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2024-04-12-The Philadelphia Orchestra Yannick Nézet-Séguin by Todd Rosenberg, Karen Cargill by Nadine Boyd

Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall – Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler 7 – Karen Gargill sings Alma Mahler

In a program showcasing music by the Mahlers, Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the Philadelphia Orchestra in the former’s Seventh Symphony, preceded by four elusive songs by his wife (née Alma Schindler) in skillfully crafted 1995 arrangements by Colin and David Matthews. With their angular melodies and abrupt modulations, the highly romantic pieces are reminiscent of Alexander Zemlinsky, […]

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Soprano Angel Blue performing with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall. Photo: Steve J Sherman

Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall, with Angel Blue – Matthew Aucoin, Samuel Barber, Valerie Coleman, Florence Price

In an imaginative line-up of old and new Americana, the concert opened with the Suite by Matthew Aucoin crafted from his 2020 opera, Eurydice. At the Met, where the opera – a retelling of the Orpheus myth from Eurydice’s point of view – played last fall, Aucoin’s richly orchestrated score impressed, but in this abstract the music’s wide-ranging

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Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall – Beethoven’s Second & Eroica Symphonies, plus Jessica Hunt’s Climb

This uplifting and altogether sensational program illustrated a critical juncture in Beethoven’s ever-expanding view of possibility, when, between his Second and Third Symphonies, he became more acutely aware of his increasing deafness and at the same time made a huge leap in his compositional style. Jessica Hunt’s piece was influenced by his personal struggles which

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Sondra Radvanovsky stars as Puccini’s fiery diva, returning to one of her signature roles. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a thrilling cast in David McVicar’s breathtaking production.

The Metropolitan Opera – David McVicar’s production of Puccini’s Tosca – Sondra Radvanovsky, Brian Jagde, George Gagnidze; conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

In this, the Metropolitan Opera’s second revival of David McVicar’s 2017 realistic, retro-style staging of Puccin’s Tosca, Sondra Radvanovsky returns to her signature role of Floria Tosca, opera’s quintessential prima donna, caught in the middle of a violent and passionate Roman love-triangle between her lover, the painter and republican sympathizer Mario Cavaradossi, and Baron Scarpia, the sadistic Roman chief of police

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Barry Banks as Hades and Erin Morley as Eurydice, with Ronnita Miller, Stacey Tappan and Chad Shelton as the chorus of stones in Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhll’s “Eurydice,” which premiered at the Met on Tuesday night. (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera – Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mary Zimmerman’s production of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice

This Metropolitan Opera performance marked the New York premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice, a co-commission and co-production with LA Opera where it received its world premiere in February of 2020. With a libretto by Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play of the same title, it is an absorbing, often witty take on the Orpheus myth,

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