Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Concert at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

New York, US

2024

Tuesday
June
11
20:00

Cast

Soprano  Lisette Oropesa

Conductor

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

About

Experience the famous versatility of The Met Orchestra as Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Brahms’s First Symphony, two of Mozart’s great arias, and a recent work by one of today’s most celebrated composers. Jessie Montgomery’s unifying “Hymn for Everyone” came to her as a revelation—a rare sensation for the composer—and was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2022. The agile voice of world-renowned soprano Lisette Oropesa shines in significant concert arias by Mozart. Grand in its scope as well as its themes, Brahms’s First Symphony is a heroic work, the culmination of decades of preparation and years of labor by a master.

Program

JESSIE MONTGOMERY "Hymn for Everyone"
MOZART "Vado, ma dove?," K. 583
MOZART "A Berenice … Sol nascente," K. 70

BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

Reviews

Oropesa’s charm balances Brahms’ dark drama with Met Orchestra at Carnegie

Lisette Oropesa, who will join the Met forces on their Asian tour, last appeared at the Met as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto in December 2022. Judging from the reception she received, the soprano has been greatly missed. Although this brief appearance singing two Mozart arias hardly sated her fans’ desire to hear more of her.

The first of the two arias was “Vado, ma dové,” K. 583, which Mozart composed in 1789 for soprano Louise Villeneuve. Little is known of the soprano, except that she was the first Dorabella in Così fan tutte; Mozart write this insertion aria for Villeneuve to sing int Martín y Soler’s Il Burbero di Buon Cuore.

Unsurprisingly, with the passage of time, Oropesa’s lyric coloratura soprano has grown in size and complexity. “Vado, ma dové” was less of a coloratura showpiece for Oropesa than an opportunity for her to display the beauty of her middle range. Her voice was especially creamy and rich in the second section of the aria in which she sang imploring for love to be her guide.

Mozart composed “A Berenice – Sol nascente” K. 70 when he was only 13 as a birthday present to Prince-Archbishop Sigismund von Schrattenbach. The young genius found a congenial patron in the archbishop, as opposed to his successor Hieronymus Colleredo, who famously dismissed him from his service.

“A Berenice – Sol nascente” is a licenza, as opposed to either a stand-alone aria or an insertion. Intended as an epilogue for Giuseppi Sarti’s opera-seria Vologeso, it opens with an extended recitative in praise of Prince Sigismund, which provided another opportunity for Oropesa to display the warmth of her middle register, as well as her flair for bringing words to life.

—  Rick Perdian  •  New York Classical Review