CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Monday, March 11, 2013 | 8 PM

Stephanie Blythe
Warren Jones

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The New York Times calls Stephanie Blythe “the true successor to Marilyn Horne.” From Handel to Wagner, Blythe’s incredible versatility makes her a vocal force to be reckoned with. Hear for yourself in this recital, a collaboration with pianist Warren Jones.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

Performers

  • Stephanie Blythe, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Warren Jones, Piano

Program

  • LEGG Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
    ·· There's been a death, in the opposite house
    ·· This is my letter to the world
    ·· I'm nobody! Who are you?
    ·· It dropped so low - in my regard
    ·· Bee! I'm expecting you!
    ·· I had no time to hate
    ·· I'll tell you how the sun rose
    ·· The way I read a letter's this
    ·· I felt a cleaving in my mind
    ·· I meant to find her when I came
    ·· Success is counted sweetest
    ·· 'Tis not that dying hurts us so
  • BARBER Three Songs, Op. 10
    ·· Rain Has Fallen
    ·· Sleep Now
    ·· I Hear an Army
  • HENDERSON "Button Up Your Overcoat"
  • HENDERSON "The Thrill is Gone"
  • HENDERSON "You're the Cream in My Coffee"
  • HENDERSON "The Best Things in Life Are Free"
  • HENDERSON "Keep Your Sunny Side Up"
  • PORTER "Night and Day"
  • PORTER "The Tale of the Oyster"
  • PORTER "You Do Something to Me"
  • CONFREY "Kitten on the Keys"
  • BERLIN "If You Don't Want My Peaches"
  • BERLIN "Always"
  • BERLIN "I Love a Piano"

  • Encores:
  • BERLIN "What’ll I Do?" from Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  • CLEARY "Singin' in the Bathtub" from The Show of Shows

Bios

  • Stephanie Blythe


    Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered to be one of the most highly respected artists of her generation. She has appeared in the great opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Paris Opera, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her many roles include the title roles in Carmen, Samsom et Dalila, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Orfeo ed Euridice, and Giulio Cesare; Frugola, Principessa, and Zita in Il trittico; Amneris in Aida; Azucena in Il trovatore; Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera; Fricka in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre; and Mistress Quickly in Falstaff.

    An accomplished concert singer, she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, MET Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has also appeared at the Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart, and Ravinia festivals in addition to the BBC Proms. In recital, Ms. Blythe has been seen at Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, Town Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, DC; the Cleveland Art Song Festival; the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; and Shriver Hall in Baltimore.

    Ms. Blythe starred in the Metropolitan Opera's live HD broadcasts of Orfeo ed Euridice, Il trittico, Rodelinda, and the complete Ring cycle. Her recordings of works by Mahler, Brahms, and Wagner, and of arias by Handel and Bach are available on the Virgin Classics label.

    This season, Ms. Blythe returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the new production of Un ballo in maschera, Il trovatore, and the complete Ring cycle. She also appeared in the New York Philharmonic's performances of Carousel and toured the US with two of her highly acclaimed programs: the all-American song program heard this evening and We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith, which will air on PBS's Live at Lincoln Center in April 2013. This summer, she returns to the Seattle Opera for the complete Ring cycle.

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  • Warren Jones


    Warren Jones, who was named Musical America's 2010 Collaborative Pianist of the Year, performs with many of today's best-known artists: Stephanie Blythe, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Christine Brewer, Denyce Graves, Thomas Hampson, Anthony Dean Griffey, Bo Skovhus, Eric Owens, and Richard "Yongjae" O'Neill. He is also principal pianist for the exciting California-based chamber music group Camerata Pacifica. In the past, Mr. Jones has partnered with such great performers as Marilyn Horne, Håkan Hagegård, Kathleen Battle, Samuel Ramey, Barbara Bonney, Carol Vaness, Judith Blegen, Salvatore Licitra, Tatiana Troyanos, James Morris, and Martti Talvela.

    Mr. Jones is a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music as well as the Music Academy of the West. He received the Achievement Award for 2011 from the Music Teachers National Association of America, the organization's highest honor. On multiple occasions, he has been an invited guest to the White House to perform for state dinners in honor of the leaders of Canada, Russia, and Italy, in addition to being invited by the Supreme Court Justices for musical afternoons in the East Conference Room at the Court.

    A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Mr. Jones currently serves on the Board of Visitors for that institution. He has also been honored with a doctor of music degree from San Francisco Conservatory. His discography contains more than 25 recordings on every major label. Mr. Jones's newest musical ventures include conducting, having led sold-out critically acclaimed performances of Mascagni's L'amico Fritz and Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia in recent summers. He returns to the podium for performances of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in 2013.

    For more information, visit warrenjones.com.

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Audio

Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder No. 1, Der Engel
Paris Orchestral Ensemble | John Nelson, Conductor | Stephanie Blythe, Mezzo-Soprano
EMI Classics

A Convergence of American Legacies

The very same traits that make the poetry of Emily Dickinson so remarkable—astonishing individuality and the encompassing of enormous issues, such as nature, death, and what it is to be human and yet immortal—are the traits that make the songs of James Legg so arresting. That he should have possessed such perspicacity, individuality, and revelation in such a short life is equally significant. This accomplished, award-winning composer wrote film scores as well as much music for the voice, including six one-act operas as well as these 12 beautiful songs—his last completed work—composed specifically for Stephanie Blythe.
Program Notes

Watch

 

Stephanie Blythe discusses the program for her Carnegie Hall debut.


 

Stephanie Blythe explains why audience reaction is so important to the artist.


 

Stephanie Blythe on the importance of art song.

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