Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts Presents Its Annual "Songfest" Featuring Seven Juilliard Singers Performing Hugo Wolf's Mörike Lieder on Thursday, December 6 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall


Curated and Performed by Artistic Director and Pianist Brian Zeger

Start Date

Friday, November 16, 2012

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Brian Zeger (Photo by Jared Slater)
Brian Zeger (Photo by Jared Slater)


Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts presents its annual Songfest, curated and performed by artistic director and pianist Brian Zeger and featuring seven Juilliard singers in Hugo Wolf’s Mörike Lieder on Thursday, December 6 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Participating in the program will be sopranos Deanna Breiwick, Julia Bullock, and Pureum Jo; mezzo-soprano Naomi O’Connell; tenor Yujoong Kim; and baritones John Brancy and Takaoki Onishi. (The complete program follows at the end of this press release.)

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 26 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Austrian composer Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) set his collection of songs for voice and piano to 53 poems by German poet, Eduard Mörike. Most of the poems were written in 1888.

About the Artists

Hailing from Mullica Hill, New Jersey, John Brancy, baritone, made his professional opera debut with the Dresden Semperoper in their 2012-13 season, singing the role of Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with MidAmerica Productions as the baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. He has given recitals in Europe and North America and has appeared frequently in concert with the New York Festival of Song and the Caramoor Festival. He was the winner of the 2010 Juilliard School Honors Recital Competition, followed by his Alice Tully Hall debut the following school year. Mr. Brancy is also a winner of the 2012 Sullivan Foundation Award.

Deanna Breiwick, a native of Seattle, is a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist and also holds awards from the George London Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. Most recently, she appeared as Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as Sophie Scholl in the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davis’ Kommilitonen!, co-commissioned by Juilliard and the Royal Academy of Music. With the Metropolitan Opera, she covered the role of Ariel in the premiere of The Enchanted Island. She was also a featured soloist in their summer recital series. Ms. Breiwick is a winner of the 2012 Sullivan Foundation Award.

St. Louis-born soprano Julia Bullock has begun to build a career in classical music by integrating her professional training with her community activism. She has sung in some of the premiere concert halls and festivals across North America, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Ojai Music Festival. This past season she toured mainland China with the Bard Music Festival and Conservatory and toured Latin America singing Pamina in Peter Brook’s Molière Award-winning Une flûte enchantée. Along with operatic repertoire, her diverse interests are reflected in her involvement with the American Symphony Orchestra, Baroque ensembles, such as Juilliard415, the Clarion Society, and various U.S./world premieres.

Soprano Pureum Jo, a native of Korea, is a first-year master of music student at Juilliard, where she received her bachelor of music degree. She has sung the roles of Sandrina (La finta giardiniera), Giulia (La scala di seta), Lucinde and Melisse (Armide), and La Virtu (L’incoronazione di Poppea). She made her Alice Tully Hall debut in Juilliard’s Wednesdays at One concert series. She is a student of Marlena Malas and is the recipient of the Anna Case MacKay Scholarship.

Tenor Yujoong Kim, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is a second-year Artist Diploma student at Juilliard. He is the recipient of the Music Academy of the West Scholarship Award, the Aspen Music Festival and School Award, and the Alice Tully Scholarship. He was a prizewinner at the Palm Spring Opera Guild Competition and winner of an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Western Regional Final in 2010). Past opera roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute at the Aspen Music Festival, Don Ottavio in Juilliard Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, Belfiore in La finta giardiniera at the USC Thornton School of Music, and Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at the Seoul National University Opera.

Hailed by The New York Times as “a radiant mezzo-soprano,” Irish singer Naomi O’Connell began 2012 by making her West End debut in the Tony Award-winning play, Master Class. She also appeared with Garsington Opera at Wormsley (UK) in La Périchole. She is the 2011 First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild competition and Altamura/Caruso International Singing Competition in New York. An avid recitalist, she has performed with the New York Festival of Song, Marlboro Music Festival, Juilliard Chamberfest and FOCUS! Festival, and Steans Musical Institute at Ravinia. Upcoming recitals include her Weill Recital Hall debut in March 2013 with pianist Brent Funderburk.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, baritone Takaoki Onishi is a second-year Graduate Diploma student at Juilliard. In the span of one season, he won third prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, a grant winner in the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, and was the recipient of an Encouragement Award in the Licia Albanese-Puccini International Vocal Competition. Mr. Onishi is also an inaugural First Prize winner of IFAC-Juilliard Prize Singing Competition in Japan, and earned a full scholarship to attend Juilliard. At Juilliard, he performed the role of Second Clerk in the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!, Blansac in La scala di seta, and Masetto in Don Giovanni. He made his Lincoln Center debut in the Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital at Alice Tully Hall.

Pianist Brian Zeger has built an important career not only as a pianist, appearing in distinguished concert venues throughout the United States and Europe, but also as an ensemble performer par excellence, radio broadcaster, artistic administrator, and educator.

During his extensive career he has enjoyed collaborations with many of the world’s top singers, including Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, René Pape, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel, and Joyce DiDonato. Recent and upcoming engagements include recitals with Deborah Voigt, René Pape, Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Adrianne Pieczonka, and Piotr Beczala.

Mr. Zeger also enjoys an active career as a chamber musician.  From 1993-2000 he was artistic director of the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival. Headquartered on Cape Cod and now in its 33rd season, his performances there included collaborations with the Borromeo and Brentano Quartets as well as with Bernard Greenhouse, Glenn Dicterow, Eugene Drucker, and Paula Robison. He has been a regular guest at many other summer festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor, Aldeburgh, and Santa Fe, and has collaborated regularly with An die Musik and the New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensembles.  He has also made concerto appearances with the Boston Pops.

In addition to his distinguished concert career, Mr. Zeger also serves as Artistic Director of the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at The Juilliard School and the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, and recently completed a ten-year tenure as the director of the vocal program at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival.   He has been on the faculties of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Chautauqua Institute, the Mannes College of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory and has given master classes for numerous institutions, including The Guildhall School of Music in London, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

Some of his critical essays and other writings have appeared in Opera News, The Yale Review, and Chamber Music magazine. He has appeared frequently on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts both on the opera quiz and as intermission host and performer. He has the distinction of creating, narrating, and performing in five intermission features devoted to art song, a first in the long history of the Met broadcasts.  He has adjudicated the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Concert Artists Guild auditions and the Walter W. Naumberg Vocal Competition. His recordings may be heard on the EMI Classics, New World, Naxos, and Koch record labels, his most recent recording being Portraits and Elegies with violinist Frank Almond.

Born in upstate New York, Mr. Zeger is now a resident of Manhattan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English Literature from Harvard College, a master of music degree from The Juilliard School, and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.  His important teachers have included Morris Borenstein, Sascha Gorodnitzki, and Nina Svetlanova.

About the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard

One of America’s most prestigious programs for educating singers, The Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs.  From bachelor and master of music degrees to advanced artist diploma programs in voice and opera studies, Juilliard provides frequent performance opportunities, featuring singers in its own recital halls, on Lincoln Center’s stages, and around New York City.

Juilliard graduates may be heard in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as Edie Adams, John Aler, Faith Esham, Simon Estes, Lauren Flanigan, Renée Fleming, Anthony Dean Griffey, Barbara Hendricks, Hei-Kyung Hong, Ana María Martínez, Audra McDonald, Susanne Mentzer, Leona Mitchell, Leontyne Price, Florence Quivar, Neil Rosenshein, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, Shirley Verrett, Veronica Villarroel, and Robert White. Recent alumni include: Paul Appleby, Julie Boulianne, Sasha Cooke, Haeran Hong, Isabel Leonard, Emalie Savoy, Shenyang, and
Jennifer Zetlan, among others. 




December 6, 2012 at 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

HUGO WOLF Mörike Lieder

Brian Zeger, Artistic Director and Pianist

Deanna Breiwick, Julia Bullock, and Pureum Jo, sopranos

Naomi O’Connell, mezzo-soprano

Yujoong Kim, tenor

John Brancy and Takaoki Onishi, baritones



Fussreise (No. 10)                                                               

Citronenfalter im April (No. 18)

Gesang Weylas (No. 46)

Der Tambour (No. 5)

Im Frühling (No. 13)

Zum neuen Jahr (No. 27)

Auf einer Wanderung (No. 15)

An eine Aeolsharfe (No. 11)

Er ist’s (No. 6)

Mr. Brancy, Ms. Breiwick, Ms. O’Connell, Mr. Onishi                                                                



Denk’ es, o Seele! (No. 39)                                

Auf ein altes Bild (No. 23)

Seufzer (No. 22)

Der Feuerreiter (No. 44)

Mr. Brancy, Ms. O’Connell, Mr. Onishi



Der Gärtner (No. 17)          

Der Knabe und das Immlein (No. 2)

Nixe Bisenfuss (No. 45)

Agnes (No. 14)

Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens (No. 42)

Verborgenheit (No. 12)

Das verlassene Mägdelein (No. 7)

Lebe wohl (No. 36)

Nimmersatte Liebe (No. 9)

Mr. Brancy, Ms. Bullock, Mr. Kim, Ms. Jo