Arias and Barcarolles

A production of  
  

The Depth of Wagner and the Lightness of Fauré

On the program:

Richard Wagner, orchestrated by Hans-Werner Henze: from Wesendonck-Lieder: I. Der Engel; III. Im Treibhaus; V: Traume
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano; Ensemble Orchestreal de Paris; John Nelson

Gabriel Fauré: Prison, Op. 83, No. 1; Spleen, Op. 51, No. 3; Clair de lune, Op. 46, No. 2
Jean-François Lapointe, baritone; Louise-Andrée Baril, piano

Debussy: La mer est plus belle
Jean-François Lapointe, baritone; Louise-Andrée Baril, piano

(photo: Stephanie Blythe, courtesy of the artist)
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ABOUT ARIAS AND BARCAROLLES

“You know, I liked that last piece you played; it's got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, speaking to Leonard Bernstein after a White House concert in 1960



Leonard Bernstein was so taken by President Eisenhower’s remark that 30 years later, he produced a song-cycle called "Arias and Barcarolles," with a theme Bernstein described as “The politics of love.”

Similarly inspired, Cathy Fuller lends her voice to the weekend with a program devoted to an exploration of song - and the art of the vocal recital. Perhaps with a Barcarolle or two!

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