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CHABRIER: España, rhapsody
KHATCHATURIAN: Violin Concerto
BIZET: Carmen Suite
Multiple Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano and Aspen alumna Isabel Leonard has been acclaimed by New York Classical Review as a “true treasure” and by the Toronto Globe and Mail for her “thrilling, beautifully expressive voice.” She sang the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Marnie this season, and in 2019 will appear in works by Debussy and Poulenc at the Met. She brings her foray into French repertoire to Aspen with this performance of Ravel’s sensuous song cycle. All three songs are tranquil and reflective. “Asie” evokes the exoticism of Arabia, India, and China. In the shorter “La flûte enchantée,” a slave girl hears her lover play the flute outside her window. “L’indifférent” depicts a boy who is oblivious to an admirer’s desire.
Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan returns after his triumphant Aspen debut last summer with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a performance that was notable for its fresh approach and sensitive phrasing.
Be sure to catch these two remarkable artists in works by twentieth-century musical masterminds.