Patricia Racette & More Set for The Met's AN EVENING OF BRITTEN AND MUHLY at Le Poisson Rouge, 10/17
The Metropolitan Opera and Le Poisson Rouge announced details for "An Evening of Britten and Muhly," two concerts at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Metropolitan Opera stars Patricia Racette, Kathleen Kim, and Iestyn Davies will perform at the event. Composer Nico Muhly will host and perform on piano.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth, the program will explore the connections between the extraordinary English composer and those who came before and after, from early English songs to the contemporary music of Muhly, a Britten devotee. Muhly will accompany countertenor Davies in music by Britten as well as his own Four Traditional Songs, settings written for Davies. Soprano Kathleen Kim, appearing opposite Davies in the Met production of A Midsummer Night's Dream this October, will perform music from Britten's fantastical opera as well as several Purcell songs realized by Britten. Soprano Patricia Racette will sing Britten's Cabaret Songs, his colorful collaboration with W.H. Auden. Additional artists will be announced at a later date.
Tickets are available through Le Poisson Rouge for $35 (seated) or $20 (standing) at (212) 505-3474 or lepoissonrouge.com. Standing room tickets will be sold at $25 on the day of the performance, subject to availability. Underwriting for the concerts has been provided by a generous gift from Dr. Coco Lazaroff.
The Met presents a rare revival of A Midsummer Night's Dream beginning October 11. James Conlon conducts a starry ensemble that includes Davies as Oberon and Kim as Tytania, king and queen of the fairies; Erin Wall (Helena), Elizabeth DeShong (Hermia), Joseph Kaiser (Lysander), and Michael Todd Simpson (Demetrius) as the quartet of mismatched lovers; and Matthew Rose as the weaver-turned-amateur-actor Bottom. The production runs through October 31.
"A work of dark beauty...a landmark in the career of an important artist" (The New York Times)," Two Boys marked the "auspicious operatic debut" (London Independent) of Muhly, who was 29 when the Met commission premiered in London in the fall of 2011. With a libretto by celebrated playwright Craig Lucas, Two Boys explores the shadowy world of the Internet as a detective takes on what initially seems to be to be a straightforward case-the stabbing of one teenage boy by another-and discovers a tangled web of online intrigue. This striking new work, conducted by David Robertson and staged by Bartlett Sher in a co-production with English National Opera, receives its North American premiere at the Met on October 21 in a revised version, and continues through November 14.
Davies has sung Creonte in Steffani's Niobe for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ottone in L'incoronazione di Poppea for Zürich Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Arsace in Partenope for the New York City Opera and English National Opera; Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream in Houston and London; Hamor in Jephtha for Welsh National Opera; Apollo in Death in Venice for ENO and at La Scala, Milan; Eustazio in Rinaldo for the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Unulfo in Rodelinda for his debut with The Metropolitan Opera. His performance last season in the Met premiere of Adès's The Tempest was seen in movie theaters across the world as part of the The Met: Live in HD. In concert he has performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan with Dudamel, the Concertgebouw and Tonhalle with Koopman and appeared at the Barbican, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Lincoln Center, and at the BBC Proms. His recordings include Handel's Messiah, Chandos Anthems, and Flavio, Porpora Cantatas with JoNathan Cohen and Arcangelo, arias written for castrato Gaetano Guadagni, and his debut solo recording, Live at the Wigmore Hall, with his own Ensemble Guadagni. This season, Davies returns to the Metropolitan Opera in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society's 2010 Young Artist of the Year prize.
Kim, who sings regularly at many of the world's premiere opera houses and concert halls, made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007. Ms. Kim's extensive career at the Met includes performances as Olympia in Bartlett Sher's production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, conducted by James Levine; as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos conducted by Kirill Petrenko in 2010 and Fabio Luisi in 2011; and as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda in 2007 and by Fabio Luisi in 2012. She was hailed by critics for her role as Chiang Ch'ing in the Met premiere of John Adams's Nixon in China, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Adams. Kim opens her 2013/2014 season as the enchanted Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Met under the baton of James Conlon. Kim has been recognized with numerous prizes and awards, including a Sullivan Foundation Award, Sarasota Opera Guild's Leo Rogers Scholarship, and the Rose Ann Grund Scholarship of the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation voice competition in Chicago. She was a prize winner of the Mario Lanza Competition, a National Finalist of the MacAllister Awards, and a prize winner of the Liederkranz Competition.