30 October 2017
The WNO Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Tomáš Hanus, returns to the International Concert Series at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Thursday 23 November with a programme that also forms part of the Wales-wide R17 commemoration of the Russian Revolution.
The concert will open with Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Tomáš burst on to the Cardiff concert scene last year with another Mahler piece, which received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, and he has subsequently achieved acclaim for his first opera productions with the Company. Tomáš and the Orchestra will be joined by Tara Erraught, fresh from her debut appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she has sung Nichlausse in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman, and also sings the role of Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Acclaimed for her rich voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence worldwide, Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara enjoys an ever-growing international career on the opera, orchestral and recital stages. Tara will return to WNO for our Autumn 2018 Season.
We then take you to Russia with Shostakovich’s epic Leningrad Symphony. Following on from our Russian Revolution opera season, we bring you this piece which became a symbol of resistance when it was composed and came to be seen in the West as the embodiment of the Russian fighting spirit.
Shostakovich was said to have been influenced by the works of Mahler, and was also a big admirer of Modest Musorgsky – in fact he re-orchestrated Musorgsky’s opera Khovanshchina after the composers’ death, and it was this version that WNO recently performed as part of our Autumn opera Season.
This concert is the final element of our Russian Revolution Autumn Season, which has achieved 5 star reviews and fantastic customer feedback. It’s also the last chance to see Tomáš in action in Cardiff in 2017. To buy tickets, click here.
If you want to learn more about the music and composers, there will be a free pre-concert talk by WNO’s Nicholas John Dramaturg, Hedd Thomas, from 6.30pm in Lefel 1. This will give you an extra insight, before you enjoy the performance.
The WNO Orchestra, and Tomáš, will make two further appearances at the ICS, in January and April, featuring soloists Henning Kraggerud (violin) and Peter Donohoe (piano).