117 Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano

Christianne Stotijn and Joseph So


Julius Drake, piano

Toronto Debut

Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:30 PM
Walter Hall, University of Toronto
80 Queen’s Park (Museum Subway Station)

Review by Joseph So

Mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn studied violin until 2000, and then she pursued an intensive vocal course at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She has won numerous awards including the prestigious ECHO Rising Stars Award, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and the Nederlands Muziekprijs, and was selected as BBC New Generation Artist in 2007.

Christianne Stotijn performs regularly in the world’s leading concert venues, including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. She has worked with significant conductors including Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Charles Dutoit, and Andris Nelsons, but it is Bernard Haitink she credits with the most profound influence on her career. After successful performances of Mahler’s Ruckert Lieder with the Orchestre National de France and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink invited her to perform at the BBC Proms, the Lucerne Festival, and with the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras.

Christianne Stotijn’s discography includes music by Schubert, Berg, Wolf, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky. Her recording of Tchaikovsky songs, with pianist Julius Drake, received the BBC Music Magazine Award for voice.

JUNO Award
Julius Drake’s disc of Schubert’s Winterreise with baritone Gerald Finley won the 2015 JUNO award for Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral performance .


  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Sred’ shumnogo bala, op. 38.3 (18 / At the ball ( A.Tolstoj)
Moy geniy, moy angel, moy drug/ My Guardian, My Angel, My Friend
Kaby znala ja, op.47 nr.1 / If I had only known ( A. Tolstoj)
Kolybel’naja pesnja op. 16.1 / Lullaby (A.Maykov)
The lights were being dimmed op. 63. 5 ( Romanov)
The sun has set op. 73.4 ( Rathaus)

  • Dmitri Shostakovich – Six Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva (Suite for Voice and Piano), Op. 143

My poems
Such tenderness
Hamlet’s dialogue with his conscience
The Poet and the Tsar
No, the drum beat
To Anna Akhmatova

  • Erich Korngold – Four Shakespeare Songs

Desdemona’s Song
Under the green wood tree
Blow blow the winter wind
When birds do sing

  • Richard Strauss

Ständchen ( Schack) op. 17. 2
Traum durch die Dämmerung op. 29.1 ( O.J. Bierbaum)
Freundliche Vision op.48.1 (O. J. Bierbaum)
Cäcilie op.27.2 (H.Hart)
Schlechtes Wetter (Heine) op. 69.5
Nachtgang (Bierbaum) op. 29.3
Zueignung (von Gilm) op.10.1




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