Alto Monica Groop and tenor Brandon Jovanovich who were scheduled to appear with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday and Thursday, September 9 and 11, 2008, at 8 p.m., have had to cancel due to illness. They are replaced by Nancy Maultsby and Anthony Dean Griffey, respectively. Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the program remains the same:
LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, conductor
CHRISTINE BREWER, soprano 1
ELZA VAN DEN HEEVER, soprano 2
STACEY TAPPAN, soprano 3
NANCY MAULTSBY, alto 1
ELENA MANISTINA, alto 2
ANTHONY DEAN GRIFFEY, tenor
ALAN HELD, baritone
JOHN RELYEA, bass
LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE
Grant Gershon, music director
LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS
Anne Tomlinson, artistic director
MAHLER Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand”
For further details or questions, call 323.850.2000.
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American mezzo-soprano NANCY MAULTSBY is in demand by opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. Her unique vocal timbre and insightful musicianship allow her to pursue a repertoire extending from the operas of Monteverdi and Handel to recent works by John Adams. She regularly performs the major heroines of nineteenth-century French, Italian and German opera and the great symphonic works. Maultsby’s operatic career has included a wide range of roles in some of the world’s most prestigious houses. She has performed often with Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she appeared as Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, as well as the First Norn and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung, all conducted by Zubin Mehta. She also sang La Cieca in La Gioconda there conducted by Bruno Bartoletti and Pauline in Pique Dame conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, both of which opened the company’s season. She appeared as Erda in both Das Rheingold and Siegfried and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung in the new Stephen Wadsworth Ring cycle with Seattle Opera. Maultsby has sung Fricka at Stuttgart Opera; Jocasta in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex in Naples, Rome, Dresden and Athens; Charlotte, Carmen and Orlovsky at Seattle Opera; Maddalena at the Netherlands Opera; Amneris with Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Palm Beach Opera and at the National Theater Athens; Ottavia in Athens; Cornelia in Giulio Cesare at Florida Grand Opera and Opera Colorado; Maddalena at the Netherlands Opera; and Adalgisa in Genoa. Other operatic engagements have included productions of Die Ägyptische Helena at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden (under Christian Thielemann); Carmen at San Francisco Opera and Pittsburgh Opera; and productions at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires and Santa Fe Opera. A recent addition to her repertoire is Judith in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle which she sang in the acclaimed Robert Lepage production for her debut at the Opéra de Montréal, where she subsequently returned as Amneris. Maultsby begins the 2008/09 season in Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony, followed by Janá?ek’s “Glagolitic Mass” with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, both at Severance Hall and at Carnegie Hall. She also performs Verdi’s Requiem with the Colorado Symphony, under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane, and makes her role debut as Ježibaba in Rusalka at Boston Lyric Opera.
American tenor ANTHONY DEAN GRIFFEY has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages worldwide. The combination of his beautiful and powerful lyric tenor voice, along with his gift for exceptional communication and excellent musicianship have earned him the highest praise. He has been hailed for possessing both "presence and a tenor that is pure, sweet and clarion" (Los Angeles Times), and for having a voice that is "both full-bodied and sweet-toned" (The New York Times). In the 2008/09 season Griffey will perform leading roles with many of America's premiere opera houses, to include appearances with Opera Philadelphia as Florestan in Fidelio, the Portland Opera as Peter Quint in Turn of the Screw, and the San Diego Opera in the title role of Peter Grimes. His extensive concert schedule includes an appearance with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and performances of Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the New York Philharmonic under Maestro Lorin Maazel, the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the Zürich Tonhalle Orchester under Maestro David Zinman, as well as with the Milwaukee Symphony. He will also re-unite with Maestro Seiji Ozawa with the Berlin Philharmonic in Mendelssohn's Elias and at the Saito Kinen Festival in Britten's War Requiem.
Lisa Bellamore, firstname.lastname@example.org, 213.972.3689; Lisa White, email@example.com, 213.972.3408; Leah Price, lprice@laphilorg, 213.972.3406