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Passion & Poetry

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Bedford Corn ExchangeBedford, East of England, MK40 1SL, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 19:30
Performers
Philharmonia Orchestra
Christoph AltstaedtConductor
Singers from the Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artists Scheme

 

Rising-star conductor Christoph Altstaedt brings a programme of romantic 19th-century storytelling — both operatic and symphonic — to the Corn Exchange stage. The evening opens and closes with two symphonic poems: Liszt’s lushly scored Les préludes and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. The music for the Idyll — later used in Wagner’s opera Siegfried — was composed for Wagner’s wife Cosima’s birthday, and first performed as a surprise for her on the stairs of their villa in Lucerne. In between, themes of love and heartache in two of the most popular operas of the Romantic era: Massenet’s Cinderella and the tragedy of Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata.

© Ben Ealovega
© Ben Ealovega
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