• Friday, May 6, 2011

    Conductor Fabio Luisi Replaces James Levine for MET Orchestra Concert on May 15 at Carnegie Hall


    Carnegie Hall today announced an artist and program update for The MET Orchestra’s concert scheduled for Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Conductor Fabio Luisi will replace James Levine in a concert featuring soprano Natalie Dessay performing works by Berg, Ravel, Glière, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, and Massenet. It is with regret that Maestro Levine is unable to perform following his doctors’ advice to rest and recuperate from his ongoing back condition. In addition to the vocal works previously announced, R. Strauss’s Don Juan, replaces Debussy’s Images on the program. Complete program information is listed below. Ticketholders with questions may contact CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

    Fabio Luisi began his appointment as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony in 2005 and recently extended his contract until 2013. In 2012–2013, he begins his position as Music Director of the Zurich Opera. He is also Music Director of the Pacific Music Festival, and in fall 2010, he began his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Luisi maintains an active schedule of guest engagements with international orchestras and opera companies. He has appeared with, among others, the Orchestre de Paris, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. During the 2010–2011 season, he made his debut with the Opera Liceu in Barcelona (Verdi’s Falstaff), The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Opera in London (Verdi’s Aida), and Teatro Lirico Cagliari. Also that season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Verdi’s Rigoletto and Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Mr. Luisi made his American conducting debuts in 2000 with the New York Philharmonic and the Lyric Opera of Chicago in a new production of Rigoletto. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005 with Verdi’s Don Carlo and has subsequently conducted Strauss’s Die Ägyptische Helena and Elektra; Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Puccini’s Turandot, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s Tosca, Berg’s Lulu, and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

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

    Fabio Luisi, Principal Guest 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

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    Ticket Information

    Tickets, priced at $52–$164, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.


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