MEZZO-SOPRANO STEPHANIE BLYTHE PERFORMS SONGS BY POULENC, FERRÉ, BREL, BRITTEN, AND NOËL COWARD WITH PIANIST WARREN JONES ON FRIDAY, MAY 15

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MEZZO-SOPRANO STEPHANIE BLYTHE PERFORMS SONGS BY POULENC, FERRÉ, BREL,
BRITTEN, AND NOËL COWARD WITH PIANIST WARREN JONES ON FRIDAY, MAY 15
Stephanie BlyteOn Friday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall presents celebrated mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in recital with pianist Warren Jones in a program of popular songs by Poulenc, Ferré, Brel, Britten, and Coward. One of the most respected and versatile artists of her generation, Ms. Blythe recently starred as Gertrude Stein in the world premiere production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Twenty-Seven, an opera commissioned for her by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In 2013, Innova Records released Ms. Blythe’s first crossover album As Long as There are Songs, featuring selections from the Great American Songbook arranged together with pianist Craig Terry. Together Ms. Blythe and Mr. Jones have performed recitals in major concert halls across the United States.

About the Artists
A renowned opera singer and recitalist, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Wagner, German lieder to contemporary and classic American song. Ms. Blythe has performed on many of the world’s great stages, such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, and Covent Garden, and with the Paris National, San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, and Seattle Operas. Ms. Blythe was named Musical America‘s Vocalist of the Year in 2009, received an Opera News Award in 2007, and won the Richard Tucker Award in 1999.

A champion of American song, Ms. Blythe has premiered several song cycles written for her including Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson by the late James Legg, Covered Wagon Woman by Alan Smith, which was commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and recorded with the ensemble; and Vignettes: Ellis Island, also by Alan Smith and featured in a special television program entitled Vignettes: An Evening with Stephanie Blythe and Warren Jones.

Warren Jones was named Collaborative Pianist of the Year in 2010 by Musical America. He performs with many of today’s best-known artists, including Stephanie Blythe, Denyce Graves, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Anthony Dean Griffey, Ruth Ann Swenson, Bo Skovhus, Samuel Ramey, James Morris, John Relyea, Joseph Alessi, and Richard “Yongjae” O’Neill—and is Principal Pianist for the exciting California-based chamber music group Camerata Pacifica.

Mr. Jones has often been a guest artist at Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, as well as at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Caramoor festivals. His international travels have taken him to recitals at the Salzburg Festival, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence, the Teatro Fenice in Venice, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra Bastille, Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong and theatres throughout Scandinavia and Korea. Mr. Jones has been invited three times to the White House by American presidents to perform at concerts honoring the President of Russia, and Prime Ministers of Italy and Canada; and three times he has appeared at the US Supreme Court as a specially invited performer for the Justices and their guests. As a guest at the Library of Congress, Mr. Jones has appeared with the Juilliard Quartet in performances of the Schumann Piano Quintet.

Program Information
Friday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
STEPHANIE BLYTHE
, Mezzo-Soprano
WARREN JONES, Piano

FRANCIS POULENC Poèmes de Ronsard
LÉO FERRÉ “La vie antérieure”
LÉO FERRÉ “L’Invitation au voyage”
JACQUES BREL “Les pieds dans le ruisseau”
JACQUES BREL “Ne me quitte pas”
JACQUES BREL “Amsterdam”
BENJAMIN BRITTEN “Tell Me the Truth About Love”
BENJAMIN BRITTEN “Funeral Blues”
BENJAMIN BRITTEN “Johnny”
BENJAMIN BRITTEN “Calypso”
NOËL COWARD “Zigeuner” from Bitter-Sweet
NOËL COWARD “Nina” from Sigh No More
NOËL COWARD “Mad About the Boy” from Words and Music
NOËL COWARD “Mrs. Worthington”
NOËL COWARD “The Party’s Over Now” from Words and Music

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

Ticket Information
Tickets, priced at $32–$95, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change. .

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