Night Songs &
Love Waltzes

March 1, 2019 at 8:00PM | Alice Tully Hall - Lincoln Center

MasterVoices | Ted Sperling, Conductor

This evening of songs and piano works will feature the music of such influential Romantic era composers as Felix Mendelssohn, Clara and Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, and Johannes Brahms, as well as today’s Ricky Ian Gordon and Stephen Sondheim, and the poetry that inspired them. With soloists including soprano Nicole Cabell, alto/mezzo Kate Aldrich, tenor Nicolas Phan, baritone Nmon Ford, and duo pianists Anderson & Roe, Night Songs and Love Waltzes will display multiple configurations from vocal solos, duets, trios, and quartets; men’s chorus, women’s chorus, and the full MasterVoices chorus; and arrangements featuring four horns and duo pianists.

Ted Sperling, Artistic Director, Conductor
Nicole Cabell, Soprano
Kate Aldrich, Mezzo-Soprano
Nicholas Phan, Tenor
Nmon Ford, Baritone

Anderson & Roe, Piano Duo
Peter Sachon, Cello
Mairi Dorman, Cello
Zohar Schondorf, French Horn

Song Selections

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*Song cycle to poems of Langston Hughes, new arrangements, and a world premiere commission by MasterVoices.

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Nicole Cabell, Soprano
Previous MV Performance: Te Deum, A Child of Our Time (2012)

Soprano Nicole Cabell, the 2005 Winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff and Decca recording artist, is one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of today.  Her solo debut album, “Soprano” was named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone and has received an incredible amount of critical acclaim and several prestigious awards, including the 2007 Georg Solti Orphée d’Or from the French Académie du Disque Lyrique.  Nicole Cabell opens the new season with her first stage performances of Bess in Porgy and Bess with the English National Opera.  She will also make her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Mimi in La Bohème before returning to the Minnesota Opera for Violetta in La Traviata and to the Cincinnati Opera for Juliette in Roméo et Juliette.  In concert, Ms. Cabell will perform a set of songs on texts by Langston Hughes at the Metropolitan Museum, will sing the Mozart Requiem with the Cincinnati Symphony and David Robertson before joining Master Voices and Ted Sperling at New York’s Alice Tully Hall.  Future engagements include returns to Atlanta, Japan, Montreal and Detroit.


Hailed by the San Francisco Sentinel as “the Carmen of this Generation” after her debut with the San Francisco Opera, Mezzo Soprano Kate Aldrich has performed the title role in Bizet’s opera to much critical acclaim in such theaters as the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Metropolitan Opera, Opernhaus Zürich and Arena di Verona. Commanding a wide repertoire which also includes the title role in La Cenerentola, Adalgisa in Norma, Charlotte in Werther and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Aldrich has performed in other leading theaters throughout the world, including the Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires, Staatsoper Hamburg, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio di Torino, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, Opera de Marseille, Opera de Montpellier, Opera de Montreal, and Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon, as well as at the Salzburg Festival and Rossini Festival in Pesaro.  Several of Aldrich’s performances have been issued on DVD, including Benvenuto Cellini, La Favorite, Norma, Zelmira, Don Quichotte and Rienzi, as well as Werther opposite Roberto Alagna at the Teatro Regio di Torino. Ms. Aldrich has recorded Antoine Mariotte’s Salome on CD with l’Opera de Montpellier, as well as Massenet’s Le Mage at the Massenet Festival in St. Etienne, France.  Several of Ms. Aldrich’s performances have been issued on DVD, including Benvenuto Cellini, La Favorite, Norma, Zelmira, Don Quichotte and Rienzi, as well as Werther opposite Roberto Alagna at the Teatro Regio di Torino. Ms. Aldrich has recorded Antoine Mariotte’s Salome on CD with l’Opera de Montpellier, as well as Massenet’s Le Mage at the Massenet Festival in St. Etienne, France.


Tenor Nicholas Phan is described by the Boston Globe as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers.” A graduate of the University of Michigan and recipient the 2006 Sullivan Foundation Award, Mr. Phan is praised for his captivating stage presence and natural musicianship.  Mr. Phan performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies as his credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Frankfurt Opera.  Mr. Phan’s 2018-19 season includes two role debuts: Eumolpus in Stravinsky’s Perséphone, with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony; and the title role in Handel’s Jephtha, with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman. The title role in Bernstein’s Candide, with Marin Alsop and the Israel Philharmonic, will mark his debut in Israel. A celebrated recording artist, Mr. Phan’s most recent a solo album entitled, Illuminations.  His previous solo album, Gods and Monsters, was nominated for the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album. In 2018, Phan was appointed to the faculty of DePaul University, where he serves as an adjunct member of the voice faculty.

NMON FORD, Baritone

Baritone Nmon Ford started the 2018-19 season with his house debut as Crown in the Metropolitan Opera/English National Opera new production of Porgy & Bess in London, England and continues in the role at Cincinnati Opera in the next summer festival season. With a number of concert appearances to his credit, Nmon’s recent highlights include appearing as the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass during the recent Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and earlier in the year with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Center for Bernstein’s Songfest, a title he also sings internationally.  Nmon appears frequently on the opera stage in a wide variety of roles, and recent successes include Iago Otello, Riolobo Florencia en el Amazonas, Jocaanan Salome and Pizarro Fidelio.  Future engagements include Amonasro Aida and Kurwenal Tristan un Isolde.  Nmon Ford lives in New York.


Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, GREG ANDERSON and ELIZABETH JOY ROE are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “rock stars of the classical music world” (Miami Herald), and “the very model of complete 21st-century musicians” (The Washington Post), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their albums on the Steinway Label (When Words Fade, An Amadeus Affair, and The Art of Bach) were released to critical acclaim and have spent dozens of weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube and at international film festivals. Since forming their dynamic musical partnership in 2002 as students at The Juilliard School, Anderson & Roe have toured extensively worldwide as recitalists and orchestral soloists, presented at numerous international leader symposiums, and appeared on MTV, PBS, NPR, and the BBC. A live performance by Anderson & Roe was handpicked to appear on the Sounds of Juilliard CD celebrating the school’s centenary.