Symphonic Concert

The MET Orchestra New York - Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Christine Goerke - Brandon Jovanovich - Günther Groissböck - Strauss, Mazzoli, Wagner

Yannick Nézet-SéguinYannick Nézet-Séguin © Jan Regan
Christine GoerkeChristine Goerke © Arielle Doneson
Wednesday, 30 June 2021 at 8:30pm

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Wednesday, 30 June 2021 — 8:30pm
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie
Duration: about 2h05 with 1 intermission


  • Richard Strauss
    Don Juan
  • Missy Mazzoli
    Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
  • Richard Wagner
    La Walkyrie
    Acte I


  • Orchestre du Metropolitan Opera de New York
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conducting
  • Christine Goerke, soprano
  • Brandon Jovanovich, tenor
  • Günther Groissböck, bass
A Wagnerian season’s end for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who became its Musical Director in September 2018.

Composed in 2013, Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres), referring to the baroque instrumental repertoire, is a sort of ‘minimalist gymnopédie’ for small orchestra. Here, it appears between works by the ‘two Richards’: Wagner and Strauss. By the former, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Act I of The Valkyrie, which opens with a raging storm featuring the entire orchestra, and then recounts the meeting of twins and lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde; by the latter composer, he presents the Dionysian and then wan Don Juan, one of the first of Strauss’s series of tone poems. ‘Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss—this répertoire is my first love. I feel especially at ease in this music,’ noted the conductor in 2008.


Richard Strauss : Don Juan - London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (direction)
Richard Wagner : La Walkyrie, prélude, scène 1 acte I - Orchestre du Mariinsky, Valery Gergiev (direction)