“A Night at the Opera,” which closes the Philadelphia Orchestra’s summer residency on Aug. 19, is a dream come true for music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, who was recently appointed the music director of the Metropolitan Opera. A vocal and enthusiastic fan of opera, he has often said how much he loves to work with singers.
During the concert, which begins at 8 p.m., he’ll work with soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Isabelit Leonard, and tenor Matthew Polenzani to perform arias and ensembles by Mozart, Bizet, Offenbach, Puccini and Bernstein.
Phillips is a much-awarded singer known for the purity of her voice. She celebrates her ninth season at the Metropolitan Opera and continues her association with Marlboro Music Festival as a chamber music collaborator. Leonard has been the soloist on two discs that won Grammy Awards in 2014 and 2016. She is known for her passionately intense interpretations.
Polenzani calls the Metropolitan Opera his home, although he sings in all the major international houses. He’s known for elegant musicianship, sense of style and a honeyed, lyric tenor. S