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Waltz away with WNO this Summer

15 May 2017

This Summer we whisk you away to Vienna with two light-hearted productions. Both are fun-filled and heart-warming stories, but it’s the music that will really make your spirits soar.

Johann Strauss ll is known as the Waltz King, however he was just as famous for his polkas and in Die Fledermaus both are well represented. The overture sets the tone for the whole opera, being inspired by these popular dances of the period. The Viennese waltz is then perfectly placed by the composer to match the different sentiments throughout the opera; seductive, yet also melancholy and wistful.

Click here to listen to an excerpt from the Act 2 finale of Die Fledermaus where the characters toast the intoxicating effects of champagne.

In Der Rosenkavalier the use of the Viennese waltz gives a sense of lightness and atmosphere to the score. Richard Strauss was enchanted by the female voice, and that is shown in this work by the three female voice roles of its protagonists: Sophie, Octavian, and the Marschallin. This love triangle culminates in an exquisite trio and duet which ends the opera. 

Click here to enjoy the ‘Presentation of the Rose’ scene, from Act 2 of the opera, where Sophie and Octavian fall in love at first sight.

Both productions will be conducted by WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus, making his opera debut for the Company.