Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Singers I

Celebrated singers of our day display their virtuosity and nuanced interpretations of great vocal repertoire in this series. Tenor Ian Bostridge is joined by pianist Thomas Adès in Schubert’s Winterreise, a song cycle of a disillusioned lover’s journey through a winter landscape. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato explores the splendors of Neapolitan opera, from its origins in the late Baroque through the bel canto era, while another great mezzo—Elīna Garanča—sings lush and romantic songs by Brahms, Duparc, and Rachmaninoff. “Every vocal phrase is impelled by the emotion and dramatic intention of the moment,” wrote The New York Times of Natalie Dessay’s singing. The electrifying soprano concludes this series with pianist Philippe Cassard.
October 23, 2016
Ian Bostridge
Thomas Adès
December 15, 2016
Joyce DiDonato
March 19, 2017
Elina Garanca
Kevin Murphy
April 26, 2017
Natalie Dessay
Philippe Cassard

Ian Bostridge
Thomas Adès

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 2 PM


Ian Bostridge, Tenor
Thomas Adès, Piano


SCHUBERT Winterreise
Introverted, melancholy, and melodic are but a few words that hint at the depth and power of Schubert’s Winterreise. This two-dozen song cycle wanders through an icy winter landscape, telling tales of alienation and loneliness. Liszt spoke of Schubert’s gift for “dramatizing lyrical inspirations to the highest degree,” and Winterreise is the quintessential example. Tenor Ian Bostridge and composer-pianist Thomas Adès performed the work together at the Barbican in England. The Telegraph wrote that it was “without doubt the most extraordinary, riveting, uncanny performance I have ever witnessed.” The duo reunites at Carnegie Hall with this towering masterpiece.


SCHUBERT Winterreise (“Mut!”)

Ian Bostridge, Tenor | Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano

Joyce DiDonato

In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 8 PM


Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano
Il Pomo d’Oro
Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor and Harpsichord
Manuel Palazzo, Choreographer and Dancer

Joyce DiDonato, Executive Producer
Ralf Pleger, Director
Henning Blum, Lighting Designer
Yousef Iskandar, Video Designer


HANDEL "Scenes of horror, scenes of woe" from Jephtha
LEO "Prendi quel ferro, o barbaro!" from L’Andromaca
CAVALIERI Sinfonia from Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo
PURCELL Chacony in G Minor, Z. 730
PURCELL Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas
HANDEL "Pensieri, voi mi tormentate" from Agrippina
GESUALDO "Tristis est anima mea"
HANDEL "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Rinaldo
PURCELL "They tell us that you mighty powers above" from The Indian Queen
HANDEL "Crystal streams in murmurs flowing" from Susanna
HANDEL "Da tempeste il legno infranto" from Giulio Cesare
ARVO PÄRT Da pacem Domine
HANDEL "Augelletti che cantata" from Rinaldo
JOMMELLI "Par che di giubilo" from Attilio Regolo

JOMMELLI "Par che di giubilo" from Attilio Regolo
R. STRAUSS "Morgen," Op. 27, No. 4
The ravages of war can be expressed in actual physical combat or in the inner torments of a troubled mind, while harmony or resignation to one’s fate can bring peace. Whether it’s the emotional anguish depicted in “Scenes of horror, scenes of woe” from Handel’s Jephtha, or Purcell’s Dido bringing the torments of faithless love to the peace of eternal rest in one of opera’s most poignant laments, Joyce DiDonato explores themes of conflict and resolve that reach us today from music by Handel, Purcell, and other composers of the Baroque.

Elina Garanca
Kevin Murphy

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, March 19, 2017 | 2 PM


Elīna Garanča, Mezzo-Soprano
Kevin Murphy, Piano


BRAHMS "Liebestreu," Op. 3, No. 1
BRAHMS "Liebe und Frühling II," Op. 3, No. 3
BRAHMS "Geheimnis," Op. 71, No. 3
BRAHMS "Wir wandelten," Op. 96, No. 2
BRAHMS "O liebliche wangen," Op. 47, No. 4
BRAHMS "Sapphische Ode," Op. 94, No. 4
BRAHMS "Ruhe, Süssliebchen," Op. 33, No. 9
BRAHMS "O wüsst ich doch den Weg zurück," Op. 63, No. 8
BRAHMS "Alte Liebe," Op. 72, No. 1
BRAHMS "Mädchenlied" (Auf die Nacht in den Spinnstubn), Op. 107, No. 5
BRAHMS "Die Mainacht," Op. 43, No. 2
BRAHMS "Es träumte mir, ich sei dir teuer," Op. 57, No. 3
BRAHMS "Verzagen," Op. 72, No. 4
BRAHMS "Von ewiger Liebe," Op. 43, No. 1
DUPARC "Au pays où se fait la guerre"
DUPARC "Extase"
DUPARC "Phidylé"
RACHMANINOFF "Oh no, I beg you, do not leave"
RACHMANINOFF "I Have Grown Fond of Sorrow," Op. 8, No. 4
RACHMANINOFF "Twilight," Op. 21, No. 3
RACHMANINOFF The Answer, Op. 21, No. 4
RACHMANINOFF "I Wait for Thee," Op. 14, No. 1
RACHMANINOFF "Lilacs," Op. 21, No. 5
RACHMANINOFF "Night Is Mournful," Op. 26, No. 12
RACHMANINOFF "Sing not to me, beautiful maiden," Op. 4, No. 4

BRAHMS "Meine Liebe ist grün," Op. 63, No. 5
SCHUMANN "Widmung," Op. 25, No. 1
VĪTOLS "Aizver actinas un smaidi"
The New York Times has said of mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, “There are few voices as sheerly lovely as hers: a smooth, evenly produced instrument, rich but not heavy, with high notes that penetrate without blaring.” The soulful singer performs lushly Romantic songs by Brahms, Duparc, and Rachmaninoff for her return to Carnegie Hall.


RAVEL Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera (orch. Arthur Hoérée)

Elīna Garanča, Mezzo-Soprano | Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai

Natalie Dessay
Philippe Cassard

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 8 PM


Natalie Dessay, Soprano
Philippe Cassard, Piano


MOZART "Giunse alfin il momento... Deh vieni non tardar" from Le nozze di Figaro
SCHUBERT "Geheimes," D. 719
SCHUBERT "Die junge Nonne," D. 828
SCHUBERT "Lied der Mignon," D. 877, No. 4
SCHUBERT "Suleika I," D. 720
SCHUBERT "Gretchen am Spinnrade," D. 118
MOZART "Ach, ich fühl's" from The Magic Flute
PFITZNER Alte Weisen, Op. 33
CHAUSSON "Chanson perpétuelle," Op. 37
BIZET "Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe" from Vingt mélodies, No. 4
DEBUSSY "La Fille aux cheveux de lin" from Preludes, Book I
DEBUSSY "Ondine" from Preludes, Book II
DEBUSSY "Regret"
DEBUSSY "Coquetterie posthume"
GOUNOD "Air des Bijoux" from Faust

DELIBES "Les filles de Cadix"
R. STRAUSS "Breit über mein Haupt dein schwarzes Haar," Op. 19, No. 2
DEBUSSY "Mes longs cheveux" from Pelléas et Mélisande
DELIBES "Tu m'as donné le plus doux rêve" from Lakmé
The Huffington Post said, “Natalie Dessay’s musicianship is sublime,” and called a recent recital with pianist Philippe Cassard “a profound blending of poetry and music that was exceedingly gorgeous, transcendent, and unforgettable.” The breathtaking singer returns to Carnegie Hall with Cassard for a recital that will thrill her legions of fans and win her new ones.