In a concert of her Grammy-nominated Nostalgia album, Annie Lennox performs a sultry and passionate version of “I Put a Spell on You,” a song first written and recorded by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956. Her stirring performance of “I Put a Spell on You” at the 2015 Grammy Awards was one of the most […]
Mark Morris’s signature work L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato comes to television for the first time, hosted by Mikhail Baryshnikov. The performance was filmed July 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain. Merriment and Milton are hardly synonymous, but the poet who penned Paradise Lost also inspired George Frideric Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso […]
In this section called “The Ladies Dance” in choreographer Mark Morris’s signature work L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato, 12 women dance to an air for soprano representing a character “L’Allegro,” a joyful person. The music is by Handel, with a libretto based on the poetry of John Milton. “He arranges 12 women in a […]
Annie Lennox performs a rousing cover of “Mood Indigo,” backed by an orchestra and special horn section. “Mood Indigo” is a jazz standard composed in 1930 by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard, who played with Ellington’s band for 15 years. The lyrics are by Irving Mills. Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert airs on PBS […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
“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.
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.