prisoner of the state

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Location

David Geffen Hall

Directions
Price Range

$34-119

Duration

1 hour & 10 minutes no intermission

No Late Seating
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

The New York Philharmonic’s climactic season finale is the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang’s opera prisoner of the state in a fully staged production directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer. A retelling of Beethoven’s Fidelio, the bold new opera chronicles a woman’s attempt to rescue her husband from unjust political imprisonment. The action unfolds around the musicians of the Orchestra, who are both observers of the story and participants in the prison.

Program To Include

David Lang

prisoner of the state (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Rotterdam's de Doelen, 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. In the 2019–20 season he and the Philharmonic celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers in Project 19, illuminate three hotbeds of music innovation — Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York — in the hotspots festival, and explore Mahler’s New York. 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. 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

Elkanah Pulitzer

Director

Known for her bold, nuanced, and innovative stage direction, Elkhanah Pulitzer is an esteemed director of opera and theater. Recent projects include the live tour of Esperanza Spalding’s new album 12 Little Spells and DIORAMA, an art installation at the Institute of Advanced Uncertainty. She has directed projects with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, West Edge Opera, and Canadian Opera Company, among others. Her theater directing credits include work with Impact Theater, Cutting Ball, Riverside Theater, and Ensemble Theater Company.

Ms. Pulitzer explores the intersection between music and theater through innovation and hybridized forms. Her past collaborations include next-generation projects with Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Omaha, and SF Opera Lab, an experimental chamber opera two-year program at San Francisco Opera, where she served as artistic curator and developed the mission, brand, and programming. She was honored with the Opera America Success Award for her libretto Dream of the Pacific, an original opera about Lewis and Clark with music by Stephen Mager.

Born in Boston and raised in St. Louis and Marin County, Elkhanah Pulitzer serves as board vice president of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, which advances experimentation in art curation, installation, and live programming.

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Julie Mathevet

Soprano (The Assistant)

Julie Mathevet

Soprano (The Assistant)

Julie Mathevet

Soprano (The Assistant)

A graduate of the Opéra National de Paris’s Atelier Lyrique in 2008, Julie Mathevet performed the role of Eglé in the World Premiere of Benoît Mernier’s La Dispute at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. She has also appeared as Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at Teatro la Fenice; Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Lydia in Fauré’s Pénélope, both at La Monnaie; and Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Opéra de Massy in Paris and on tour with Opéra Éclaté. Ms. Mathevet has been invited to sing the role of Yniold in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande on many stages, including at the Opéra national de Paris and the Verbier Festival.

Recent engagements include Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with The Cleveland Orchestra, in the role of Naiad and covering Zerbinetta, and covering Zerbinetta with Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. This World Premiere production of David Lang’s prisoner of the state marks Julie Mathevet’s New York Philharmonic debut.

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Alan Oke

Tenor (The Leader)

Alan Oke

Tenor (The Leader)

Alan Oke

Tenor (The Leader)

Alan Oke studied at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and with Hans Hotter in Munich. Following a successful career as a baritone, he made his tenor debut in 1992. Since then he has performed roles including Rodolfo (Puccini’s La bohème), Alfredo (Verdi’s La Traviata), Pinkerton (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly), Steva (Janáček’s Jenůfa), Boris (Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová), M.K. Gandhi (Philip Glass’s Satyagraha), Valzacchi (R. Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier), The Four Servants (Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann), and Schoolteacher (Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen). He has appeared at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, The Metropolitan Opera, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as at the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Brighton, Bregenz, and Ravenna festivals and BBC Proms. He recently created the role of Rookie in the World Premiere of David Sawer’s The Skating Rink for Garsington Opera.

Mr. Oke has established a reputation in 20th-century and contemporary repertoire, including Chairman Mao in John Adams’s Nixon in China for the BBC Proms and Berlin Festival; Caliban in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest for The Met, Hiereus / The Translator in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, Old Man Marshall in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole for Royal Opera, and Prince / Manservant / Marquis in Berg’s Lulu for Welsh National Opera. His appearances in Britten operas include Peter Grimes and Death in Venice (as Aschenbach) at the Aldeburgh Festival, and Billy Budd, as Captain Vere, first at the Teatro Carlo Felice and later at Opera North and the Aldeburgh Festival.

Current season highlights include singing Loge in Wagner’s Das Rheingold at Royal Opera, Shepherd in Enescu’s Oedipe for Dutch National Opera, Captain Vere for Polish National Opera, a return to the Aix-en-Provence Festival, as well as his New York Philharmonic debut in the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state. Future engagements include the Glyndebourne Festival and the Royal Opera.

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Jarrett Ott

Baritone (The Prisoner)

Jarrett Ott

Baritone (The Prisoner)

Jarrett Ott

Baritone (The Prisoner)

The 2018–19 season marks American baritone Jarrett Ott’s first season in the ensemble of the Staatstheater Stuttgart, where he makes his European role debuts as Oreste in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Chou En-lai in John Adams’s Nixon in China, Figaro in Mozart’s The Barber of Seville, Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème, and Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. He also returns to Santa Fe Opera for Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. In 2017–18, he made debuts as Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural O17 festival, Figaro in 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 Harlekin in R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Maximilian in Bernstein’s Candide at Santa Fe Opera.

Jarrett Ott has performed Orff’s Carmina burana with the Seattle Symphony and Colorado Springs Philharmonic; Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Columbus Symphony; a holiday concert with the Lexington Philharmonic; and Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and the World Premiere of Joseph Vella’s The Hyland Mass with the New York Choral Society. He has presented several recitals with the Brooklyn Art Song Society.

Mr. Ott’s honors have included third place in the Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers, held in Los Angeles (2016); finalist in the George London Foundation Competition for Singers; semi-finalist in the McCammon Voice Competition; third prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition; and a grant from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. Most recently, he was granted a Career Development Award from the Sullivan Foundation. Jarrett Ott received his master’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with baritone Randall Scarlata and Marlena Kleinman Malas.

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Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone (The Jailor)

Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone (The Jailor)

Eric Owens by Dario Acosta

Bass-Baritone (The Jailor)

Bass-baritone Eric Owens is an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music, equally at home in orchestral, recital, and operatic repertoire.

In the 2018–19 season, Mr. Owens returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago to make his role debut as the Wanderer in David Poutney’s new production of Wagner’s Siegfried. He also stars as Porgy in James Robinson’s new production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at Dutch National Opera and makes his role debut as Hagen in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung at The Metropolitan Opera conducted by Philippe Jordan. Concert appearances include the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the King in Verdi’s Aida with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti, the Verdi Requiem with the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Mozart Requiem with Music of the Baroque. Mr. Owens will also go on a multi-city recital tour with tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

Eric Owens’s career operatic highlights include: Alberich in The Metropolitan Opera’s Ring Cycle directed by Robert Lepage; Orest in Patrice Chereau’s production of R. Strauss’s Elektra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen at The Met; the title role in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Filippo in Verdi’s Don Carlo at Washington National Opera; his San Francisco Opera debut in Verdi’s Otello conducted by Donald Runnicles; his Royal Opera, Covent Garden, debut in Bellini’s Norma; Vodnik in Dvořák’s Rusalka and Porgy in Porgy and Bess at Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role of Handel’s Hercules with the Canadian Opera Company; Aida at Houston Grand Opera; Verdi’s Rigoletto and Il Trovatore as well as Puccini’s La bohème at Los Angeles Opera; Mozart’s The Magic Flute for his Paris Opera debut; the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth at the Glimmerglass Festival; and Handel’s Ariodante and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the English National Opera.

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Men of the Concert Chorale of New York
Donald Nally, director

Chorus

Men of the Concert Chorale of New York
Donald Nally, director

Chorus

Chorus

The Concert Chorale of New York is a group of professional singers that has appeared at the Caramoor Festival in concert versions of operas by Handel, Britten, and Rossini, as well as repertoire ranging from Philip Glass and John Adams to Purcell and Handel at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The chorale performed Gilbert & Sullivan at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase as well as Live From Lincoln Center’s Emmy-nominated A Salute to the American Musical. The chorale has appeared with American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Judy Collins, and participated in the New York Premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in concert at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble appears regularly at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival — including in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem and C-minor Mass, and Haydn’s Creation — and its Lincoln Center Festival appearances have included Julie Taymor’s production of Eliot Goldenthal’s Grendl, Richard Strauss’s Daphne, and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Movies of Tim Burton (the last also televised on Live From Lincoln Center). Last season, CCNY performed all of Bernstein’s choral works, including Chichester Psalms, paired with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Bernstein’s MASS and Mozart’s Requiem, at the Mostly Mozart Festival. The ensemble’s discography includes Lederer & Davis’s Kismet and Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha with Paul Gemignani (CBS Records), Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs (Nonesuch), and recordings with the American Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra of New York. The men of the chorale were featured on a Pet Shop Boys recording (EMI). The chorale’s 2019–20 season performances with Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic include Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Great; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection; and John Adams’s Harmonium.

Donald Nally conducts The Crossing, the internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award–winning professional choir that commissions, premieres, and records only new music. He holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University, where he is professor and director of choral organizations. Mr. Nally has served as chorus master at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and, for many seasons, the Spoleto Festival in Italy. With The Crossing, Mr. Nally has commissioned almost 80 works and produced 15 recordings, receiving three Grammy nominations. He was the American Composers Forum 2017 Champion of New Music and received the 2017 Michael Korn Founders Award from Chorus America. He is the only conductor to have two ensembles receive the Margaret Hillis Award for Excellence in Choral Music. This season, Mr. Nally is visiting resident artist at Park Avenue Armory, music director of David Lang’s 1000-voice Mile-Long Opera on the High Line in Manhattan, and directed the choruses for the New York Philharmonic’s World Premiere performances of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth (January 2019) and David Lang’s prisoner of the state (June 2019).

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Donald Nally, director

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Matt Saunders

Scenic Designer

Matt Saunders

Scenic Designer

Scenic Designer

Set designer Matt Saunders’s recent Off Broadway work includes Daddy (The New Group and Vineyard Theatre), Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater), Venus (Signature Theatre), Thunderbodies (Soho Rep), Futurity (Soho Rep and Ars Nova), Good Person of Szechwan (The Foundry Theatre and The Public Theater), and The Tempest (The Public Theater at The Delacorte Theater). His recent opera work includes Daniel Bernard Roumain’s We Shall Not Be Moved (Opera Philadelphia and Apollo Theater), Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone (Prototype), and Janáček’s Káta Kabanová (Spoleto Festival USA). His 100+ regional credits include projects at the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Huntington Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Wilma Theater, and the Kennedy Center. Mr. Saunders received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He is a Pew Fellow in the Arts and a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, associate artistic director of New Paradise Laboratories, and associate professor of design at Swarthmore College.

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Maarten Warmerdam / Theatermachine

Lighting Designer

Maarten Warmerdam / Theatermachine

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer

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Adam Larsen

Projection Designer

Adam Larsen

Projection Designer

Projection Designer

Adam Larsen is a documentary filmmaker and projection designer. Designs include Hal Prince’s LoveMusik on Broadway; Esperanza Spalding’s 12 Little Spells national tour; Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves at Opera Philadelphia and the Prototype Festival; Lee Breuer’s The Gospel at Colonus at the Athens, Edinburgh, and Spoleto festivals; Watermill at the BAM Next Wave Festival; Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the Singapore and Edinburgh Festivals; Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at Tanglewood; Janáček’s From the House of the Dead at Canadian Opera; Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at Seattle Opera; Bernstein’s MASS at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Mostly Mozart Festival; Britten’s Peter Grimes and all five seasons of the SoundBox series at the San Francisco Symphony; The Pelleas Trilogy at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann at Hawaii Opera Theatre; John Adams’s The Dharma at Big Sur at Opera Omaha; Lukas Foss’s Phorion with the New World Symphony; and Mascagni’s Iris at Bard SummerScape. Mr. Larsen’s first documentary, Neurotypical, about autism from the perspective of autistics, aired on the PBS series POV.

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Maline Casta

Costume Designer

Maline Casta

Costume Designer

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Mark Grey

Sound Designer

Mark Grey

Sound Designer

Sound Designer

Mark Grey is an Emmy Award–winning sound designer who first worked with the New York Philharmonic on the World Premiere and resulting recording of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls in 2002, which went on to win both the Pulitzer Prize for Music and multiple Grammy Awards. He has also worked with The Metropolitan Opera (John Adams’s Doctor Atomic in 2008, Nixon in China in 2011, and The Death of Klinghoffer in 2014; Lehár’s The Merry Widow in 2015; Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle / Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in 2015; and Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin in 2016). He has collaborated intimately with composer John Adams, and several others, for nearly three decades, and designed and toured extensively with Kronos Quartet for nearly 15 years. Mr. Grey’s association with Lyric Opera of Chicago has encompassed many productions since 2007, and he has designed several productions for Park Avenue Armory, including J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, and Peter Sellars, and Circle Map, the Philharmonic’s performance of works by Kaija Saariaho, in 2016. His sound designs have been heard throughout most major concert halls, in HD simulcasts to theaters, and in opera houses worldwide. As a composer, his opera Frankenstein recently premiered at La Monnaie in Brussels.

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Matthew Frew

Props Designer

Matthew Frew

Props Designer

Props Designer

Props designer Matthew Frew’s Off-Broadway credits include Happy Talk, “Daddy,” The True, Peace for Mary Frances, Good for Otto, Downtown Race Riot, The Whirligig, Evening at the Talk House, Sweet Charity, Buried Child, Steve, Mercury Fur, The Spoils, Rasheeda Speaking, Sticks and Bones, Annapurna, Intimacy, The Jacksonian, An Early History of Fire, Russian Transport (The New Group); YEN, Permission, The Money Shot (MCC Theater); War (Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3); Fun Home (The Public Theater); and Love and Information (New York Theatre Workshop). Mr. Frew has also worked on projects for New York City Center’s Encores!, Manhattan School of Music, Women’s Project Theater, Bucks County Playhouse, Cherry Lane Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, and Theatre for a New Audience. He is the recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Properties Design from the Kennedy Center and United States Institute for Theatre Technology Chesapeake Award for Theatrical Design. Matthew Frew is owner of The Grey Area, which provides prop design, fabrication, and supervision in Brooklyn.

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Major support for these concerts is provided by Laura Chang and Arnold Chavkin.

Performances in the Thursday C Subscription Series are supported by Edna Mae and Leroy Fadem, loyal subscribers since 1977.

Generous support for the June 7 performance of prisoner of the state is provided by Ann Ziff.

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