Americans in Paris - Les élèves de Nadia Boulanger
Alexander York, a Chicago-born baritone living in Paris, received a Fulbright Award in 2016 to study German, French, and Slavic Lied repertoire at the Munich University of Music under the tutelage of Lars Woldt, Rudi Spring, Donald Sulzen, and Andreas Schmidt.
While a student in his first two years in Europe, York was a fixture of the opera stage at nearby Staatstheater Augsburg – firstly, making his European debut as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore in 2016; secondly, as a scholarship-holding member of the soloist ensemble, where he performed seven roles in two years.
York debuted with the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2018 in Viktor Ullmann’s Der zerbrochene Krug as the Bedienter. In 2017, he sang the role of James Ramsey in the world premiere of Zesses Seglias’ To the Lighthouse at the Bregenz Festival.
After the culmination of his study in 2018, York moved to France to become a member of the opera studio of the Opéra national de Paris. Highlights of his work there include singing Tarquinius in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, and the Horloge comtoise and Le chat in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges as well as recitals at the Palais Garnier, in Évian-les-Bains, Amiens, Metz, and Grenoble. Upon joining the Académie in Paris, York received the Richard F. Gold Career Grant.
In the January 2021 edition of Opéra Magazine, York was profiled as a “Jeune Talent” [young talent]. In September 2020, he was awarded the City of Gordes Prize as well as the Best Young Baritone or Bass Prize at the International Competition of Art Song [Concours international de la mélodie] in Gordes, France. Most recently, York was seen as Escamillo in an adaptation of Carmen at Opéra Grand Avignon, in a New Year’s Concert at Opéra Dijon, and as Schaunard in La bohème under the baton of James Gaffigan at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
During his graduate studies at Northwestern University, York performed the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Joseph DeRocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. York is a 2014 graduate of Lawrence University, where he was seen as Sid in Albert Herring, Harry Easter in Street Scene, and Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods.
Daan Boertien, Pianist
Daan Boertien is one the premiere Dutch concert pianists who specializes in song accompaniment.
He recently performed with internationally acclaimed singers such as Benjamin Appl, Roderick Williams and Thomas Oliemans. His debut CD with baritone Michael Wilmering was praised by the international press. Since 2020, Daan Boertien has been affiliated with the Dutch National Opera Studio as an Associate Artist.
Daan Boertien has been the recipient of many prizes in the world of art song. For example, in 2020 he was awarded the Berenberg Prize with a prize-winners concert in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. In 2019 he won the DAAD prize of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. In 2018, Daan Boertien received the Dutch Classical Talent Audience Award together with baritone Raoul Steffani. In the same year he won the 1st prize as well as the prize for best song accompanist at the Gustav-Mahler-Wettbewerb in Hamburg, together with baritone Geng Lee. In 2015 he received the ‘Kunst aan de Dijk Prijs voor Jong Talent’ and in 2010 Daan was prize winner of the Princess Christina Competition.
At the age of 10, Daan was accepted to the Young Musician’s Academy of the Conservatory of Tilburg, where he was taught by Jelena Bazova. He then studied with David Kuyken at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, with the German song specialist Burkhard Kehring. For this he received a grant from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung Hamburg.
Furthermore, he recently received important musical impulses from György Kurtág and Alfred Brendel.
Daan Boertien has performed at festivals such as the International Song Festival Zeist, the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam and the Prinsengrachtconcert, the Harmosfestival (Porto), the Achava Festspiele (Weimar), Festival Jeunes Virtuoses (Tunis), Oxford Lieder Festival and the Delft Chamber Music Festival. He has also given concerts in the Concertgebouw, TivoliVredenburg, the Dutch National Opera, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. He can also be heard regularly on NPO Radio 4 and on Dutch television programs such as Podium Witteman.
Daan holds two teaching positions in the Netherlands, one at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music and the other at the Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam.
Americans in Paris - Les élèves de Nadia Boulanger
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Old American Songs (1954) Traditional
Louise Talma (1906-1996)
Terre de France (1945)
Joachim du Bellay (1525 - c1560)
In the silence of the night - D Major
On the death of a Linnet - C minor
I came to her - E-flat Major
Virgil Thomson (1896-1989)
Feast of Love (1964) from the Pervigilium Veneris
anon. 2nd or 4th Cent. A.D. (Trans. Virgil Thomson)
Irving Fine (1914-1962)
Mutability (1952) Irene Orgel
Twelve Poems of Emily Dickenson (1950)
II. There Came a Wind Like a Bugle
IV. The World feels Dusty
XI. Going to Heaven (2:42)
L’influence du jazz
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Someone to watch over me (1926)
Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)
I’ve got rhythm (1930)
Cole Porter (1891-1964)
I’ve got you under my skin (1936)
In the Still of the Night (1937)
Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love (1928)