Monday, May 10, 2010

PREVIEW: Beethoven's Fidelio with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Fidelio, the second installment to the HKPO’s Beethoven trilogy, is going to be performed on the 15th and 17th of May at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 8pm.


Singing the role of Leonore is Susan Bullock, who some of us may remember her remarkable performance of the role Salome and Elektra with the HKPO a couple of years ago. She alone is enough reason for any opera lover to buy a ticket to this event. However, joining her is Simon O’Neill singing the role of Florestan and I suspect that he will be great in this role. I have seen him as Siegmund in the 2005 Royal Opera House production of Wagner’s Die Walküre in London and his performance was stellar with his gorgeous ringing high notes. With Susan and Simon together, not having a ticket to this concert is just not natural! Haha!

Jon-Michael Ball, Lisa Larsson, Kristinn Sigmudsson (check-out my review of his performance in Der Rosenkavalier - http://payingpatronperspective.blogspot.com/2010/04/review-der-rosenkavalier.html) and Eike Wilm Schulte complete the cast with Maestro Edo de Waart conducting.

Check out the HKPO website:

http://www.hkpo.com/eng/concerts_and_ticket/concerts/concertdetail.jsp?id=161

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