© 2014 by SAMUEL SAKKER

Florestan, Fidelio - Lyric Opera Ireland

Feb 22 & 23 - The National Concert Hall, Dublin

 

Set in Seville, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera FIDELIO tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named “Fidelio” (the faithful), rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. Florestan, having being falsely imprisoned by the prison Governor Pizarro for two years – has been kept in solitude.

When the minister comes for a review of the prison, the governor decides that the prisoner must die quickly. Leonore has to dig her own husband’s grave. At the moment of greatest danger, a trumpet signal announces that rescue is at handThis is a story of personal sacrifice, heroism, and eventual triumph.

With its underlying struggle for liberty and justice mirroring contemporary political movements in Europe and the world, such a work is redolent of the very world we live in.

Beethoven Missa Solemnis - Sydney Symphony Orchestra

March 18, 20, & 21 - Sydney Town Hall

When Beethoven described it as his greatest work he was perhaps thinking of both its grand scale and its importance. He devoted four years of his final decade to this ultimate statement of his faith, inscribing on the score, ‘From the heart: may it reach the heart’.

Hearing the Missa Solemnis is an overwhelming experience. Moments of hushed intimacy are swept aside by thunderous choruses and vocal solos of operatic intensity. As always with Beethoven, his awe-inspiring music is rich with the complex emotions and ambiguities of a man grappling with the infinite. 

Donald Runnicles continues his Music of Inspiration with the ultimate spiritual journey, which also marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Italian Opera Gala, Stars of the European Opera - Sydney Symphony Orchestra

March 25, 26, 27 & 28 - Sydney Town Hall

Moving drama meets electrifying music as a host of Australian stars, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and conductor Donald Runnicles bring you the greatest moments of Italian opera.

Opera flourished on the stages of 19th-century Italy as maestri like Giuseppe Verdi matched realistic scenarios, compelling characters and heightened emotion with thrilling music. In extravagant historical epics, gripping dramas and comedies, Verdi’s brilliant theatrical instincts shine in show-stopping moments that put the art of the opera singer in the spotlight.

The next generation of Italian composers Mascagni and Leoncavallo made art out of everyday life where near-impressionistic music amplifies the tragedies of village life and crimes of passion.

Relive the emotion with the Sydney Symphony – sets and staging are optional when the music and the drama are this powerful.

Beethoven Missa Solemnis - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Apr 3 - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington  &  Apr 4 - Auckland Town Hall

Following the triumphant 2019 Beethoven Festival, NZSO’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth continues with a masterwork from the end of his life – the Missa Solemnis. Imbued with theatrical spirit of opera and deep spirituality of Catholic mass, mixed choir, soloists and orchestra bring to life this rarely heard magnum opus.

Des Grieux, Manon Lescaut - The Grange Festival

June 21, 26, 28 and July 5 & 12 - The Grange, Hampshire

Puccini scored his first major success with this tragic depiction of urgent young love. Manon chooses luxury over love and pays the ultimate price. She is pursued across the Atlantic by her soulmate Chevalier Des Grieux and dies in his arms. 

 

Packed with soaring melodies, and infused with raw emotion and a desperate sense of desolation, tears will flow and passions will boil. We are thrilled to present a new production created by the internationally renowned director Stephen Lawless and conducted by Italian star Francesco Cilluffo, returning after his triumphant Falstaff.  
 

2017 Grange Festival International Singing Competition finalist Samuel Sakker sings Des Grieux, and Elain Pritchard returns to The Grange as Manon following her success as Alice in Falstaff in 2018.

Sergeant Thibault, Margot la Rouge - Opera Holland Park

July 21, 23, 25, 29 & 31, Opera Holland Park, London 

 

Delius’s only verismo opera sees the soldier Thibault recognise his first love in a brothel. The girl he once knew as Marguerite is now Margot, and the lover of a pimp. Blending the lyrical beauty for which Delius is famed, with the passion and drive of Italian opera, Margot la Rouge is an intoxicating and gripping drama.

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