PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA BERNSTEIN: 100 YEARS YOUNG ON THE TOWN "AIN'T GOT NO TEARS LEFT"
FEBRUARY 3 ∙ 2018
KENSHO WATANABE, CONDUCTOR
NHK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WEST SIDE STORY ANITA
March 4 & 6 ∙ 2018
PAAVO JÄRVI, CONDUCTOR
BUNKAMURA ORCHARD HALL | TOKYO, JAPAN
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS BERNSTEIN CENTENNIAL
MAY 18 ∙ 2018
MICHAEL BARRETT, MUSICAL DIRECTOR
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS | WASHINGTON, DC
Celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with The Philadelphia Orchestra! Bernstein inspired generations of young listeners through his own personal passion for education and his legendary Young People's Concerts. His daughter Jamie carries on that tradition, guiding a tour of her father's youthful works, featuring Ms. Bottoms in "Ain't Got No Tears Left" from On The Town
In celebration of Leonard Bernstein's Centennial, NHK Symphony presents a concert version of the beloved West Side Story. A 20th-century incarnation of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story follows the star-crossed love story of Tony and Maria through a world of hate, violence and prejudice. This production stars Ms. Bottoms as Anita, joined by Julia Bullock as Maria and Ryan Silverman as Tony.
On Friday, May 18, the Library will present an evening of excerpts from three of Bernstein’s major stage works—the musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the operas Trouble in Tahiti and A Quiet Place— and other extraordinary rarities from the Library’s collection. Ms. Bottoms will be featured as Anita (West Side Story), Seena and Abigail Adams (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue)
YEVGÉNY ONÉGIN & THE MEDIUM 2017/2018
Acclaimed by the New York Times as "excellent" with "smooth tone", and "captivating" (Huffington Post), Greek-African American mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms is a rising Philadelphia based opera singer. She is a member of the Curtis Institute of Music 2017-2019 Opera Theater roster
as a Professional Opera Studies Certificate candidate. To much acclaim, she most recently performed the roles of Olga and Filippyevna in dual performances of Eugene Onegin, Anita in West Side Story with NHK Symphony of Tokyo, Japan and the role of Baba (Madame Flora) in
The Medium. August 2018, Bottoms will debut as the titular role in Bizet's Carmen at the Chautauqua Institution.
CURTIS OPERA THEATRE YEVGÉNY ONÉGIN OLGA & FILIPPYEVNA
NOVEMBER 16, 17, 18, 19 ∙ 2018
JOSEPH MECHAVICH, CONDUCTOR
CHAS RADER-SHIEBER, DIRECTOR
PRINCE THEATRE | PHILADELPHIA, PA
OPERA PHILADELPHIA & CURTIS OPERA THE MEDIUM BABA/MADAME FLORA
MAY 3 & 5 ∙ 2018
CARLOS ÁGREDA, CONDUCTOR
EMMA GRIFFIN, DIRECTOR
PERELMAN THEATRE | KIMMEL CENTER
A sentimental ingénue confesses her love for an imperious aristocrat, and meets a crushing rejection. Years pass and the tables are turned, with poignant regrets for both. Based on Pushkin’s famed novel, Tchaikovsky’s deeply moving drama is marked by impassioned interactions and a continuous outpouring of glorious lyricism. Ms. Bottoms will perform the roles of Olga and Filippyevna in this fully staged production with members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Russian.
In a study of empty promises, Kurt Weill’s cynical take on utopia is paired with Gian Carlo Menotti’s deceitful medium, highlighting the ways deception can lead to destruction and grief. Ms. Bottoms headlines as Baba in Menotti’s tragic drama The Medium, an imagined dialogue with the departed provides temporary comfort for the bereaved at a séance—before an inexplicable, perhaps truly supernatural event becomes the catalyst for a slide into paranoia and madness.
CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION CARMEN CARMEN
AUGUST 6 ∙ 2018
TIMOTHY MUFFITT, CONDUCTOR
JOHN GIAMPIETRO, DIRECTOR
AMPITHEATRE | CHAUTAUQUA, NY
CHAMBER CONCERT CHANSON PERPÉTUELLE MEZZO SOLOIST
JULY 21 ∙ 2018
BÉNÉDICTE JOURDOIS, PIANIST
FLETCHER HALL | CHAUTAUQUA, NY
WAGNER CHAMBER CONCERT WESENDONCK LIEDER MEZZO SOLOIST
JULY 22 ∙ 2018
MILOŠ REPICKÝ, PIANIST
MCKNIGHT HALL | CHAUTAUQUA, NY
Ms. Bottoms leads this talented young cast as the iconic gypsy Carmen — a woman desired by every man but determined to remain true to herself. Matthew Pearce costars as Don José, the soldier who falls under her spell and sacrifices everything for her love, only to be cast aside when the toreador Escamillo (Tyler Zimmerman) piques Carmen’s interest. This ampitheatre production of Carmen is sure to bring every aspect of Bizet’s tale to thrilling life, from its lighthearted beginning to its inevitably tragic climax.
Scored for voice, piano and string quartet, Ms. Bottoms will join renowned Metropolitan Opera coach, Bénédicte Jourdois, and members of the MSFO in a performance of Ernest Chaussons final work Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37
An exploration and evocation of sunlight, Miss Bottoms will join Miloš Repický and Matthew Cairnes for a performance of Richard Wagner’s exquisite song-cycle, Wesendonck Lieder. The result of a passionate affair with poet, Mathilde Wesendonck, Wesendonck is an early mirror of Wagner's triumph Tristan und Isolde, bringing forth a newfound tenderness and even romantic mystery in Wagner.
UCLA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS THE PASSION OF YESHUA EAST COAST PREMIERE MIRYAM
DECEMBER 9 ∙ 2018
NEAL STULBERG, CONDUCTOR
UCLA | CALIFORNIA
OPERA COLUMBUS & PROMUSICA CHAMBER THE FLOOD FRANCES
STEVEN OSGOOD, CONDUCTOR
STEPHEN WADSWORTH, DIRECTOR
SOTHERN THEATRE | COLUMBUS, OHIO
CECILIA CHORUS OF NEW YORK WORLD PREMIERE
MAY 3 ∙ 2019
MARK SHAPIRO, CONDUCTOR
ISAAC STERN AUDITORIUM | CARNEGIE HALL
Situated in the historical musical legacy of Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, The Passion of Yeshua, from American composer Richard Danielpour, creates space for voices traditionally silent/silenced in retellings of the Biblical narrative. Drawing from Messianic texts, and specifically highlighting the voices of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene, the text – presented in both Hebrew and English – brings the last twelve hours of Jesus’ life back to its Jewish origins. In this West Coast Premiere of The Passion of Yeshua Ms. Bottoms will debut as Miryam.
Co-commissioned by Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Composed by Korine Fujiwara with a libretto by Stephen Wadsworth, The Flood tells a story of human connection through loss and shared tragedy, centered around the devastation of Columbus’ Franklinton neighborhood in the Great Flood of 1913. The commissioning of Korine Fujiwara for The Flood received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Ms. Bottoms will originate the role of Frances
A widely recognized, highly regarded mixed chorus with approximately 175 members, the Ceilia Chorus has been enriching New York's musical life for over 100 years, performing at least two major concerts at Carnegie Hall with a professional orchestra and soloists each season. The chorus' repertoire spans four centuries, and includes commissions and premieres by some of today’s most promising composers.