Van Zweden Conducts Wagner's Die Walküre

The New York Philharmonic

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Van Zweden Conducts Wagner's Die Walküre (Act I)

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-121

Duration

1 hour & 30 minutes no intermission

Date & Times

14

Feb, 2018

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

15

Feb, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

17

Feb, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden leads immense orchestral forces and world-class singers in Act I of Die Walküre, part of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. Burning passion seizes a god’s two children, climaxing in a love duet whose emotional impact will stay with you. Plus Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams’s Dark Waves. Though responding to the “ominous events of our times,” Adams reminds us that “we find ourselves immersed in the mysterious beauty of this world.”

Program

John Luther Adams

Dark Waves (New York Premiere)

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Wagner

Act I of Die Walküre (in concert)

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. The 2018–19 season marks his first as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Guest engagements this season include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra — where he is Conductor Laureate, having just completed a ten-year tenure as Music Director. He has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In his inaugural season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden conducts repertoire ranging from five World Premieres to symphonic cornerstones. He presides over three season pillars — each presenting a World Premiere — that contextualize music through programs complemented by citywide collaborations. Music of Conscience explores composers’ responses to the social issues of their time, with music by Beethoven, Shostakovich, John Corigliano, and David Lang. New York Stories: Threads of Our City looks at musical expressions of the immigrant experience in New York, with music by Julia Wolfe. The Art of Andriessen spotlights the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. Maestro van Zweden also welcomes New Yorkers to Phil the Hall, concerts for community and service professionals; the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert; and the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, the most recent of which features live New York Philharmonic performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, released on CD and for streaming and download in February 2018; this release launched the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established U.S. classical music label. In 2018 he completed a four-year project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducting the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos Records. His highly praised performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor from 2005 to 2013, and served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra from 2008 to 2011. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Heidi Melton

Soprano

Heidi Melton

Soprano

Heidi Melton

Soprano

This season, American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton returns to the New York Philharmonic for Act I of Wagner’s Die Walküre and to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to sing Brünnhilde in complete performances of the opera, both conducted by Jaap van Zweden. She recently made her role debut as Brünnhilde in new productions of Wagner’s Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe; made debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre under Simon Rattle; and returned to Vienna for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Tonkunstler Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. She appeared as Sieglinde in Die Walküre and Brünnhilde in Siegfried in concert performances with Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic recorded for Naxos Records, and in the summer of 2017 she recorded the role of Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Ms. Melton recently made her Vienna Philharmonic debut singing Brünnhilde’s “Immolation Scene” from Götterdämmerung led by Mr. Gergiev at Vienna’s Musikverein and Carnegie Hall. She returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Venus / Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser with Donald Runnicles; she made her role debut as Isolde at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in a new Christopher Alden production conducted by Justin Brown, and reprised the role in her English National Opera debut in a new production conducted by Edward Gardner.

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Simon O'Neill

Tenor

Simon O'Neill

Tenor

Simon O'Neill

Tenor

An alumnus of the Juilliard Opera Center, Manhattan School of Music, Victoria University, and the University of Otago, Simon O’Neill is a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the Arts Laureate of New Zealand and Doctor of Music (honoris causa) from Victoria University of Wellington. He became Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honors list. Mr. Simon performed in Wagner’s Die Walküre (as Siegmund), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Stolzing), Lohengrin and Parsifal (title roles), and Beethoven’s Fidelio (Florestan) at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Berg’s Wozzeck (Tambourmajor) and Siegmund at The Metropolitan Opera and Hamburg Opera; Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (Erik) at Ravinia; and Florestan, Siegmund, Verdi’s Otello (title role), and Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (Siegmund) for Houston Grand Opera. He has also performed Die Walküre at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Berlin Staatsoper, Bavarian Staatsoper, and Vienna Staatsoper. He made his Bayreuth Festival debut as Lohengrin and returned as Parsifal. In concert, he has sung Florestan in Rome and Salzburg, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder at the Edinburgh Festival and BBC Proms, Siegmund with the Berlin Philharmonic (Rattle) and Edinburgh Festival (Davis), the Ring Cycle with the Berlin Staatskapelle at the BBC Proms (Barenboim), and Siegfried (title role) in Hong Kong (Jaap van Zweden), released on Naxos. His discography also includes Father and Son, Wagner Scenes and Arias with Inkinen on EMI, and Otello and Der Freischütz (LSO Live). Current and upcoming engagements include Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten with Berlin Staatsoper, Die Walküre and Parsifal with Bavarian Staatsoper, Tannhäuser at Deutsche Oper, Wozzeck in Hamburg, and Parsifal at Vienna Staatsoper. He sings Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Daniel Harding, Act I from Die Walküre with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder in New Zealand, and Siegfried with the Hallé Orchestra and Mark Elder.

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John Relyea

Bass

John Relyea

Bass

John Relyea

Bass

Winner of the 2009 Beverly Sills Award and 2003 Richard Tucker Award, John Relyea has appeared on many of the world’s great operatic stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opéra, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg, Russia), and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden (London). His diverse repertoire includes the title roles in Verdi’s Attila, Massenet’s Don Quichotte, Rachmaninoff’s Aleko, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, as well as Bertram in Meyerbeer’s Robert the Devil, the Four Villains in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Marke in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, King Phillip in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Caspar in Weber’s Der Freischütz, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and The Water Sprite in Dvořák’s Rusalka.

In concert, Mr. Relyea has performed with major orchestras including Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra; Berlin, New York, and Vienna philharmonic orchestras; The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; and the London, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, and San Francisco symphony orchestras. He has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl; the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Lucerne, and Mostly Mozart festivals; and at the BBC Proms.

This season Mr. Relyea returns to the Paris Opéra for Bluebeard’s Castle and to the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Claggart in Britten’s Billy Budd; performs with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra; and makes his debut at the Teatro di San Carlo as Fiesco in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.

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Special Thanks

These concerts are made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Additional support for these concerts is provided by the Helen Huntington Hull Fund.

The Facebook Live broadcast on February 15 is supported by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.

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