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Carmina Burana

Choral spectacle
O Fortuna!
Dates Thu 21 Mar, Fri 22 Mar, Sat 23 Mar Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 2hrs

"O Fortuna!" …It's love, sex, food, alcohol, gambling and the whims of fortune. It's Carmina Burana!

Oh Fortune, fickle like the moon… Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is fated to be one of the most famous and recognised of all choral works on the strength of just one number. But that's just the beginning of this uninhibited and flamboyant piece. The words might have been written down by mediæval monks but the themes are strangely modern and absolutely secular.

To begin, Long Yu will introduce Sydney to music by the composer for the Beijing Olympics. Chen Qigang's 'Forgotten Enchantments' has been described as Ravel with a Chinese accent - all beguiling harmonies and vivid orchestral colours.

Join us for music that will cast you into the timeless rhythms of life and the sheer exhilaration of music.

Pre-concert talk in the Northern Foyer, 45 minutes before the performance. Speaker to be advised.
Carmina Burana

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.

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PROGRAM
  • CHEN QIGANG Enchantements oubliés
  • ORFF Carmina Burana
Artists
  • Long Yu conductor
  • Milica Ilic soprano
  • Paul McMahon tenor
  • Changyong Liao baritone
  • Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
  • Sydney Children's Choir
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