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Carnegie Hall Presents

The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Monday, February 7, 2022 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble by Jennifer Taylor
The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble takes extraordinary musicians from the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera and allows them to ply their craft in more intimate and stylistically flexible configurations. In the fifth of six concerts this season, the ensemble performs an impassioned early work by Schoenberg, Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Quintet, and Respighi’s setting of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Il tramonto, the latter featuring Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford.

Performers

The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
Tamara Mumford, Mezzo-Soprano

Program

RESPIGHI Il tramonto

SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht

MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Bios

The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is regarded as one of the world’s finest orchestras. Since the Met’s inception in 1883, it has worked with leading conductors in both opera and ...

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is regarded as one of the world’s finest orchestras. Since the Met’s inception in 1883, it has worked with leading conductors in both opera and concert performances, and has developed into an orchestra of enormous technical polish and style. The musicians maintain a demanding schedule of performances and rehearsals during the 33-week Lincoln Center season, with as many as seven performances per week in repertory that this season encompasses 22 operas. In addition to its opera schedule, the orchestra has a distinguished history of concert performances, including an annual series at Carnegie Hall.

The history of The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble goes back to 2005, when then–Music Director James Levine organized the group’s first performance at Carnegie Hall in an effort to showcase the artistry and virtuosity of the orchestra members, and to create an opportunity for the musicians to perform more intimate repertoire. The Chamber Ensemble gave performances until 2016, when the concerts were discontinued.

Now, the group returns in a new initiative of the Met, with an artistic committee of orchestra members planning its repertoire in collaboration with Met administration and music staff. All orchestra members will have the opportunity to participate in the series, and the programs will often feature guest singers from the Met’s roster. This season, the Chamber Ensemble presents six performances in Weill Recital Hall—more than in any previous year—as well as free performances in neighborhoods throughout New York as part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide series, to begin when COVID-19 restrictions have eased.

Visit metorchestramusicians.org to read bios for individual orchestra members.

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Tamara Mumford

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford made her Met debut in 2006 as Laura in Luisa Miller and has since sung ...

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford made her Met debut in 2006 as Laura in Luisa Miller and has since sung more than 175 performances of 19 roles with the company, including Margret in Wozzeck, Flosshilde in the Ring cycle, the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, the Pilgrim in Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, Smeaton in Anna Bolena, Pauline in The Queen of Spades, the Third Secretary in John Adams’s Nixon in China, Mavra Kuzminichna / Matryosha in War and Peace, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Maddalena in Rigoletto.

In recent seasons, she has also appeared as Queen Gertrude in the world premiere of Poul Ruders’s The Thirteenth Child at Santa Fe Opera, the title role of Tancredi in concert with Teatro Nuovo, Arsace in Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira in concert at Caramoor, the Pilgrim in Québec, and Baroness Nica in the world premiere of Daniel Schnyder’s Yardbird at Opera Philadelphia. Additional operatic appearances include productions at the Dallas Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Glyndebourne Festival, Palm Beach Opera, Castleton Festival, Crested Butte Music Festival, and Utah Festival Opera, among others.

An active concert performer and recitalist, she appeared with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in US and European tours of the world premiere of John Adams’s oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary and in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. She also appeared with Mr. Dudamel in performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in a production by Yuval Sharon and the Chilean theater group Teatrocinema. Other concert engagements have included appearances with the New York Philharmonic; San Francisco, Utah, and Oregon symphonies; Dallas and Milwaukee symphony orchestras; Berliner Philharmoniker; and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

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