Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung

The New York Philharmonic

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Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-79

Duration

2 hours with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

26

Sep, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

27

Sep, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM

28

Sep, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

A woman wanders a forest at night desperately searching for her lover. Newlyweds Duke Bluebeard (Johannes Martin Kränzle) and Judith (2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize recipient Nina Stemme) tour the Duke’s dark castle, each of its seven rooms more shocking than the last. Jaap van Zweden conducts the US Stage Premiere of Bengt Gomér’s bold production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung (Katarina Karnéus), both psychological one-act operas.

US Stage Premiere of Bengt Gomér’s production of Erwartung and Bluebeard’s Castle in collaboration with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Program To Include

Schoenberg

Erwartung

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Bartók

Bluebeard’s Castle

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012, and has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, including the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in seven World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. He presides over Project 19, marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers; the hotspots festival, spotlighting Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York as new-music centers; and Mahler’s New York, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. During the 2020 European tour, he and the Orchestra will open the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s history. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and the low-cost Phil the Hall. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is of the World Premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos, and his performance of Parsifal earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in 2018.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Today, the Foundation focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism by providing in-home music therapy; developing funding opportunities for autism programs; operating the Papageno House, where young adults with autism live, work, and participate in the community; and creating a research center in the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism. Most recently, the Foundation launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Nina Stemme

Soprano (Bartók)

Nina Stemme

Soprano (Bartók)

Nina Stemme

Soprano (Bartók)

Swedish-born soprano Nina Stemme is considered a leading singer of the dramatic opera’s most challenging roles, including Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Brünnhilde and Kundry in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and the title roles in Richard Strauss’s Salome and Elektra, as well as Puccini’s La fanciulla del West and Turandot. Since winning Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, The World Opera Competition in 1993, Ms. Stemme has furthered the tradition of her Scandinavian predecessors Kirsten Flagstad and Birgit Nilsson at leading opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Bayreuth Festival, Vienna Staatsoper, and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her numerous other prizes, awards, and honors throughout her career include being named Swedish Court Singer and Austrian “Kammersängerin.” The German specialist journal Opernwelt crowned her Singer of the Year twice, in 2005 and 2012. She was awarded the prestigious Birgit Nilsson Prize in a ceremony attended by the Swedish Royal Family at the Royal Swedish Opera in October 2018. Nina Stemme’s future projects include Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle not only with the New York Philharmonic but also in Munich; Turandot at The Met; Tosca and Tristan and Isolde in Berlin; and the role of Brünnhilde in the Ring Cycle in Vienna.

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Johannes Martin Kränzle

Baritone (Bartók)

Johannes Martin Kränzle

Baritone (Bartók)

Johannes Martin Kranzle

Baritone (Bartók)

Born in Augsburg, Johannes Martin Kränzle is a regular guest at major opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opéra, Teatro Real Madrid, Zurich Opera House, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has also appeared at the Salzburg, Bregenz, Glyndebourne, and Lucerne festivals and in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart, San Francisco, Cairo, Spoleto, Sofia, Tel Aviv, Tbilisi, and Tokyo.

Mr. Kränzle’s opera repertoire comprises 120 roles and includes works by Handel, Rossini, Verdi, J. Strauss II, Lehár, Henze, Rihm, Mozart, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, and Janáček. His wide-ranging roles have included the Wagner roles of Alberich (Ring Cycle), Amfortas (Parsifal), Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger), and Wolfram (Tannhäuser); Mozart’s Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), and Papageno (The Magic Flute); as well as the title role in Berg’s Wozzeck, Duke Bluebeard (Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle), Tomsky (Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades), Prus (Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair), Griasnoj (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride), Bolkonski (Prokofiev’s War and Peace), Ford (Verdi’s Falstaff), Sharpless (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly), Eisenstein (J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus), and Danilo (Lehár’s The Merry Widow).

Mr. Kränzle’s projects in the 2019–20 season include Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in Zurich, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Klingsor in Parsifal in Munich, Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise in Hamburg, and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger in Bayreuth, in addition to his New York Philharmonic debut in Bluebeard’s Castle.

Johannes Martin Kränzle also regularly devotes himself to concert singing, recitals, and oratorio performances. He was nominated for the German Theatre Prize Der Faust 2010 and the Cologne Opera Prize in 2011. He was twice named Singer of the Year in the Opernwelt critics survey, in 2011 and 2018.

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Katarina Karnéus

Mezzo-Soprano (Schoenberg)

Katarina Karnéus

Mezzo-Soprano (Schoenberg)

Katarina Karneus

Mezzo-Soprano (Schoenberg)

Born in Stockholm, mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus studied at Trinity College of Music and at the National Opera Studio. In 1995 she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She has worked with leading conductors, including Ivor Bolton, Mark Elder, Charles Mackerras, Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Franz Welser-Möst.

Ms. Karnéus’s opera engagements have included The Metropolitan Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Liceu Opera Barcelona, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her repertoire includes the great mezzo-soprano roles in operas by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Wagner, and Richard Strauss, as well as major bel canto roles. In concert, Ms. Karnéus has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie, Vienna Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony orchestras; she has also appeared at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, and Salzburg Festival. As a recitalist, Ms. Karnéus has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, New York’s Lincoln Center, Brussels’s La Monnaie, and Stockholm Concert Hall.

Katarina Karnéus is a member of Gothenburg Opera and acts as an international ambassador for the company. She was presented with the Litteris et Artibus medal by H.M. The King of Sweden.

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Bengt Gomér

Director / Set and Lighting Designer

Bengt Gomér

Director / Set and Lighting Designer

Bengt Gomer

Director / Set and Lighting Designer

Swedish set designer and director Bengt Gomér works in opera, dance, theater, and other art projects. He studied the history of art and philosophy at Lund University, and has worked in set and lighting design at theaters throughout Europe since 1990. He made his directorial debut at Sweden’s Dalhalla Opera with Puccini’s Turandot in the summer of 2015, and recently he served as dramaturge for New York–based composer João MacDowell’s new opera, The Seventh Seal, based on Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name.

Mr. Gomér has collaborated with directors including Staffan Aspegren, Sam Brown, Charlotte Engelkes, Mick Gordon, Sofia Jupiter, Håkan Lindhé, Åsa Melldahl, Mellika Melouani Melani, Nils Spangenberg, and Olivier Tambosi. His upcoming projects include working as set and lighting designer for Hummel, Barbarino, and Hauser’s operetta Ludwig II, sehnsucht nach dem Paradies at Theater Regensburg in Germany, and a staged version of Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra on tour throughout Europe. Both projects are directed by Sam Brown.

Upcoming next season is the world premiere of the opera Bly by Icelandic composer Karólina Eiriksdóttir and Swedish librettist Ann-Sofie Bárány, in collaboration with director Mellika Melouani Melani. The piece will tour Sweden with the Pitea Chamber Opera.

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Per Backjanis

Costume Designer

Per Backjanis

Costume Designer

Costume Designer

Per Backjanis was born in Sweden in 1965. He completed his studies in tailoring, cutting, and design at the Sankt Görans Gymnasium in Stockholm in 1985. Since then, he has worked in opera, ballet, musical theater, film, and fashion. Mr. Backjanis has been the head of the ladies’ costume department at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm since 2008.

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Per Rydnert

Video Designer

Per Rydnert

Video Designer

Video Designer

Swedish video designer Per Rydnert has almost 20 years of experience using moving pictures in various artistic settings, specializing in the art of video projection and scenographic video design. He has worked with an array of talented artists and stage performers in venues ranging from traditional concert halls and opera houses to more unconventional settings, such as the Blue Hall while hosting the Nobel banquet in Stockholm, and the unique outdoor venue of Sweden’s Dalhalla amphitheater, with its impressive massive limestone rocks. Per Rydnert first met set and lightning designer Bengt Gomér in 2014 during a mise-en-scène of Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze’s musical Rebecca at Malmö Opera. In the summer of 2015, Mr. Rydnert once again collaborated with Mr. Gomér in his directorial debut at Sweden’s Dalhalla Opera for Puccini’s Turandot. Since then, they have continued to work together on several projects.

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