Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Tristan und Isolde, Prelude und Liebestod: Mild und leise (Prelude and Final Scene)
Karfreitagszauber (Good Friday Spell)
Siegfried’s Rheinfahrt (Siegfried’s Rhine Journey)
Schlussszene: Scheite schichtet mir dort
(Final Scene, Brünnhilde Immolation)
Die Meistersinger is a three-act opera composed by Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and premiered in Munich in 1868. Besides being one of the longest operas ever written, it is the only comedy of Wagner’s maturity. The plot centers on a real character named Hans Sachs, cobbler-poet who in the 17th century travelled all over Germany as mastersinger. Die Meistersingeris an opera inhabited by common people without magic or supernatural powers like in the medieval drama Tristan und Isolde, also premiered in Munich in1865, and performed this opera season at São Carlos or in Parsifal, that long spiritual journey that, given its overtly Christian message Wagner preferred to call it a sacred work for the stage which premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1882, a year before the composer’s death. This concert closes with two moments of Götterdämmerungthe last opera of Der Ring des Nibelungen : in the first act, at the daybreak, Brünnhilde urges Siegfried to seek new adventures — Siegfried’s Rhine Journey — and in the last — the Immolation Scene — when the heroine is consumed by the flames of Siegfried’s funeral pyre.
The Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (OSP - Portuguese Symphony Orchestra), formed in 1993, is one of the São Carlos Opera House Theatre's performing arts groups. OSP has been carrying out its own symphonic activity, including regular concert programmes which have included its participation in Portuguese and international music festivals. Within the sphere of other types of cooperation, the Orchestra presence at the following events should also be pointed: the 8th Eurovision Young Musicians Contest broadcasted by Eurovision to fifteen countries (1996), the Granada 47th. Music and Dance International Festival Final Concert (1997), the Frankfurt Book Fair Opening Gala Concert, the Lisbon Expo 98 Final Concert, Alicante Contemporary Music Festival (2000) and the Mérida Festival of Classical Theatre (2003). OSP cooperates regularly with RTP – Rádio e Televisão de Portugal which was responsible for radio broadcasts of its concerts and operas on Antena 2 and televised broadcasting of Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen on RTP2. RTP also joins forces with OSP in the Pedro de Freitas Branco Award for Young Conductors, in the RDP Young Musicians Award and in the International Young Performers Showcase. OSP has performed in opera and concert seasons under the direction of renowned conductors such as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Alain Lombard, Nello Santi, Alberto Zedda, Harry Christophers, George Pehlivanian, Michel Plasson, Krzysztof Penderecki, Djansug Kakhidze, Milán Horvat, Jeffrey Tate and Iuri Ahronovitch among others, and OSP discography includes two CDs for the Marco Polo label with Joly Braga Santos’ Symphonies No. 1, No. 5, No. 3 and No. 6 recorded under the direction of Álvaro Cassuto, by-then its Principal Music Director and “Crossing Borders” with music by Wagner, Gershwin, and Mendelssohn conducted of Julia Jones in a live recording for Antena 2. The position of OSP Principal Music Director was occupied by José Ramón Encinar (1999/2001), Zoltán Peskó (2001/2004) and Julia Jones (2008/2011); Donato Renzetti was Principal Guest Conductor from 2005 to 2007 and Joana Carneiro is presently OSP Principal Music Director.