Thursday 26th July 2018
Royal Albert Hall, London
Tickets £7.50 to £41 (plus booking fee)
General booking opening 12 May 2018
Concert begins at 7.30pm
Wagner - Tannhäuser
Debussy - La damoiselle élue
Stravinsky - Song of the Nightingale
Stravinsky - The Firebird – suite (1945 version)
Sir Mark Elder
Sophie Bevan *, soprano
Anna Stéphany, mezzo-soprano
Hallé Choir (female voices)
Hallé Youth Choir (female voices)
Sophie Bevan * and Anna Stéphany are the soloists in centenary composer Claude Debussy’s Wagner-infused, mythical-fantasy cantata La damoiselle élue.
Wagner’s relationship with Paris soured over his opera Tannhäuser but Stravinsky was practically adopted by the city. Tonight’s second half features two of the latter’s most colourful scores, whose striking resemblances result from the fact that Stravinsky broke off work on The Nightingale (the opera on which tonight’s symphonic poem is based) in order to write his first ballet, The Firebird.
*We are grateful to soprano, Sophie Bevan who will be replacing Sabine Devieilhe (due to illness).