LEADING THE MET ORCHESTRA AT CARNEGIE HALL ON SUNDAY, MAY 19
Program Includes Music by Wagner and Schubert, and
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Evgeny Kissin
|The MET Orchestra concludes its 2012–2013 season at Carnegie Hall with the much anticipated return of Music Director James Levine leading the orchestra on Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Maestro Levine is set to conduct the prelude to Act I of Wagner’sLohengrin; Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “Great”; and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58, with pianist Evgeny Kissin. Maestro Levine last performed at Carnegie Hall with the MET Orchestra on Sunday, April 10, 2011 with Mr. Kissin. Photos from that concert may be downloadedhere.
Since his June 5, 1971, debut at The Metropolitan Opera with Tosca, Music Director James Levinehas developed a relationship with the company that is unparalleled in its history and unique in the musical world today. He conducted the first-ever Met performances of Mozart’s Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani, I Lombardi and Stiffelio, Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Schoenberg’s Erwartung andMoses und Aron, Berg’s Lulu, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, as well as the world premieres of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby. All told, he has led nearly 2,500 performances of 85 different operas at the Met. Maestro Levine inaugurated the “Metropolitan Opera Presents” television series for PBS in 1977, founded The Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in 1980, and returned Wagner’s complete Der Ring des Nibelungen to the repertoire in 1989 (in the first integral cycles in over 35 years there). Expanding on that tradition, he and the MET Orchestra began touring in concert in 1991, and since then have performed around the world as well as in its own subscription series at Carnegie Hall.
In the 2013–2014 Metropolitan Opera season, Maestro Levine, who has conducted more performances at the Met than any conductor in the company’s 129-year history, is scheduled to lead three operas at the Met, including a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff and revivals of Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Berg’s Wozzeck. He will also conduct all three Carnegie Hall concerts by the MET Orchestra beginning on October 13 with the overture from Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani, Elliott Carter’s “Variations for Orchestra”, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, and selections from Rossini’s Giovanna d’Arcoand Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito featuring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. On December 22, Maestro Levine conducts an all-Mahler program with the composer’s first song cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), featuring baritone Peter Mattei, and Symphony No. 7. The final concert of the orchestra’s season on May 11 is an all-Dvořák program, including the Carnival Overture, Symphony No. 7 in D minor; and Cello Concerto in B minor, featuring soloist Lynn Harrell.
RICHARD WAGNER Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin