As part of Rockport Music’s Metropolitan Opera Weekend, this concert features three of the most talented young singers training today in The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. They will perform a program of opera favorites and art songs like Bizet’s Parle-moi de ma mère! from Carmen and Rachmaninoff’s Spring Waters.
Artists: Meigui Zhang, soprano* | Arseny Yakovlev, tenor | Megan Grey, mezzo-soprano | Nate Raskin, pianist/coach
(*Due to illness, Gabriella Reyes is unable to sing in the February 3 recital and is replaced by Meigui Zhang.)
This program has brought such alumni as Dawn Upshaw and Sondra Radvanovsky to the Met stage. The Met weekend will feature the live broadcast from the Met of Bizet’s Carmen (tickets sold separately), followed by a masterclass of conservatory students. On Sunday, prior to the concert, Sophie Joyce, new director of the Lindemann Artist Development Program, will join Barry Shiffman for a pre-concert talk about the challenges facing young vocalists today.
ABOUT THE LINDEMANN YOUNG ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program was created in 1980 to identify and develop extraordinarily talented young artists in the realm of opera. The program has trained a new generation of celebrated American and international opera singers, as well as coaches and pianists, who perform at the highest standards in productions at the Met and opera houses around the world. In recognition and gratitude for their leadership and generous support, the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program has been named after Mr. and Mrs. George Lindemann.
While many opera companies across the country conduct young artist training programs, the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program is unparalleled for the quality and scope of resources available to its participants. Throughout their instruction, young artists draw upon the vast pool of world-renowned talent available at the Met, including current and former Met artists, internationally recognized coaches, and master teachers. Program participants have access to daily rehearsals and practice sessions, where they can observe opera’s great singers preparing their roles for the current Met repertory. They are also presented with the opportunity to participate in Met productions, as many singers perform supporting roles and pianists serve as assistant conductors.
Lindemann Young Artists are already in high demand and receive frequent invitations for performance opportunities outside the Met. This past season alone members of the program performed at Bayerische Staatsoper, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Glimmerglass Festival, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Opera Philadelphia, Teatro del Lago (Chile), Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Questa o quella from Rigoletto
All’afflitto è dolce il pianto from Roberto Devereux
Parle-moi de ma mère! from Carmen
Meigui Zhang and Arseny Yakovlev
Aaron Copland, from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
Nature, the Gentlest mother
The World Feels Dusty
Heart, We Will Forget Him
Going to Heaven!
Liebesbotschaft from Schwanengesang, D. 957
Ganymed, D. 544
Ständchen, op. 17 no. 2
Cäcilie, op. 27 no. 2
Se il padre perdei from Idomeneo
Ding Shan De
The Sunflowers from my Sweetheart
Whether the day reigns Op.47 No. 6
Frenzied nights Op. 60 No. 6
Spring Waters Op.14 No.11
Werther! Werther!…Ces lettres! From Werther
Je veux vivre from Roméo et Juliette
Dein ist mein ganzes Herz from Das Land des Lächelns
MET OPERA WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Saturday, February 2
12 PM: Pre-opera talk with Dr. Elizabeth Seitz
12:55 PM: Met Opera Live in HD broadcast
Carmen by Bizet
Tickets: $32, $29 (sold separately)
4:30 PM: Opera Masterclass
The masterclass will be led by Lindemann Artist vocal coach and pianist Nate Raskin and will feature 2-3 vocalists from Boston’s conservatories selected by Artistic Director Barry Shiffman. Free, no tickets required.
Sunday, February 3
2 PM: Pre-concert talk with Barry Shiffman and Sophie Joyce (Lindemann Artist Program Director), 2 PM
3 PM: Concert: Artists of the Met Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program
(Met Opera ticketholders receive 10% discount on Sunday’s concert)