Thursday April 29
Six songs by Alexander Zemlinsky (op. 13)
Symphony no 5 by Gustav Mahler
Conductor Olaf Henzold
Soloist Ann-Kristin Jones (mezzo soprano)
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
It has almost become tradition that The Göteborg Opera Orchestra gets its turn in the spotlight in form of its own concert during the spring. This time it is conducted by Olaf Henzold, popular among The Göteborg Opera audiences for previous productions of The Knight of the Rose, The Woman without a Shadow and others; and currently conducting the Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Olaf has chosen a varied programme from the Late Romantic era for this concert.
Alexander Zemlinsky originally composed his Six Songs, to the exciting symbolical lyrics by Maurice Maeterlinck, for song and piano. He later added a colourful, Late Romantic orchestra movement, and it’s the latter version that we will hear. It is a joy to be able to welcome back mezzo soprano Ann-Kristin Jones, who has been very successful in previous performances at The Göteborg Opera, as our soloist in this production.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth, and the concert concludes with his symphony no 5. It contains a wonderfully caressing adagio, also known from Visconti’s film Death in Venice.