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
FEBRUARY 8, 9, 10 ∙ 2019
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 Great Flood of 1913. The commissioning of Korine Fujiwara for The Flood received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers, 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 Cecilia 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.
PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA, NHK SYMPHONY & LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 2017/2018
JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA BERNSTEIN SONGFEST
SEPTEMBER 29 ∙ 2018
MARIN ALSOP, CONDUCTOR
STERN AUDITORIUM | NEW YORK, NY
WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS MUSIC IN THE COUNTRY SOLO RECITAL
SEPTEMBER 30 ∙ 2018
MILOŠ REPICKÝ, PIANIST
SWEET BAY FARM | THE PLAINS, VA
The Juilliard Orchestra’s 2018-19 season opens with alumna Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in a Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Carnegie Hall. Joining Ms. Bottoms and the Juilliard Orchestra will be fellow Juilliard alumni soprano Meghan Kasanders; mezzo-sopranos Naomi Louisa O’Connell; tenor Paul Appleby; baritone Aubrey Allicock; and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny in Bernstein’s Songfest.
For more than 50 years, Washington Performing Arts has created profound opportunities for connecting the community to artists, in both education and performance. Set in the beauitful landscape of Fauquier County, Ms. Bottoms will offer aria chestnuts and musical theatre classics by Bizet, Cole Porter, Dvořák, Bernstein and Wagner.
18/19 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
CURTIS OPERA THEATRE SWEENEY TODD MRS. LOVETT
NOVEMBER 14, 16, 18M ∙ 2018
GEOFFREY McDONCALD, CONDUCTOR
EMMA GRIFFIN, DIRECTOR
PRINCE THEATRE | PHILADELPHIA, PA
OPERA PHILADELPHIA & CURTIS OPERA DON GIOVANNI DONNA ELVIRA
MARCH 7 & 9 ∙ 2019
KARINA CANELLAKIS, CONDUCTOR
R.B. SCHLATHER, STAGE DIRECTOR
PERELMAN THEATRE | KIMMEL CENTER
Stephen Sondheim’s wildly popular Victorian melodrama may be called a musical, but “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is universally admired for its operatic scope. Exiled on false charges, Sweeney returns from fifteen years of forced labor obsessed with revenge on the corrupt judge who convicted him. As he descends inexorably into madness, a stage crowded with fascinating, complicated characters is eventually covered with bodies—and Sondheim’s exhilarating music, infused with demented wit, conquers all.
The charming, libertine Don Giovanni has seduced innumerable women, inspiring admiration, jealousy, and scorn in equal measure. Now everyone’s out to get him: a spurned former lover, a noblewoman he assaulted, her fiancé, and a guest made of stone. The “edgy and imaginative young director” (The New Yorker) R. B. Schlather brings his distinctive vision to Mozart’s masterwork, with the fast-rising conductor Karina Canellakis on the podium.
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)
Ms. Bottoms, a member of the Curtis Opera Theatre roster, returned to the Chautauqua Institution this summer for her debut of the titular role in Bizet's Carmen. To continue the fall season Ms. Bottoms will return to Carnegie Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra for Bernstein's Songfest, debut with Opera Columbus, and star as Mrs. Lovett in Curtis Opera's production of Sweeney Todd.