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Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Die Walküre

Sunday, November 3, 2019 3:00PM

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts <i>Die Walküre</i>
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Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Colburn Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Waltraud Meier, mezzo-soprano (Sieglinde)
Simon O'Neill, tenor (Siegmund)
James Creswell, bass (Hunding)*

*Eric Owens has had to withdraw from this engagement. James Creswell will perform the role of Hunding in place of Eric Owens.

Supported in part by Sam B. and Lyndie Ersan

Pre-concert lecture by Brian Lauritzen, 2pm

HINDEMITH: Mathis der Maler
WAGNER: Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Act 1 (concert version)

Experience the drama and passion of Wagner's Romantic masterpiece Die Walküre, as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Colburn Orchestra in Act 1 of the expansive music-drama. Full of thrilling music, the anguish and passion of this tale of love and betrayal is vividly brought to life by mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier as Sieglinde, tenor Simon O'Neill as Siegmund, and bass Eric Owens as Hunding.

San Francisco Symphony's next music director (effective September 2020) and LA Phil's Conductor Laureate, Esa-Pekka Salonen, also leads the Negaunee Conducting Program at the Colburn Conservatory. Named "Musician of the Year" in 2006 by Musical America, Esa-Pekka Salonen is the recipient of many major awards, including the UNESCO Rostrum Prize, the Siena Prize, the Nemmers Composition Prize, and the Royal Philharmonic Society's Conductor Award, among others.

Since its 2003 founding, the Colburn Conservatory of Music has established a record of producing musicians that find success in the highly competitive classical music world. The conservatory’s flagship ensemble is the Colburn Orchestra, led by Music Director Yehuda Gilad. It performs concerts annually in premiere venues throughout Greater Los Angeles, such as Ambassador Auditorium, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Broad Stage, the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, and Musco Center for the Arts.

Grammy Award-winning German mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier launched her international career with her triumphant success as Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal at the 1983 Bayreuth Festival. Since then, she’s made regular appearances at the Royal Opera of Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Opéra National de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Celebrated in her roles as Kundry, Isolde, Ortrud, Venus, and Sieglinde, Waltraud Meier is considered one of the most internationally significant Wagner singers of our time.

Described in the international press as "an exemplary Siegmund, terrific of voice" and "THE Wagnerian tenor of his generation," multi-Grammy-nominated tenor Simon O'Neill has performed the role of Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Pappano, Teatro alla Scala and Berlin Staatsoper with Barenboim, at the Metropolitan Opera with Runnicles in the celebrated Otto Schenk production returning with Luisi in the Lepage Ring Cycle and in the Götz Friedrich production at Deutsche Oper Berlin with Rattle.

American bass James Creswell has established himself as one of the leading basses of his generation. His early career included apprenticeships with Los Angeles Opera and San Francisco Opera until he moved to Germany as a soloist with the Komische Oper Berlin. Mr. Creswell opens his 2019-20 season at San Francisco Opera as Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet and as Doctor Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. He then returns to Scottish Opera for a concert performance of Iris by Mascagni in the role of Il Cieco. Followed by: Count Walter in Luisa Miller at English National Opera; a performance of Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner; Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Vodník in Rusalka both with Santa Fe Opera.