Caroline Nielson, mezzo soprano
Stephen Nielson, piano
Habañera (Carmen) Georges Bizet
Fêtes galantes Claude Debussy
I. En sourdine
III. Clair de lune
IV. Les ingénus
V. Le faune
VI. Colloque sentimental
The Art of the Transcription, Part 1
German Lieder Johannes Brahms
I. Unbewegte laue Luft
II. Von ewiger Liebe
Favorites from the Romantic Era Frédéric Chopin
Three Browning Songs Amy Beach
I. The year’s at the spring
II. Ah, Love, but a day!
III. I send my heart up to thee
The Art of the Transcription, Part 2
If Ever I Would Leave You Lerner/Loewe
Some Enchanted Evening Rodgers/Hammerstein
My Funny Valentine Rodgers/Hart
The Way You Look Tonight Fields/Kern
I Could Have Danced All Night Lerner/Loewe
About The Performers
A native of Dallas, Texas, Caroline Nielson completed her Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to her graduate studies, she received an undergraduate degree at Belmont University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in German.
Caroline’s theatrical roles include Grace Farrell – Annie (RAPA), Maurya – Riders to the Sea, Dorothée – Cendrillon, Abbess – Suor Angelica, Madre superiora – Mese Mariano (Eastman), Nancy – Albert Herring, Mercédès – Carmen, Mrs. McLean – Susannah (Opera in the Ozarks), Dido – Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino – Le nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie – Dialogues of the Carmelites (Belmont), Dorabella – Così fan tutte (Portland Summer Opera Workshop) and ensemble in Pirates of Penzance (Nashville Opera) and Carmen (Syracuse Opera). Furthermore, Caroline is an avid performer of chamber and choral music, singing in the Albany-area Auriel Camerata and performing in numerous cantatas, recitals and new compositions.
Since completing her Master’s degree, Caroline has found a new passion in teaching; she is on the voice faculty of the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Music School and teaches privately. Caroline regularly performs in the Rochester area and appeared as a young artist with Finger Lakes Opera this summer.
Distinguished in both classical and sacred music, Stephen Nielson is widely regarded as one of the distinctive artists of our time.
His concertizing has taken him to such cities as Hong Kong, Bogotá, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Vienna, Brussels, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Prague, Salzburg, Jerusalem and Chennai, India, to name a few. He has toured major artistic centers in Russia, the Baltics, Japan and Switzerland, and is an Ambassador of Culture for the World Cultural Alliance. His North American solo and chamber music itinerary for more than a quarter century numbers concerts in the hundreds, from Los Angeles to Boston, Seattle to Naples, Detroit to Mexico City, Miamito Winnipeg and Toronto, Chicago to Dallas.
Hailing a performance in Germany, the Berlin Morgen post said, “Highly sensitive, articulate artistry,” while Brussels’ Le Soir exclaimed, “Exciting and masterful playing.” His discography includes recordings of the classical repertoire, music for piano and cello, and hymn tunes in the classical style. His writing achievements appear in the catalogues of several American publishers.
For more than four decades, Stephen Nielson was one-half of the acclaimed duo-piano team of Nielson & Young, whose breadth of repertoire and performance venues was virtually without comparison. He continues his ongoing solo activities and is embarking on excitingnew musical partnerships in the United States and abroad.
Stephen Nielson and his wife Carolyne reside in Dallas and are the proud parents of daughters Christiana (Managing Editor, D Magazine) and Caroline (mezzo-soprano and master’s graduate in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music).