Purcell and Britten at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Susan Graham takes the stage in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with Nicholas McGegan and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on Thursday, April 7, highlighting two composers with a flair for the theatrical and with exceptional skill in setting the English language. She sings three works by Purcell: “Bess of Bedlam” from Silent Shades, “Music for a While” — originally composed as incidental music for Oedipus — and “Dido’s Lament” from Dido and Aeneas. Britten’s Phaedra follows, a modern take on the Baroque cantata tradition set to text from Robert Lowell’s translation of Racine’s Phèdre. The program is bookended by two late Haydn symphonies: Nos. 75 and 98. Find tickets and more information here.
On Wednesday, April 6, Susan joins Nicholas McGegan and the orchestra at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music for a discussion and concert preview, free for ticketholders.