Wagner Festival

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Date Location Price
5 Sep 2024 » 19:30 » Thursday Eldborg | Harpa 2.900 - 9.800 kr
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  • Program

    Richard Wagner Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin
    Richard Wagner O du mein holder Abendstern from Tannhäuser
    Richard Wagner Prelude to Act III from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Richard Wagner Was duftet doch der Flieder from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Richard Wagner Overture from Der fliegende Holländer
    Richard Wagner Die Frist ist um from Der fliegende Holländer
    Richard Wagner Overture from Tännhauser (Paris version)
    Richard Wagner Wotan‘s Abschied from Die Walküre

  • Conductor

    Eva Ollikainen

  • Soloist

    Ólafur Kjartan Sigurðarson

The season‘s first subscription concert is a true Wagner Feast, as Ólafur Kjartan Sigurðarson sings majestic arias from some of Richard Wagner's most beloved operas and the orchestra performs some of the most captivating overtures of the German master under the baton of Eva Ollikainen, Chief Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Long since established as a world-class interpreter of Wagner, Ólafur Kjartan Sigurðarson is the Iceland Symphony Orchestra's artist in residence this season. He has sung leading roles in Wagner's operas in many of the world's top opera houses, including the prestigious Bayreuth Festival in Germany, founded by Wagner himself in 1876 to showcase his own works. Ólafur Kjartan will be arriving on the back of his fourth summer stint in Bayreuth when he takes to the stage with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra to perform Wagner's music.

Richard Wagner was a true revolutionary in the realm of opera and had a profound impact on the history of music. His influence is still felt today in symphonic music and opera, as well as music for films and video games. Wagner transformed the texture of the opera form, integrating singing and orchestral accompaniment into a unified whole. He developed concepts such as the Leitmotif, where musical themes represent characters or phenomena. Wagner viewed opera as a holistic artwork, Gesamtkunstwerk, where all art forms converge. He wrote the librettos, or scripts, for his operas himself, often drawing on ancient Germanic legends. The fascinating subjects—heroes, warriors and valkyries—continue to attract new audiences to his operas, as does the irresistible music.