Thursday, January 30—Saturday, February 1, 2020
"Je voudrais voir…", repeats Shéhérazade. "I would like to see…" This refrain sets the tone for Ravel’s Shéhérazade, named for the protagonist of 1,001 Arabian Nights — a woman who employs her imagination as a means of escape. With text based on three poems by Ravel’s friend Tristan Klingsor, this song cycle drips with the color the French composer is known for.
Renowned mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings Ravel's Shéhérazade, and is featured later in the program on composer Alex Temple’s Liebeslied – a piece that electronically distorts love songs of the 1950s, rendering them surreal and unrecognizable.
“ Leonard is a true treasure ... immensely talented and charismatic ... already one of the world’s leading artists though still relatively early in her career. ”New York Classical Review