Göteborgs Konserthus Nina Stemme sings Wagner

Burning desire with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ryan Bancroft and soprano Nina Stemme.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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Nina Stemme is one of Sweden’s most internationally acclaimed dramatic sopranos, and Wagner is something of her speciality. Here we get to hear her in Wesendonck Lieder, which Wagner composed at the same time as Tristan und Isolde. The music portrays burning desire, heavenly beauty and impassioned longing. It is evident from Alexander von Zemlinsky’s symphonic fantasia The Mermaid that the Austrian composer was strongly influenced by Wagner’s music.

Zemlinsky was fascinated by the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Here we get to hear his imaginative representation of the tale of the mermaid who saves the life of a prince when his ship sinks. The music evokes a sense of both the stormy emotions and the powerful waves of the violent sea. The concert begins with music by the acclaimed British but New York-based composer Hannah Kendall. The orchestra is led by Ryan Bancroft, who will be the new Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra from the 2023-2024 season.

Dirigenten Ryan Bancroft lutar sig över ett notblad med pennan i hand, det går ljusstrålar från notbladet.


Introduction to the concert

Take a seat in the Great Hall one hour before the concert begins and learn more about the music you will soon experience! A musician from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra gives you the stories behind the music, knowledge of the composers and own reflections on what it is like to play the classical pieces. The introduction last for about 30 minutes, it is free and free seating in the hall. Warm welcome!


Kendall The Spark Catchers 10 min

Originaltitel: Fünf Gedichte von Mathilde Wesendonk

Intermission 25 min

Zemlinsky Die Seejungfrau 43 min


The Gothenburg Symphony, called "one of the world's most formidable orchestras" by the Guardian, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. Chief conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali who started his tenure in 2017. Barbara Hannigan and Christoph Eschenbach are principal guest conductors since 2019. Already at the orchestra's very first years, the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was appointed principal conductor, contributing strongly to the Nordic profile of the orchestra by inviting his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own works. Subsequent holders of the post include Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force. In 1997 it was appointed the National Orchestra of Sweden. During his celebrated tenure as music director (2007-2012), Gustavo Dudamel took the Orchestra to major music centres and festivals in Europe, making acclaimed appearances at BBC Proms and Vienna Musikverein. The list of prominent guest conductors has included Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt and Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, and regularly releases digital live concerts free on gsoplay.se. The orchestra has been involved in many prestigious recording projects, the latest one the complete Sibelius Symphonies with Santtu-Matias Rouvali for Alpha Classics. Earlier, the orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland.

Ryan Bancroft conductor

Nina Stemme soprano

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Nr 2 2020-2021 Nina Stemme

Säsongens Artist in Residence är en av vår tids ledande internationella sångare med många krävande rolltolkningar på Operahus över hela världen på sitt CV. I vinter gästar hon Göteborgs Symfoniker med tre olika program.

Nr 4 2016-2017 Tonsättarporträtt Wagner

Han började spela piano och fiol som 12-åring, blev Beethoven-fantast som 15-åring och fick sin första symfoni spelad spelad som 19-åring och skrev också då sin första opera. Från 20 kunde han kallas yrkesmusiker.