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Mark Morris Dance Group: L’Allegro

Excerpt: “The Stupid Men’s Dance”

Men slap one another in slapstick fashion in a section nicknamed “The Stupid Men’s Dance” in choreographer Mark Morris’s signature work L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato. The accompanying air for tenor includes lyrics representing a joyful character, “L’Allegro,” who says he’ll go to see theater by Jonson or Shakespeare. Air for Tenor I’ll to […]

Mark Morris Dance Group: L’Allegro

Interview with Mark Morris

Mark Morris interview conducted by Elisa Lichtenbaum of WNET. Choreographer Mark Morris first garnered international fame for L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato when it debuted at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in 1988. Considered a landmark achievement, the work was inspired by George Frideric Handel’s oratorio based on the 17th century […]

Mark Morris Dance Group: L’Allegro

Insights from Mark Morris

A perfect primer for the evening-length work L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato is provided by choreographer Mark Morris, his dancers and his artistic collaborators, who explain the structure of the dance, the music, as well as the set, costumes and lighting. Morris shares insights on how the music of Handel, poetry of John Milton […]

GP at the Met: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Trio “Zitti, zitti, piano, piano”

“Zitti, zitti, piano, piano” sing the Count (Lawrence Brownlee), Rosina (Isabel Leonard), and Figaro (Christopher Maltman) in Rossini’s comic masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia, staged by staging by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Michele Mariotti.

GP at the Met: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Isabel Leonard as Rosina

Isabel Leonard sings Rosina’s cavatina, “Una voce poco fa,” from Act I of Rossini’s comic opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera. Rosina is writing a letter to the student “Lindoro,” who is really the Count Almaviva in disguise.

GP at the Met: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Figaro’s Aria by Christopher Maltman

“Largo al factotum” is Figaro’s entrance aria in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The opening lines translate as, “Make way for the factotum (servant) of the city, Hurrying to his shop since dawn is already here. Ah, what a fine life, what fine pleasure for a barber of quality!” This is Christopher Maltman’s first Metropolitan […]

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert

“Summertime”

Annie Lennox performs a soulful and rich rendition of the American Songbook classic “Summertime,” which George Gershwin composed for his opera Porgy and Bess (1935). The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward (author of the novel Porgy, on which the opera was based) and Ira Gershwin. Billie Holiday recorded the song in 1936 and it quickly […]

Mark Morris Dance Group: L’Allegro

Three Excerpts

Here are excerpts from Mark Morris’s signature, evening-length work, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, filmed at his group’s engagement at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain, in July 2014. The three sections are Populous Cities from Act II; The Hunt, a playful scene from Act I; and the joyful finale. The music is by […]

GP at the Met: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Preview the Opera

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia — featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera — returns to Great Performances at the Met on Sunday, March 22 at 12 p.m. (check local listings; In New York THIRTEEN will air the three-hour broadcast at 12:30 p.m.). […]

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert

“Georgia on My Mind”

Annie Lennox performs “Georgia on My Mind” from her Nostalgia album, live in concert. The song was written by Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Stuart Gorrell (lyrics) in 1930. It was covered by many artists before the 1960 recording by Ray Charles made it a hit. Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert airs on PBS on […]