starts treating Caitlin like a test subject.
The NewYear brings him back to North America for another role debut, as Wolfram in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Tannhauser
Pogany's four masterpieces are generally considered to be his Ancient Mariner (1910), and his trio of books based on operas by Wagner: Tannhauser
, Parsifal and Lohengrin (1911-13).
Earlier the orchestra had given a tremendous account of Wagner's Tannhauser
overture, the tension between sensual and spiritual love taut and vivid.
Furthermore, the discussions not only repeatedly draw telling comparisons among the music dramas; they also seek out parallels in dramatic content between these works and operas by other composers, linking for instance Tannhauser
with Giacomo Meyerbeer's Robert le diable, Lohengrin with Heinrich Marschner's Hans Heiling, and Tristan und Isolde with Vincenzo Bellini's Norma.
The programme reflects Elgar's great love of Wagner with three famous excerpts ideally suited to the concert hall - from Parsifal, Good Friday Music; from Tannhauser
, Overture and Venusberg Music; from Die Walkure, Ride of the Valkyries.
Terfel excelled in Wie Todesahnung from Tannhauser
Last fall, after the Berlin Ring, he made his role debut as Wagner's Tannhauser
for Oper Frankfurt, and in November, Kent Nagano invited him to sing his first major Britten piece, the tenor part of the War Requiem, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden's national orchestra), Emma Bell and Russell Braun.
Die Feen is more serious, and we can detect roots of Tannhauser
and Lohengrin in this music.
Jonathan particularly excelled on O Star of Eve from Wagner's Tannhauser
, and in his superb duets with Peter on The Pearl Fishers and Ah, Mimi from La boheme.
On his side, Berlioz studied Wagner's earlier scores and eventually came to be moved by Tannhauser
, but he was baffled by Tristan und Isolde.
(Susan Walters), a visit in hopes that the renowned biomedical researcher can explain her growing meta-human powers.