Orchestral Concerts 21

Wiener Symphoniker | Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg

This year, Bregenz Festival celebrates its 75th birthday with epoch-making works by Richard Wagner and Joseph Haydn. In Haydn’s Creation the Bregenz Festival Chorus will be joined by other regional choirs – a sign of the deep-rooted ties around Lake Constance. The oratorio will be conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who is the new chief conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker since autumn 2020. He will also be on the rostrum during the concert performance of Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Coming down from the Swiss Alps, the mythologised river Rhine passes through Lake Constance, on which operas have been staged since 1946. In this anniversary year, Bregenz will hear Wotan and his family of gods as well as Alberich, who steals the Rhinemaidens’ gold to make the mighty ring. For his Festspielhaus debut the Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber has chosen two works that both premiered in 1946 but couldn't be more different: Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question and Richard Strauss’ oboe concerto. The two pieces will be followed by Anton Bruckner’s boldest and most dynamic symphony. The Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg under its chief conductor Leo McFall will give the first performance in Austria of Thomas Larcher's most recent symphony. Larcher's opera The Hunting Gun attracted great international interest in 2018 when it was staged in Bregenz.

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