwanegesang, D. 957
Schubert wrote a collection of 14 songs as part of Schwanegesang (Swan Song) between August and October 1828. They were written at the end of his life and published posthumously. The works were set to words by three librettists: Ludwig Rellstab, Heinrich Heine and Johann Gabriel Seidl.
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Selections from 5 Gesänge, Op. 72
In 1876-77, Brahms wrote five Gesänge. Alte Liebe; Sommerfäden; O Kühler Wald; Verzagen; and Unüberwindlich. He seems to have saved the highest quality songs in this great outpouring published between the first two symphonies. Minor poets (Candidus and Lemcke) are joined with great ones (Brentano and Goethe).
Manos Hadjidakis (1925 – 1994)
Two Songs for Sailors
- The boatman of thunderbolts
- A sailor high up on the moon
Hadjidakis was a Greek composer and theorist of Greek music, widely considered to be one of the greatest Greek composers and one of the most globally recognised. His legacy and contribution are widespread among the works of contemporary Greek music, through the second half of the 20th and into the 21st century.
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Mélodies populaires grecques (Calvocoressi)
- Chanson de la mariée
- Là-bas, vers l’égilse
- Quel galant m’est comparable
- Chanson does cueilleuses de lentisques
- Tout gai!
Chanson de la mariée: Wake up, wake up, pretty partridge, Spread your wings to the morning, Three beauty spots and my heart’s ablaze. See the golden ribbon I bring you To tie around your tresses. If you wish, my beauty, let us marry! In our two families all are related.
Là-bas, vers l’égilse: Down there by the church, By the church of Saint Sideros, The church, O Holy Virgin, The church of Saint Constantine, Are gathered together, buried in infinite numbers, The bravest people, O Holy Virgin, The bravest people in the world!
Quel galant m’est comparable: What gallant can compare with me? Among those seen passing by? Tell me, Mistress Vassiliki? See, hanging at my belt, Pistols and sharp sword… And it’s you I love!
Chanson does cueilleuses de lentisques: O joy of my soul, joy of my heart, Treasure so dear to me; Joy of the soul and of the heart, You whom I love with passion, You are more beautiful than an angel. Oh when you appear, angel so sweet, Before our eyes, Like a lovely, blond angel Under the bright sun – Alas, all our poor hearts sigh!
Tout gai!: So merry, Ah, so merry; Lovely leg, tireli, that dances Lovely leg, the crockery dances, Tra la la.