Courtroom Concert Program Details

December 11, 2014, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center

Hyounsoo Sohn, mezzo soprano • Eric McEnaney, piano

Sun-Ae Kim – Because you are here
Gustav Mahler – Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht, from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Gustav Mahler – Ging heut morgen uebers Feld, from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Libby Larsen – Boy’s Lips, from Love after 1950
Libby Larsen – Blond Men, from Love after 1950

Nicholas Nelson, bass • Denis Evstuhin, piano

Songs of Rimsky-Korsakov
The Fir and the Palm Op. 3, No. 1
The Messenger Op. 4, No. 2
The West fades into the Sunset Op. 39, No. 2
When the yellowing Field Trembles Op. 40, No. 1
The Ocean Heaves Op. 46, No. 3
The Prophet Op. 49, No. 2


hyouHyounsoo Sohn
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Sohn was acclaimed as “the embodiment of a beautiful princess, with a mellow burnished mezzo” by The New York Times, Hyounsoo Sohn is noted for her captivating stage performances and her warm, rich voice. She has appeared on stage as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Carmen in The Tragedy of Carmen and Nicklaus in Les Countes du Hoffmann. She has performed in numerous concerts in Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and California including principle or solo roles in Handel’s Messiah, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne and Vivaldi’s Gloria. In addition to traditional pieces, she has premiered contemporary works including the world premiere of John Eaton’s opera “…inasmuch” in New York City. She was a member of the National Chorus of Korea before coming to the United States in the fall of 2000 to renew her studies at Indiana University’s prestigious School of Music. Her recent concerts include an alto soloist for Vocal Essence in Minneapolis. She currently resides in the Twin Cities with her husband and two sons.

Eric McEnaney has worked as a pianist and vocal coach on more than 75 productions for Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, Florentine Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Opera Southwest, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lyric Opera of the North, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Sieur Du Luth Festival, Skylark Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Seaside Music Theater, The Little Theatre on the Square, the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater at the University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota, where he completed a doctoral degree in collaborative piano and coaching.  In recent seasons, he has also served as pianist and coach for the workshop and rehearsal process of several newly commissioned operas including DoubtThe Manchurian Candidate, The Poe ProjectRockland, The Shining, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night.  A dedicated advocate for the creative training of young singers, Dr. McEnaney currently serves as director and principal coach of two young artist programs:  The Gate City Bank Young Artist Program at Fargo-Moorhead Opera and the ECCO Coaching Exchange between Minnesota Opera and the University of Minnesota.

As a recitalist, Dr. McEnaney has appeared with singers from the rosters of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Santa Fe Opera, among others. His performances have been broadcast locally and nationally on Minnesota Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, Twin Cities Public Television, KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live, and American Public Media’s A Prairie Home Companion.  He has assisted many of the most renowned vocal artists of our time in masterclasses and private sessions, including Christine Brewer, David Daniels, Elizabeth Futral, Denyce Graves, Thomas Hampson, Frank Lopardo, Susanna Phillips, John Relyea, and Carol Vaness.  Dr. McEnaney is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West where he studied vocal piano and interpretation with pianist Warren Jones and accompanied the voice studio of legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. He holds additional degrees in piano performance from Eastern Illinois University and the University of Iowa and maintains a private coaching studio in Minneapolis.

nelson headshotThis September, Nicholas Nelson makes his Minnesota Opera debut as Larkens in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. From 2010-13, Nelson was a Resident Artist at Portland Opera. Roles performed in Portland include Inigo Gomez in L’heure Espagnole, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Pistola in Falstaff, and the Pope in Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei. The latter production was the basis for the world premiere recording of the opera. Nelson has also performed roles with Tacoma Opera, Central City Opera, and Opera North. Originally from Winthrop, Minnesota, he attended the University of Minnesota as a student of Glenda Maurice. In addition to his work as a classical bass, he is also active as a guitarist, thereminist and actor.

Russian pianist Denis Evstuhin has performed in venues throughout Europe and America, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Great Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), and the Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg). He has appeared as a soloist with the San Diego Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra and on broadcasts from NPR’s Performance Today and Russian National Television. He is the winner of the first prize at the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition and has won awards at the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, the Andorra Competition, and the International Piano e-Competition.