Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Michelle DeYoung - Mezzo-soprano
John Relyea - Bass
Tchaikovsky - Selections from Swan Lake
Bartók - Bluebeard's Castle
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
You don’t need dancers and scenery to make ballet and opera thrilling when you have the electrifying Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium. Some of Tchaikovsky's most glorious melodies make his dramatic Swan Lake one of his most timeless ballets. While best known for his orchestral music, Bartók’s opera is a riveting one-act psychological drama. The opera’s vocal writing is marvelously expressive and its sumptuous orchestral music is stunning, such as the hair-raising moment when Bluebeard’s kingdom is revealed to his new wife, and also the profound sadness of the lake of tears in the opera’s climactic scene.