20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Mezzo-Soprano Isabel Leonard
17 Apr 2013 -- The fast-rising mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard adds another remarkable accomplishment to a growing list of stellar achievements with the announcement this week that she has won the 2013 Richard Tucker Award, often referred to as the “Heisman Trophy of Opera.”
10 Apr 2013 -- Robert Lepage’s landmark
production of Wagner’s
epic Ring cycle is back on
the Met stage this spring—
with Deborah Voigt and Jay
Hunter Morris reprising their
acclaimed performances as
Brünnhilde and Siegfried.
The Bad Plus
29 Mar 2013 -- For more than a dozen years, The Bad Plus has pushed the boundaries of what we
have come to know as the jazz trio, playing everything from David Bowie to Pink Floyd as part
of their repertoire.
A Musical Marathon
25 Mar 2013 -- Philharmonic Principal Cello Carter Brey talks with
Elana Estrin about his preparations and plans for
taking on the challenge of all six Bach Cello Suites.
13 Mar 2013 -- Fresh from her triumph as Gilda in the new production of Rigoletto,
Diana Damrau takes on the title role of Verdi’s La Traviata for the first
time in her career, opposite none other than Plácido Domingo. She tells
the Met’s Philipp Brieler about discovering opera, singing Verdi—and
why Gilda is like “Violetta’s little sister.”
08 Mar 2013 -- Isabelle Faust speaks with Lawrence Van Gelder about Bach, the path to her Philharmonic debut, and her love for her violin.
A Chat With Tom Gold; New York Performances March 12-13
07 Mar 2013 -- Tom Gold Dance will present two evenings of dance with a program that will feature the World Premiere of La Plage with music by John Zorn, also included on the program will be Faure Fantasy with music by Gabrielle Faure; Gershwin Preludes, music by George Gershwin; and Mad about the Boy with music by Ivor Novello and Noel Coward, all with choreography by Tom Gold.
Paul Taylor Dance Company Returns to Lincoln Center March 5-24
07 Mar 2013 -- The Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to the David H. Koch Theater for its 2013 New York Season from March 5th through the 24th following a record-shattering inaugural Season at Lincoln Center in 2012. The Season celebrates Paul Taylor’s masterworks spanning seven decades, from the 1950s through today.
The Two Faces of Faust
04 Mar 2013 -- Piotr Beczala, who sings the title role of Gounod’s Faust for the first time at the Met, talks with Charles Sheek about capturing the dual sides of the character through both voice and movement.
Charlie Musselwhite: Continental Drifter
27 Feb 2013 -- Blues harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite continues his musical journey from his birthplace of Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago and on to New York City. Musselwhite brings his electric blues style to The Allen Room on March 15–16.
The Orchestra in Motion
26 Feb 2013 -- New traditions are gaining momentum at the New York Philharmonic. Music Director Alan Gilbert speaks with Karissa Krenz on the interests and initiatives that underlie the Orchestra’s 2013–14 season.
New York City Ballet in DC
18 Feb 2013 -- One of the world’s foremost dance companies, New York City Ballet performs two signature mixed repertory programs accompanied by the New York City Ballet Orchestra in the Kennedy Center Opera House March 26–31.
Rouse in the House
13 Feb 2013 -- A lifelong Philharmonic fan is now its Composer-in- Residence. Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Christopher Rouse tells author Frank J. Oteri that the Orchestra “can do just about anything.”
08 Feb 2013 -- Tenor Jonas Kaufmann takes on Wagner’s questing hero Parsifal for the first time at the Met, in a new production of the opera director François Girard calls “a sacred piece in the history of music.”
Blood On The Fields: Two Decades Later
04 Feb 2013 -- Blood on the Fields, the historic oratorio on slavery and freedom written by Wynton Marsalis, premiered April 1, 1994 in Alice Tully Hall. In 1997 it became the first jazz composition to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
The Ballet Project
30 Jan 2013 -- Last November, FAILE, the Brooklyn-based artist team of Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, posted a sneak-peek image from their latest project on their Facebook page...
Q&A With Tom Gold
20 Jan 2013 -- Tom Gold Dance will participate in Dancers Responding to AIDS Jan. 29, the eighth edition of Dance from the Heart as some of the most diverse dancers and choreographers working today come together to showcase their artistry and support DRA.
New Girl in Town: Kristine Opolais
17 Jan 2013 -- Over the last few seasons, Kristine Opolais has won raves across Europe. Now the Latvian soprano arrives at the Met as Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine. She tells Philipp Brieler why she loves this opera—and what Coco Chanel has to do with it.
09 Jan 2013 -- This winter NYCB celebrates the music of Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky in four weeks of performances that will feature 10 works by George Balanchine and two by Peter Martins.
Q&A With Ricky Ian Gordon
09 Jan 2013 -- The Dessoff Choirs will be presenting WORDPLAY, a Mid-Winter festival in various venues around New York City from January 15 through March 16. The festival kicks off on January 15 with Movable Type, a choral concert that pays tribute to the poetry of Harlem Renaissance author and poet, Langston Hughes.
Stoki at 100
04 Jan 2013 -- The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates Leopold Stokowski.
An Adventurous Season for American Songbook
27 Dec 2012 -- After fourteen seasons of acclaimed eclectisicm showcasing the richness of American popular music—most on one of the loveliest stages in New York City, The Allen Room, with its shimmering, backdrop of Central Park—Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series expands its musical vistas in 2013 to include a second room with a spectacular view, the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
Barber Gets a Makeover
17 Dec 2012 -- Razor-sharp and just two
hours long, the Met’s English-language holiday presentation of The Barber of Seville is a rollicking comedy the whole family can enjoy. J. D. McClatchy, the man who did the adaptation- translation, explains the process of transforming Rossini’s Italian classic into a special holiday treat.
New York Contacts
10 Dec 2012 -- The fourth season of CONTACT! begins this month, with music by composers based in the Big Apple. Sean Shepherd, an alumnus of the new-music series, shares his insider’s perspective.
07 Dec 2012 -- Whether it’s the thrilling music, the dancing candy canes or the antics of the mysterious Herr Drosselmeier, The Nutcracker makes a big impression the first time most people see it. We asked seven members of the City Ballet Company to recall their favorite Nutcracker firsts — first viewings, first performances and first heart-stop moments.
05 Dec 2012 -- Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece Maria Stuarda has its Met premiere on New Year’s Eve—a true cause for celebration, according to star Joyce DiDonato and director David McVicar.
Birth of the Cool
30 Nov 2012 -- Jazz at Lincoln Center continues its 25th Anniversary celebration with a series of festivals highlighting its rich history of performances. In January, JALC explores a particular era in jazz with the Birth of the Cool Festival, featuring performances in Rose Theater, The Allen Room, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Frederick P. Rose Hall.
Voices from Latin America
28 Nov 2012 -- In a recent conversation with Jeremy Geffen, director
of artistic planning at Carnegie Hall, Osvaldo Golijov outlined the importance of the various facets of Voices from Latin America and the musical icons who have been engaged to be a part of it.
21 Nov 2012 -- Elına Garanca, who stars as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito this month, tells the Met’s Philipp Brieler about singing Mozart, her character’s conflicting emotions, and the unexpected challenges of playing a man.
Welcoming Yannick Nézet-Séguin
13 Nov 2012 -- As Yannick Nézet-Séguin begins his tenure as the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, it marks yet another auspicious moment in the Orchestra’s rich history.
Amplifying a New Voice
09 Nov 2012 -- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s upcoming season shines a spotlight on breakthrough choreographer Kyle Abraham with the world premiere of Another Night.
Brahms and the Orchestra
06 Nov 2012 -- This season the New york Philharmonic is traveling through the rich landscapes of all of Brahms’s symphonies and concertos. Jan Swafford traces the composer’s thorny path to creating some of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire.
Light and Dark
01 Nov 2012 -- With his new production of Un Ballo in Maschera, set in a cinematic Swedish atmosphere, director David Alden aims to integrate the stylistic paradoxes of Verdi’s endlessly intriguing opera.
31 Oct 2012 -- The 2012–2013 season begins with performances by The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.
An Eye to the Future
24 Oct 2012 -- New York Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew VanBesien speaks with Monica Parks about his path to the Philharmonic, his reaction to a new hometown, and his hopes for the Orchestra’s future.
Creating a Storm
22 Oct 2012 -- When Thomas Adès’s The Tempest premiered in 2004, the response was overwhelming. Now this contemporary masterpiece is coming to the Met, with the composer conducting Robert Lepage’s magical production and Simon Keenlyside returning to Prospero, the role he created to widespread acclaim.
A Chat With Argento Chamber Ensemble Conductor Michel Galante
20 Oct 2012 -- The Argento Chamber Ensemble, under the baton of conductor Michel Galante, will perform on Oct. 27th at 7:30 pm at St. Bart’s Episcopal Church all fragments of Mozart’s unfinished Requiem K. 626 along with composer Georg Friedrich Haas’s Sieben Klangräume (Seven Soundspaces).
Akram Khan's Vertical Road: The Light and the Dark
16 Oct 2012 -- The eight dancers in Akram Khan’s Vertical Road seem to react reflexively to the powerful beat underlying Nitin Sawhney’s textured, atmospheric score. It’s not immediately clear why their movements are so engaging, but soon enough, the reason becomes evident—the pulsations echo the tempo of our beating hearts.
One Big Symphony
15 Oct 2012 -- The Philharmonic’s 171st season is a wide- ranging journey. Paul J. Pelkonen reveals many of the musical landmarks.