Stuart Skelton and WASO Principal Conductor, Asher Fisch performing at Perth Concert Hall in 2016
We invite you to be part of WASO’s most exciting artistic project to date by joining our WASO & Wagner Campaign today
WASO & Wagner presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for West Australians to join a thrilling journey of discovery through Wagner’s music, as well as the composers Wagner influenced and those who inspired him. World renowned Wagner conductor Asher Fisch will lead WASO through Wagner’s oeuvre, delivering Perth audiences a rare chance to hear some of the most glorious music ever written in the finest acoustic hall in Australia, our own Perth Concert Hall.
Principal Conductor Asher Fisch is in regular demand to conduct Wagner’s work by the major European and American symphony orchestras and opera houses. WASO & Wagner will see WASO and Asher Fisch joined by some of the finest artists in the world to deliver an innovative program of music, lectures and events inspired by the seminal composer. This two-year project across the 2017 and 2018 WASO orchestral seasons will explore how Wagner’s work transformed the art form of classical music forever. We invite you to also be transformed!
The first part of the two-year project and the centrepiece of WASO’s 2017 season will be Wagner and Beyond, a special project exploring the colossal impact of Wagner’s writing on the history of music. Consisting of a two-concert mini festival titled Wagner’s World, we will explore music by composers who were influenced by Wagner as well as excerpts of Wagner’s own music. These concerts will be introduced from the stage by Asher Fisch and recorded and broadcast by Foxtel Arts. There will be pre and post-concert talks and lectures to help audiences gain a greater understanding of Wagner’s work.
Both of these concerts then form the prelude to the second part of WASO & Wagner – two concert performances of Wagner’s ground-breaking opera Tristan und Isolde that will form the centrepiece of WASO’s 90th anniversary celebrations in 2018.
Benjamin Britten said after the premiere of Tristan und Isolde that it ‘dwarfs every other creation save perhaps [Beethoven’s] Ninth’ and Leonard Bernstein called it ‘the central work of all music history, the hub of the wheel’. WASO’s 2018 production of Tristan und Isolde will bring together a stunning cast of the world’s finest Wagner singers, including internationally-acclaimed Australian tenor Stuart Skelton, who has established himself as the leading exponent for the role of Tristan, and acclaimed Dutch Wagner soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the role of Isolde. This will be a rare opportunity for Perth audiences to overcome geographical distance with the world’s best artists coming to them to perform one of music history’s most outstanding works in their very own concert hall.
Your support is vital
WASO & Wagner is an expensive undertaking for the company as the scale of Wagner productions incur significant costs, and we are seeking your support to help fund this bold artistic project. Ticket sales will not cover the full cost of Tristan und Isolde, and we invite our philanthropic partners to be a part of getting this unique project to the stage.
We ask you to join us on this extraordinary musical journey through a two-year donation plan. Your donation will support an exquisite cast of singers and we will be saving the very best seats in the house for you. You will also get to enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences and exclusive events specially designed for our supporters and be acknowledged in all campaign collateral.
Patrons pledging a two-year donation will be invited to make their second gift in 2018. Alternative payment options are available, please contact our Philanthropy team to discuss your preferences.
Privileges of Wagner Patrons
Our Excellence Circle members are proudly leading the support of our
WASO & Wagner campaign
We value all donations to this campaign. Patrons contributing under $1,000 will be acknowledged as Wagner Friends on the WASO website.
Tristan & Isolde:
|Stuart Skelton Speaks To Limelight Magazine|
WASO’s own Tristan, internationally -acclaimed Australian tenor Stuart Skelton, speaks to Limelight about his extensive Wagner experience.
Read about Skelton's explorations of four Wagner heroes here!
|Help Bring this Irresistible Journey To Life|
For further details or to arrange your gift, please contact Sarah Tompkin on (08) 9326 0017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your donation is fully tax-deductible and will be gratefully acknowledged in all programs.