The acclaimed American soprano Renée Fleming is known for her performances on the opera stage, in musicals and films, and on television. She is making her Concertgebouworkest debut with one of her signature concert stage ‘hits’, Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi. Fleming is perfectly cast in this ode to love.
Wagner's Overture Tannhäuser focuses on the artist-hero. Knight-musician Tannhäuser prefers the unattainable Elisabeth to the sensual love for Venus.
The leading conductor Daniel Harding has a penchant for French repertoire, which is given free rein in this poetic, colourful programme. With Claude Debussy’s La mer, Debussy once again proved himself a genius.
Igor Stravinsky died fifty years ago. Agon, his very last ballet, shares with the other works on this programme a rare combination of innovation and eloquence.