Give Mom (or Grandma) a special treat for Mother’s Day. Take a tour of the extraordinary Rosen House, a Mediterranean-style villa, and be inspired by the fine and decorative arts our founders the Rosens amassed throughout their lives for their beloved country home, Caramoor. After the tour, a mini concert will take place in the Music Room right before the Afternoon Tea. Look forward to a delicious assortment of tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, mouthwatering desserts and a variety of aromatic teas, elegantly served in the cozy Summer Dining Room. Hurry and reserve your place now as this special tea musicale sells out every year!
Sarah Nelson Craft, mezzo-soprano
Derrick Goff, piano
DvořákSongs My Mother Taught Me MahlerFrom Des Knaben Wunderhorn “Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen” “Rheinlegendchen” “Lob des hohen Verstands” IvesSongs My Mother Taught Me IvesThe Circus Band IvesBerceuse BrittenA Charm of Lullabies “A Cradle Song” “The Highland Balou” “Sephestia’s Lullaby” “A Charm” “The Nurse’s Song” Rachmaninoff Дитя, как цветок ты прекрасна (Child, You Are Beautiful like a Flower) Tchaikovsky Первое свидание (The First Meeting) HeggiePaper Wings “Bedtime Story” “Paper Wings” “Mitten Smitten” “A Route to the Sky”
1:00pm Tour of the Rosen House
2:00pm Musicale performance in the Music Room
3:00pm Afternoon Tea in the Music Room
Sales close Monday, May 8
Sarah Nelson Craft, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft is a “born storyteller” whose commanding, versatile voice has caught the attention of audiences around the world. Last season, Carnegie Hall presented her in a solo Spotlight Recital with renowned pianist Warren Jones, a triumphant performance that drew high praise from critics; Opera News described her performance as “exquisite… glowing… charming… affecting, genuine… Craft fully inhabited the music with intensity and focus.” Her most recent performance as Dorabella in LoftOpera’s Così fan tutte drew universal acclaim as well; the New York Times praised her “soft-grained mezzo” while the New York Observer lauded the “pliant and luminous Craft,” calling her performance “excellent” with “fluid, robust singing.” The 2014-15 season brought her to France where she participated in “The Song Continues: Paris Residency” presented by Carnegie Hall at the Opéra Bastille. That season also saw her debuts at Alice Tully Hall as alto soloist with the American Classical Orchestra in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and at Carnegie Hall in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Masterworks Festival Chorus.
Ms. Craft’s operatic roles have included Cherubino, Dorabella, Dido, Rosina, Hansel, Orfeo, Hermia, Annio in La clemenza di Tito, Nancy in Albert Herring, and the title role in Cendrillon, with companies including Opera North, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and the Macau International Music Festival. Ms. Craft made her Caramoor Festival mainstage debut in 2013 as Ninetta in Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes, and she triumphed as Giunone in Handel’s Agrippina with New York City’s operamission “knock[ing] this exciting aria out of the park.” (Parterre) She has performed the title role in La cenerentola with both Fargo-Moorhead Opera and Opera at Florham, and appeared in Matt Aucoin’s mini-opera for NPR’s This American Life live at BAM.
Highly sought after as a concert soloist, Ms. Craft made her Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall 2012 as both the alto and soprano II soloist in Bach’s Mass in B minor and Handel’s Messiah with the National Chorale. Other notable performances have included Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, both with Princeton Pro Musica; Mahler’s Symphony No.2 with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra; and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. Other favorite concert roles include Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion and Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Copland’s In the Beginning, and Duruflé’s Requiem.
Ms. Craft is a frequent recitalist as an Artist-in-Residence with Judson Arts at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village and as a member of Con Vivo chamber ensemble. Her passion for both new music and early music is reflected in her multiple appearances in readings of new works with American Opera Projects and in regular concerts with Amor Artis chorus and New York Baroque Incorporated.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Craft earned her Bachelor’s Degree (cum laude) in Italian and music from Dartmouth College and earned her Master’s Degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas College of Music. She received further training at the Music Academy of the West where she worked with Marilyn Horne who continues to be a mentor. She has been a first prize and audience choice award winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, a semifinalist in the Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper International Vocal Competition, and won third place in The American Prize in Art Song and Oratorio 2016.
Derrick Goff, piano
Derrick Goff is a coach and conductor based in New York. Recent productions include Idomeneo and Don Pasquale with the Princeton Opera Alliance and Don Giovanni with Lawrence Opera Theatre in Kansas. During the 2016 Summer Music Season, Mr. Goff returned for a fifth summer to Bel Canto at Caramoor as pianist, coach, and chorusmaster for Aureliano in Palmira, and he lead a recital “The Intimate Rossini: Ensembles and Choruses,” featuring the Bel Canto Young Artists and Apprentices.
In addition to his work in opera, he is the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh in Philadelphia. Mr. Goff studied organ and church music at Westminster Choir College, where he also completed a M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy.