Performed in Sydney for the first time to celebrate Schoenberg’s 150th birthday, this huge work is the composer at his most romantic, a vast sound world for a beautifully crafted tale of love and loss.
Adapted from Danish legend, this masterpiece rivals any fantasy epic with its themes of passion, jealousy and the quest for love that transcends life.
As the story unfolds, Gurrelieder’s captivating, hypnotic melodies and vast choral music emerge in waves building to one of the most beautifully realised sunrises in all music.
In a musical landmark, Chief Conductor Simone Young leads the Sydney Symphony in this extraordinary work for the first time in the Orchestra’s history. An all-star cast includes celebrated tenor Simon O’Neill and the extraordinary German soprano Ricarda Merbeth making her long-awaited return to Sydney.
On a Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage that will almost double in size, the Sydney Symphony will be joined by musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music and a massed choir.
It seems appropriate that the last great Romantic building of the 20th century will house this ravishing work of power, grace and beauty. An unmissable experience.
SIMONE YOUNG conductor
SIMON O’NEILL Waldemar
RICARDA MERBETH Tove
DEBORAH HUMBLE Waldtaube
SAVA VEMIĆ Peasant
ANDREW GOODWIN Klaus-Narr
MUSICIANS OF THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC (ANAM)
SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS