This concert is the COT's annual
Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer Memorial Concert
Rossini Overture to William Tell
Wagner Wesendonck Songs
Bizet Symphony in C
This performance will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture sponsored by The Triangle Wagner Society at 2pm in The Carolina Theatre Ballroom.
1 hour and 30 minutes, with intermission
About This Program
Dedicated to lovers of musical drama, Beyond Opera highlights the non-staged works of some of opera’s greatest names. Maybe the closest thing the 19th century had to a hit machine, Gioacchino Rossini conquered the music world with his catchy melodies. If only copyright laws existed back then, his Overture to William Tell alone might have allowed him to purchase the entire country of Switzerland by now.
Don’t have five spare hours to listen to Wagner? Experience those same rich harmonies in a fraction of the time with his Wesendonck Songs, composed at the same time as and serving as inspiration for his epic Tristan and Isolde.
Living only until the age of 37, Georges Bizet revolutionized the operatic world with Carmen. His Symphony in C, written at only 17, reveals the composer already a master of the orchestra.
What You'll Hear