CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Sunday, January 27, 2013 | 8 PM

Renée Fleming
Susan Graham
Bradley Moore

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Their pairing in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier in 2000 and 2009 at the Metropolitan Opera is now a celebrated part of opera lore; since then, Renée Fleming and Susan Graham have teamed up time and again, creating sparks together in recordings and on the concert stage. Now these all-American divas bring their unparalleled talents to Carnegie Hall for an unforgettable night of song.

Performers

  • Renée Fleming, Soprano
  • Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Bradley Moore, Piano

Program

  • SAINT-SAËNS "Pastorale"
  • SAINT-SAËNS "Viens! une flûte invisible"
  • SAINT-SAËNS "El desdichado"
  • FAURÉ "Puisqu’ici bas," Op. 10, No. 1
  • FAURÉ "Pleurs d’or," Op. 72
  • FAURÉ Pavane in F-sharp Minor, Op. 50
  • FAURÉ "Tarentelle," Op. 10, No. 2
  • DEBUSSY "Clair de lune"
  • DEBUSSY "Mandoline"
  • DEBUSSY "Beau soir"
  • DELIBES "Les filles de Cadix"
  • HAHN "Le rossignol des lilas"
  • HAHN "Infidélité"
  • HAHN "Fêtes galantes"
  • HAHN "Le printemps"
  • BERLIOZ "La mort d'Ophélie," Op. 18, No. 2
  • ANDRÉ MESSAGER "Blanche-marie et Marie-Blanche" from Les P'tites Michu
  • OFFENBACH Barcarolle from Les contes d’Hoffmann
  • DELIBES "Duo des fleurs" from Lakmé

  • Encores:
  • MOZART "Ah guarda sorella" from Così fan tutte
  • GUGLIELMI "La Vie en rose"
  • CANTELOUBE "Malurous qu'o uno fenno" from Songs of the Auvergne
  • HUMPERDINCK "Prayer" from Hansel and Gretel

Bios

  • Renée Fleming


    One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as "the people's diva" and named Female Singer of the Year by the German ECHO awards in 2012, she continues to grace the world's greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media.

    Ms. Fleming has been sought after on numerous distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the opening Olympic Committee Gala for the 2012 London Olympics. In January 2009, Ms. Fleming was featured in the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert. In June, in an historic first, Ms. Fleming sang on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II. Ms. Fleming has performed for the US Supreme Court and, in 2009, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic's "Velvet Revolution" at the invitation of Václav Havel. An additional distinction came in 2008, when Ms. Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.

    Ms. Fleming was heard last summer in the title role of Arabella at the Opéra Bastille, under the baton of Philippe Jordan. In August, she was the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in Munich, conducted by Constantin Trinks. At the Metropolitan Opera this fall, she sang Desdemona in Otello, conducted by Semyon Bychkov. Her concert calendar this year has included the gala opening of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's season, the inaugural concerts of Christian Thielemann as principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, the inaugural gala of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as appearances with the Seattle, Vancouver, Oregon, Colorado, San Antonio, Santiago, and Cincinnati symphony orchestras. Her 2012-2013 recital schedule includes Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, Bogota, Guayaquil, Geneva, London, Paris, Vienna, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Taipei.

    A three-time Grammy winner, Ms. Fleming has been nominated for the 2013 Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo for her album Poèmes, featuring a collection of 20th-century French masterpieces. In February 2012, Ms. Fleming received the Victoire d'Honneur, the highest award conveyed by Victoires de la Musique. In recent years, this 14-time Grammy-nominated artist has recorded a diverse range of music, from Strauss's Daphne, to the jazz album Haunted Heart, to the film soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings and the theme song "Still Dream" for Rise of the Guardians. Among her numerous awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Sweden's Polar Music Prize, the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music, and honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University, Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School.

    Ms. Fleming is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Carnegie Hall Corporation and the Board of Sing for Hope. In 2010, she was named the first ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Visit reneefleming.com for more information.

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  • Susan Graham


    Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham-dubbed "America's favorite mezzo" by Gramophone magazine-rose to the top tier of international artists within just a few years of her professional debut, and along the way she has mastered an astonishing range of repertoire. Her operatic roles range from Monteverdi's 17th-century Poppea to a contemporary American operatic portrait of Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, written specifically for her. She has performed with all of the world's great orchestras, several of which have commissioned new works for her. Ms. Graham won a Grammy Award for a collection of Charles Ives songs, and her recital repertoire is so broad that 14 composers from Purcell to Sondheim are represented on her most recent Onyx disc, Virgins, Vixens, and Viragos (with pianist Malcolm Martineau).

    Ms. Graham's early successes included "trouser" roles, such as Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro; technical brilliance brought mastery of Mozart's more virtuosic roles, such as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Idamante in Idomeneo, and Cecilio in Lucio Silla, as well as the title roles of Handel's Ariodante and Xerxes. She later triumphed in such iconic Strauss mezzo-soprano roles as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier (often opposite the Marschallin of Renée Fleming) and the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and she has since performed in every major opera house in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Opéra de Paris, La Scala, Vienna State Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, among many others, under such conductors as John Eliot Gardiner, Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, and Seiji Ozawa. Throughout her career, the Texas native has also been considered one of the great interpreters of French music of her time. New productions of Berlioz's La damnation de Faust and Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride have been mounted for her in New York, London, Chicago, San Francisco, and elsewhere. After a triumph as Offenbach's La belle Hélène at Santa Fe Opera, she will return this summer for her first appearance in Offenbach's La grande duchesse de Gérolstein.

    Ms. Graham's affinity for the French repertoire serves as the foundation of an extensive concert and recital career. She has performed oratorios and symphonic song cycles, such as Berlioz's La mort de Cléopâtre and Les nuits d'été, Ravel's Shéhérezade, and Chausson's Poème de l'amour et de la mer with the world's leading orchestras. In addition to touchstone recordings of La mort de Cléopâtre for EMI and Les nuits d'été for Sony, Ms. Graham's discography includes solo recordings, such as a program of mélodies entitled Un frisson français with Malcolm Martineau (Onyx); an album of 20th-century operetta rarities, C'est ça la vie, c'est ça l'amour! for Erato; a disc of symphonic cycles by Ravel, Chausson, and Debussy, also for Erato; and La belle époque, an award-winning collection of songs by Reynaldo Hahn with pianist Roger Vignoles for Sony. She was awarded France's prestigious Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2006. Visit susangraham.com for more information.

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  • Bradley Moore


    Pianist Bradley Moore has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the National Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic orchestras. He performed the Martinů Harpsichord Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet for the world premiere of Mark Morris's Beaux, and has been heard as a recitative accompanist and continuo player with the MET Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, and MET Chamber Ensemble.

    Mr. Moore has recently appeared in recital with Renée Fleming, Angela Meade, Ying Huang, and Christine Goerke; he also enjoys partnerships with Alice Coote, Eric Owens, Eric Cutler, Denyce Graves, and clarinetist Julian Bliss. He has performed live on A Prairie Home Companion with Ms. Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, and with Joshua Bell on CBS Sunday Morning and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His discography includes a recital with Mr. Cutler on the EMI Classics Debut series, a disc of songs by American composer Daron Hagen for Arsis Audio, and a recital with Mr. Bliss to be released in 2013 by Signum Classics.

    Mr. Moore is currently assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. He has worked as assistant conductor, backstage conductor, and coach at the Salzburg Festival, Opéra national de Paris, Canadian Opera Company, and Los Angeles Opera, among others.

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Audio

Debussy's Beau Soir
Renée Fleming, Soprano | Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Decca
Berlioz's "La mort d'Ophélie," Op. 18, No. 2
Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano | Malcom Martineau, Piano
Onyx

At a Glance

Renée Fleming and Susan Graham take us on a comprehensive—yet mostly lighthearted—survey of French song literature from the 19th century, featuring eight composers who range from the arch-Romantic Hector Berlioz to the fin-de-siècle Reynaldo Hahn and André Messager. We're accustomed to hearing the solo songs of Fauré and Debussy on recitals, but here we are introduced to the more rarely performed French duet literature, some of it created for the concert hall and other examples for the operatic stage.

Running through this program is the taste for exoticism that captivated French composers and their audiences in the second half of the century. Frenchmen often looked longingly over their southern border to the dance rhythms of Spain, and both Saint-Saëns and Delibes show how lovingly they assimilated them in their "El desdichado" and "Les filles de Cadix," respectively. Italy also was a potent attraction, and Fauré shed his customary reserve to create the wild Neapolitan "Tarentelle." Delibes went still further afield for his opera Lakmé, set in India during the British Raj and featuring the alluring "Duo des fleurs."

Whether moonlighting abroad or remaining true to the French pastorale and fêtes galante traditions, all this music shares the uniquely Gallic qualities of supple rhythms, mesmerizing melodic and harmonic colors, clarity in text setting, and, above all, charm and an enchanting lightness of touch.
Program Notes

Watch


Renée Fleming in Conversation With Susan Graham:
On Meeting, Dresses, Pants Roles, and French Song



Renée Fleming in Conversation With Susan Graham:
On Friendship, Mistaken Identity, and Rosenkavalier



Renée Fleming Introduces Her 2012-2013 Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series



Slideshow: Favorite Parisian Divas



Slideshow: Favorite Parisian Composers

Perspectives: Renée Fleming
Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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