Orchestra Victoria

Tannhäuser in Concert

Opera Australia

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Before Eurovision, there was the Wartburg Song Contest. Eurovision could only wish for this much drama!

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  • Melbourne

    Wednesday 17 & Saturday 20 May 2023, 6.00 PM

    Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 hours, including two intervals.

Imagine basking in the adoration of Venus herself. Our minstrel-knight Tannhäuser has found a paradise of passion and pleasure with the goddess of love and beauty. Life is perfect. Until, he gets bored – and homesick.

Venus banishes him. Much to the joy of his friends and former love Elisabeth, Tannhäuser finds himself in Wartburg and enters the upcoming song contest. Only, he is unable to forget the sensuous realm of Venusberg, and praises Venus in song. Horrified, the crowd turns on him, insisting he atone for his sins with a pilgrimage. Elisabeth prays for his soul as Tannhäuser seeks salvation in Rome. Will he be absolved, or are Venus’ charms impossible to resist?

Understatement was never in Wagner’s vocabulary. His works are epic in scale, mythical of storyline, and radical in their orchestration. Tannhäuser is no exception.

From its thrilling overture to its shattering climax, Wagner’s exploration of love, religion and redemption through German folklore has fascinated and entranced audiences since its scandalous premiere.

Presented in concert at Arts Centre Melbourne, Wagner’s magnificent orchestrations are conducted by Asher Fisch and gloriously played by Orchestra Victoria. Featuring our own “Pilgrim’s Chorus”, the Opera Australia Chorus, this is ‘Romantic grand opera’ at its legendary best.

Cast & Creative

Conductor Asher Fisch
Director Shane Placentino
Lighting designer John Rayment

Tannhauser Stefan Vinke
Elisabeth Amber Wagner
Landgraf Hermann Timo Riihonen
Wolfram Von Eschenbach Samuel Dundas
Venus Anna-Louise Cole
Biterolf/Reinmar Von Zweter Richard Anderson
Walther Von Der Vogelweide Thomas Strong
Heinrich Der Schreiber Iain Henderson
Shepherd Jane Ede

Four Pages
Leah Thomas
Angela Hogan
Louise Keast
Margaret Trubiano

Orchestra Victoria
Opera Australia Chorus

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