• Friday, Sep 14, 2012

    Conductor Semyon Bychkov Conducts The MET Orchestra with Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek on Sunday, October 14

    The MET Orchestra Returns in December with Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi, Pianist Yefim Bronfman, and Violinist David Chan
    Pianist Evgeny Kissin Plays Beethoven with the Orchestra in May
    The MET Orchestra returns for its annual series at Carnegie Hall with three concerts this season in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. The series launches on Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 p.m. with conductor Semyon Bychkov leading a program featuring soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek singing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, as well as Wagner’s Overture from Tannhäuser and Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie.

    Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the orchestra on Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 p.m. in a program featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” with pianist Yefim Bronfman, Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto In tempus praesens featuring the orchestra’s concertmaster David Chan, and the 1945 version of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. In the orchestra’s final concert of the season on Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m., pianist Evgeny Kissin is featured in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on a program also including Schumann's Konzertstück for Four Horns and Sibelius's Fourth Symphony. The conductor for this program is to be announced.

    About the Artists
    Eva-Maria Westbroek most recently gained notoriety in 2011 for creating the title role in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s ripped-from-the-headlines opera Anna Nicole, though she has long been regarded within operatic circles as a master of the Wagnerian style. She made her Met Opera debut 2011 as Sieglinde in Robert Lepage’s new production of Die Walküre, a role she repeated again last spring when the full Ring cycle was staged. This season, she returns in the title role of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, last staged at the Met in 1986.

    Since leaving St. Petersburg in the mid-1970s, Semyon Bychkov has been a guest on the podiums of the world’s finest musical institutions. A pupil of the legendary pedagogue Ilya Musin, Mr. Bychkov’s name came to international attention while he was Music Director of Michigan’s Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Following a series of high-profile cancellations that resulted in invitations to conduct both the New York and Berlin Philharmonics and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he was signed to an exclusive recording contract with Philips Classics. Since completing his 13-year tenure with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Mr. Bychkov has focused on maintaining and deepening the rewarding guest relationships he enjoys with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras. With his time carefully balanced between operatic and symphonic repertoire, he enjoys long-standing and fruitful relationships with the orchestras and major opera houses in London, Paris, Vienna, Milan, Berlin, Chicago, and New York. He has returned frequently to The Metropolitan Opera, where he has conducted Boris Godunov (2004) and Otello (2007), returning this season for further performances of Otello which will be broadcast Live in HD to 54 countries.

    The MET 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—two of them Met premieres—and 21 revivals, including three complete Ring cycles, featuring many of the world’s greatest singers and conductors, highlight The Metropolitan Opera’s 2012–2013 season.

    Program Information
    Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    The MET Orchestra

    Semyon Bychkov, Conductor
    Eva-Maria Westbroek, Soprano

    RICHARD WAGNER Overture from Tannhäuser
    RICHARD WAGNER Wesendonck Lieder, Op. 91 (orch. Mottl/Wagner)
    •• Der Engel
    •• Stehe still!
    •• Im Treibhaus
    •• Schmerzen
    •• Träume
    RICHARD STRAUSS Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

    Tickets: $53– $170

    Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    The MET Orchestra

    Fabio Luisi, Principal Conductor
    David Chan, Violin
    Yefim Bronfman, Piano

    SOFIA GUBAIDULINA In tempus praesens
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, "Emperor"
    IGOR STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1945 version)

    Tickets: $53–$170

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    The MET Orchestra

    Conductor to be announced
    Evgeny Kissin, Piano
    Michelle Baker, Horn
    Javier Gándara, Horn
    Barbara Jöstlein, Horn
    Erik Ralske, Horn

    JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 63
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra, Op. 86
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58

    Tickets: $63– $204

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