Insights at the Atrium: “Staging Tales of Darkness”

The New York Philharmonic

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Insights at the Atrium: "Staging Tales of Darkness"

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Location

David Rubenstein Atrium

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Free

Date & Times

24

Sep, 2019

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Bengt Gomér — director / set and lighting designer of the staging of Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung that the New York Philharmonic will present in its US Stage Premiere September 26–28 — and Nina Stemme — who plays Judith in Bluebeard's Castle  will go behind-the-scenes to discuss the making of this new production with New York Philharmonic Vice President, Artistic Planning, Isaac Thompson.

Insights at the Atrium events are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Subscribers, Friends at the Affiliate level and above, and Patrons may secure guaranteed admission by emailing AdultEd@nyphil.org. Space is limited.
 

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Bengt Gomér

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Bengt Gomér

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Bengt Gomer

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Swedish set designer and director Bengt Gomér works in opera, dance, theater, and other art projects. He studied the history of art and philosophy at Lund University, and has worked in set and lighting design at theaters throughout Europe since 1990. He made his directorial debut at Sweden’s Dalhalla Opera with Puccini’s Turandot in the summer of 2015, and recently he served as dramaturge for New York–based composer João MacDowell’s new opera, The Seventh Seal, based on Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name.

Mr. Gomér has collaborated with directors including Staffan Aspegren, Sam Brown, Charlotte Engelkes, Mick Gordon, Sofia Jupiter, Håkan Lindhé, Åsa Melldahl, Mellika Melouani Melani, Nils Spangenberg, and Olivier Tambosi. His upcoming projects include working as set and lighting designer for Hummel, Barbarino, and Hauser’s operetta Ludwig II, sehnsucht nach dem Paradies at Theater Regensburg in Germany, and a staged version of Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra on tour throughout Europe. Both projects are directed by Sam Brown.

Upcoming next season is the world premiere of the opera Bly by Icelandic composer Karólina Eiriksdóttir and Swedish librettist Ann-Sofie Bárány, in collaboration with director Mellika Melouani Melani. The piece will tour Sweden with the Pitea Chamber Opera.

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Nina Stemme

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Nina Stemme

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Nina Stemme

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Swedish-born soprano Nina Stemme is considered a leading singer of the dramatic opera’s most challenging roles, including Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Kundry in Par­sifal, and the title roles in Richard Strauss’s Salome and Elektra, as well as Puccini’s La fanciulla del West and Turandot. Since winning Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, The World Opera Competition in 1993, Ms. Stemme has furthered the tradition of her Scandinavian predecessors Kirsten Flagstad and Birgit Nilsson at leading opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Bayreuth Festival, Vienna Staatsoper, and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her numerous other prizes, awards, and honors throughout her career include being named Swedish Court Singer and Austrian “Kammersängerin.” The German specialist journal Opernwelt crowned her Singer of the Year twice, in 2005 and 2012. She was awarded the prestigious Birgit Nilsson Prize in a ceremony attended by the Swedish Royal Family at the Royal Swedish Opera in October 2018. Nina Stemme’s future projects include Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle not only with the New York Philharmonic but also in Munich; Turandot at The Met; Tosca and Tristan and Isolde in Berlin; and the role of Brünnhilde in the Ring Cycle in Vienna.

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Isaac Thompson

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Isaac Thompson

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Isaac Thompson is Vice President, Artistic Planning, of the New York Philharmonic. He has led a multifaceted career as performer, writer, educator, and arts administrator. Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, he served as director of Artistic Administration for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Cincinnati May Festival, where he was responsible for creating and implementing a wide variety of artistic initiatives, including season programming, commissioning, special artistic projects, and recording projects in collaboration with music director Louis Langrée. Notable achievements included spearheading the CSO’s innovative Pelléas Trilogy with director / designer James Darrah, as well as launching a new artistic model for the Cincinnati May Festival, resulting in the appointment of Juanjo Mena as principal conductor and Gerard McBurney as the first-ever creative partner. Before he joined the CSO, Isaac Thompson served as vice president of Artistic Planning for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) for three years, in addition to serving as the MSO’s program note annotator for two seasons. While in Milwaukee, he partnered with music director Edo de Waart in producing a much-lauded cycle of Mozart’s Da Ponte operas, as well as creating the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Composer Institute in collaboration with the American Composers Forum. Prior to joining the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Thompson was a member of the artistic team of Music@Menlo, the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier chamber music festival, where he worked directly with artistic directors and Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Mr. Thompson has consulted on artistic projects with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Miró Quartet, ArtistLed, and The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and he has given lectures at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States. As a violinist, Isaac Thompson has performed prolifically, appearing at such festivals as Aspen, Round Top, Great Mountains (South Korea), Opera and Music Theater of Lucca (Italy), Chautauqua, and Northern Lights Chamber Music Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music and The University of Texas at Austin, where he served as a graduate teaching fellow in music.

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