PODIUM SERIES - METAMORPHOSIS

DUN, 13 Oct | CHC, 14 Oct
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Edo de Waart Conductor
Erin Wall Soprano              

R Strauss Metamorphosen
R Strauss Four Last Songs
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Eroica

NZSO Conductor Laureate, Edo de Waart, conducts the works of two German greats – Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven. To close out the South Island season, the NZSO plays the Beethoven symphony that changed the world – The Third, nicknamed Eroica (Heroic).

Strauss’ Metamorphosen is often seen as an elegy to the destruction of German culture during World War II. Scored for string orchestra, Metamorphosen quotes the funeral march of Beethoven’s Third – a poignant reference to that touchstone of German culture which Strauss felt had been jeopardised by the awful violence of World War II.

A versatile performer who has sung everything from Mozart to Kaija Saariaho, Canadian soprano Erin Wall visits New Zealand for the first time to perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs. Described by the Financial Times as “wielding a soprano [voice] of radiance, pristine beauty and tingling top notes,” Wall will use her glorious vocal talents to breathe life into Strauss’ late vocal masterpiece.

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