VALLEJO – Fans of classical music from the Bay Area are invited to experience an evening of music by German composer Richard Wagner.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. on January 15 at the Empress Theater, 330 Virginia St.
The concert will include excerpts from Tannhaeuser, Tristan und Isolde, Die Walkuere, Lohengrin, The Flying Dutchman and Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg.
Soprano Othalie Graham will be present in Liebestod by Tristan und Isolde and in dramatic arias by Die Walkuere and Tannhaeuser.
Canadian-American soprano Graham is regularly acclaimed by international critics and is widely known for her dedication to the Wagnerian repertoire.
Long before “Stars Wars” or “The Lord of the Rings” lit the movies, Wagner envisioned great dramatic performances – part fairy tale, part allegory – told through the most touching and exciting music ever. composed.
Conductor Thomas Conlin has conducted symphonic and lyrical performances on five continents.
His recording of American composer George Crumb’s orchestral masterpiece âStar-Childâ with the Warsaw Philharmonic, choir and soloists won a Grammy.
His recordings of Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri’s piano concertos have been highly regarded in American and international publications.
The Vallejo Festival Orchestra debuted in 2020 when the Vallejo Center for the Arts presented at the Empress Theater âThree Tenors! – the next generation. “
Conlin called Vallejo’s historic art-deco Empress Theater “perhaps Northern California’s best place for classical music.” Regulars praised its warm acoustics and noted that the sight and sound are excellent throughout the theater.
Wagner’s intention was to create a new type of dramatic work in which music, poetry, drama, acting, sets and performance could be combined into a meaningful and expressive whole, and which would not be called “opera”. but “music-drama”. “
Music and story should not only be conceived together, according to Wagner, but should be so intertwined and so harmoniously blended that they would be almost indispensable to each other.
Wagner’s theatrical innovations were matched – perhaps even surpassed – by his talent as an orchestrator. Its grand design demanded a symphonic rather than a traditional lyrical approach, and with it a greatly expanded orchestra.
Wagner’s orchestral style is bright and colorful, original and virtuoso. His demands on singers are no less innovative. He places the most extraordinary demands on the voice, which he seems to consider simply as an instrument, capable of overcoming any difficulty.
âWagner can be counted on, perhaps more than any other songwriter, to deliver the ‘creepy’ factor,â Conlin said in a press release. “It will be an evening you won’t soon forget.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.empresstheatre.org or call 707-552-2400.