Performance Sunday, January 23, 2011 | 3 PM

The MET Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
A MET Orchestra performance at Carnegie Hall has become one of those only-in–New York moments to treasure. On this concert, these exemplary musicians bring a fresh new energy to Mozart’s “Posthorn” Serenade, and join guests DeYoung and O’Neill on Mahler’s haunting song-symphony.


  • Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Simon O'Neill, Tenor
  • The MET Orchestra
    James Levine, Music Director and Conductor


  • MOZART Serenade in D Major, K. 320, "Posthorn"
  • MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde


  • Michelle DeYoung

    Michelle DeYoung has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras and conductors, and at many of the finest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, La Scala, Bayreuth Festival, Berlin Staatsoper (Unter den Linden), Opéra de Paris, and Théâtre du Châtelet. Among her many operatic roles are Fricka, Sieglinde, and Waltraute in the Ring cycle; Kundry in Parsifal; Venus in Tannhäuser; Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde; Dido in Les Troyens; Eboli in Don Carlo; Marguerite in La damnation de Faust; Judith in Bluebeard's Castle; Gertrude in Hamlet; Jocasta in Oedipus Rex; and Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia. She also created the role of the Shaman in the world premiere of Tan Dun's The First Emperor at the Met.

    Her recording of Kindertotenlieder and Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. She also received the 2001 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording for Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra. Her discography includes a new recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink; Bernstein's Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah," with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin; Das klagende Lied with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas; and Das Lied von der Erde with the Minnesota Orchestra.

    This season, Ms. DeYoung makes her debut at the Basel Opera as Amneris in Aida; sings Oedipus Rex with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Levine; and appears in a performance of Bluebeard's Castle with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the New York Philharmonic.
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  • Simon O'Neill

    A native of New Zealand, Simon O'Neill has appeared in leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and at both the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals, as well as with conductors including James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Daniele Gatti, Edo de Waart, Bertrand de Billy, and Donald Runnicles. His performances as Siegmund in Die Walküre at Covent Garden and at the Met received critical acclaim. Notable debuts include the title role of Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival, the High Priest in Idomeneo at the Met, Jenik in The Bartered Bride at Covent Garden, Die Zauberflöte at the Salzburg Festival, and Sergei in Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Opera Australia. Operatic highlights include Lohengrin and Florestan in Fidelio at the Covent Garden, Mao in John Adams's Nixon in China with the Minnesota Opera, Mitch in André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire at Vienna's Theater an der Wien, and Dmitri in Boris Godunov with the New Zealand Opera.

    Last summer, he sang Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival, Florestan in Fidelio at the Grafenegg Festival, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 at the Edinburgh Festival, and Siegmund in Die Walküre to open La Scala's season. Additional engagements this season include Cavaradossi in Tosca in Berlin, Siegfried in Götterdämmerung in La Coruna, Das Lied von der Erde with the MET Orchestra and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Samson in Samson et Dalila at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Parsifal in Barcelona and at the Bayreuth Festival, and his debut at the Berlin Staatsoper as Siegmund.
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  • The MET Orchestra

    The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is regarded as one of the world's finest orchestras. From the time of the company's inception in 1883, the ensemble has worked with leading conductors in both opera and concert performances and has developed into an orchestra of enormous technical polish and style.

    The MET Orchestra maintains a demanding schedule of performances and rehearsals during its 32-week New York season, when the company performs seven times a week in repertory that normally encompasses approximately 27 operas.

    Arturo Toscanini conducted almost 500 performances at the Met, and Gustav Mahler, during the few years he was in New York, conducted 54 Met performances. More recently, many of the world's great conductors have led the orchestra: Walter, Beecham, Reiner, Mitropoulos, Kempe, Szell, Böhm, Solti, Maazel, Bernstein, Mehta, Abbado, Karajan, Dohnányi, Haitink, Tennstedt, Ozawa, Gergiev, and Barenboim. Carlos Kleiber's only US opera performances were with the MET Orchestra.

    In addition to its opera schedule, the orchestra has a distinguished history of concert performances. Toscanini made his American debut as a symphonic conductor with the Met Orchestra in 1913, and the impressive list of instrumental soloists who appeared with the orchestra includes Leopold Godowsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals, Josef Hofmann, Ferruccio Busoni, Jascha Heifetz, Moritz Rosenthal, and Fritz Kreisler. Since the orchestra resumed symphonic concerts in 1991, instrumental soloists have included Itzhak Perlman, Maxim Vengerov, Alfred Brendel, and Evgeny Kissin, and the group has performed five world premieres: Babbitt's Piano Concerto No. 2 (1998), Bolcom's Symphony No. 7 (2002), Shen's Legend (2002), and Wuorinen's Theologoumenon (2007) and Time Regained (2007).

    The orchestra's high standing led to its first commercial recordings in nearly 20 years: Wagner's complete Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine. Recorded by Deutsche Grammophon over a period of three years, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, and Götterdämmerung were winners of an unprecedented three consecutive Grammy Awards in 1989, 1990, and 1991 for Best Opera Recording. Other recordings under Maestro Levine include L'elisir d'amore, Idomeneo, Le nozze di Figaro, Der fliegende Holländer, Parsifal, Erwartung, Manon Lescaut, and seven Verdi operas. Maestro Levine has also led the orchestra for recordings of Wagner overtures, Verdi ballet music, an all-Berg disc with Renée Fleming, and aria albums with Bryn Terfel, Kathleen Battle, and Ms. Fleming. The orchestra's first symphonic recordings are pairings of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps; Beethoven's "Eroica" with Schubert's "Unfinished" symphonies; and Richard Strauss's Don Quixote and Tod und Verklärung.

    In spring 1991 the orchestra, under the leadership of Maestro Levine, began concert touring. They have since traveled across the US and to Europe (including their debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2002), as well as annually to Carnegie Hall. This May, the orchestra returns to Japan for its sixth tour in 23 years.

    James Levine

    Marking his 40th consecutive season at the Metropolitan Opera, James Levine conducts nine operas in 2010-2011, including opening night's Das Rheingold premiere; the new production in April of Die Walküre; revivals of Don Pasquale, Simon Boccanegra, Wozzeck, and Il Trovatore; three performances of The Bartered Bride at Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater (with the Juilliard Orchestra and members of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program); and a June tour to Japan with Don Carlo and La bohème. He and the MET Orchestra are heard in three concerts at Carnegie Hall and one in Tokyo with soloists Simon O'Neill, Michelle DeYoung, Evgeny Kissin, Natalie Dessay, Anna Netrebko, and Mariusz Kwiecien; Mr. Levine and the MET Chamber Ensemble also give two performances in Weill and Zankel halls here this season, featuring the music of Boulez, Satie, Webern, Perle, Kirchner, Foss, and Brahms.

    Maestro Levine leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in three programs at Carnegie Hall in March (with soloists Christian Tetzlaff and Maurizio Pollini). His seventh season as Music Director of the BSO began with an all-Wagner program with Bryn Terfel on October 2, and includes the world premiere of a commissioned violin concerto by Harrison Birtwistle, the first BSO performances of John Harbison's Second Symphony (as part of a two-season cycle of all the Harbison symphonies as well as the world premiere of his Sixth, another Boston Symphony commission), and Mahler's Second, Fifth, and Ninth symphonies for the 150th anniversary of his birth in 1860 and the 100th of his death in 1911.

    James Levine makes his debut in May with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Mahler's Sixth Symphony in the German capital, before joining the Met company for a three-week tour of Japan (where he will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his debut on June 5 with Don Carlo in Nagoya) and returning to the BSO's Tanglewood Festival (July 8-August 3), where his summer season ends with the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen's It Happens Like This on texts of James Tate with fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center-some 10 weeks before he leads the MET Orchestra in the world premiere of Harbison's Closer to My Own Life on texts of Alice Munro here at Carnegie Hall.
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Mahler “Das Trinklied Vom Jammer Der Erde” from Das Lied von der Erde
Siegfried Jerusalem, Tenor / Berlin Philharmonic / James Levine, Conductor 
Deutsche Grammophon

This performance is part of The MET Orchestra.