Asher Fisch conducts Die Walküre


Friday 26 & Saturday 27 May 2023, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

West Australian Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and Elders of Country throughout Western Australia, and the Whadjuk Noongar people on whose lands we work and share music.

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Asher Fisch conducts Die Walküre

Giuseppe VERDI I vespri siciliiani: Overture (9 mins)

Giuseppe VERDI Aida: Prelude (6 mins)

Giuseppe VERDI La Traviata: Prelude to Act I (4 mins)

Giuseppe VERDI La forza del destino: Overture (8 mins)

Interval (25 mins)

Richard WAGNER Die Walküre: Act I (70 mins)

Asher Fisch conductor
Stefanie Irányi
Paul O’Neill
Warwick Fyfe
Musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

ANAM’s Orchestral Partnership with WASO is generously supported by the Minderoo Foundation.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Tim White. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

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This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit

Did you know?

Verdi became the official paid organist for his local church aged just eight years old.

Three of Verdi's operas; La traviata, Rigoletto and Aida, are consistently among the most performed operas worldwide.

Verdi and Wagner were considered to be the most influential opera composers of their time, however the two never met in person.

It took Wagner 26 years to write his full Ring cycle.

Wagner was a big fan of the 'leitmotif'; musical motifs that are identified with specific ideas, objects or actions that recur throughout the music to underscore moments of the plot. Tonight's performance of Act I features 17 lietmotifs out of the 30 that appear in Die Walküre.

The three characters in Act I of Die Walküre may not be the most virtuous of individuals, but they are polite conversationalists. Throughout Act I, nobody talks over anyone else, and nobody interrupts, adhering to Wagnerian principles of operatic text-setting.

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New to Wagner's Ring Cycle?

Act I of Die Walküre is a tiny snippet from Wagner's epic Ring cycle. Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is made up of four operas, with Die Walküre the second opera of the four, and collectively the cycle runs for a whopping 15 hours! Check out the below video to learn more about how Act I of Die Walküre fits into Wagner's odyssey. Several years ago our friends at the Sydney Symphony managed to summarise the entire Ring cycle in just two and a half minutes. We recommend slowing down your playback speed!

Wagner's 15-hour Ring Cycle in two and a half minutes

Die Walküre: Act I

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Glistening strings and a distant horn greet dawn in a medieval city before a burst of brass flings open the gates and knights on horseback gallop into the forest. Bruckner’s expansive Fourth Symphony is storytelling at its finest, with drama and grandeur in spades. Asher Fisch is a superb Bruckner conductor, so this performance is not to be missed.

Star Perth soprano Sara Macliver performs Mozart’s sparkling motet, music full of joyous flourishes and delightful melodies, the perfect entrée to Bruckner’s grand symphony.

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

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