Shanghai Opera House and Suzhou Symphony Orchestra

Wagner and Chen Qigang

Music
In-Venue
26
Mar
In this concert, cellist Wang Jian plays a true modern classic—Chen Qigang cello concerto Reflet d’un temps disparu (Reflections of a Vanished Time) — and Richard Wagner dives into a love more powerful than either life or death, in two extracts from his opera Tristan und Isolde, performed by soprano He Hui and tenor Han Peng.

Introduction

Between two worlds: Richard Wagner meets Chinese poet Su Shi

“Here time becomes space,” wrote Richard Wagner, and across centuries and continents writers and composers have sought to evoke memory, longing, and the universal human sensation of a world elsewhere.

In this concert from the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Opera House, cellist Wang Jian plays a true modern classic—Chen Qigang cello concerto Reflet d’un temps disparu (Reflections of a Vanished Time) —and Richard Wagner dives into a love more powerful than either life or death, in two extracts from his opera Tristan und Isolde: a story of a passion that transcends mere physical reality, told in music that still has the power to intoxicate 156 years after it was first performed.

Shanghai Opera House and Suzhou Symphony Orchestra

Shanghai Opera House is one of China’s most innovative performing arts companies. An organisation rooted in both Chinese and Western traditions, it has presented operas with aplomb to audiences both in China and around the world. Under the artistic direction of Xu Zhong—the internationally renowned conductor and pianist, the first Chinese artist to be appointed International Chair in Opera of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and one of the 21st century’s leading interpreters of Italian opera—its mission is to bring the best of Western opera to China, as well as creating new work inspired by China’s own legendary stories and operatic traditions.

For this Festival, it joins forces with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, one of the most internationally respected orchestras in China. This is an opportunity to hear two of China’s most dynamic ensembles, exploring themes of love and hatred, and to experience the unique energy created when Chinese musical traditions meet western forms and techniques. Chen Qigang interprets Chinese poet Su Shi; Chinese musicians embrace the passion of Italian opera; and Wagner creates new worlds where Berlioz leaves off.

Great minds from East and West meet in creative dialogue, and the emotions they create are universal.

Repertoire

Mar 26 (Sat)
Chen Qigang
Reflet d’un temps disparu (Reflections of a Vanished Time) for cello and orchestra

Cellist: Wang Jian

Wagner
Tristan und Isolde (excerpt)
Prelude and Love Duet from Act II
Prelude from Act I and “Liebestod”

Soprano: He Hui

Tenor: Han Peng

Performed in German

Remarks

Approx. 2 hrs incl. one interval
Performed in German with Chinese and English surtitles