Jamie Barton, Nicole Cabell, Sasha Cooke, Adrienne Danrich, Joyce DiDonato, Anthony Dean Griffey, Isabel Leonard, Lester Lynch, Melody Moore, Daniel Okulitch, Sean Panikkar, Keith Phares, Susanna Phillips, Matthew Polenzani, Randall Scarlata, Michael Slattery, Noak Stewart, Monica Yunus, Camille Zamora.
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Anthony McGill, clarinet
Sharon Stone, Ansel Elgort, spoken word
An all-star cast of renowned singers and instrumentalists comes together on one CD to sing for hope and in the cause of supporting AIDS research: Joyce DiDonato, Yo-Yo Ma, Jamie Barton, Noah Stewart, Susanna Phillips, Sean Panikkar, Matthew Polenzani, Anthony Dean Griffey, Monica Yunus, Camille Zamora, Isabel Leonard and many more. Actors Sharon Stone ("Casino", "Basic Instinct") and Ansel Elgort ("The Fault In Our Stars") contribute readings of poetry. All profits from the sale of this album will go to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. This CD features new songs by established and emerging American composers, many specially commissioned to create a global musical portrait of AIDS today.
Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein are internationally renowned for their GRAMMY award-winning opera Elmer Gantry (2007). Their follow-up collaboration, Parables (2010) is a cantata for soloists, a 200-voice choir and 80-piece orchestra. The attack on the World Trade Center in September 2001 haunts its writing but the use of passages from the Torah, New Testament and Koran seeks to bind the major faiths' commonality, hopeful of healing and reconciliation. In this staged performance young dancers, costumes, and projection emphasize the music's powerfully theatrical impact.
Jeremy Sams helms the Met's acclaimed 2012 production of the 18th-century Baroque opera based on musical librettos by composers including Handel, Vivaldi and Rameau. Conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast including PlÃ¡cido Domingo, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato.
Metropolitan Opera chorus and orchestra Maurizio Benini (musical direction) / Bartlett Sher (stage direction)
Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna star in this 2009 New York Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini's work, directed by Nicholas Joel and conducted by Marco Armiliato.