prisoner of the state

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Location

David Geffen Hall

Directions
Price Range

$34-130

Date & Times

6

Jun, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

7

Jun, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM

8

Jun, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Don’t miss this contemporary take on Beethoven’s Fidelio. In prisoner of the state, our climactic season finale, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang transforms the classic opera into an exploration of challenging an evil government, putting a fresh lens on the fall of a political tyrant. The Philharmonic — an integral part of the drama — serves as witness in this fully staged opera.

Program To Include

David Lang

prisoner of the state (World Premiere–Co-Commission by the New York Philharmonic in collaboration with Rotterdam’s de Doelen and London’s Barbican, Barcelona’s l’Auditori, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, and Bruges’s Concertgebouw)

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. The 2018–19 season marks his first as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Guest engagements this season include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra — where he is Conductor Laureate, having just completed a ten-year tenure as Music Director. He has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In his inaugural season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden conducts repertoire ranging from five World Premieres to symphonic cornerstones. He presides over three season pillars — each presenting a World Premiere — that contextualize music through programs complemented by citywide collaborations. Music of Conscience explores composers’ responses to the social issues of their time, with music by Beethoven, Shostakovich, John Corigliano, and David Lang. New York Stories: Threads of Our City looks at musical expressions of the immigrant experience in New York, with music by Julia Wolfe. The Art of Andriessen spotlights the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. Maestro van Zweden also welcomes New Yorkers to Phil the Hall, concerts for community and service professionals; the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert; and the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, the most recent of which features live New York Philharmonic performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, released on CD and for streaming and download in February 2018; this release launched the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established U.S. classical music label. In 2018 he completed a four-year project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducting the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos Records. His highly praised performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

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 from 2005 to 2013, and served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra from 2008 to 2011. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Elkhanah Pulitzer

Director

Elkhanah Pulitzer

Director

Elkhanah Pulitzer by Kristen Loken

Director

Opera and theater director Elkhanah Pulitzer — currently artistic curator for SF Opera Lab, an intimate, experimental programming branch of San Francisco Opera — has passionately pursued her interest in storytelling since she was a girl, following childhood impulses to “stage” toys, environments, and people. Ms. Pulitzer has directed opera projects with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, West Edge Opera, and Canadian Opera Company, among others. Outreach opera projects include work with Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Boston Lyric Opera New England, SF Opera Lab, and Opera Omaha. Ms. Pulitzer’s theater directing credits include work with Impact Theater, Cutting Ball, Riverside Theater, and Ensemble Theater Company. Additionally, she wrote the libretto for Dream of the Pacific, an original opera about Lewis and Clark with music by Stephen Mager, which was honored with an Opera America Success Award.  

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Julie Mathevet

Soprano

Julie Mathevet

Soprano

Julie Mathevet

Soprano

A graduate of the Opéra national de Paris’s Atelier Lyrique in 2008, soprano Julie Mathevet’s coloratura is particularly delightful in French and Mozartian repertoire. Dedicated to constant artistic exploration, she collaborates with the leading names in stage direction, and is equally and attracted to atypical projects and contemporary creation. She sang the role of Eglé in the premiere of Benoît Mernier’s La Dispute at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, directed by Ursel and K.E. Hermann, who later invited her to sing Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice. Her other operatic roles include Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, and Lydia in Fauré’s Pénélope, both at La Monnaie. She has sung The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Paris’s Opera de Massy, under the direction of Joël Suhubiette, and on tour with Opera Éclaté. Ms. Mathevet’s taste for acting led to her portrayal of Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Fantasia in a production of Offenbach’s Le Voyage dans la Lune directed by Olivier Desbordes. She also played Sophie in Massenet’s Werther with the Aquitaine Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Mathevet has sung Yniold in Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande on many stages: at Opéra national de Paris, under the direction of Philippe Jordan in a dramatization by Robert Wilson; at the Verbier Festival, with José van Dam and conducted by Charles Dutoit; at Malmö Opera; with The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst in a dramatization by Yuval Sharon, and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, also directed by Mr. Dutoit. Her recent and future engagements include a return to Malmö Opera as Miss Ellen in Delibes Lakmé, and Naiad in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with The Cleveland Orchestra.

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Alan Oke

Tenor

Alan Oke

Tenor

Alan Oke

Tenor

Tenor Alan Oke studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow and with Hans Hotter in Munich. Following a successful career as a baritone he made his debut as a tenor in 1992, and since has covered much of the tenor repertoire, including Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème, Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Steva in Janáček’s Jenůfa, Boris in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, M.K. Gandhi in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, The Four Servants in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, and Schoolteacher in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. He has worked with Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Scottish Opera; Opera North; The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; English National Opera; Canadian Opera Company; and The Metropolitan Opera, and appeared at the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Brighton, Bregenz, and Ravenna festivals and the BBC Proms. Last season he sang his first Valzacchi in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at The Met.

Recently he has established a reputation for 20th-century and contemporary repertoire, including the roles of Chairman Mao in John Adams’s Nixon in China (BBC Proms and Berlin Festival), Caliban in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest (The Met), Hiereus / The Translator in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur and Old Man Marshall in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole (Royal Opera), and Prince / Manservant / Marquis in Berg’s Lulu (Welsh National Opera). He sang his first Peter Grimes for the Aldeburgh Festival as part of their Britten centenary, adding to his interpretation of Aschenbach in the composer’s Death in Venice. He made his role debut as Captain Vere in Britten’s Billy Budd at the Teatro Carlo Felice; last season he reprised the role with Opera North in Leeds and at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Engagements this season and beyond include Janáček’s From the House of the Dead with Welsh National Opera, Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets a Divorce at Teatr Wielki Poznan and Grand Théâtre de Genève, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Netherlands Opera, and a return to the Royal Opera.

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Jarrett Ott

Baritone

Jarrett Ott

Baritone

Jarrett Ott

Baritone

American baritone Jarrett Ott was recently named one of 25 Rising Stars by Opera News. In his continued career ascension, Mr. Ott will make many important role debuts this coming season, including Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Opera Philadelphia, Figaro in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with Lyric Opera Kansas City and Dayton Opera, Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld with New Orleans Opera and at Santa Fe Opera, Harlequin in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Maximilian in Bernstein’s Candide. Concert debuts include Orff’s Carmina burana with Seattle Symphony, Brahms’s A German Requiem with Columbus Symphony, and Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Ott will join the Ensemble of Staatsoper Stuttgart beginning in the 2018–19 season. In the 2016–17 season, Mr. Ott made his major European opera debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin singing Angel in Andrea Scartazzini’s new work Edward II, directed by Christoph Loy, and toured with Perm Opera and MusicAeterna as Don Pedro de Alvorado in a concert version of Purcell’s Indian Queen, with stops in Geneva, Köln, Bremen, and Dortmund. In North America, he made role debuts as Curly in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! with the Glimmerglass Festival, Zurga in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers with North Carolina Opera, and Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Opera Memphis. Concert engagements have included debuts with Colorado Springs Philharmonic in Carmina burana, a holiday concert with the Lexington Philharmonic, and the world premiere of Joseph Vella’s The Hyland Mass with the New York Choral Society at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone

Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone

Eric Owens by Dario Acosta

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Eric Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in orchestral, recital, and operatic repertoire, he brings his powerful poise, expansive voice, and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world. In the 2017–18 season Mr. Owens returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago to make his role debut as Wotan in David Pountney’s new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre. He also sings Filippo II in Verdi’s Don Carlo at Washington National Opera, Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at Houston Grand Opera, Enrico in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Canadian Opera Company, and the Forester in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glimmerglass Festival, where he serves as artist-in-residence and artistic advisor. Concert appearances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti; Verdi’s Requiem with both the National Symphony Orchestra, led by Gianandrea Noseda, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra; and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Music of the Baroque. Eric Owens launched the 2016–17 season as Wotan in David Pountney’s new production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He sang a trio of operas at The Metropolitan Opera that included The Met premiere of Kaijo Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, a new production of Rusalka, and a revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, all broadcast through The Met’s Live in HD series. Concert highlights included joining Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for performances as Wotan in Das Rheingold and of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which he also performed at the Cincinnati May Festival as its artist-in-residence, Orest in Richard Strauss’s Elektra at the Verbier Festival, and Méphistophélès in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He served as the New York Philharmonic’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence in the 2015–16 season.

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