Verdi and Valkyries
November 16 at 8:00 pm
An evening of dramatic music from Verdi and Wagner.
Did You Know?
Even if you have never entered an opera house, Verdi’s Anvil Chorus is likely to be a familiar tune. It features a rousing tune and rhythmic percussion – including, frequently, anvils playing on stage on and off the beat – making it something of an archetype for a bold, cheery Italian chorus.
Verdi composed only two operas for introduction outside Western Europe: Aida, for the opening of a new opera house in Cairo in 1871, and La forza del destino, which the Imperial Theater in St. Petersburg commissioned 10 years earlier. Verdi at first provided a brief orchestral prelude which he subsequently expanded into a full-fledged overture and the one he composed for the Milan premiere of La forza del destino, was something he was proud of, and he confidently made it a permanent part of the score. (Source: The Kennedy Center.)
Daughters of Wotan, the Valkyries ride winged steeds into battle to retrieve the bodies of fallen heroes and carry them to Valhalla. Wagner’s exultant composition depicts the Valkyries’ aeriial horsemanship preceding a rendezvous on the summit of a rocky mountain. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)
Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) includes some of the greatest music Wagner wrote. The music of Brünnhilde’s immolation scene is a finale of superhuman scale. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)
About the Musicians
Verdi and Valkyries will feature both Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Chorus Director Marie Bucoy-Calavan, as well as our Akron Symphony Chorus. Read about them on the Musicians page.
The Akron Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome soprano Elisabeth Rosenberg as a guest artist for this performance, where she will sing Brünhilde’s Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung..
Praised by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as having a voice of “opulence and ease,” Elisabeth is earning a reputation as an exciting dramatic soprano on the classical scene today.
In the summer of 2018, Elisabeth debuted with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, singing excerpts from Tristan und Isolde and Wesendonck Lieder as a featured artist with the Mastersinger’s Program lead by world-renowned soprano, Jane Eaglen. Elisabeth has also appeared with the Miami Wagner Institute appearing as Gerhilde in scenes from Die Walküre alongside world acclaimed American soprano, Christine Goerke, as Brünhilde.
Previous engagements include the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and First Lady with Aspen Opera Theater’s Die Zauberflöte.
In the summer of 2015, Elisabeth was a quarter-finalist in the 23rd Edition of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, The World Opera Competition, hosted by the Royal Opera House in London. Elisabeth was a finalist in the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos in Sydney, Australia, as well as a semi-finalist in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Amsterdam.