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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Ben Bliss
Lachlan Glen

Friday, November 18, 2016 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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American tenor Ben Bliss’s elegant phrasing, charming stage presence, and “lovely, caressing tone” (Opera News) make him one of the most exciting young singers of the day. He shows his versatility in an eclectic program of melodic bel canto treasures, English and French songs, and several popular American favorites.

Part of Salon Encores.

Performers

Ben Bliss, Tenor
Lachlan Glen, Piano

Program

R. STRAUSS "Ständchen," Op. 17, No. 2
R. STRAUSS "Nur Mut!," Op. 17, No. 5
R. STRAUSS "Barkarole," Op. 17, No. 6
R. STRAUSS "Morgen," Op. 27, No. 4
L. BOULANGER Excerpts from Clarières dans le ciel
·· "Un poète disait"
·· "Nous nous aimerons tant"
·· "Vous m'avez regardé avec toute votre âme"
·· "Les lilas qui avaient fleuri"
TOSTI "Marechiare"
BRITTEN "The Children and Sir Nameless"
BRITTEN "Last Rose of Summer," Vol. 4, No. 9
BRITTEN "The Choirmaster’s Burial," Op. 52, No. 5
GRUEN "Spring is like a perhaps hand"
GRUEN "Lady will you come with me into"
LOWELL LIEBERMANN "The Arrow and the Song," Op. 57, No. 6
CHANLER "I rise when you enter"
ROREM "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
AHBEZ "Nature Boy"
ARLEN "One for My Baby" from The Sky’s the Limit
CHARLES "Hallelujah I Love Her So"

Encores:
DONIZETTI "Una furtiva lagrima" from L'elisir d'amore
BERNSTEIN "Maria" from West Side Story

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.

At a Glance

On this program, we begin with a tour of Germany, France, and Italy (via England) on the first half, followed by all-American, all-the-time songs on the second half, with both art song and popular song represented. From Richard Strauss to Ray Charles in one evening, there is something for every song lover.

Richard Strauss is one of the great late-Romantic song (and opera) composers, beginning from when he was very young and writing lieder for his aunt, a gifted amateur singer. Believing that truly great poetry by the likes of Goethe was too self-sufficient for musical setting, Strauss gravitated in the 1880s to minor poets from a generation or two before his time, including verse by the art collector and poet Adolf Friedrich von Schack.

Lili Boulanger—younger sister to the great French music teacher Nadia Boulanger and a gifted composer—died tragically young at age 24. Her song cycle, Clairières dans le ciel(Clearings in the Heavens), was written on the brink of World War I, evoking wistful, lyrical memories of someone who vanished from the poet’s life.

Italian composer Paolo Tosti was Belle Époque England’s most popular song composer, his hundreds of songs characterized by lyrical, sentimental melodiousness.

Three songs by the 20th-century English composer Benjamin Britten follow intermission, two of them on the great poetry of Thomas Hardy.

Four classical art songs by four different American composers—John Gruen, Lowell Liebermann, Theodore Chanler, and Ned Rorem—are followed by three popular “classics” that many in the audience (everyone?) will recognize by the marvelous tunes and lyrics they gave us. 

Bios

Ben Bliss


American tenor Ben Bliss is a 2016 recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, as nominated by the Metropolitan Opera. He was also the recipient of Mozart and Plácido Domingo awards at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Singing Contest in Barcelona, where he received second place overall; first prize in both the Gerda Lissner Foundation and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation international vocal competitions in 2014; grants from the Sara Tucker and Sullivan foundations; and the Don Plácido Domingo Sr. Zarzuela Prize at Operalia 2013.

Mr. Bliss's 2016-2017 season includes a US recital tour with pianist Lachlan Glen, including stops at the Folly Theater in Kansas City as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series; Theater of the Arts at the University of District of Columbia as part of the Vocal Arts DC Emerging Artists series; Hahn Hall at Music Academy of the West as part of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Arts & Lectures series; and in Cincinnati with Matinée Musicale. Operatic appearances for Mr. Bliss include a return to the Metropolitan Opera, first as Tamino in The Magic Flute and then as Steuermann in The Flying Dutchman, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other opera appearances include Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with The Atlanta Opera; Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress for his role and house debut with Boston Lyric Opera; and Camille, Count de Rosillon, in The Merry Widow for his house and role debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

In the 2015-2016 season, Mr. Bliss returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, conducted by James Levine. He made his European debut in the same role on tour with Glyndebourne Festival. Returning as a principal artist to LA Opera, Mr. Bliss appeared as Tamino in The Magic Flute under the baton of James Conlon. He concluded the season with his company and role debut as Flamand at Santa Fe Opera in a new production of Capriccio, directed by Tim Albery.

Lachlan Glen


Lachlan Glen--an Australian pianist, conductor, and producer--regularly appears in Australia, Europe, and the US at venues that include Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.

In addition to his performances as a soloist in works that range from Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 to David Gillingham's Concerto for Piano, Percussion, and Wind Orchestra, Mr. Glen regularly accompanies the leading young singers of his generation, and recently conducted a full production of Die Fledermaus at the Trentino Music Festival (Italy). His love of entertaining led to the creation of his self-produced one-man show, Glenny, which makes its international debut in Sydney this December, with further performances planned across the US in 2017. He has produced two solo albums, Debut E.P. and Embraceable You, both of which are available on his website. As a vocal coach and répétiteur, Mr. Glen has served on the music staff of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Music Academy International, Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, International Vocal Arts Institute, Castleton Festival, and Chautauqua Institution.

Mr. Glen's talent in production, administration, and general leadership is exemplary. In the past five years, he has produced concert tours in both Australia and the US; multiple solo and collaborative albums; the Operative podcast (available on iTunes), for which he has interviewed Renata Scotto, Richard Bonynge, George Shirley, and Rufus Wainwright; and Schubert & Co., a New York City festival that performed the complete Schubert songs in 35 recitals over a single season (2012-2013). His highly anticipated opera company, Mise-En-Scène Studios (M.E.S.S.), of which he is at the helm along with tenor Ben Bliss, will begin producing works in New York City over the coming seasons and will feature a core ensemble of the most exciting young singers on the world stage, underpinned by a sustainable financial model.

Mr. Glen is a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program (2015), The Juilliard School (2013), and Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts (2011). He maintains a private vocal coaching studio in New York City.

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