Classical/Pops performs classical works and contemporary popular music accompanied by pops stars, Broadway performers, film composers, and even opera divas as featured guests.
OPERA NIGHT: FROM CARMEN TO CLAUS
Duration: 105 minutes
After two seasons of beloved performances, Film Night makes way for “Opera Night: From Carmen to Claus,” led by Italian tenor Fabio Armiliato, a global opera star who has performed more than 50 leading roles at The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and Covent Garden alone. Fabio is also known for his star turn in Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love as a as a mortician with a spectacular voice—who can only sing in the shower.
He is joined by American soprano Alyson Cambridge whose rich, warm soprano, combined with her striking stage…
At Opera Night, classical music novices and connoisseurs alike will recognize every one of these opera hits as crowd-pleasing essentials enshrined in movie scores and animated classics or revered at the world’s most famous opera houses.
From Carmen, which was introduced to a new generation of listeners in Disney’s Up, to Wagner’s boisterous “Ride of the Valkyries,” which frames one of film’s most iconic and terrifying scenes in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, these works have defined great music and wowed audiences for well over a century. And, we add a little cheer by introducing special surprises that capture the magic of the holiday season!
Gioachino Rossini Overture to The Barber of Seville
Giacomo Puccini “Ch’ella mi creda” from La fanciulla del West
Antonín Dvořák Song to the Moon from Rusalka
Giuseppe Verdi “Dio! mi potevi scagliar” from Otello
Georges Bizet Danse Bohème from Carmen
Habanera (“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”) from Carmen
Giacomo Puccini “E lucevan le stelle” from Tosca
Jacques Offenbach Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann
Giuseppe Verdi “Già nella notte densa” from Otello
Gioachino Rossini Overture to William Tell
Giacomo Puccini “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi
Ruggero Leoncavallo “Vesti la giubba” from Pagliacci
George Gershwin “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess
Leonard Bernstein “Maria” from West Side Story
“Tonight” from West Side Story
Alan Menken “Tale as old as time” from Beauty and the Beast
Sean O’Loughlin A Season for Joy
Leroy Anderson A Christmas FestivalAbout Fabio Armiliato
Fabio Armiliato is one of the most important Italian tenors of the last decades. He was born in Genova and studied at the Conservatorio “Niccolò Paganini” in his home town. He made his official debut in 1984 as Gabriele Adorno in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra followed by Spontini‘s La Vestale at the Teatro Pergolesi at Jesi. After winning the first price at the Tito Schipa competition in Lecce, his international career developed rapidly and led him to the following opera houses: Teatro dell’Opera di Roma: Ernani (title role), Tosca (Cavaradossi); Teatro Massimo di Palermo: Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu); Teatro C: Felice di Genova: Norma (Pollione); Opernhaus Zürich: Un Ballo di Maschera (Riccardo); Frankfurt Opera: La Boheme (Rodolfo); Opèra de Montpellier: Don Carlo (title role) and Simon Boccanegra (Gabriele Adorno).
In 1993 he made his debut at the METROPOLITAN OPERA NEW YORK in Verdi‘s Il Trovatore (Manrico). He has since appeared at the Met and also been on tour in Japan in the following productions: Aida (Radames), Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu), Simon Boccanegra (Gabriele Adorno), Don Carlo (Don Carlo), Fedora (Loris) with M. Freni, Tosca (Cavaradossi) and Carmen (Don Josè).
Other milestones in the past years of Fabio Armilito‘s career were his debut as Faust in Boito‘s Mefistofele conducted by M° Riccardo Muti at the SCALA DI MILANO in 1995; Adriana Leucouvreur (Maurizio) and Tosca (Cavaradossi) at the Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires; Aida (Radames) and Il Trovatore (Manrico) at the San Francisco Opera; Tosca (Cavaradossi) with Daniela Dessi’ at the Chicago Lyric Opera , La Bohemé (Rodolfo) with Mirella Freni at the Teatro Regio di Parma; Un Ballo di Maschera (Riccardo) and Carmen (Don José) at the WIENER STAATSOPER, his concert debut at London ROYAL OPERA HOUSE and his triumphal debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, in the title role of Donizetti’s Poliuto conducted by M° E. Queler.
In 1999-2000 season he returned to Buenos Aires in an unforgettable performances of Mefistofele with Samuel Ramey and after he had another notable success at the MET in Aida and Cavalleria Rusticana; then another important debut: La Fanciulla del West (Dick Johnsson), in Nice and Montpellier, in a beautiful production by Giancarlo Del Monaco. After, he was Ernani in Genoa and Vienna but the season ended with one of the most incredible success in Fabio Armiliato’s career: Andrea Chénier in Nice with Daniela Dessì.
In summer 2000 he sang Aida at the ARENA di Verona and the following season started with a standing ovation for his debut at the Washington Opera in Il Trovatore conducted by Placido Domingo. After that, Un Ballo in Maschera in Munchen conducted by M. Viotti, Aida in Berlin and Bologna, and Don Carlo, Tosca and Aida at Wiener Staatsoper. Armiliato began the 2000-01 season with another role debut as Luigi in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, followed again with Andrea Chénier in Seville, acclaimed by audience and critics. Then Tosca in Hamburg, Paris and Lecce before returning to the MET as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Daniela Dessì: the radio broadcast of that performance has been considered the best of the season 2002.
Armiliato returned to LA SCALA as Pinkerton in a successful series of performances in Madama Butterfly and with Tosca in Arena di Verona (summer 2002) he consolidated his artistic collaboration with Daniela Dessì, becoming during those years the most important artistic couples of the recent history of opera, who got memorable triumphs in the following seasons with Tosca in Moscow in a tournèe with “Teatro dell’Opera di Roma”, Madama Butterfly in Palermo and Ancona, Andrea Chénier in Venice and Turin, Manon Lescaut in Seville, Adriana Lecouvreur in Naples, Aida at the Liceu in Barcelona, Tosca at Teatro Real di Madrid, Simon Boccanegra and Aida at “Festival Verdi” in Parma and mainly the revival of one of the most important opera of the italian “giovane scuola” period: Francesca da Rimini by Riccardo Zandonai, triumphally acclaimed by audiences and critics at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in 2003 and at Sferisterio di Macerata in 2004.
In 2004 he starred in the Centenary production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Torre del Lago and Tokyo. He sang Don Carlo in two productions conducted by Zubin Mehta in Munchen and at Maggio Musicale in Florence and again he proposed the role of Andrea Chenier in different productions: in Bologna, Bilbao, Palermo and Vienna and critics crowned him as “The best Chenier of our days (G.C. Landini – L’OPERA)”. Highlights of 2005-2006 season are: la Fanciulla del West in Torre del Lago, Don Carlo at Theatre du Capitol in Toulouse and at Wiener Staatsoper, la Manon Lescaut in Parma and at Berlin D. O. and his return at Milan LA SCALA in an acclaimed production of Tosca (Cavaradossi) conducted by Lorin Mazel and with Daniela Dessì in the title role. In the 2009-2010 season has opened with Turandot the season of the restored Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari with great success in the role of Calaf for the first time in Italy, then Madrid ( where he sang a brilliant Andrea Chénier ), Zurich (where he made his debut in the role of Rodolfo in Luisa Miller ), has returned to his native city of Genoa with Tosca where the public has received with great applause (Two encore for him every night) , Vienna ( La Forza del Destino) and Torre del Lago, for the inauguration of the Festival Puccini with a new production of La Fanciulla del West, created to celebrate its centenary, with Daniela Dessì in the title role.
Often hosted in the most popular television programs dedicated to the opera, in 2011 after the long-awaited and triumphant debut in Otello at the Royal Opera of Liége, he was awarded with the “International 1° Premio Tito Schipa ” in the beautiful Ostuni and he was proclaimed honorary citizen of the city of Recanati in the name of the great tenor Beniamino Gigli.
In 2012 Fabio Armiliato starred with a huge success of public and critics in one of the main characters of Woody Allen’s film “To Rome with Love” and because of that he has been awarded with the special “Cinema Award 2012” on August 2, 2012 during the “International Opera Awards” in Torre del Lago Puccini.
After the great successe at the Opera de Wallonie Liège in La forza del Destino in 2013, and after the triumph in Cavalleria Rusticana at the greek theater of Taormina and at Wiener Staatsoper (2014), he starred in Madama Butterfly , Carmen (2014) and Fedora (2015) in Genoa, released in DVD and Otello in Valladolid in 2016. His La Boheme in Torre del Lago Puccini, directed by the master of cinema Ettore Scola and with Daniela Dessì, gained and extraordinary triumph, of critic and audience, reported by all medias in the world and that was broadcasted live and published in DVD by RAI 5.
Fabio Armiliato worked with all major international conductors such as J. Levine, R. Muti, Z. Mehta, M. Chung, L. Mazel, G. Sinopoli, N. Santi, D. Oren, M. Viotti, D. Renzetti, S. Sutej, F. Luisi, S. Young, C. Badea, C. Rizzi, E. Queler, M. Benini, D. Gatti, R. Palumbo and his brother Marco Armiliato.
He won many important acknowledgements for his international career and his rich discography includes DVDs and CDs recordings for the major labels.
Other information and a full chronology of his performances can be found in his web site: www.fabioarmiliato.com
BERLIN INTERNATIONAL STRING TRIO
Duration: 50 minutes
Cellist Vashti Hunter, violinist Liya Petrova , and violist Adrien La Marca join us from Berlin to perform a varied program of favorite composers. Ms. Hunter, well known to European audiences as the first British cellist ever to be awarded a prize at the International Cello Competition ‘Prague Spring’ in its 65…
Schubert string trio in one movement, B flat major, D471
Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola
Kodaly Intermezzo for violin, viola and cello
Dohnanyi Serenade in C Major
SUPERSTARS ON BROADWAY RETURNS!
Duration: 105 minutes
All-new headliners build on the blockbuster success of last season’s Superstars of Broadway. Heather Headley is one of Broadway’s most beloved actors and a Tony- and Grammy Award-winning star of Aida, The Lion King, and The Color Purple, as well as a favorite singing partner of classical star Andrea Bocelli. Headley joins one of today’s finest young American tenors, David Miller, who has appeared with leading opera companies and is a member of the global touring sensation Il Divo, which has sold 30 million albums…
David Miller is one of today’s finest young American tenors. He has appeared with leading opera companies throughout the United States and abroad including Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Opera de Montreal, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera and many more. The repertoire he has performed in these houses has included Des Grieux in Manon, the title roles of Romeo et Juliette and Werther, as well as Alfredo in La Traviata, and Tamino in Die Zauberfloete.Since December 2003 David Miller has been a member of the internationally acclaimed quartet Il Divo touring the world singing concerts and recording several multi platinum albums.
David Miller first came to attention after his highly acclaimed Washington National Opera debut as Alfredo in La traviata. He has since returned to the company as Tamino and the Duke in Rigoletto. His debut performances in Washington led to engagements throughout the United States including his debut for Los Angeles Opera as Tebaldo in Bellini’s I Capuleti ed I Montecchi, his debuts for Michigan Opera Theatre as Des Grieux in Manon, where he has also appeared as Lensky in Eugene Onegin and Tamino. He made his debut with Opera de Montreal as Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte and with Vancouver Opera as Romeo.
Among his other international operatic appearances is his debut with the Australian Opera appearing as Nadir in Les Pecheurs de Perle as well as his European debut with the Flemish Opera as Cassio in Otello. He made his Italian debut as Des Grieux in Manon at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste conducted by Daniel Oren, followed by his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan was in the role of Tony in a new production of West Side Story. His debut at the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro was as Des Grieux in Manon.
Following his success in these theaters, David Miller appeared as Rodolfo in the Broadway production of La boheme directed by Baz Luhrmann. As a result of these performances he received a special award for the Tony’s committee for excellence in theater. Mr. Miller also appeared in this production in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theater.
David Miller is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Opera Center. His roles there have included Percy in Anna Bolena, the Duke in Rigoletto, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette and Alfredo in La traviata. He also received his Master of Music degree in Opera Theatre and Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Tony and Grammy Award Winner Heather Headley considers her multi-faceted career a blessing. She was born and spent most of her childhood on the beautiful Caribbean island of Trinidad. The daughter of a pastor, she started singing and playing the piano in the church at a very young age. The family moved to the United States in the early 90’s where Heather’s love for the arts continued.In 1997, Ms. Headley, a Northwestern University alum, won the role of Nala in the original Broadway cast of the Elton John and Tim Rice’s hit Tony winning musical The Lion King. While still in The Lion King, Heather was asked to audition for the title role in the writing duo’s next Broadway venture together, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Her portrayal of the Nubian princess, Aida, won her the praise of critics and the prestigious Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. In addition to other awards, she also received the coveted Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. That year she was listed as one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and Essence Magazine’s 30 Women To Watch. Heather continued her Broadway success on the pop charts with her 2002 debut album on RCA Records, This Is Who I Am which featured productions by several top-flight producers including Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Shep Crawford. Two songs, the single “He Is” and the album track “I Wish I Wasn’t,” both emerged as Top 5 R&B and Dance chart hits.
Heather earned numerous accolades for This Is Who I Am, including Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. At the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards she won dual honors: R&B/Soul Album of the Year and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. She also received nominations at the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Female Artist, and BET Awards in the “Cool Like That” category.
In January 2006, Ms. Headley returned with In My Mind, her long-awaited second solo album, once again working with an A-list of producers, among them Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Ne-Yo, Warryn Campbell, and Lil’ Jon. The title track became Heather’s first #1 hit, topping the Dance charts.
Heather took her first foray into the gospel music world in 2009 with the release of her third studio album Audience of One, for which shewas awarded the Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. Over the past few years Ms. Headley has also displayed her versatility as one of classical star Andrea Bocelli’s favorite singing partners. She has been featured in many of his American and international tours, his “Live In Tuscany” PBS special, and his “Under The Desert Sky” live concert DVD.
ELAINE KWON & FRIENDS
PRESENT “TV THEME NIGHT!”
Duration: 45 minutes
After enjoying her most recent performance at Carnegie Hall, we welcome concert pianist Elaine Kwon & Friends for “TV Theme Night!” where Dr. Kwon performs your favorite TV melodies paired with classical and pop music. Heroes and villains are brought to life from Game of Thrones,…
Dr. Kwon performs globally with stars from all genres, and this program enlists vocalist Dalal Bruchmann along with the local Barbadian soprano, Shantal Martin and other surprise artists.About Elaine Kwon
Elaine is a prize-winning concert pianist and Lecturer in Music at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), whose diverse talents have placed her in a category of her own. She has performed solo and chamber music concerts globally and has been broadcast on TV/radio in the US, Canada, China and Bulgaria. She received standing ovations in seven sold-out Carnegie Hall benefit concerts for Best Buddies (Elaine Kwon and Friends, 2008-2016), and as soloist with numerous orchestras including the National Music Festival Symphony, Toronto Philharmonia, Union Symphony, and Slovak Sinfonietta. For ten years she toured regularly as part of the Hebert/Kwonpiano duo, and has been an active chamber musician with OCTET, Forecast New Music Group, among others.
As collaborative pianist, Elaine has performed with musicians of all genres, including multi-Grammy winning drummer and producer, Questlove (Roots, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Hamilton), multi-Tony/Grammy winner, David Bryan (keyboardist of Bon Jovi, composer of Memphis), jazz pianist/singer Tony DeSare, R&B singer/actress Kiana Ledé, and many others.
Elaine is Co-founder/Artistic Director of the immersive music pairing series, Savor Your Senses®,which has delighted audiences world-wide with sensory music experiences of wine, food, spirits and more.
She has recorded on the Artist’s Choice Recording and Naxos labels. Her latest recording with chamber ensemble OCTET, hit #1 on Amazon Hot New Releases in Classical Music, and was featured in iTunes New and Noteworthy. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and has been a Lecturer/Affiliated Artist in the music department at MIT since 1999.
Dr. Kwon has been a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson. She was honored as a 2008 Power Woman of New York, and was the subject of a documentary for the Arirang television series, Dream It in 2010, which was broadcast to 89 million households internationally. In 2012, she was profiled on the Better TV Show segment, “Women Who Inspire”, showcased in ALIST Magazine’s 2013 Female Leaders Issue, and highlighted in Road Trip Nation’s 2015 book, Road Map.
As an avid martial artist, Elaine is a second-degree black belt, five-time U.S. National Tae Kwon Do Forms Champion and currently studies Shaolin Kung Fu at the USA Shaolin Temple. She represented Nike in Asian ad campaigns and has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Women’s Health, and numerous other magazines, ads, videos, and books.
She makes her home in New York City, where she continues to explore ways to combine and communicate her passion for music, martial arts, creative education and optimal living.www.elainekwon.com
From 2014/16 she performed at the HOUSE OF BLUES (LA), the WHISKY A GO GO (LA) various RADIO AND LIVE TV SHOWS (Daftstar Live (LA), Red Bull/Servus TV (Austria), the BMI Acoustic sessions and various.
Dalal plays violin and piano, and despite her mainstream pop career, her songs are heavily threaded with orchestral elements. Equally strong as a composer, Dalal was nominated for her work for the documentary HAIR (HULU) together with Producer Nate “Impact” Jolley.She is preparing for the release of her first contemporary Classics Album, as well as a debut pop album.
Dalal has been featured on various magazine covers throughout the world, being a testimonial for high end quality clothing, eyewear and sound equipment brands.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins with a degree in jazz studies, Nate made a name for himself working with some of the greatest in the business, Producing/Touring/& Opening for such artists as John Legend, Ron Carter, James Moody and McCoy Tyner, Cynda Williams from Spike Lee’s “Mo Better Blues,” and Malcolm Jamal Warner from the “Cosby Show” and many more. Nathan and his twin brother Noble’s latest CD ,”Memoirs Between Brothers”, has gained positive reception and award recognition.