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Wagner Under the Sails

The Opening Gala Revisited

All Wagner program
Celebrating 80 years
Dates Thu 9 Aug, Fri 10 Aug, Sat 11 Aug Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 1 hour 45 minutes (incl. 20-min interval)

In 1973 the Sydney Opera House opened and in 2012 we're re-creating our opening gala concert. Simone Young conducts a Wagner extravaganza.

On 29 September 1973, we gave our first official performance in our new home: the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Charles Mackerras returned home to conduct and Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson was the soloist.

The gala program was all-Wagner with a ceremonial touch in the form of "Dich, teure Halle" from Tannhäuser. That, said Mackerras later, was most appropriate: teure Halle means, among other things, "expensive hall"!

Now we're recreating that concert in its entirety. This time Simone Young is the Australian conductor returning home and renowned Wagnerian soprano Christine Brewer is our guest.

Pre-concert talk by David Garrett in the Northern Foyer, 45 minutes before the performance.
Wagner under the Sails: the Opening Gala revisited

Audio kindly supplied by ABC Classics.

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PROGRAM
  • WAGNER
    Die Meistersinger: Prelude Tannhäuser: "Dich, teure Halle"
  • Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod 
  • Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey
    Siegfried's Funeral March
    Brünnhilde's Immolation
Artists:
  • Simone Young conductor
  • Christine Brewer soprano
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