Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Singers I - Students

Five divas from the world's great opera stages converge in this gorgeous series of lieder recitals and Baroque spectaculars. Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming with Susan Graham, Stephanie Blythe, and Elīna Garanča bring an enticing blend of powerhouse virtuosity and turn-on-a-dime finesse. Acclaimed for portraying some of the most beloved operatic heroines, they give equal pleasure to their fans with the infinite emotions they evoke in recital.
November 18, 2012
Joyce DiDonato
January 27, 2013
Renée Fleming
Susan Graham
Bradley Moore
March 11, 2013
Stephanie Blythe
Warren Jones
April 6, 2013
Elina Garanca
Kevin Murphy

Joyce DiDonato

Drama Queens

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, November 18, 2012 | 2 PM


Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano
Il Complesso Barocco
Dmitry Sinkovsky, Director and Violin


CESTI "Intorno all'idol mio" from Oronotea
D. SCARLATTI Sinfonía from Tolomeo et Alessandro
MONTEVERDI "Disprezzata regina" from L'incoronazione di Poppea
GIACOMELLI "Sposa son disprezzata" from Merope
VIVALDI Concerto in D Minor for Violin, Strings, and Continuo, RV 242
ORLANDINI "Da torbida procella" from Berenice
J.A. HASSE "Morte, col fiero aspetto" from Antonio e Cleopatra
HANDEL "Piangerò la sorté mia" from Giulio Cesare
HANDEL Passacaglia, Act II from Radamisto
PORTA "Madre diletta" from Ifigenia in Aulide
D. SCARLATTI Sinfonía in C Major
HANDEL "Brilla nell' alma un non inteso ancor" from Alesandro

KEISER "Lasciami piangere" from Fredegunda
ORLANDINI "Col versar barbaro il sangue" from Berenice
HANDEL "Brilla nell'alma un non inteso ancor" from Alessandro
As Vivien Schweitzer of The New York Times puts it, Joyce DiDonato possesses “an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace, and remarkable talent.” But what really sets her apart is her rare ability to turn a recital into an intimate experience, to make the audience feel at home. Here she’s joined by Il Complesso Barocco for a program titled Drama Queens, which features arias from Baroque operas sung by royal characters.


Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Voi che sapete

Joyce DiDonato, Soprano
EMI Virgin Classics

Renée Fleming
Susan Graham
Bradley Moore

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, January 27, 2013 | 8 PM


Renée Fleming, Soprano
Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano
Bradley Moore, Piano


SAINT-SAËNS "Pastorale"
SAINT-SAËNS "Viens! une flûte invisible"
SAINT-SAËNS "El desdichado"
FAURÉ "Puisqu’ici bas," Op. 10, No. 1
FAURÉ "Pleurs d’or," Op. 72
FAURÉ Pavane in F-sharp Minor, Op. 50
FAURÉ "Tarentelle," Op. 10, No. 2
DEBUSSY "Clair de lune"
DEBUSSY "Mandoline"
DEBUSSY "Beau soir"
DELIBES "Les filles de Cadix"
HAHN "Le rossignol des lilas"
HAHN "Infidélité"
HAHN "Fêtes galantes"
HAHN "Le printemps"
BERLIOZ "La mort d'Ophélie," Op. 18, No. 2
ANDRÉ MESSAGER "Blanche-marie et Marie-Blanche" from Les P'tites Michu
OFFENBACH Barcarolle from Les contes d’Hoffmann
DELIBES "Duo des fleurs" from Lakmé

MOZART "Ah guarda sorella" from Così fan tutte
GUGLIELMI "La Vie en rose"
CANTELOUBE "Malurous qu'o uno fenno" from Songs of the Auvergne
HUMPERDINCK "Prayer" from Hansel and Gretel
Their pairing in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier in 2000 and 2009 at the Metropolitan Opera is now a celebrated part of opera lore; since then, Renée Fleming and Susan Graham have teamed up time and again, creating sparks together in recordings and on the concert stage. Now these all-American divas bring their unparalleled talents to Carnegie Hall for an unforgettable night of song.


Debussy's Beau Soir

Renée Fleming, Soprano | Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Berlioz's "La mort d'Ophélie," Op. 18, No. 2

Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano | Malcom Martineau, Piano

Stephanie Blythe
Warren Jones

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Monday, March 11, 2013 | 8 PM


Stephanie Blythe, Mezzo-Soprano
Warren Jones, Piano


LEGG Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
·· There's been a death, in the opposite house
·· This is my letter to the world
·· I'm nobody! Who are you?
·· It dropped so low - in my regard
·· Bee! I'm expecting you!
·· I had no time to hate
·· I'll tell you how the sun rose
·· The way I read a letter's this
·· I felt a cleaving in my mind
·· I meant to find her when I came
·· Success is counted sweetest
·· 'Tis not that dying hurts us so
BARBER Three Songs, Op. 10
·· Rain Has Fallen
·· Sleep Now
·· I Hear an Army
HENDERSON "Button Up Your Overcoat"
HENDERSON "The Thrill is Gone"
HENDERSON "You're the Cream in My Coffee"
HENDERSON "The Best Things in Life Are Free"
HENDERSON "Keep Your Sunny Side Up"
PORTER "Night and Day"
PORTER "The Tale of the Oyster"
PORTER "You Do Something to Me"
CONFREY "Kitten on the Keys"
BERLIN "If You Don't Want My Peaches"
BERLIN "Always"
BERLIN "I Love a Piano"

BERLIN "What’ll I Do?" from Alexander’s Ragtime Band
CLEARY "Singin' in the Bathtub" from The Show of Shows
The New York Times calls Stephanie Blythe “the true successor to Marilyn Horne.” From Handel to Wagner, Blythe’s incredible versatility makes her a vocal force to be reckoned with. Hear for yourself in this recital, a collaboration with pianist Warren Jones.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder No. 1, Der Engel

Paris Orchestral Ensemble | John Nelson, Conductor | Stephanie Blythe, Mezzo-Soprano
EMI Classics

Elina Garanca
Kevin Murphy

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, April 6, 2013 | 7 PM


Elina Garanca, Mezzo-Soprano
New York Recital Debut
Kevin Murphy, Piano


SCHUMANN "Widmung," Op. 25, No. 1
SCHUMANN "Der Nussbaum," Op. 25, No. 3
SCHUMANN "Jemand," Op. 25, No. 4
SCHUMANN "Lieder der Braut aus dem Liebesfrühling I," Op. 25, No.11
SCHUMANN "Lieder der Braut aus dem Liebesfrühling II," Op. 25, No. 12
SCHUMANN Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42
·· Seit ich ihn gesehen
·· Er, der Herrlichste von allen
·· Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben
·· Du Ring an meinem Finger
·· Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
·· Süsser Freund, du blickest
·· An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust
·· Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan
BERG Sieben frühe Lieder
R. STRAUSS "Leise Lieder"
R. STRAUSS "All’ mein Gedanken, mein Herz und mein Sinn," Op. 21, No. 1
R. STRAUSS "Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden," Op. 21, No. 3
R. STRAUSS "Meinem Kinde," Op. 37, No. 3
R. STRAUSS "Allerseelen," Op. 10, No. 8
R. STRAUSS "Heimliche Aufforderung," Op. 27, No. 3

BRAHMS "Meine Liebe ist grün," Op. 63, No. 5
TRAD. (Latvian) "Close Your Eyes and Smile"
“My career has built step by step,” says Elīna Garanča. “It’s a very quiet story.” The buzz got a lot louder in 2010 after Garanča’s “nuanced, sexy, and cagey” turn in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera’s Carmen (The New York Times). This is a singer who will astound you, whether singing the role of a Spanish temptress or in recital here at Carnegie Hall.