Performance Friday, May 15, 2015 | 8 PM

Stephanie Blythe
Warren Jones

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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.


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


  • 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"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Stephanie Blythe

    Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered to be one of the most highly respected artists of her generation. She has appeared with many of the most distinguished opera companies in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), and Paris Opera. Her many performances include the title roles in Carmen, Samson et Dalila, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, and Orfeo ed Euridice; as well as Cornelia in 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, Ms. Blythe has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The MET Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She has also appeared at the Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart festivals and at the BBC Proms. In recital, she has been presented by Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, Town Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, DC; the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; Shriver Hall in Baltimore; and the Ravinia Festival.

    Ms. Blythe starred in the Metropolitan Opera's live broadcasts of Orfeo ed Euridice, Il trittico, Rodelinda, and the complete Ring Cycle. She also appeared in PBS's Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic's performance of Carousel and her acclaimed show, We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith. Her recordings include a solo album, as long as there are songs (Innova), and works by Mahler, Brahms, Wagner, Handel, and Bach (Virgin Classics).

    This season, Ms. Blythe's many engagements have included her returns to the Metropolitan Opera for The Rake's Progress, the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Il trovatore, and the Seattle Opera for Semele. This summer she sings the title role in Samson et Dalila with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and next season she returns to San Francisco Opera as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Houston Grand Opera as Nettie Fowler in Carousel, and Carnegie Hall for her new program Sing, America!

    Ms. Blythe was named Musical America's 2009 Vocalist of the Year. Her other honors include the 2007 Opera News Award and the 1999 Richard Tucker Award. Ms. Blythe is also the artistic director of the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar at the Crane School of Music.

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  • Warren Jones

    Warren Jones frequently partners with today's best-known artists, including Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Anthony Dean Griffey, Bo Skovhus, Eric Owens, John Relyea, and Richard Yongjae O'Neill. Mr. Jones is principal pianist for the exciting California-based chamber music group Camerata Pacifica. In the past, he has performed with such great artists as Marilyn Horne, Håkan Hagegård, Kathleen Battle, Samuel Ramey, Barbara Bonney, Carol Vaness, Judith Blegen, Salvatore Licitra, Tatiana Troyanos, James Morris, and Martti Talvela. He is a member of the faculty of Manhattan School of Music as well as the Music Academy of the West. He received the 2011 Achievement Award from the Music Teachers National Association of America, their highest honor, and was also named Musical America's 2010 Collaborative Pianist of the Year. Mr. Jones has performed at the White House for state dinners in honor of the leaders of Canada, Russia, and Italy, and has also been invited by the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States for three musical afternoons in the East Conference Room of the Court.

    A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Jones currently serves on its Board of Visitors. He has also been honored with a doctorate degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His discography includes 31 recordings across every major label, and his newest musical ventures include conducting sold-out, critically acclaimed performances of Mascagni's L'amico Fritz, Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. In December 2014, he led the world premiere of a new operatic version of A Christmas Carol at Houston Grand Opera, starring Jay Hunter Morris, with music by Iain Bell and libretto by Simon Callow. He will return to the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera for performances of Donizetti's comedy Don Pasquale in the summer of 2015. For more information, visit

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Irving Berlin's "Always"
Stephanie Blythe, Mezzo-Soprano | Craig Terry, Piano

At a Glance

The middle decades of the 20th century witnessed not only culminations of the mélodie, chanson, cabaret song, and theater song, but  a cross-fertilization that blurred the boundaries of genre, venue, and geography. In this evening's program, Stephanie Blythe and Warren Jones take listeners through a journey from the mélodies of Poulenc and the chansons of Ferré and Brel, to the cabaret songs of Britten and the theatrical songs of Coward.
Program Notes


Stephanie Blythe on the importance of audience reaction.

Stephanie Blythe on the importance of art song.

This performance is part of Great Singers I.