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Wagner and Strauss

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-99

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

7

Jan, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM

8

Jan, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM

9

Jan, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

12

Jan, 2016

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

It’s a night at the opera — at the Philharmonic. Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries takes on new epic proportions when performed live by the full Philharmonic, and Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens (who “speaks to you even in his silences … and shakes you when he sings” — Chicago Sun-Times) sings Strauss and Wagner with soprano Heidi Melton. Also on the program: Sibelius’s deeply personal En saga.

Program
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R. Strauss

“Cäcilie,” Op. 27, No. 2

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R. Strauss

“Ruhe, meine Seele,” Op. 27, No. 1

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R. Strauss

“Pilgers Morgenlied,” Op. 33, No. 4

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Wagner

Ride of the Valkyries and Final Scene from Act III of Die Walküre

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Heidi Melton

Soprano

Heidi Melton

Soprano

Heidi Melton

Soprano

In the 2016–17 season, dramatic soprano Heidi Melton makes her role debut as Brünnhilde in new productions of Wagner’s Die Walküre and Siegfried at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. She makes her debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre under Simon Rattle; returns to both the Hong Kong Philharmonic, for Siegfried in concert, which will be recorded for Naxos, and Quad City Symphony, for Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Isolde’s “Liebestod.” She also makes her Houston Grand Opera debut as Gutrune in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung.

Ms. Melton recently made her Vienna Philharmonic debut singing Brünnhilde’s “Immolation Scene” from Götterdämmerung led by Valery Gergiev, at both Vienna’s Musikverein and New York’s Carnegie Hall. She made her New York Philharmonic debut, led by Alan Gilbert, singing Strauss Lieder and Act III of Die Walküre as Brünnhilde. She sang Sieglinde in complete concert performances of Die Walküre with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden (recorded by Naxos). She returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as Venus/Elisabeth in Tannhäuser with Donald Runnicles, as well as to Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe as Isolde in a new Christopher Alden production of Tristan und Isolde conducted by Justin Brown. Ms. Melton also made her debut at English National Opera in a new production of Tristan and Isolde conducted by Edward Gardner.

Notable symphonic engagements include her Italian debut under Kirill Petrenko with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Torino; BBC Proms with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden, BBC Scottish Symphony and Donald Runnicles, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop; Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. She also appears at the Festival de Lanaudière with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Orchestre Métropolitain, Aspen Music Festival and Robert Spano, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, and in Donald Runnicles’s farewell concert as music director of San Francisco Opera.

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Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone

Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone

Eric Owens by Paul Sirochman

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Eric Owens launched the 2016–17 season with his role debut as Wotan in David Pountney’s new production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He sings a trio of operas at The Metropolitan Opera: the house’s premiere of Kaijo Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, a new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka under Mark Elder, and a revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo conducted by James Levine. Other highlights include recitals with Susanna Phillips at Carnegie Hall and Lawrence Brownlee at Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Metropolitan Opera’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center gala, and, for the third time, he joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute to present an interactive recital for incarcerated youth with Riccardo Muti and Joyce DiDonato. He rounds out his season singing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or at Santa Fe Opera.

Mr. Owens collaborates regularly with Muti, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Andrew Davis, Osmo Vänskä, and Donald Runnicles. In addition to performing with leading opera companies in Europe and North America, he has appeared with orchestras including the New York, Berlin, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Bavarian Radio, Atlanta, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras; and the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras. Mr. Owens is featured on several recordings including excerpts from Richard Strauss operas (Telarc) and John Adams’s A Flowering Tree (Nonesuch Records) and Doctor Atomic (Sony).

A Philadelphia native, Eric Owens began studying piano at age six, and at eleven began formal oboe training under Lloyd Shorter of the Delaware Symphony and Louis Rosenblatt of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He studied voice while an undergraduate atTempleUniversity and as a graduate student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He currently studies withArmen Boyajian. He serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and Astral Artistic Services.

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