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An Enchanted Evening with Paulo Szot
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Location: Avery Fisher Hall  (Directions)
Price Range: Starting at $49
Tue, Jun, 4, 2013
7:30 PM

“Szot sings with a power that sweeps you off your feet” (The New York Times). The Tony winner joins television's Megan Hilty (Smash) and Broadway's Marin Mazzie (Kiss Me, Kate, and Ragtime) for showstoppers from Broadway to Brazil and back again. Featuring highlights from Camelot, Man of La Mancha, and more.

An Enchanted Evening with Paulo Szot is the New York Philharmonic’s Spring Gala benefit. For more information about the Gala, which includes a pre-concert reception, concert, and post-concert dinner, please visit the Gala page.

Ted Sperling & Paulo Szot


  (Click the red play button to listen)
Overture and “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific
Songs of Don Quixote
“I Am I, Don Quixote” and “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha
“The Man that Got Away” from A Star is Born
“Too Many Mornings” from Follies
“Lover Come Back to Me” from New Moon
Medley: “Triste,” “Wave,” and “Desafinado”
“Bésame mucho”
“The Night They Invented Champagne” and “Gigi” from Gigi
“Old Devil Moon” from Finian’s Rainbow
“My Heart Belongs to Daddy” from Leave It to Me!
“So in Love” from Kiss Me, Kate
“How to Handle a Woman” and “If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot


Ted Sperling

Ted Sperling is a conductor, music director, arranger, singer, pianist, and violinist. He was music director and conductor of the first Broadway revival of South Pacific, which won seven 2008 Tony Awards and played to sold-out houses at Lincoln Center Theater. In 2005 Mr. Sperling won Tony and Drama Desk Awards (with Adam Guettel and Bruce Coughlin) for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director.

Mr. Sperling was music director and conductor of the 2009 Tony Award–nominated revival of Guys and Dolls. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/pianist include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Les Misérables, Roza, and Sunday in the Park with George. Mr. Sperling was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic. His Off Broadway credits as music director include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times.

Ted Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of four musicals — See What I Wanna See, V-Day, Charlotte: Life? or Theater?, and Striking 12 — as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. He conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated and directed the short film Love Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins, which has been shown in five international festivals. He was a recipient of the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in musical theater and is the director of the Music Theater Initiative at the Public Theater as well as creative director of 24-Hour Musicals.

Mr. Sperling maintains an active concert career. His performances include two sold-out programs with the New York Philharmonic, Barbara Cook’s 80th Birthday Celebration and the Gala New Year’s Eve Concert with Audra McDonald; The Mikado and The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall with The Collegiate Chorale; Brooklyn Village with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Brooklyn Youth Chorus; a Leonard Bernstein tribute for New York City Opera; and concerts with the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, National Opera Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, and Westchester Philharmonic. Artists with whom he has performed include Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Deborah Voigt, Paulo Szot, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone, Victoria Clark, and Michael Bublé. Ted Sperling will conduct the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail in July 2013 for the program Broadway Night with the Philharmonic.

Paulo Szot

Baritone Paulo Szot starred as Emile De Becque in the Broadway revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theater, for which he won the 2008 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, he has appeared with major opera companies throughout the world, including The Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opéra, Rome Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Barcelona’s The Teatro Liceu, among others.

In the 2012–13 season Mr. Szot made his debuts at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in Alexander Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart and at the Rome Opera in Shostakovich’s The Nose. He also appeared at Washington National Opera in the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In the 2011–12 season Mr. Szot made his debuts at the Festival de Aix-en-Provence, as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, at the San Francisco Opera, in Bizet’s Carmen, and returned to The Met for Massenet’s Manon. In 2010–11 Mr. Szot made his highly acclaimed Met debut in a new production of The Nose conducted by Valery Gergiev, and made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops Orchestra. That same season Paulo Szot made his debut at Dallas Opera, in the title role of Don Giovanni, and his Paris Opéra debut, as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and returned to The Met as Escamillo in Carmen. Paulo Szot made his U.S. opera debut in 2003 as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen at New York City Opera, and made his European opera debut in Marseille in 2004 as Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Mr. Szot returns to The Metropolitan Opera next season for a revival of The Nose and to perform the role of Falke in a new production of Die Fledermaus. he made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2009 alongside Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Kelli O’Hara, and others in a concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. 

Megan Hilty
Megan Hilty stars in NBC’s musical drama Smash as Ivy Lynn. She recently signed to Sony Music in a partnership between Sony Masterworks and Columbia Records, and her new album will be released next spring. Ms. Hilty most recently appeared as Lorelei Lee in the Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at New York City Center. A native of Seattle, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked, and reprised the role in both the national tour and in Los Angeles. After receiving rave reviews for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway’s 9 to 5: The Musical, Ms. Hilty was honored with nominations for Lead Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Awards, and L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. She starred in Two by Two as part of the Reprise Series in Los Angeles opposite Jason Alexander, Steven Weber, and Faith Prince. Megan Hilty has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and at Feinstein’s in New York City. Her voice has been featured on Disney’s The Secret Life of Magic Gourd, Phineas & Ferb, Glenn Martin DDS, American Dad, Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games, Robot & Monster, and as Snow White in Shrek the Third. Her voice will also be heard as Rosetta in Disney’s Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings. Ms. Hilty is currently in production on Summertime Entertainment’s animated film Dorothy of Oz with Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy, and Lea Michele. Her television credits include guest-starring roles in Melissa & Joey, Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Shark, Ugly Betty, Eli Stone, and The Suite Life of Zach & Cody. Megan Hilty made her New York Philharmonic debut in December 2012 in One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch, a special New Year’s Eve concert saluting the late composer-conductor.
Marin Mazzie recently co-starred in the Off Broadway revival of Carrie: The Musical based on the Stephen King novel. Before that she starred on Broadway in Next to Normal opposite her husband, Jason Danieley (who played Enoch Snow in the Philharmonic’s recent presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel). Ms. Mazzie received Tony and Drama Desk nominations and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance as Lilli/Katharine in 1999’s hit Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, and later received an Olivier Award nomination when she made her West End debut in the show. Other Broadway credits include Enron (Drama League nomination), Monty Python’s Spamalot, Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations), and Passion (Tony nomination). Off Broadway appearances have included The Vagina Monologues, The Trojan Women: A Love Story, and The World Goes Round. Regional theaters in which she has played include Barrington Stage Company, The Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, The Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, and Pasadena Playhouse.

Ms. Mazzie’s concert career has included engagements at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and elsewhere under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Marvin Hamlisch, Skitch Henderson, Keith Lockhart, Paul Gemignani, and Doc Severinson. She has been seen with the New York Philharmonic in two recent PBS specials: Sondheim: The Birthday Concert! and the Live From Lincoln Center production of Camelot, as Guenevere. Other television appearances include the following PBS Great Performances programs: Passion, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, and My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, all available on DVD, and the long-running PBS series An Evening with the Pops. Ms. Mazzie and Mr. Danieley have performed their joint cabaret shows at Cafe Carlyle, Feinstein’s at the Regency, and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Ms. Mazzie is a graduate of Western Michigan University, which awarded her an honorary doctorate and has a musical theater scholarship in her name.

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