Simon Keenlyside – Blue Skies

1/10/2017, Smetana Hall of the Municipal House

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Simon Keenlyside – Blue Skies

Hits from classic Broadway and Hollywood musicals continue to enjoy immense popularity with audiences. The British baritone Simon Keenlyside yielded to their special magic, too and recorded a CD Something’s Gotta Give (label Chandos) which is full of songs from famous musicals. He will offer some of the them to Prague audience, including some of the best-loved numbers in the repertoire, such as Cole Porter’s Night and Day, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’, and If I Were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof.


The range represented, from the emotional tour de force of ‘Soliloquy’ to the charming character song ‘Reviewing the Situation’, showcases the many facets of Simon Keenlyside, one of the most sought-after and the most charismatic opera singers. In the world of musicals, he will perform the role of Fagin in Lionel Bart’s Oliver! at the Grange Park Opera, Northington, Hampshire, England in June 2016. In the 2016/2017 season, he will be Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera New York (including live broadcast on 22nd October), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in La Scala Milan, and Macbeth, Don Giovanni and Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande) at the Vienna State Opera. Simon Keenlyside made his Prague debut on 27th January 2015 with Štefan Kocán and PKF – Prague Philharmonia, within the Nachtigall Artists’ series World Opera Stars.

Simon Keenlyside will be joined by: Matthew Regan (piano), Gordon Campbell (trombone), Howard McGill (woodwind), Mark Allis (drums), Richard Pryce (double bass)

Program

Irving Berlin (1888–1989)
Isn't it a lovely day?
from the film Top Hat (1935)

Emmerich Kálmán (1882–1953)
Tanz
Lichtreklamen (James Bondy)
Tanz
from the operetta Herzogin von Chicago (1928)
libretto: Julius Brammer & Alfred Grünwald

Kurt Weill (1900–1950)
Johnny’s Song
from the musical Johnny Johnson (1936),
libretto: Paul Green

Emmerich Kálmán
Charleston, Charleston tanzt die Welt
from the operetta Herzogin von Chicago (1928)

Emmerich Kálmán
Cowboy Song (Roy Dexter)
from the operetta Arizona Lady
libretto: Alfred Grünwald & Gustav Beer (1954)

Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956)
Song of the Big Shot (Bill Cracker)
from the musical comedy Happy End (1929)

Kurt Weill & Langston Hughes (1902–1967)
Lonely House (Sam Kaplan)
from the opera Street Scene (1946)
            
Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) & Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960)
Soliloquy (Billy Bigelow)
from the musical Carousel (1945)

Irving Berlin
Call me up some rainy afternoon (1910)

George Gershwin (1898–1937)
How long has this been going on?
from the show Smarty
text: Ira Gershwin (1927)

Jerome Kern (1885–1945)
Let’s begin
from the musical Roberta
text: Otto Harbach (1933)
                  
Interval

Billy Strayhorn (1915–1967)
Lush Life (1933–1938)

Duke Ellington (1899–1974)
Mood Indigo (1930)

Hoagy Carmichael (1899–1981)
Stardust
text: Mitchell Parish (1927–1928)

George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
Our love is here to stay (1938)

Frederick Loewe (1901–1988) & Alan Jay  Lerner (1918–1986)
On the Street Where You Live (Freddy Eynsford-Hill) (1956)
from the musical My Fair Lady

Cole Porter (1891–1964)
What is this thing called love?
from the musical revue Wake up and Dream (1929)

Hugh Martin (1914–2011) & Ralph Blane (1914–1995)
The Girl Next Door
from the film Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Hoagy Carmichael & Johnny Mercer (1909–1976)
Skylark (1941)

Cole Porter
So in love
from the musical Kiss me Kate
text: Cole Porter (1948)

Duke Ellington
Do Nothing till You Hear from Me (1940)

Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach
She Didn’t Say Yes
from the musical The Cat and the Fiddle (1931)

 

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