The Park Avenue Armory’s 2018 Recital Series will welcome a host of Metropolitan Opera favorites, rising stars, and more. The lineup begins in January with a Leonard Bernstein program, in honor of the composer’s centennial celebration, from Grammy-winning mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard.
Leonard, who will reprise her performance as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met later this month, will offer recitals January 5 and 7 at the Upper East Side venue. This will be followed by a program of art songs and arias by soprano Nadina Sierra (also appearing in Le Nozze di Figaro as Susanna) February 16 and 18.
Both recitals will take place in the Board of Officers Room at the Armory.
The season, featuring programming through December 2018, also includes a recital from participants of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program (March 6–7), the new choir The Crossing (in a traveling concert throughout the armory September 19–20), the New York recital debut of pianist Severin von Eckardstein (in a Schumann and Medtner program November 13 and a Schumann, Wagner, Liszt, and Martin Herchenröder program November 14), and a Mahler and Duparc recital from Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans.
The Armory’s roster also includes the North American premiere of Yerma, with Billie Piper reprising her performance in the Olivier-winning, Simon Stone-helmed production. As recently announced, performances begin March 23, 2018, in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall.