Date: 7:30pm EST January 29, 2019
Vocalists Susan Eichhorn and Thomas Young
Susan Eichhorn Young embodies all things voice: Chanteuse/Singer, Actor, Writer, Speaker, Voice Teacher, and Speaking Coach.
Canadian-born and NYC-based, her vocal versatility and its ability to live comfortably in many genres has carried her from the church to concert halls, opera and musical theatre stages, recording studios, and back to the intimacy of cabaret.
Raised in a theatrical and musical family, early piano virtuosity started with lessons at age 8. She went on to earn three ARCT diplomas (Piano Performance, Voice Performance, and Voice Pedagogy) from University of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Literature from Western University, London.
Her versatility on stage has allowed her the privilege of creating operatic roles that include the Countess in Mozart’sLa Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme, the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica, among others; as well, she originated a role in the NYC-premiere of Alan Jaffe’s The Mary Shelley Opera.
Her music theatre, concert, and cabaret performances are numerous, and include works by Kurt Weill, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hart, Kander and Ebb, Gershwin, Cole Porter, and many more. She gave the world premiere ofModern Love Songs by American composer, Chester Biscardi, with Canadian pianist, Mark Payne. Steeped in the European cabaret tradition, her performances include German and French repertoire, as well as American Song. She has recorded and performed Schönberg’s Brettl-Lieder with pianist/music director, Alan Johnson. Also, in this tradition, her debut album, Taking My Turn, is a collection of cabaret & theatre songs by Weill, Sondheim, Poulenc & William Bolcom. Recorded with music director and pianist Alan Johnson and produced by Grammy Award-winning tenor Thomas Young, Taking My Turn is available on iTunes and Spotify.
Susan’s work as a voiceover artist can be heard on many promos and commercials, as well as the voice actor for 30+ audiobooks on Audible.
In addition to her performance career, Susan has worked as an Artistic Director, Stage Director and Vocal Consultant for various productions, recording studios, and talent agencies. Her passion for teaching (a legacy from her father) has allowed her a parallel path. Her private teaching, adjudicating, group workshops, and seminars have been developed throughout North America, Brazil, Europe and China. She has held long-term academic positions at Western University, Sarah Lawrence College, Moravian College, and CAP21, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
After a near fatal car accident in 2011, Susan took a brief hiatus from performing and teaching. However, in November of 2016, she premiered her most recent one-woman show,Why?,at The Laurie Beechman Theater to sold-out audiences and rave reviews. Online, her blog reaches a worldwide audience of over 300,000 viewers and growing!
Grammy and Cleo-award winning lyric tenor Thomas Young has appeared as a principal soloist in the major concert halls and opera houses of some 30 countries, and under the baton of, among others, Zubin Mehta, Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition to his distinguished performance career, Mr. Young serves as a tenured Professor of Music at Sarah Lawrence College and is in demand as a conductor, clinician and master class specialist.
Known for his unique dramatic and musical intelligence, as well as beauty of tone and exceptional technique, Mr. Young is recognized as today’s foremost interpreter of tenor roles in contemporary opera. Mr. Young made his Chicago Lyric Opera debut in the world premiere of Anthony Davis’ Amistad as the Trickster God, a role written for him by Mr. Davis. Mr. Young made his New York City Opera debut singing the dual roles of Street and Elijah Muhammad in his first collaboration with Davis for the world premiere of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X. After this “brilliantly chameleonic performance” (Donal Henahan - The New York Times), New York City Opera invited him back to sing Aron in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron and then Desportes in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten. Anthony Davis went on to compose another role for Mr. Young in the science-fiction opera Under the Double Moon, which premiered at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Recent engagements include touring, recording and performing as part of the well known ensemble Three Mo’ Tenors and now as Cook Dixon & Young; Michael Tipett’s A Child of our Time under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias in concert version conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, both with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Kurt Weill’s Street Scene in the role of Sam Kaplan with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Lawrence Foster conducting; Stravinsky’s The Flood at Carnegie Hall with the London Sinfonietta under the direction of Oliver Knussen; Bernstein’s Mass as the Celebrant with the Cincinnati Orchestra, James Conlon conducting; Verdi’s Requiem with the Colorado Symphony, Marin Alsop conducting; and a staged production of Tan Dun’s Marco Polo in the role of Polo at the Zagreb Bennale in Croatia. Mr. Young was also a guest performer at the Willa Awards, Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC to honor Dame Judith Dench.
Mr. Young’s recordings include the Grammy-nominated X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, on Gramavison; John Adams’ Grammy-nominated The Death of Klinghoffer on Elektra/Nonesuch; Tan Dun’s Marco Polo on SONY, named Opera of the Year by Opera Magazine; and George Gershwin’s Blue Monday on Telarc. Mr. Young can be heard as a featured soloisst on Nancy Wilson’s album “Life, Love, and Harmony”. Most recently, he can be heard on the multi-Grammy award winning recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, Leonard Slatkin conducting, and Too Hot to Handel, Marin Alsop conducting, both on Naxos.
Mr. Young’s own recordings include High Standards and Claire de Lune, Sister Moon on ESSAY Records; and A Star in the East, A Spiritual Christmas on Ocean Records. Mr. Young is the singing voice of Mighty Mouse on Ralph Bakshi’s animated series.