Vancouver Opera is sharing the love just in time for Valentine’s Day with a double-bill performance of two chamber music works by Richard Wagner.
Filmed in Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral, Wagner for Valentine’s will premiere on February 13. With Maestro Leslie Dala conducting members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, they will be joined by mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó who was last seen at Vancouver Opera as Donna Elvira in its 2014 production of Don Giovanni.
Wagner for Valentine’s will feature two of the most regularly performed non-operatic works by Wagner, Siegfried Idyll and Wesendonck Lieder.
Written as a surprise birthday serenade to his wife, Cosima, following the birth of their son. It is said she woke on Christmas Day to the opening bars of the symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll.
In Wesendonck Lieder, Wagner sets five poems by Mathilde Wesendonck to music. The wife of one of Wagner’s patrons, while never confirmed, some believe that the two had a love affair.
“In this surprise addition, we are delighted to be able to include members of our Vancouver Opera Orchestra in our unique digital season,” said Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera general director in a media release. “We have not performed Wagner since our 2001 production of The Flying Dutchman and feel this is a perfect time to offer this work to our current fans and introduce ourselves to new audiences looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend at home.”
Viewers can sign up and will be able to access this free performance at digital.vancouveropera.ca. Following the initial broadcast on February 13, the performance will remain on the site until the end of June.