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Fredrika Brillembourg

- Mezzo Soprano -

 

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Festival Bernstein 100

 

Komische Oper Berlin

“One Touch of Genius”

Songs by Leonard Bernstein and Kurt Weill

Fredrika Brillembourg, mezzo-soprano

Frank Schulte, piano

Between 1930 and 1970, Leonard Bernstein and Kurt Weill, both successful classical composers, turned their gifts to the Broadway stage. Their unforgettable songs, with lyrics by such luminaries as Ogden Nash, Maxwell Anderson, Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden, and Adolf Green, expressed the tenor of the times, and became popular hits and part of our American musical vernacular.

One Touch of Genius is both an exploration of the lives of Bernstein and Weill and a tribute to the exuberance, wit, and dark beauty of their Broadway songs. The program will include music from On the Town, One Touch of Venus, Lost in the Stars, Wonderful Town, Lady in the Dark, Candide, Street Scene, West Side Story, Trouble in Tahiti, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, and Knickerbocker Holiday.

 
 

FREDRIKA BRILLEMBOURG, IN A TOUR-DE-FORCE PERFORMANCE...AS IF REENACTING OPERA’S BIRTH.

—Alex Ross, The New Yorker Magazine

 
 

 

Fredrika Brillembourg opened the Inaugural NY Philharmonic Biennial Festival to universal critical acclaim. The New York Times called her performance as the Narrator in the US Premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s The Raven with the Gotham Chamber Opera “vocally plush and dramatically courageous,” while the Financial Times described her as “tireless and astonishingly lithe while singing the impossible solos with sensuality when needed and abiding beauty.”

 

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The staging (of The Raven) offers a showcase for two impressive artists, especially the vocally plush, dramatically courageous Ms. Brillembourg.
— Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
 

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