DutoitCharles4monoSHPSydney Symphony Orchestra will welcome Conductor David Robertson to the podium, in July, at the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House for the performance of two major projects, Verdi’s Requiem and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchmen.

These two major projects will demonstrate the calibre of artistic projects which will be on offer when David Robertson starts his tenure as Sydney Symphony Chief Conductor from January 2014.

For Robertson, conducting the Sydney Symphony in works by Verdi and Wagner is especially significant in 2013, as the world celebrates the 200th anniversary of the births of these great composers.  “I am delighted to be bringing these works to life in Sydney. Audiences could not ask for two bigger spectacles to take place in the Concert Hall. These are big productions, the kinds of exciting projects I look forward to conducting in Sydney,” said Robertson.

Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, his mass for the dead, counts as one of his undisputed masterpieces.  In his Requiem, Verdi brought together his theatrical instincts, his gift for vocal writing and a whole life’s experience to create a unique and powerful musical work.  From the terror of the “Dies irae” to the weeping “Lacrymosa” and the glowing serenity of the “Lux aeterna”, the music speaks to all humans’ hopes and fears.  Wed 10, Fri 12 and Sat 13 July at 8pm.

Wagner’s first great opera, The Flying Dutchman, is a tale of obsession, sacrifice and redemption, and zombies.  In another century, the Flying Dutchman took the Devil’s name in vain and now he’s doomed to sail the seas, allowed ashore once every seven years to search for the woman who will be his salvation.  Meanwhile, by the Norwegian fjords, Senta dreams that she will be the one to liberate the legendary Dutchman.

American bass-baritone Eric Owens sings with a ‘mastery that would be at home in any Wagnerian golden age’.  Making his Australian debut as the Dutchman, he heads a cast of powerful and radiant voices that will bring this Romantic psychodrama to life. The Concert Hall will be draped in the inspired and fluid illusions of video and projections designer, S. Katy Tucker.  The performance will be sung in German with English surtitles.   Sat 20 and Mon 22 July at 7pm.      Sandra Tiltman 

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