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2019 Performances


 7.30pm Saturday 6 April 2019 – Federation Concert Hall, Hobart

BACH St John Passion

From the great swirling phrases of the opening chorus (Herr, unser Herrscher) to the resigned sorrow of the close (Ruht wohl), Bach’s St John Passion chronicles the suffering and death of Jesus Christ in music of extraordinary force, pathos and potency.

Ingeniously, the work pivots between narration and reflection, thereby casting the listener into the fray, as it were. Rarely has Bach’s gift for drama been so acute. Conducting this landmark performance is distinguished British choral director and Baroque specialist, Stephen Layton, who is bringing with him a cast of carefully selected soloists.

Sung in German with surtitles.




Wednesday 29 May 2019 – Santa Maria Del Pi, Barcelona Spain
Saturday 1 June 2019 - Palau De La Musica, Barcelona Spain



7pm Friday 14 June – Federation Concert Hall, Hobart
6pm Saturday 15 June – Federation Concert Hall, Hobart

SOMERS / BIRGISSON Riceboy Sleeps [Orch. David Handler]



5pm Tuesday 9 July 2019 – Hobart Town Hall

BACH St John Passion (excerpts)
VERDI Requiem (excerpts)
EDWARDS Missa Alchera (Mass of the Dreaming) (excerpts)
CHENEY Drought
EDWARDS binit bubuk from Sacred Kingfisher Psalms
ORLOVICH My Nurse and I

Tickets available on the door, $10. Click here for more information from the Festival of Voices website.



7:30pm Saturday 21 September 2019 – Federation Concert Hall, Hobart

VON WEBER Selections from Der Freischütz: Overture, ‘Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen’, ‘Leise, leise, fromme Weise’, ‘Wie? Was? Entsetzen!
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang

‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!’ Mendelssohn’s inspirational Symphony No 2, Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), is a monumental work for orchestra, choir and vocal soloists. Written to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg, it was premièred in St Thomas’ Leipzig in 1840, the same church where JS Bach spent the crowning years of his career. Rich in orchestral, choral and cultural traditions – Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 was another influence – Mendelssohn’s great, celebratory symphony is a grand and enthralling experience.

It’s hard to overestimate the influence of Weber’s Romantic opera Der Freischütz (in our own time, it inspired Tom Waits’ music theatre work The Black Rider). A morality tale loaded with eerie Gothic touches and heavy doses of the supernatural, Der Freischütz mixes simple and charming melodies with dazzling and imaginative orchestration. This concert showcases some of the highlights.

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7:30pm Saturday 2 November 2019 – Federation Concert Hall, Hobart

WAGNER Die Walküre, Wotan and Brünnhilde, Act 2 Scene i
WAGNER Die Walküre, Ride of the Valkyries
WAGNER Die Walküre, Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music, Act 3
WAGNER Der fliegender Holländer, Overture and Dutchman’s Monologue, Act 1
WAGNER Götterdämmerung, Siegfried’s Funeral Music, Act 3
WAGNER Götterdämmerung, Immolation Scene, Act 3

Following her triumphant and award-winning performance with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2016, Nina Stemme returns to Hobart for another night of Wagnerian splendour. Appearing with her is fellow Swede John Lundgren, acclaimed for his Wagner interpretations at the Bayreuth Festival, Royal Swedish Opera and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Marko Letonja, conductor of the 2016 concert, is the third star in the evening’s firmament.

This all-Wagner gala delivers emotion-filled and epic scenes from Der Ring des Nibelungen, including Wotan’s Farewell (Die Walküre) and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene (Götterdämmerung), as well as the Ring’s most stirring orchestral episodes, such as the Ride of the Valkyries and Siegfried’s Funeral Music. The concert also includes highlights from The Flying Dutchman.

Book early for the concert opera event of 2019!

Sung in German with surtitles.

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 7:30pm Friday 29 November – Perth Concert Hall, WA
7:30pm Saturday 30 November – Perth Concert Hall, WA

VERDI Requiem 

Since his first appearance with WASO in 1999, Asher Fisch has forged a powerful connection with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut we go back to where it all began as Asher conducts Verdi’s transcendent and monumental Requiem.

Operatic in its earth-shaking intensity, Verdi’s great sacred masterpiece is staggeringly beautiful, dramatically exhilarating and heartfelt in its outpouring of human grief and devotion.

Join Asher Fisch, four world-class soloists plus the massed voices of three choruses for an incomparable concert experience.

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