Sunday, November 06, 2022 | 5:30 PM

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone 
Adam Nielsen, piano

The Yale Gordon Young Artist Concert

Location: Shriver Hall

Davóne Tines, a “singer of immense power and fervor” (Los Angeles Times), is celebrated internationally as a “path-breaking artist at the intersection of many histories, cultures, and aesthetics” (Time Magazine). In this highly original recital, Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year for 2022 grounds his program in the Mass, interweaving Bach with contemporary settings that draw on the traditions of art song, spirituals, and gospel.

“Davóne Tines is changing what it means to be a classical singer.” —The New Yorker

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Davóne Tines

Heralded as “[one] of the most powerful voices of our time” by the Los Angeles Times, the “immensely gifted American bass-baritone Davóne Tines has won acclaim, and advanced the field of classical music” (The New York Times) as a path-breaking artist whose work not only encompasses a diverse repertoire but also explores the social issues of today. As a Black, gay, classically trained performer at the intersection of many histories, cultures, and aesthetics, he is engaged in work that blends opera, art song, contemporary classical music, spirituals, gospel, and songs of protest, as a means to tell a deeply personal story of perseverance that connects to all of humanity. 

Mr. Tines was recently named Musical America’s 2022 Vocalist of the Year. He is artist-in-residence at Michigan Opera Theatre—an appointment that culminates in his performance in the title role of Anthony Davis’ X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X in the spring of 2022—and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale’s first-ever Creative Partner. His ongoing projects include Recital No. 1: MASS, a program exploring the Mass woven through Western European, African-American, and 21st-century traditions, with performances this season at the Ravinia Festival, in Washington, DC, and at the Barbican in London. He also performs Concerto No. 1: SERMON—a program he conceived for voice and orchestra that weaves arias by John Adams, Anthony Davis, Igee Dieudonné and Mr. Tines himself, with texts by James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Maya Angelou—with the Philadelphia Orchestra and BBC Symphony.

Mr. Tines is a member of American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and co-creator of The Black Clown, a music theater experience commissioned and premiered by The American Repertory Theater and presented at Lincoln Center. He has premiered works by today’s leading composers, including John Adams, Terence Blanchard, and Matthew Aucoin, and his concert appearances include performances of works ranging from Beethoven’s Ninth with the San Francisco Symphony to Kaija Saariaho’s True Fire with the Orchestre national de France.

Davóne Tines is a winner of the 2020 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, recognizing extraordinary classical musicians of color, and the recipient of the 2018 Emerging Artists Award from Lincoln Center. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University, where he also serves as guest lecturer. His website is

“Tines is as mesmerizing as a singer can be.” —Los Angeles Times

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Adam Nielsen

Pianist Adam Nielsen, born in Arco, ID, has served as pianist, coach, chorus master, and assistant conductor for The Juilliard School’s Marcus Institute of Vocal Arts since 2011. He coaches song and operatic repertoire and is an advisor to the undergraduate singers. As an opera pianist, he has worked for Harvard’s American Repertory Theater, Aspen Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Metropolitan Opera, Richard Tucker Foundation, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Dallas Opera, and Chicago Lyric and has collaborated with such conductors as Nicola Luisotti, Anthony Walker, Stephen Lord, Gary Wedow, Speranza Scappucci, Emmanuel Villaume, Carolyn Kuan, and Matthew Aucoin.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared in concert with the St. Louis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Stony Brook Symphony, Fry Street Quartet, A Far Cry, Windscape, and in recital with Andrés Cárdenes, Tamara Mumford, Ryan Speedo Green, Steven LaBrie, Simone Osborne, Davóne Tines, Claire DeSevigne, and Ying Fang. Recital appearances include Carnegie Hall, The Frick Collection, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia Festival, Abravanel Hall, Aspen Festival, Chicago’s Myra Hess Series, and the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, CO. He has also been a staff pianist with the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival and the Heifetz International String Institute. Mr. Nielsen earned degrees in Piano Performance from Utah State University (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), and Stony Brook University (DMA).

Recital #1: Mass

Program Note by Davóne Tines

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Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen, BWV 170

Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)

Agnus Dei

Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980)

Songs for Death: after Were You There

Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)

To a Brown Girl Dead

Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980)

Songs for Death: after Swing Low

Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Mache dich, mein Herze, rein, BWV 244

Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)


Traditional (arr. Moses Hogan)

Give Me Jesus

Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)


Julius Eastman (1940-1990)

Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc

Igee Dieudonné / Davóne Tines (b. 1991 / b. 1986)


Program Subject to Change Without Notice