Yiselle Blum (2009) – Senior Recital Yiselle Blum prepared a senior recital for performance on Sunday, 26 April 2009. The aspiring opera singer was accompanied by adjunct professor Mark Hyczko. Yiselle’s program incorporated arias and duets from roles she has been preparing during her study as a lyric mezzo-soprano, including Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in his Don Giovanni, Stephano in Charles-François Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, and Erika in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa. Also included were German lieder by Franz Schubert as well as lesser known songs by Samuel Barber. Yiselle’s program concluded with a Cape Verdean morna by Amandio Cabral in the Creole-Portuguese style indigenous to the nation located off the coast of West Africa. Preparation of this repertoire demanded thorough research and analysis, including study of historical performance practices. Additionally, the program required training in vocal technique and diction as well as attention to character development and portrayal. Creating and studying translations of the texts were of vital importance for achieving accuracy and honesty in the rendering of the characters and therefore in the expression of the music itself. The texts include examples in German, English, Italian, French, and Cape Verdean Kriolu, a Creole language.