Season Opening Gala

Sir Andrew Davis | Nelson Freire | Stuart Skelton



Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Nelson Freire piano
Stuart Skelton tenor


Vine Symphony No.1 Microsymphony – Composer in Residence
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor
Beethoven Fidelio: Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!
Wagner Götterdämmerung: Morgendämmerung and Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt
Wagner Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
Verdi Otello: Ballabile
Verdi Otello: Niun mi tema

About the Performance

Join us for the opening of the MSO’s 2018 Season with two universally admired guest artists – Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, described by The Guardian as a master of [his] craft’, and Australian heldentenor and Grammy Award nominee, Stuart Skelton.

The celebratory program includes: Beethoven’s majestic Emperor Piano Concerto; Carl Vine’s Symphony No.1 Microsymphony (a work encompassing the dramatic features of a symphony compressed into just 12 minutes); and highlights from Fidelio, Die Walküre, Otello and Götterdämmerung sung by Stuart Skelton, who was awarded the International Opera Awards Male Singer of the Year in 2014 and will perform the roles of Otello and Siegmund (Die Walküre) in the coming season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Pre-concert talk

Join MSO Director of Artistic Planning, Ronald Vermeulen and Australian composer, Carl Vine, for a pre-concert conversation inside Hamer Hall from 6.15pm.

Running time

2 hours and 10 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

Melbourne Recital Centre presents Nelson Freire in solo recital as part of their Great Performers 2018 series.

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