James Conlon to Conduct MetOpera's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Begin. 10/11
Mr. Conlon traces his fascination with Britten's music back to 1967 when he attended the opening night performance of Peter Grimes at the Met and two lieder recitals by Britten and Peter Pears, co-librettists of A Midsummer Night's Dream, at Hunter College in New York. Since making his Met debut in 1976, Mr. Conlon has led more than 260 performances with the opera company.
John Von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune says, "Perhaps no single musician is delving more broadly into Britten's voluminous body of operatic, orchestral, vocal, choral, and chamber works than conductor James Conlon."
Mr. Conlon's upcoming Britten performances include conducting Sinfonia da Requiem with the Yale Philharmonia at Woolsey Hall in New Haven on Friday, October 18. As part of Britten 100/LA, Mr. Conlon will observe Britten's birthdate on Friday, November 22 with two free concerts including Friday Afternoons, choruses from A Ceremony of Carols, and Simple Symphony at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica at 2 p.m., and Cantata misericordium, Rejoice in the Lamb, and Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings at Saint James' Church in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. He will then lead performances of the War Requiem on Sunday, November 24 at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa and Monday, November 25 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. On Friday, December 6, he will conduct the church parable The Prodigal Son in another free concert at the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles, and on Sunday, December 22, he will give a talk on Britten, followed by a recital of the composer's art songs. For additional performances visit jamesconlon.com/britten.
Mr. Conlon has served as the music director of LA Opera since 2006, the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, since 2005, and the Cincinnati May Festival since 1979.
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