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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex/Symphony of Psalms - NZIAF


Fri 24 Feb 2012, 8:00pm–9:45pm

Where: Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • P: $148.00
  • A: $138.00
  • B: $98.00
  • C: $58.00
  • D: $38.00
  • Friends P: $138.00
  • Friends A: $128.00
  • Friends B: $93.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Two works from one of the 20th century’s great composers, a celebrated young conductor, Australasia’s most accomplished opera singers, two commanding choirs, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. All in one unmissable performance.

The Festival opens with this monumental double bill of two neo-classical works from Igor Stravinsky. This stunning gala concert balances the sorrow of Oedipus’ fate with the redemptive chorus of Symphony of Psalms.

For the famously tragic tale of Oedipus Rex, a riveting line-up of opera soloists includes Stuart Skelton as Oedipus, Daniel Sumegi as Creon, Margaret Medlyn as Jocasta and Martin Snell as Tiresias, the soothsayer. A line-up that will ensure Oedipus Rex dazzles from its first explosive chorus to its heart-rending finale.

Exuding power to the point of exaltation, Symphony of Psalms has been called one of Stravinsky’s most impressive works. When you hear the 40-strong choir join the orchestra’s pure and resonant music, you will instantly understand why.

Both pieces are a tribute to Stravinsky’s diversity and instinct for the theatrical. With Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro at the helm, this performance promisesto be a true Festival must-see.

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
The Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus of The NBR New Zealand Opera

Conductor: Joana Carneiro

With: Stuart Skelton (tenor), Margaret Medlyn (soprano), Martin Snell (bass) and Daniel Sumegi (bass-baritone)

Event partner: VISA

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