Fleming, Dinnerstein & Emerson String Quartet Reunite for West-Coast Premiere André Previn’s Penelope

9 Jun 2023

Renée Fleming returns to the LA Opera stage this weekend, Saturday, June 10, in an exciting evening featuring André Previn’s Penelope, written by the late composer for her and the Emerson String Quartet, along with songs by Grieg, Fauré, Puts, Glass, Hermann, Kern, and Previn. Simone Dinnerstein joins them on piano and Merle Dandridge is the narrator. The evening also marks the Emerson Quartet’s final appearance in Los Angeles as they continue forward with their Farewell Tour. The full program is below:

(West Coast premiere)
Music by André Previn
Libretto by Tom Stoppard
Merle Dandridge, narrator
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Emerson String Quartet, ensemble


Edward Grieg: Lauf der Welt (op. 48, no. 3); Zur Rosenzeit (op. 48, no. 5)
Gabriel Fauré: Les berceaux (op. 23, no. 1); Au bord de l’eau (op. 8, no. 1)
Kevin Puts: Evening
Philip Glass: Mad Rush (piano solo)
Bernard Hermann: “I have dreamt” from Wuthering Heights
Jerome Kern: All the Things You Are
André Previn: “I want magic” from A Streetcar Named Desire