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David Geffen Hall

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1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Sep, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Sep, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM


Oct, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Rimsky-Korsakov’s glittering showpiece Scheherazade transports you to the exotic time and place of The Arabian Nights. To save her life the heroine entertains her husband with nightly tales of shipwrecks, thieves, and royals. Sensuous, shimmering, and stormy — it’s a thrilling musical adventure! And Magdalena Kožená makes her Philharmonic debut singing highly perfumed songs of love and loss by Berlioz.



Les Nuits d’été





Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Magdalena Kožená


Magdalena Kožená


Magdalena Kozena


Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená was born in the Czech city of Brno and studied voice and piano at the Brno Conservatory and later at Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts. She has worked with the world’s leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, James Levine, and Charles Mackerras, and she regularly appears as a soloist with the Berlin, Vienna, and Czech philharmonic orchestras and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw orchestras. Her recital partners include Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, and Mitsuko Uchida. Ms. Kožená’s understanding of historical performance practices has been cultivated in collaboration with period-instrument ensembles including the English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Venice Baroque Orchestra, and Le Concert d’Astrée. She first performed at the Salzburg Festival in 2002 as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and returned in 2013 as Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo (a role she has also sung for the Glyndebourne Festival and in Berlin and Lucerne). Ms. Kožená has been a regular guest at The Metropolitan Opera since her first appearance in 2003. Other notable opera appearances include Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden (in 2007); Oktavian in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the Berlin Staatsoper (2009) and Baden Baden Easter Festival (2015); the title role in Bizet’s Carmen at the Salzburg Easter and summer festivals (2012); Charpentier’s Médée at Basel Opera (2015); and Martinů’s Juliette at the Berlin Staatsoper (2016). Ms. Kožená was signed by Deutsche Grammophon in 1999 and released her first album of Bach arias on its Archiv label. Her recital debut recording of songs by Dvořák, Janáček, and Martinů appeared on Deutsche Grammophon’s yellow label in 2001 and received Gramophone’s Solo Vocal Award. Her most recent releases for Deutsche Grammophon include Monteverdi with La Cetra and Andrea Marcon (2016), Prayer for voice and organ with Christian Schmidt (2014), and Love + Longing with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle.

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