Wagner Parsifal: Excerpts from Act II
Bruckner Symphony No.9
Simone Young conductor
Michelle de Young mezzo-soprano
Stuart Skelton tenor
Simone Young, devoted Wagnerian and Brucknerian, returns to the MSO to conduct the final works by these composers. From Wagner’s Parsifal (not an opera, but what the composer chose to call a Bühnenweihfestspiel: ‘A Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage’) comes a generous portion of Act II, with Australian Heldentenor (heroic tenor) Stuart Skelton as Parsifal and American mezzo-soprano Michelle de Young as Kundry, the cursed temptress of the evil Klingsor’s magic flower garden.
Then, after the interval, Bruckner’s Symphony No.9. Alas, Bruckner died before he could complete the fourth and final movement. The remaining movements, however, stand as a monument to Bruckner’s genius. Bruckner, by the way, worshipped Wagner. The dedication of his Symphony No.3 didn’t spare the praise: ‘To the eminent Excellency Richard Wagner the Unattainable, World- Famous, and Exalted Master of Poetry and Music, in Deepest Reverence Dedicated by Anton Bruckner’.
1 and 3 December at 7pm, Stalls Foyer, Hamer Hall
MSO Director of Artistic Planning Ronald Vermeulen will present a talk on the artists and works featured in the program.
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 20-minute interval