Van Zweden Conducts Wagner's Die Walküre
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Van Zweden Conducts Wagner's Die Walküre (Act I)

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-121

Duration

1 hour & 30 minutes no intermission

Date & Times

14

Feb, 2018

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

15

Feb, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

17

Feb, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden leads immense orchestral forces and world-class singers in Act I of Die Walküre, part of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. Burning passion seizes a god’s two children, climaxing in a love duet whose emotional impact will stay with you. Plus Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams’s Dark Waves. Though responding to the “ominous events of our times,” Adams reminds us that “we find ourselves immersed in the mysterious beauty of this world.”

Program

John Luther Adams

Dark Waves (New York Premiere)

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Wagner

Act I of Die Walküre (in concert)

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducted the New York Philharmonic in four World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. As part of the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, he led the premieres of works by Nina C. Young, Tania León, and Ellen Reid. Other highlights include a new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Beethoven, Mozart, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Barber, Björk, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Anders Hilborg, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Heidi Melton

Soprano

Heidi Melton

Soprano

Heidi Melton

Soprano

This season, American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton returns to the New York Philharmonic for Act I of Wagner’s Die Walküre and to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to sing Brünnhilde in complete performances of the opera, both conducted by Jaap van Zweden. She recently made her role debut as Brünnhilde in new productions of Wagner’s Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe; made debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre under Simon Rattle; and returned to Vienna for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Tonkunstler Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. She appeared as Sieglinde in Die Walküre and Brünnhilde in Siegfried in concert performances with Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic recorded for Naxos Records, and in the summer of 2017 she recorded the role of Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Ms. Melton recently made her Vienna Philharmonic debut singing Brünnhilde’s “Immolation Scene” from Götterdämmerung led by Mr. Gergiev at Vienna’s Musikverein and Carnegie Hall. She returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Venus / Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser with Donald Runnicles; she made her role debut as Isolde at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in a new Christopher Alden production conducted by Justin Brown, and reprised the role in her English National Opera debut in a new production conducted by Edward Gardner.

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Simon O'Neill

Tenor

Simon O'Neill

Tenor

Simon O'Neill

Tenor

Tenor Simon O’Neill is a Fulbright Scholar and became Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honors list. He has performed at The Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Staatsoper, Vienna Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian Staatsoper, Hamburg Staatsoper, and Salzburg Festival. He appeared as the title roles in Wagner’s Lohengrin and Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival, and as Parsifal, Lohengrin, Siegmund (in Wagner’s Die Walküre), Florestan (Beethoven’s Fidelio), and Soltzing (Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Recent concert highlights include Florestan with Antonio Pappano; the title role in Wagner’s Siegfried in Hong Kong with Jaap van Zweden; Jánaček’s Glagolitic Mass with Simon Rattle; Erik in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at the Ravinia Festival with James Conlon; Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Fidelio, and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the BBC Proms; Gurrelieder, Die Walküre, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, and Siegfried at the Edinburgh Festival; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra; and Siegmund with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. O’Neill’s recent and forthcoming roles for the Deutsche Staatsoper include Kaiser in Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, Florestan, Boris in Jánaček’s Katya Kabanova, and Siegmund. In 2020 he returns to San Francisco Opera as Florestan and sings Tristan in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with the Atlanta Symphony and Santa Fe Opera. In the 2020–21 season he performs Siegfried for the first time on stage in the new Ring Cycle for Deutsche Oper Berlin and makes his Glyndebourne Festival debut. His discography includes his award-winning solo album Father and Son, Wagner Scenes and Arias (EMI), and his recently released first Lieder recording on Decca.

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John Relyea

Bass

John Relyea

Bass

John Relyea

Bass

Winner of the 2009 Beverly Sills Award and 2003 Richard Tucker Award, John Relyea has appeared on many of the world’s great operatic stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opéra, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg, Russia), and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden (London). His diverse repertoire includes the title roles in Verdi’s Attila, Massenet’s Don Quichotte, Rachmaninoff’s Aleko, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, as well as Bertram in Meyerbeer’s Robert the Devil, the Four Villains in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Marke in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, King Phillip in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Caspar in Weber’s Der Freischütz, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and The Water Sprite in Dvořák’s Rusalka.

In concert, Mr. Relyea has performed with major orchestras including Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra; Berlin, New York, and Vienna philharmonic orchestras; The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; and the London, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, and San Francisco symphony orchestras. He has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl; the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Lucerne, and Mostly Mozart festivals; and at the BBC Proms.

This season Mr. Relyea returns to the Paris Opéra for Bluebeard’s Castle and to the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Claggart in Britten’s Billy Budd; performs with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra; and makes his debut at the Teatro di San Carlo as Fiesco in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.

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Special Thanks

These concerts are made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Additional support for these concerts is provided by the Helen Huntington Hull Fund.

The Facebook Live broadcast on February 15 is supported by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.

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