SOPRANO LAURA CLAYCOMB STEPS IN FOR NICOLE CABELL PERFORMING WITH THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18; Ms. Claycomb Joins Previously Announced Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato, Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, and Conductor Maurizio Benini on Program Featuring Bel Canto Arias, Ensembles, and Orchestral Selections, Ms. Cabell is Unable to Appear Due to Illness

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SOPRANO LAURA CLAYCOMB STEPS IN FOR NICOLE CABELL PERFORMING WITH
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

Ms. Claycomb Joins Previously Announced Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato,
Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, and Conductor Maurizio Benini
on Program Featuring Bel Canto Arias, Ensembles, and Orchestral Selections

Ms. Cabell is Unable to Appear Due to Illness

Acclaimed soprano Laura Claycomb has agreed to step in for soprano Nicole Cabell, performing this Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Maurizio Benini. This concert is the final event in mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s season-long Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Claycomb will join Ms. DiDonato and tenor Lawrence Brownlee for a program of bel canto arias, ensembles, and orchestral selections. Donizetti’s “Havvi un Dio che in sua clemenza” from Maria di Rohan has been removed from the program. The full updated program is below. Ms. Cabell has cancelled Wednesday’s appearance due to illness.

This March 18 concert will air on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York as part of the fourth annual Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. During every live broadcast, WQXR and Carnegie Hall will host live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other. This year, the WFMT Radio Network, the classical music and arts radio distributor and producer based in Chicago, has signed on to distribute select live concerts nationally. The complete Carnegie Hall Live line-up will also be available via WFMT Radio Network to public radio stations throughout the United States and internationally as a 13-part series starting in April 2015.

About the Artists
Grammy Award winning soprano Laura Claycomb has firmly established herself as one of the finest operatic coloratura sopranos of her generation, best known for her ethereal high notes, impeccable musicianship, and dramatic stage presence. Ms. Claycomb has appeared repeatedly with the Paris Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre de la Monnaie, the London Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Le Concert d’Astrée, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Further highlights of her varied career range from engagements at the Salzburg Festival and the Lucerne Festival, to the BBC Proms and the title role of Linda di Chamounix at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Recently, Ms. Claycomb has expanded her already formidable repertoire while reviving several of her career mainstays. In the 2013–2014 season, she made her Glyndebourne debut as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with music director Vladimir Jurowski conducting, which was released on DVD/BlueRay. Additionally, she sang her first Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor with the Bregenz Festival; reprised her Adele in Die Fledermaus at Houston Grand Opera; returned to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for Carmina Burana and to the San Francisco Symphony for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (with Michael Tilson Thomas); made her role debut as Queen of Shemakha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel with Bergen Opera with Mikhail Tatarnikov; and returned to the Swedish Radio Orchestra in Lutosławski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables with Lionel Bringuier, a cycle she performed with him at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The 2014–2015 season sees her as Amina in La sonnambula at the Bolshoi Theater; Lucia di Lammermoor with New Orleans Opera; Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Bergen National Opera; and Cunegonde in Candide with the Maggio Musicale in Florence. She will also appear in concert with the Oregon Symphony for Carmina Burana; Mercury Baroque in a performance with David Daniels; and L’orchestra Regionale Toscana for Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.

Ms. Claycomb began her career as an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, where she performed over a dozen roles including Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Marie in La fille du régiment. She first captured international attention at the age of 24, when, on short notice, she assumed the role of Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. She has since sung Giulietta with the Bastille Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester in Munich. Since her meteoric rise to prominence, Ms. Claycomb has proven herself to be an exceptionally versatile soprano, performing more than 75 roles in dozens of works by composers from Monteverdi to Messiaen.

Program Information
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

Maurizio Benini, Conductor
Laura Claycomb, Soprano
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano
Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor

GIOACHINO ROSSINI Overture to Aureliano in Palmira
MICHELE CARAFA “Oh, di sorte crudel” from Le nozze di Lammermoor
GAETANO DONIZETTI “Una furtiva lagrima” from L’elisir d’amore
GAETANO DONIZETTI “Prendi, per me sei libero” from L’elisir d’amore
GIOVANNI PACINI “Ove t’aggiri, o barbaro” from Stella di Napoli
VINCENZO BELLINI “Oh! quante volte” from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
VINCENZO BELLINI “Ah! mia Giulietta” from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
GAETANO DONIZETTI “La maîtresse du roi… Ange si pur” from La favorita
GIOACHINO ROSSINI “Reidi al soglio” from Zelmira

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Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Public Support for Carnegie Hall Live is made possible, in part, by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Ticket Information
Tickets, priced $44–$135, 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, prices, and programs are subject to change.

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