Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Singers I

Some of the most celebrated singers of our time unite in this gorgeous series of recitals and concerts that spotlight their powerhouse vocals and unmatched finesse in diverse repertoire. Anne Sofie von Otter performs Brahms lieder and a new homage to the composer by Nico Muhly, lauded Metropolitan Opera star Jonas Kaufmann makes his Carnegie Hall recital debut, soprano Natalie Dessay sparkles in her New York recital debut with evocative French songs, and the Vienna State Opera brings a massive complement of musicians for a concert performance of Berg's shocking opera Wozzeck.
January 28, 2014
Anne Sofie von Otter
Emanuel Ax
February 20, 2014
Jonas Kaufmann
Helmut Deutsch
February 28, 2014
Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
March 12, 2014
Natalie Dessay
Philippe Cassard

Anne Sofie von Otter
Emanuel Ax

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 8 PM


Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano
Emanuel Ax, Piano


BRAHMS "Erlaube mir, feins Mädchen" from Deutsche Volkslieder, No. 2
BRAHMS "Es wohnet ein Fiedler" from Deutsche Volkslieder, No. 36
BRAHMS "Mädchenlied," Op. 85, No. 3
AULIN "Till en ros" from Four Serbian Folksongs
BRAHMS "Trennung," Op. 97, No. 6
BRAHMS Intermezzo in A Minor, Op. 118, No. 1
BRAHMS Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
BRAHMS "Auf dem Kirchhofe," Op. 105, No. 4
BRAHMS "Es schauen die Blumen," Op. 96, No. 3
BRAHMS "Sommerabend," Op. 85, No. 1
BRAHMS "Juchhe!," Op. 6, No. 4
BRAHMS "Von ewiger Liebe," Op. 43, No. 1
BRAHMS "Ständchen," Op. 106, No. 1
NICO MUHLY So Many Things (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BRAHMS "Nachtwandler," Op. 86, No. 3
BRAHMS "Am Sonntag Morgen zierlich angetan," Op. 49, No. 1
BRAHMS "Ruhe, Süssliebchen," Op. 33, No. 9
BRAHMS Intermezzo in B-flat Minor, Op. 117, No. 2
BRAHMS Intermezzo in F Major, Op. 118, No. 5
BRAHMS Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103, No. 1-8

BRAHMS "Sapphische Ode," Op. 94, No. 4
BRAHMS "Och Moder, ich well en Ding han" from Deutsche Volkslieder, No. 33
Praised for her “trademark purity of voice and meticulous attention to detail,” proving herself to be “an artist as eloquent as versatile” (The Observer, London), Anne Sofie von Otter is joined by virtuosic pianist Emanuel Ax for a program of Brahms lieder and the New York premiere of an homage to the composer by Nico Muhly, a New York–based contemporary composer.

The contemporary works on this program are part of My Time, My Music.


Brahms's Zigeunerlieder ("He, Zigeuner, greife")

Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano | Bengt Forsberg, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Jonas Kaufmann
Helmut Deutsch

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 8 PM


Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor
Carnegie Hall Recital Debut
Helmut Deutsch, Piano


SCHUMANN Selections from Zwölf Gedichte, Op. 35
·· Lust der Sturmnacht
·· Erstes Grün
·· Wanderung
·· Frage
·· Stille Tränen
SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op. 48
·· Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
·· Aus meinen Tränen spriessen
·· Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
·· Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
·· Ich will meine Seele tauchen
·· Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
·· Ich grolle nicht
·· Und wüssten’s die Blumen, die kleinen
·· Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
·· Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen
·· Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
·· Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
·· Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
·· Allnächtlich im Traume
·· Aus alten Märchen
·· Die alten, bösen Lieder

LISZT Tre sonetti di Petrarca
·· Pace non trovo
·· Benedetto sia'l giorno
·· I' vidi in terra angelici costumi

R. STRAUSS "Breit über mein Haupt dein schwarzes Haar," Op. 19, No. 2
R. STRAUSS "Heimliche Aufforderung," Op. 27, No. 3
R. STRAUSS "Freundliche Vision," Op. 48, No. 1
R. STRAUSS "Cäcilie," Op. 27, No. 2
SCHUMANN "Mondnacht," Op. 39, No. 5
LEHÁR "Gern hab ich die Frau’n geküßt" from Paganini
“With his matinee idol looks, unruly dark curls, and come-to-bed eyes, he's won the hearts of legions of fans across the world. [He] also happens to possess one of the finest tenor voices of our time” (The Guardian). Jonas Kaufmann is one of the busiest and most celebrated singers in opera, singing a variety of lyric and dramatic roles from both the Mozart and Wagner repertoire, as well as Carmen, Tosca, Adriana Lecouvreur, and Don Carlo at opera houses around the world. He now makes his Carnegie Hall recital debut in what will surely be a not-to-be-missed evening of song.


Traditional "Die Gedanken sind frei"

Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor | Jan Philip Schulze, Piano

Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Berg's Wozzeck (opera in concert)

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, February 28, 2014 | 8 PM


Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor
Matthias Goerne, Baritone (Wozzeck)
Evelyn Herlitzius, Soprano (Marie)
Monika Bohinec, Mezzo-Soprano (Margret)
Herbert Lippert, Tenor (Drum Major)
Thomas Ebenstein, Tenor (Andres)
Wolfgang Bankl, Bass (Doctor)
Herwig Pecoraro, Tenor (Captain)
Andreas Hörl, Bass (First Apprentice)
Clemens Unterreiner, Baritone (Second Apprentice)
Peter Jelosits, Tenor (Madman)
Franz Gruber, Tenor (Soldier)
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Thomas Lang, Chorus Director
Members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Dianne Berkun-Menaker, Artistic Director


BERG Wozzeck (concert performance)
Wozzeck—Berg's harrowing, deeply moving first opera—receives a concert performance under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst. The Austrian composer’s gravely beautiful score punctuates the brutal and uncompromising subject matter—the inevitability of hardship and exploitation of the poor.

Please note that conductor Daniele Gatti has had to withdraw from this performance due to acute inflammation of the tendons in both shoulders.


Berg's Wozzeck (Act III: "Marie's Room")

Vienna State Opera Orchestra | Claudio Abbado, Conductor | Hildegard Behrens, Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon

Natalie Dessay
Philippe Cassard

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 8 PM


Natalie Dessay, Soprano
New York Recital Debut
Philippe Cassard, Piano


C. SCHUMANN "Liebst du um Schönheit"
C. SCHUMANN "Geheimes Flüstern"
C. SCHUMANN "Sie liebten sich beide"
C. SCHUMANN "Er ist gekommen"
BRAHMS "Lerchengesang"
BRAHMS "Meine Lieder"
BRAHMS "Geheimnis"
DUPARC "L'invitation au voyage"
DUPARC "Extase"
R. STRAUSS "Ich schwebe," Op. 48, No. 2
R. STRAUSS "Wasserrose," Op. 22, No. 4
R. STRAUSS "Frühlingsgedränge," Op. 26, No. 1
R. STRAUSS "Die Nacht," Op. 10, No. 3
FAURÉ "Après un rêve," Op. 7, No. 1
FAURÉ "Clair de lune," Op. 46, No. 2
FAURÉ "Prison," Op. 83, No. 1
FAURÉ "Mandoline" from Cinq mélodies "de Venise," Op. 58, No. 1
FAURÉ "En sourdine" from Cinq mélodies "de Venise," Op. 58, No. 2
POULENC Fiançailles pour rire
DEBUSSY "Apparition"
DEBUSSY "La romance d'Ariel"

DEBUSSY CLAUDE DEBUSSY "Clair de lune" from Suite bergamasque / "Clair de lune," from Fêtes galantes
RACHMANINOFF "How Fair This Spot," Op. 21, No. 7
DELIBES "Tu m'as donné le plus doux rêve" from Lakmé
French soprano Natalie Dessay is one of the biggest stars of today's operatic world, thrilling audiences as both a singer and an actress in her dramatic portrayal of some of the most well-known heroines in the genre. In her New York recital debut, the coloratura focuses on the rich German romanticism of Clara Schumann, Brahms, and Richard Strauss, as well as French songs by Debussy, Duparc, Poulenc, and Fauré. The New York Times wrote of her, “Every vocal phrase is impelled by the emotion and dramatic intention of the moment.”


Debussy's "Apparition"

Natalie Dessay, Soprano | Philippe Cassard, Piano
Virgin Classics