Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Singers I

Four magnificent singers who dazzle in both opera and song command the stage in these recitals, which showcase their tremendous expressive powers. Joyce DiDonato leads a musical tour of Venice with songs and arias that span the Baroque to the 20th century, while Thomas Hampson shows why he's one of the most celebrated baritones of our time. Dorothea Röschmann and pianist Mitsuko Uchida partner for the gorgeous songs of Schumann and Berg, and Stephanie Blythe sings a lively program that includes songs by Weill, Brel, and Coward.

Joyce DiDonato
David Zobel

Thomas Hampson
Wolfram Rieger

Dorothea Röschmann
Mitsuko Uchida

Stephanie Blythe
Warren Jones

Joyce DiDonato
David Zobel

A Journey Through Venice

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano
David Zobel, Piano

Program

VIVALDI "Onde chiare che sussurrate" from Ercole su'l Termodonte
VIVALDI "Amato ben" from Ercole su'l Termodonte
FAURÉ Cinq mélodies "de Venise"
ROSSINI La regata veneziana
ROSSINI "Assisa al piè d’un salice ... Deh, calma," from Otello
HEAD Three Songs of Venice
HAHN from Venezia
·· Sopra l'acqua indormenzada
·· La barcheta
·· L'avertimento
·· Che pecà
·· La primavera

Encores:ROSSINI Canzonetta spagnuola
DE CURTIS Non ti scordar di me
Joyce DiDonato’s performance "will be pointed to as a model of singing,” said The New York Times. In this recital, she leads a musical tour of Venice with songs and arias that span the Baroque to the 20th century. DiDonato communicates the sheer joy of singing with every phrase, a quality that’s made her one of the most beloved singers of her generation.

Listen

Rossini's "Anzoleta Co' Passa La Regata'


Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano | Julius Drake, Piano
Wigmore Hall Live

Thomas Hampson
Wolfram Rieger

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Monday, February 9, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Thomas Hampson, Baritone
Wolfram Rieger, Piano

Program

R. STRAUSS "Heimliche Aufforderung," Op. 27, No. 3
R. STRAUSS "Freundliche Vision," Op. 48, No. 1
R. STRAUSS "Mein Herz ist stumm, mein Herz ist kalt," Op. 19, No. 6
R. STRAUSS "Sehnsucht," Op. 32, No. 2
R. STRAUSS "Ruhe, meine Seele," Op. 27, No. 1
ZEMLINSKY "Mit Trommeln und Pfeifen," Op. 8, No. 3
MAHLER "Revelge"
HINDEMITH "O, nun heb du an, dort in deinem Moor," Op. 14, No. 2
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS "Joy, Shipmate, Joy!"
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS "A Clear Midnight"
HINDEMITH "Sing on There in the Swamp"
IVES "Tom Sails Away"
IVES "The Things Our Fathers Loved"
IVES "In Flanders Fields"
JENNIFER HIGDON Civil Words (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BURELEIGH "Ethiopia Saluting the Colors"
BONDS "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"
BERGER "Lonely People"
BERNSTEIN "To What You Said" from Songfest

Encores:BARBER "Sure on this Shining Night," Op. 13, No. 4
H. WOOD "Roses of Picardy"
“Hampson has the extraordinary capacity to capture the poetic essence of a song and convey it directly to the listener’s mind and heart,” wrote The Washington Post of baritone Thomas Hampson. He brings his remarkable vocal gifts to Carnegie Hall in a not-to-be-missed recital.

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

Dorothea Röschmann
Mitsuko Uchida

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Dorothea Röschmann, Soprano
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Program

SCHUMANN Liederkreis, Op. 39
BERG Seven Early Songs
SCHUMANN Frauenliebe und -leben

Encores:SCHUBERT "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt," D. 877, No. 4
WOLF "Kennst du das Land"
The superstar team of soprano Dorothea Röschmann and pianist Mitsuko Uchida performs love songs by Schumann and Berg. Schumann’s great love for Clara Wieck is at the heart of this Liederkreis, songs he described in a letter to her as his “most romantic music ever, with much of you in it.” His marriage to Clara might have inspired his song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben, a celebration of a woman’s devotion to her husband. Schumann’s piano mastery is evident throughout, as the instrument is given a more prominent role than ever before heard in the song literature. Berg offers a fevered view of love in his impassioned Seven Early Songs.

Listen

Schumann's "Im Herbste"


Dorothea Röschmann, Soprano | Mitsuko Uchida, Piano
Decca

Stephanie Blythe
Warren Jones

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, May 15, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Stephanie Blythe, Mezzo-Soprano
Warren Jones, Piano

Program

POULENC Poèmes de Ronsard
·· Attributs
·· Le tombeau
·· Ballet
·· Je n'ai plus que les os
·· À son page
FERRÉ "La vie antérieure"
FERRÉ "L'Invitation au voyage"
BREL "Les pieds dans le ruisseau"
BREL "Ne me quitte pas"
BREL "Amsterdam"
BRITTEN "Calypso"
BRITTEN "Johnny"
BRITTEN "Tell Me the Truth About Love"
BRITTEN "Funeral Blues"
COWARD "Zigeuner" from Bitter-Sweet
COWARD "Nina" from Sigh No More
COWARD "Mad About the Boy" from Words and Music
COWARD "Mrs. Worthington"
COWARD "The Party's Over Now" from Words and Music

Encores:CLEARY "Singin' in the Bathtub" from The Show of Shows
BERLIN "Always"
Whether it’s Verdi, Wagner, or a cabaret classic, Stephanie Blythe sings “with a degree of ease and theatrical authority that most divas could only envy” (San Francisco Chronicle). Blythe’s remarkable vocal gifts and irresistible stage presence make this lively program of popular songs by Brel, Coward, and others a not-to-be-missed concert.

Listen

Irving Berlin's "Always"


Stephanie Blythe, Mezzo-Soprano | Craig Terry, Piano
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