Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon, Conductor
Christine Brewer, Soprano
John Treleaven, Tenor
Considering that Wagner is the most-performed composer in Ravinia history, the festival is lucky to have one of the world’s foremost opera experts, James Conlon, as music director. Conlon is also music director of the L.A. Opera, and he’s been the principal conductor of the Paris Opera in addition to frequent conducting appearances at the Met and the other great opera houses of the world.
Joined by two soloists famous the world over for their Wagnerian interpretations, James is scaling the Olympus of opera again by conducting L.A. Opera’s first complete Ring Cycle in 2010. We’ll get a sampling of that music on this program that includes the “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre (can anyone ever forget Elmer Fudd’s classic cartoon rendition of “Kill the Wabbit”?), the galvanizing “Forging Scene” and “Brünnhilde’s Awakening” from Siegfried, “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from Götterdämmerung and the ultimate musical cataclysm, “Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene,” which concludes the entire Ring cycle.
Final Scene of Siegfried
“Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from Götterdämmerung
“Funeral March” from Götterdämmerung
“Brünnhilde’s Immolation” from Götterdämmerung
5:45 p.m. – Bennett • Gordon Hall
Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Institute
Tickets: FREE to those holding tickets to main stage performance/Park opens at 5 p.m.