Mahler, Das Klagende Lied, M. DeYoung (inter alii), San Francisco Symphony, M. Tilson Thomas (Sony, 1997)
Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung has a big voice, which she deployed to blazing effect in a recital Sunday afternoon at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, presented by Vocal Arts D.C. One could complain, perhaps, about a lack of subtlety, but subtlety is not only about volume. While DeYoung shook the rafters at times, she revealed a love of reciting poetry in music, especially in German, which is the most important quality for a vocal recital.Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
A Brahms set was an ideal opening, with accompanist Kevin Murphy matching DeYoung ideally in tone and volume. This was big-boned Brahms, the bass-leaning piano parts setting the mood for DeYoung’s dark, intense sound... [Continue reading]
Kevin Murphy, piano
Vocal Arts D.C.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Charles T. Downey, 'Aida' at Wolf Trap (Ionarts, July 27, 2015)
---, Michelle DeYoung's Seductive Dalila (Ionarts, May 15, 2012)