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Mezzo-soprano Janna Baty and guests perform Poulenc, Granados, and more Nov. 11
The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents a recital by mezzo-soprano Janna Baty on Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30 pm. Baty, joined by pianist Daniel Hobbs and violinist Jacob Joyce, will perform music by Gioachino Rossini, Francis Poulenc, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Claude Debussy, and Enrique Granados.
The program opens with selections from Rossini’s lyric drama Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc), followed by Poulenc’s Quatre Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire, four songs written in 1931 to texts by Poulenc’s compatriot Apollinaire.
Baty will be joined by violinist Jacob Joyce for the Suité para canto e violin (suite for voice and violin) by Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos. Written during a visit to Paris in 1923, the suite is considered one of Villa-Lobos’s most important modernist works.
The second half of the program returns to France, with Debussy’s Proses Lyriques — a set of four songs set to texts by Debussy himself. The concert finally ventures to Spain, with selections from Granados’ Tonadillas al estilo antiguo (little songs in the old style).
Admission to the performance is free. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. For more information, contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.
The recital will also stream live online.
Janna Baty has garnered international accolades in her exceptionally versatile career. Recent engagements include appearances with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Boston Lyric Opera. She appears regularly with such contemporary ensembles as Collage New Music and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and has sung under Seiji Ozawa and Robert Spano, among many others. Winner of several international competitions, most notably the XXI Dr. Luis Sigall International Music Competition (Chile), Baty has given concerts across Europe, the U.S., and South America, with such musicians as violist Nobuko Imai, pianists Claude Frank and Peter Frankl, and guitarist Stephen Marchionda. She has worked alongside composers including Bernard Rands, Yehudi Wyner, and John Harbison. Baty can be heard on Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Naxos disc of works by Reza Vali. She is an alumna of Oberlin College and the Yale School of Music, and is currently Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Voice at the Yale School of Music.