Bernard Labadie to Conduct NY Phil in Mozart's Requiem, Works by J.S. Bach and Handel, 11/7-9
Bernard Labadie will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct Mozart's Requiem; J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!; and Handel's "Let the Bright Seraphim" from Samson. The program's soloists will include soprano Miah Persson, mezzo- soprano Stephanie Blythe, tenor Frédéric Antoun in his Philharmonic debut, bass Andrew Foster- Williams, Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith, and the New York Choral Artists directed by Joseph Flummerfelt. The concerts will take place Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Mr. Labadie is a leading specialist in the Baroque and Classical repertoire. He was one of four conductors spotlighted in last season's The Bach Variations: A Philharmonic Festival, and in his Philharmonic debut in December 2006 he led works by J.S. Bach, Corelli, and Handel. He led a performance of Mozart's Requiem shortly after September 11, 2001, that The New York Times praised as "brisk, passionate." Mr. Labadie's subsequent recording of the work with Les Violins du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec - both of which he founded and serves as music director - won the 2002 Juno Award for Best Classical Album: Vocal or Choral Performance.
- Pre-Concert Talks
New York Philharmonic Program Annotator James M. Keller, The Leni and Peter May Chair, will introduce the program. Pre-Concert Talks are $7; discounts available for multiple concerts, students, and groups. They take place one hour before each performance in the Helen Hull Room, unless otherwise noted. Attendance is limited to 90 people. Information: nyphil.org or (212) 875-5656.
- National and International Radio Broadcast
The program will be broadcast the week of December 1, 2013,* on The New York Philharmonic This Week, a radio concert series syndicated weekly to more than 300 stations nationally, and to 122 outlets internationally, by the WFMT Radio Network.
The 52-week series, hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, is generously underwritten by The Kaplen Brothers Fund, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Philharmonic's corporate partner, MetLife Foundation. The broadcast will be available on the Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org. The program is broadcast locally in the New York metropolitan area on 105.9 FM WQXR on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
*Check local listings for broadcast and program information.
Bernard Labadie is a noted specialist in Baroque and Classical repertoire, a reputation closely tied to his work with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, both of which he founded and continues to lead as music director. With these two ensembles he regularly tours Canada, the United States, and Europe, having made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kennedy Center, London's Barbican, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and the Salzburg Festival. Highlights of Mr. Labadie's 2013-14 season include re-engagements with the New York and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras; Kansas City, St. Louis, New World, Chicago, Melbourne, Swedish Radio, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras; and the Auckland Philharmonia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, NDR Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as a European tour with Les Violons du Roy. He made his Minnesota Orchestra debut in 1999, and regularly appears with North American orchestras including the Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Houston, Montreal, St. Louis, San Francisco, Toronto, Utah, and Vancouver symphony orchestras; Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; Handel & Haydn Society; and Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras. Internationally Mr. Labadie has conducted the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Hamburger Symphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Collegium Vocale Ghent, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Labadie has served as artistic director of L'Opéra de Québec and L'Opéra de Montréal. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut during the 2009-10 season with Mozart's The Magic Flute, which he also led at the Cincinnati Opera in 2011. He has also conducted Handel's Orlando with Glimmerglass Opera, Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Mozart's Lucio Silla with Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Labadie's extensive discography includes recordings on the Dorian, ATMA, and Virgin Classics labels, including Handel's Apollo e Dafne and a collaborative recording of Mozart's Requiem with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec (both of which received Canada's Juno Award). The Canadian government has honored him as Officer of the Order of Canada, and his home province named him Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Québec. Bernard Labadie made his Philharmonic debut in December 2006 leading works by J.S. Bach, Corelli, and Handel. He last appeared with the Philharmonic in March 2013 during The Bach Variations: A Philharmonic Festival, when he led Bach's Orchestral Suites Nos. 3 and 4 and Bach's Violin Concertos in E major and A minor, with Isabelle Faust as soloist.
Swedish soprano Miah Persson's 2012-13 season included the roles of Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute on a concert tour of Europe with the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin, conducted by Rene Jacobs, and the Countess in concerts of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with the Budapest Festival Orchestra; Brahms's A German Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Mahler's Fourth Symphony with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; and Grieg's Peer Gynt at the Grafenegg Festival and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other concert engagements included Mahler's Fourth Symphony with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Mahler's Second Symphony with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel in Salzburg and for the Proms in London (televised and broadcast by the BBC); and recitals at London's Wigmore Hall, Vienna's Konzerthaus, and Zurich's Tonhalle. She also performed Haydn's The Seasons for the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Mahler's Second Symphony with the New York Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra; Bach's B-minor Mass at Teatro La Fenice; Mahler's Second and Fourth Symphonies with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Persson has appeared in many of the world's leading opera houses, including as Sophie in R. Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, and Mozart roles at The Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Salzburg Festival, Vienna Staatsoper, Glundebourne Festival, and Theatre des Champs-Elysees, as well as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress at the Glyndebourne Festival. She has also appeared at the Aix en Provence Festival, Paris Opéra, Frankfurt Opera, and New National Theatre Tokyo. Mia Persson made her Philharmonic debut in September 2011 during A Concert for New York, performing Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with Alan Gilbert conducting.
This season, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe returns to The Metropolitan Opera as Mistress Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff, and makes her San Diego Opera debut as Ulrica in Verdi's Un ballo in Maschera. She also tours the United States with Les Violons du Roy, and gives recitals in San Francisco and Princeton. Ms. Blythe has appeared in the great opera houses of the world, including The Met, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Paris Opéra. She has appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic; Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; Philadelphia, Met Opera, Halle, and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw orchestras; and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has also sung at the Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart festivals and at the BBC Proms. In recital, she has been presented by Carnegie Hall in both Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall, and has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, Town Hall, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Vocal Arts Society in Washington D.C., Cleveland Art Song Festival, University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Shriver Hall in Baltimore, and Ravinia Festival. Ms. Blythe starred in The Met's Live in HD broadcasts of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Pucinni's Il trittico, Handel's Rodelinda, and Wagner's complete Ring Cycle. She also appeared in PBS's Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic's performance of Carousel (from the performance in February 2013) and her own acclaimed show, We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith. Her recordings of works by Mahler, Brahms, and Wagner and of arias by Handel and J.S. Bach are available on the Virgin Classics label. Stephanie Blythe made her New York Philharmonic debut performing Hans Werner Henze's arrangement of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, conducted by James Conlon in May 2001.
Tenor Frédéric Antoun studied voice at The Curtis Institute of Music. The Quebec native's repertoire extends from Rameau to Stravinsky, with a preference for French Opera (Delibes's Lakmé, Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, and Bizet's The Pearl Fishers), Mozart (Così fan tutte, The Abduction from the Seraglio, and The Magic Flute), and belcanto (Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Rossini's La Cenerentola, and Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment). Mr. Antoun has been heard internationally at New York City Opera (Massenet's Cendrillon), Lincoln Center (Lalo's Le Roi d'Ys), Toronto's Canadian Opera Company (The Magic Flute, Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites), Charleston Festival (Gounod's Roméo et Juliette), Montréal Opera House (Delibes's Lakmé, The Barber of Seville), Florida Grand Opera (La Cenerentola, The Barber of Seville), La Monnaie in Brussels (Cendrillon), Amsterdam Opera (Gluck's Iphigénie en Aulide), Theater an der Wien (Thomas's Hamlet), and on French stages such as Théâtre du Châtelet (The Magic Flute), Opéra Comique (Grétry's L'Amant Jaloux), in Toulouse (The Abduction from the Seraglio, Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie), Montpellier (The Magic Flute, Lakmé), and Nice (Dialogues des Carmélites). In concert, he performs J.S. Bach's Magnificat and passions, the Mozart and Berlioz Requiems, Handel's Messiah, and Orff's Carmina burana. Recently he could be heard in Thomas Adès's The Tempest at Quebec Festival, Lakmé in Montpellier, Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri in Marseilles, Ravel's l'Heure espagnole with the Orchestre National de Lyon, and Lully's Armide in Amsterdam. During the coming seasons, he will sing Lakmé and Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus in Paris, Così fan tutte in Marseille, Falstaff in Toronto, and he will make his debut at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment, and return for Thomas Adès's new opera Exterminating Angel. This performance marks Frédéric Antoun's New York Philharmonic debut.