Opera and operetta music, waltzes, polkas, and galops by Johann Strauss, Hans Christian Lumbye, Ellen Sandels, Richard Wagner, and others.
Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s ever-popular Viennese concerts are truly a New Year’s festival, brightening the dark winter days with zesty and vibrant music. This year’s Viennese programme is conducted by the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor, Eva Ollikainen. On the roster are waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss the Younger, including the Emperor Waltz and the Blue Danube, as well as the overture to Die Fledermaus. Hans Christian Lumbye’s beloved Champagne Galop, as well as Moët & Chandon, by Ellen Sandels, a long-neglected Swedish composer from the turn of the 20th century. The orchestra also performs the opening to Act III of Wagner’s opera Lohengrin, with the brass fanfare that is so suitable for a festive performance like this one.
Two of Iceland’s most revered singers of their generation join the Iceland Symphony for the concerts, with a troupe of dancers to set the stage. Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir brought the house down in her role as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata with the Icelandic Opera and has garnered rave reviews for her performances of new music such as György Kurtág’s Kafka-Fragmente. Elmar Gilbertsson, who is currently engaged with the Stuttgart State Opera, has won the hearts of the Icelandic nation with his performances.
Further information on the concert can be found on the Iceland Symphony Orchestra website.
Pre-concert presentation in Hörpuhornið 7 January » 18:00