Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Operas in Concert

Hear superb singers perform some of opera's best scores in this series of operas in concert. David Daniels leads an all-star cast in a performance of Handel's spectacular Radamisto with The English Concert, superstar soprano Renée Fleming reprises the iconic role of Blanche DuBois—written especially for her—in a semi-staged performance of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra is joined by Michelle DeYoung for an evening of excerpts from some of Wagner's most towering operatic works.
February 24, 2013
The English Concert
March 14, 2013
A Streetcar Named Desire
April 5, 2013
Boston Symphony Orchestra

The English Concert

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, February 24, 2013 | 2 PM


The English Concert
Harry Bicket, Conductor
David Daniels, Countertenor (Radamisto)
Brenda Rae, Soprano (Polissena)
Joélle Harvey, Soprano (Tigrane)
Patricia Bardon, Mezzo-Soprano (Zenobia)
Luca Pisaroni, Bass-Baritone (Tiridate)
David Kravitz, Baritone (Farasmane)


HANDEL Radamisto (concert performance)
David Daniels triumphs as Radamisto,” declared Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times after hearing the countertenor at the Santa Fe Opera; Luca Pisaroni, as the volatile antagonist, was positively “charismatic.” Daniels and Pisaroni both reprise their roles here at Carnegie Hall, joined by The English Concert under Harry Bicket, in a concert performance of Handel’s opera of lust, revenge, and the power of virtue.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 7 PM


Renée Fleming, Soprano (Blanche DuBois)
Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Baritone (Stanley Kowalski)
Susanna Phillips, Soprano (Stella Kowalski)
Anthony Dean Griffey, Tenor (Harold Mitchell, "Mitch")
Victoria Livengood, Mezzo-Soprano (Eunice Hubbell)
Dominic Armstrong, Tenor (Steve Hubbell)
Andrew Bidlack, Tenor (A Young Collector)
Georga Osborne (Nurse)
Bill Nabel (Doctor)
Brad Heikes, Brendan Irving, Kevin Reed, Patrick Stoffer, Brett Zubler (Men of New Orleans)
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Patrick Summers, Conductor
Brad Dalton, Director
Alan Adelman, Lighting Designer
Johann Stegmeir, Costume Designer


ANDRÉ PREVIN A Streetcar Named Desire (semi-staged performance) (NY Premiere)

“I depend on the kindness of strangers …” Renée Fleming originated the role of Blanche DuBois in a searing performance at the premiere of André Previn’s beautiful opera based on the Tennessee Williams classic. Now she returns to this signature role in its first complete New York performance. This semi-staged production features lighting, costumes, and an all-star cast, making it an extraordinary evening.

Please note that due to illness Jane Bunnell will not take part in this performance. Carnegie Hall is grateful to Victoria Livengood for agreeing to perform the role of Eunice on very short notice.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.


André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire ("I Can Smell the Sea Air")

San Francisco Opera Orchestra | André Previn, Conductor | Renée Fleming, Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, April 5, 2013 | 8 PM


Boston Symphony Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, Conductor
Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano


Selections from Götterdämmerung
·· Dawn
·· Siegfried's Rhine Journey
·· Siegfried's Death and Funeral March
Overture to Tannhäuser
"Ich sah das Kind" from Parsifal
Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Daniele Gatti drew praise from audience members and critics alike when he led the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala in 2009. They return to the Carnegie Hall stage, performing Wagner with luminous mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.


Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey 

London Symphony Orchestra | Leopold Stokowski, Conductor