• Thursday, Dec 16, 2010

    James Levine Leads Musicians from The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, January-May




    The MET Orchestra Performs Mozart’s “Posthorn” Serenade and
    Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Mezzo-Soprano Michelle DeYoung
    and Tenor Simon O’Neill on January 23

    Soprano Jo Ellen Miller Joins The MET Chamber Ensemble for Lukas Foss’s Time Cycle
    Along with Works by Leon Kirchner, George Perle, and Brahms on January 30

    The MET Orchestra Returns with Pianist Evgeny Kissin on April 10,
    and Soprano Natalie Dessay on May 15


    James Levine will lead musicians from The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in four programs at Carnegie Hall from January through May 2011, beginning with The MET Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and tenor Simon O’Neill performng Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde on Sunday, January 23 at 3:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on a program that also includes Mozart’s Serenade in D Major, “Posthorn.” The following Sunday, on January 30 at 5:00 p.m., Mr. Levine and The MET Chamber Ensemble perform Brahms’s Serenade No. 2 in A Major, as well as three works by great American composers who passed away in 2009: Leon Kirchner’s Music for Twelve, George Perle’s Serenade No. 1 for Viola and Chamber Ensemble, and Lukas Foss’s Time Cycle for soprano, clarinet, cello, percussion, and piano-celesta with soprano Jo Ellen Miller.

    On Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m., The MET Orchestra returns to Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Maestro Levine for Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra and Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major. Also, pianist Evgeny Kissin joins the orchestra for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor. The MET Orchestra’s final Carnegie Hall concert of the season is led by Maestro Levine and features soprano Natalie Dessay singing works by Berg, Ravel, Reinhold Glière, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, and Massenet on Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

    About the Artists
    Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung has established herself as one of the most exciting artists of her generation having appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and Berliner Staatskapelle, among others. Ms. DeYoung has appeared at many of the finest opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Bayreuth Festival, Berliner Staatsoper, the Opera National de Paris, the Théâtre du Châtelet, and Tokyo Opera. Her roles include Fricka, Sieglinde, and Waltraute in the Ring; Kundry in Parsifal, Venus in Tannhäuser, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, Dido in Les Troyens, Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust, Gertrude in Hamlet, Jocaste in Oedipus Rex, and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia. 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 James Levine, and appears in performances of Bluebeard's Castle with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the New York Philharmonic.

    Simon O’Neill has rapidly established himself as one of the finest heldentenors on the international stage. A native of New Zealand, he is a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Scala, and both the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals. A consummate musician, both a pianist and tuba player, this year he opens La Scala's season as Siegmund in Die Walküre, followed by Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Berlin Deutsche Oper, Siegfried in Götterdämmerung in La Coruña, Mahler's Eighth Symphony at the Edinburgh Festival, Die Walküre Act One with the Colorado Symphony, and the title role in Samson et Dalilah at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Mr. O’Neill also appears at the Bayreuth Festival in the title role of Parsifal and at the Berlin Staatsoper as Siegmund. At extremely short notice Mr. O’Neill made his debut in the title role of Verdi’s Otello in concert at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis (2009). His discography includes his debut solo award winning album; Father and Son, Wagner Scenes and Arias for EMI, Die Zauberflöte with Riccardo Muti for the Salzburg Festival’s 25 DVD Mozart set, and Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus with Leon Botstein and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

    Soprano Jo Ellen Miller recently appeared with James Levine and the MET Chamber Ensemble as the soprano soloist in Pierre Boulez’ Improvisations sur Mallarmé at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, she made her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut as the soloist in Elliott Carter’s A Mirror on Which to Dwell, conducted by Mr. Boulez. She has sung an extensive number of contemporary works at Tanglewood Music Center, Ravinia Festival, the Library of Congress, Harvard College, Columbia University, the 92nd St. Y, and the Tenri Institute in New York City. She recently collaborated with composer John Aylward in recording the premiere of his song cycle written especially for her, Songs from the Wild Iris, for Albany Records. In 2006, she was awarded the Grace B. Jackson Prize for Vocal Fellows for her achievements at Tanglewood Music Center. She holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University.

    Since his June 5, 1971 debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Tosca, Music Director James Levine has developed a relationship with the company that is unparalleled in its history and unique in the musical world today. He conducted the first-ever Met performances of Mozart's Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex, Verdi's I Vespri Siciliani, I Lombardi and Stiffelio, Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Schoenberg's Erwartung and Moses und Aron, Berg's Lulu, Rossini's La Cenerentola and Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, as well as the world premieres of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles and John Harbison's The Great Gatsby. All told, he has led nearly 2,500 performances of 85 different operas at The Met. Maestro Levine inaugurated the "Metropolitan Opera Presents" television series for PBS in 1977, founded The Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in 1980, returned Wagner's complete Der Ring des Nibelungen to the repertoire in 1989 (in the first integral cycles in over 35 years there), and has reinstated recitals and concerts with Met artists at the opera house. Expanding on that tradition, he and the MET Orchestra began touring in concert in 1991, and since then have performed around the world as well as in its own subscription series at Carnegie Hall. Since 1998, Maestro Levine and the MET Chamber Ensemble have also performed three concerts annually at Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall. In his 40th anniversary season, Maestro Levine, who has conducted more performances at the Met than any conductor in the company’s 126-year history, will conduct six operas across a range of repertory.

    The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is today 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. Seven new productions, including two company premieres and the first two parts of a new Ring cycle, featuring many of the world’s greatest singers and conductors, highlight the Metropolitan Opera’s 2010-11 season. In the spring of 1991, the Orchestra under the leadership of James Levine began concert touring, taking them across the US and to Europe several times. The orchestra appears in an annual series of concerts concert at Carnegie Hall.

    Program Information
    Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

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

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

    Tickets: $52, $62, $80, $109, $148, $164

    Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
    Weill Recital Hall

    James Levine, Artistic Director and Conductor
    Jo Ellen Miller, Soprano

    LEON KIRCHNER Music for Twelve
    GEORGE PERLE Serenade No. 1 for Viola and Chamber Ensemble
    LUKAS FOSS Time Cycle for soprano, clarinet, cello, percussion, and piano-celesta
    JOHANNES BRAHMS Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16

    Tickets: $97

    Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
    Evgeny Kissin, Piano

    ARNOLD SCHOENBERG Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16
    FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
    JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

    Tickets: $61, $73, $95, $131, $179, $198

    Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
    Natalie Dessay, Soprano

    ALBAN BERG Lulu Suite
    MAURICE RAVEL Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera
    REINHOLD GLIÈRE Andante from Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra
    SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
    FRANCIS POULENC "Non, Monsieur mon mari" from Les Mamelles de Tirésias
    JULES MASSENET "Je marche sur tous les chemins . . . Obéissons quand leur voix appelle" from Manon

    Tickets: $52, $62, $80, $109, $148, $164

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