The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra today announced its 2013 season, the Orchestra’s first under the direction of Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis and the first full season back in its new home, the refurbished Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall.
In 2013 the MSO will celebrate four important anniversaries: the 200th anniversary of the births of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, the centenaries of the birth of Benjamin Britten and the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Wagner is represented through performances of Tristan and Isolde – An Orchestral Passion, to be conducted by Alexander Shelley, who will also conduct Christopher Rouse’s homage to one of Wagner’s most memorable characters, Alberich; and the Prelude from The Mastersingers of Nuremburg, under the baton of exciting English conductor Edward Gardner.
Under the leadership of Sir Andrew, the MSO will celebrate Verdi through one of the most powerful works of sacred music ever written, his Messa de Requiem, and Britten with the Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. Britten will also be explored by Thomas Adès when he conducts the MSO in Our Hunting Fathers.
The Metropolis New Music Festival, presented by the MSO and Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC), will be curated and directed by one of the greatest musical figures of our time, Thomas Adès. Alongside the concerts at the MRC featuring both Adès and the MSO, Metropolis will once again include talks and workshops as well as a special add-on concert to be held at Hamer Hall and featuring one of Adès’ most important works, Tevot.
After the sold-out performances of Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular this February, in 2013 the MSO will again team with BBC Worldwide Australasia for two Australian premiere concert experiences – Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels and Frozen Planet in Concert. In these special events, the MSO will play the orchestral music live on stage to accompany the HD footage on the big screen at Plenary Hall, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Hamer Hall will be turned into a cinema deluxe for the Melbourne premiere performances of the Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy, conducted by the composer Tan Dun. Dun will conduct the MSO in his scores for three critically acclaimed martial arts films, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero and The Banquet, with scenes from the three movies played on the big screen.
MSO Subscribers can renew their subscriptions online or through our Box Office. Single tickets are currently only available to new and renewing subscribers as part of a series package or single ticket add-on. If you wish to purchase tickets to a single event, these will be on sale on November 19, 2012.