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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, October 10, 2021 2 PM Weill Recital Hall
Angel Blue by Sonya Garza
The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble takes extraordinary musicians from the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera and allows them to ply their craft in more intimate and stylistically flexible configurations. Their first of six performances this season is a compelling mix of new and classic works, including a Wagner favorite—the lush symphonic poem for chamber ensemble written for the composer’s wife—and lesser-known music by Farrenc and Saint-Saëns. Rounding out the program is a world premiere from jazz luminary Terence Blanchard’s celebrated opera, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, featuring the opera’s star, the unparalleled Angel Blue.

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Performers

The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
Angel Blue, Soprano

Program

FARRENC Nonet in E-flat Major, Op. 38

SAINT-SAËNS Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 65

TERENCE BLANCHARD "Peculiar Grace" from Fire Shut Up in My Bones (World Premiere, arr. Howard Drossin)

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 80 minutes with no intermission. 

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The MET Chamber Ensemble

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Angel Blue

The 2020 recipient of the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, Los Angeles–born soprano Angel Blue has quickly become one of the world’s most in-demand opera ...

The 2020 recipient of the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, Los Angeles–born soprano Angel Blue has quickly become one of the world’s most in-demand opera singers. She made her Met debut in 2017 as Mimì in La Bohème and returned a year later as Musetta in that same opera. In 2019–2020, she starred as Bess in the landmark new staging of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and during the company’s closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she performed in the 2020 Met Stars Live in Concert New Year’s Eve Gala. 

This season at the Met, Ms. Blue appears as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta in the historic company premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones and reprises her celebrated portrayal of Bess. Elsewhere, she sings Mimì at the Bavarian State Opera, Marguerite in Faust at the Opéra de Paris, and Violetta in La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in addition, she joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra on the concert stage. 

In recent seasons, Ms. Blue has sung Mimì in Hamburg, Dresden, and at the Canadian Opera Company; the title role of Tosca in Aix-en-Provence; Violetta at La Scala and in Winnipeg; Bess at Seattle Opera; and Liù in Turandot at San Diego Opera. She has appeared at the Vienna State Opera, English National Opera, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Edinburgh International Festival, and with the Berliner Philharmoniker, London and Israel philharmonic orchestras, Munich Philharmonic, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, among others. Alongside her musical activities, she is dedicated to the support of inner-city youth and is the founder of the nonprofit organization Sylvia’s Kids Foundation, which offers scholarships to help American teenagers continue their studies once they have completed high school.

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