The Philadelphia Orchestra has enjoyed some milestone moments over the years with “theater-of-a-concert” presentations—unique multimedia and lighting effects and theatrical elements designed to enhance the concert experience. I’ve been involved in bringing this concept to the Orchestra since the beginning, and I look forward to creating a site-specific fusion of Tosca within the Orchestra’s environment.
Wikipedia describes Puccini’s Tosca as an opera that “contains depictions of torture, murder, and suicide.” As an opera director and psychotherapist, I find it intriguing that humans largely seem to learn more about our condition, and indeed ourselves, from engaging with, or being fascinated by, tragedy (that which confronts our existential reality and profound emotions) than we do by comedy (that which offers escape from reality).
May 2, 2018, PLEASE NOTE: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva has regrettably withdrawn from her appearances in Tosca due to a double ear infection. Jennifer Rowley has graciously agreed to appear in these performances.
Since the earliest migrations of humans to Europe 40,000 years ago, the civilizations of the British Isles have functioned somewhat apart from those of the Continent—the result of geography, climate, and, eventually, temperament. Though little is known of Neolithic cultures, during the last two millennia Romans, Saxons, Vikings, and Normans have joined Celtic peoples to form a singular stew of ethnicities and cultures.
The first piece Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin sang as a boy soprano at the age of 10 was Haydn’s The Seasons. Learn more about why he considers this “one of the most entertaining pieces ever” and one that is perfect for the Thanksgiving season.
What is your favorite Leonard Bernstein piece? What is your first memory of hearing his music? What does his music mean to you? In celebration of the Bernstein centenary, and to capture the impact of his music, The Philadelphia Orchestra invites you to share your “Love Notes for Lenny.”
Yannick kicked off this effort with his own personal anecdote.
The way to have good ideas, as Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling used to say, is to have lots of ideas. In recent years The Philadelphia Orchestra has dramatically increased the range and scope of its activities both locally and globally, and the 2017-18 season just announced underscores an ever-expanding breadth of vision that reflects the Orchestra’s storied legacy, its ongoing commitment to deep community involvement, and its role as a global ambassador for the arts.
Subscriptions are now on sale for the Orchestra’s 2017-18 performances! Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an exciting and diverse season commissioning new works, reexamining great repertoire, and showcasing the famous Philadelphia Sound.
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