Samuel Beckett: Fin de partie
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György Kurtág / Samuel Beckett: Fin de partie

Location

David Geffen Hall

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$35-101

Date & Times

10

Jun, 2021

Thursday, 7:30 PM

12

Jun, 2021

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness.” In the dystopian world of Beckett’s Fin de partie, we see a blind man, his helpless parents, and his hapless servant bumble and bicker as they wait for an end to their suffering — like four final pieces on a chessboard, waiting for the game to end. Kurtág’s music provides the timeless continuum for the eternal question, one that concerns us in the 21st century now more than ever: how will this universal game play out? The New York Philharmonic presents the US Premiere of Kurtág’s opera based on Beckett’s tragicomedy in a fully staged production directed by Claire van Kampen (Farinelli and the King) and conducted by Jaap van Zweden.

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György Kurtág / Samuel Beckett

Fin de partie (US Premiere)

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012, and has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, including the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in seven World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. He presides over Project 19, marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers; hotspots festival, spotlighting Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York as new-music centers; and Mahler’s New York, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. During the 2020 European tour, he and the Orchestra will open the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s history. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and the low-cost Phil the Hall. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is of the World Premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos, and his performance of Parsifal earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

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 (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in 2018.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Today, the Foundation focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism by providing in-home music therapy; developing funding opportunities for autism programs; operating the Papageno House, where young adults with autism live, work, and participate in the community; and creating a research center in the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism. Most recently, the Foundation launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Claire van Kampen

Director

Claire van Kampen

Director

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Director

Claire van Kampen trained at London’s Royal College of Music. Studying music theory with Ruth Gipps and piano with Peter Element, she specialized in 20th-century music performance, premiering many works by today’s leading composers. She subsequently developed a career as a composer / performer, writing and playing for theater, radio, television, film soundtracks, and the concert hall.

She began her theater career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986, then the Royal National Theatre in 1987, becoming the first female to be a musical director with either company. At Shakespeare’s Globe, she served as artistic associate (to Mark Rylance) from 1996 to 2006. She is currently the Globe associate and senior research fellow for early modern music.

Ms. van Kampen has created original scores for Broadway’s True West (2000), Boeing-Boeing (2008), La Bête (2010), Twelfth Night and Richard III (2013–14), and her play Farinelli and the King (2017–18). All were nominated for Tony Awards.

As well as adapting Farinelli and the King for the screen, she is writing and directing upcoming film and television projects, including a film about painter Elaine de Kooning, to be filmed in New York City in 2020. She is also writing a book on Shakespeare and music.

As a composer, her ballet Uncaged —choreographed by Antonia Franceschi — will be premiered with the New York Theatre Ballet in February 2020. Following a successful Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe (starring Andre Holland), she will direct Titus Andronicus in 2020 in the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Claire van Kampen has received Concordia University’s Vero Nihil Verius Award and the 2007 Sam Wanamaker Award. In 2019 she received an honorary doctorate of music from Brunel University.

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Laurent Naouri

Bass-baritone (Hamm)

Laurent Naouri

Bass-baritone (Hamm)

Laurent Naouri

Bass-baritone (Hamm)

Baritone Laurent Naouri studied at the Centre National d’Insertion Professionelle d’Artistes Lyriques (CNIPAL) in Marseille and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His broad repertoire includes about 40 roles, from early Baroque to contemporary opera, including the Four Villains in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Verdi’s Falstaff, Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Méphistophélès in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, the Marquis de la Force in Dialogue of the Carmélites, Ruprecht in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, Germont in La Traviata, and The Grand Prêtre in Samson et Dalila. He has appeared at the world’s leading opera houses and festivals, including in Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona, Berlin, Dallas, Glyndebourne, Helsinki, Los Angeles, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Munich, Salzburg, Santa Fe, and Tokyo, and at The Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Naouri’s more recent engagements have included singing the role of Capulet in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, the Four Villains at The Met, Don Gaspar in Donizetti’s L’Ange de Nesida (at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden), Germont in Verdi’s La traviata (Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées), Mamma Agata in Donizetti’s Viva la Mammà (Lyon, Geneva), Somarone in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict (Dallas), Vautrin in Luca Francesconi’s Trompe la Mort (Paris), and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Opéra national de Paris). This season he sings the Four Villains, King Ignace in Philippe Boesmans’s Yvonne de Bourgogne, Thoas in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at Opéra national de Paris’ Tomsky  in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and the title role of Saint-Saens’s Henry VIII in Brussels, Roméo et Juliette in Dallas, and Capulet and Pandolfe at The Met.

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Rod Gilfry

Baritone (Clov)

Rod Gilfry

Baritone (Clov)

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Baritone (Clov)

American baritone Rod Gilfry — two-time Grammy award nominee, singer, and actor — has performed in all of the world’s music capitals. Best-known as an opera singer, he is also an acclaimed recitalist and concert artist, and appears frequently in musical theater classics.

In the 2019–20 season Mr. Gilfry performs the Father in the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice at Los Angeles Opera. In concert, he sings Alfred Stieglitz in Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light opposite Renée Fleming with the National Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Symphony. He also sings Claudius in Brett Dean’s Hamlet with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, returns to the Ravinia Festival as the President in Bernstein’s White House Cantata, gives a concert at Old Dominion University with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, and performs a solo recital at Messiah College with pianist Peter Walsh.

Last season, Mr. Gilfry sang Prospero in Miranda (after Henry Purcell) with Opéra Comique on tour at Opéra National de Bordeaux and Théâtre de Caen. He also reprised Mr. Potter in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life at San Francisco Opera, sang Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Santa Fe Opera and Korea National Opera, and performed in David Lang’s the loser at Los Angeles Opera. Concert highlights included the world premiere of the expansion of The Brightness of Light at the Tanglewood Festival, Cole Porter songs with the New York Philharmonic, and Aucoin’s Crossing Suite and Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen with the San Diego Symphony.

In addition to his full-time performance schedule, Rod Gilfry is an associate professor of vocal arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

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Tenor (Nagg)

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Tenor (Nagg)

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J’Nai Bridges

Mezzo-Soprano (Nell)

J’Nai Bridges

Mezzo-Soprano (Nell)

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Mezzo-Soprano (Nell)

Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges’s 2019–20 operatic engagements in the United States include her debut at The Metropolitan Opera, singing the role of Nefertiti in Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten, and her house and role debuts at Washington National Opera, performing Dalila in Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila. Ms. Bridges will sing the title role of Bizet’s Carmen for the first time in Europe at the Dutch National Opera and will make her Aix-en-Provence Festival debut singing Margret in a new production of Berg’s Wozzeck, conducted by Simon Rattle. 

Ms. Bridges opened her season with her Tanglewood Festival debut, performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her concert appearances continue with her debuts with San Antonio Symphony, in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, and with the New Jersey Symphony, in Handel’s Messiah. J’Nai Bridges closes her season with her debut at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Chineke! Orchestra and Friends.

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