Force of Destiny

Saturday 10th October 2009 at 7pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Dmitri Slobodeniouk conductor
Kristine Opolais soprano

Verdi La forza del destino – Overture 8’
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin – Letter Scene, Entr’acte & Waltz 22’
Verdi Otello – Salice and Ave Maria 10’
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 44’

With its grand emotions and tempestuous drama, there’s no symphony more operatic than Tchaikovsky’s Fourth. So it’s the perfect finish to this night of passion – after Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais (star of last season’s tear-jerking La Bohème) sings two of the all-time great romantic opera scenes by Tchaikovsky and his idol Verdi.

After his thrilling surprise debut with the CBSO last season, expect guest conductor Dmitri Slobodeniouk to give it his all. Forget the Stella Artois advert – Verdi shared Tchaikovsky’s obsession with Fate, so his melodramatic Force of Destiny overture makes the perfect curtain-raiser.


Review by Julian Seva, Birmingham Post:

“And when she came to the magical final bars, with a pianissimo to die for, the emotional effect was totally overwhelming.” …..

“By allowing drama to emerge naturally as the music progressed, the climaxes of the first movement and much of the finale had tremendous veracity and power, while the dazzling sectional contrasts in the scherzo demonstrated just how well co-ordinated and disciplined these players are.”

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