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Sat 6 Sep 2008, 8:00pm

Where: Wellington Town Hall, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $45.00
  • Adult: $70.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Stravinsky 'Symphony of Psalms'
Bartock 'Bluebeard's Castle'

Marc Taddei - conductor
Margaret Medlyn - soprano
Paul Whelan - bass baritone
Aidan Lang - director
Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus - Michael Vinten - music director.

Stravinsky's 'Symphony of Psalms', inscribed "to the glory of God" and described as "poems of exultation but also of anger and judgement", integrates echoes of the Baroque world and a flash of the 'Rite of Spring' into these deeply moving texts and simple sound world.

Passion rules in 'Bluebeard's Castle', Bartok's only opera, a spell-binding, blood-stained drama about a young wife in a mysterious castle and the power and limitations of love. The soaring soprano of Margaret Medlyn as Judith will be coupled with the magnificent bass baritone voice of Paul Whelan as Bluebeard.

Aiden Lang, General Director of The NBR New Zealand Opera, will bring this thrilling semi-staged folk talk to life and to its inevitable tragic end. This concert is a true tour de force. Sung in Hungarian with English subtitles.

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