NZSO Music Director Edo de Waart, a world authority on Beethoven, begins the festival in Auckland on 16 August, conducting the composer’s magnificent First, Second and Third symphonies. We perform all Beethoven’s nine symphonies over four concerts in Auckland and Wellington – that’s 346 minutes of some of the greatest music ever written.
English tenor Oliver Johnston will now join us to perform in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Auckland on 24 August and Wellington on 31 August.
Described by critics as an exquisite tenor with “considerable charm”, we’re delighted to have Oliver perform with the NZSO. He’ll feature in the Ode to Joy finale with soprano Sabina Cvilak, alto Kristin Darragh, bass Anthony Robin Schneider and the Voices New Zealand Choir.
Born in London, Oliver is a Royal Academy Opera programme graduate and a member of the 2016 Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival. He has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski in the world premiere of Wakening Shadow, as well as performances for theRoyal Academy Opera, which include Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Levko (May Night) and Sellem (The Rake’s Progress.
He performed at the BBC Proms, won Third Prize at the All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Young Opera Singers’ Competition and is a recipient of an International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary for 2019. Expect Oliver to add to the brilliant finale of Beethoven’s last symphony and end the festival in style.
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