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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra honors Opera Theatre partnership with ‘Operatic Encore’

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra honors Opera Theatre partnership with ‘Operatic Encore’

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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra closes out season at Powell Hall

Music director Stéphane Denève conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra May 14, 2021, at Powell Hall. It's the final weekend of shows this season. 

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is offering a one-night-only “Operatic Encore” concert of popular instrumental music from well-known operas at Powell Hall. Conductor Daniela Candillari makes her SLSO debut leading music from operas by Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Bologne, Pietro Mascagni, Jules Massenet, W.A. Mozart, Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi.

Highlights from the program include selections from “The Magic Flute,” “Cavalleria rusticana,” “William Tell” and the overture to Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio.”

As the season ends with Beethoven’s Seventh at Powell Hall, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra music director Stéphane Denève talks about the challenging and strange 2020-21 season.

Video by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

A native of Slovenia, Candillari keeps a busy schedule. She conducted Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ “New Works, Bold Voices” opera cycle this season and recently made her New York Philharmonic debut conducting Thomson’s “The Mother of Us All” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

She’ll be leading Arizona Opera in its November production of Gregory Spears’ “Fellow Travelers,” which she led in previous seasons with both the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Minnesota Opera.

The “Operatic Encore” concert also features SLSO assistant concertmaster Erin Schreiber on Pablo de Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy,” based on themes from Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen.”

At 12 minutes, “Carmen Fantasy” is relatively short — unless the violin is under your chin. The work is technically challenging and often performed as a competition piece.

Listeners will hear the familiar “Habanera” as well as “Zuniga” and “Seguidilla,” all from Act 1 of the opera as well as the “Aragonaise” from Act 4.

SLSO’s “Operatic Encore” concert honors its longtime partnership with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. The SLSO serves as the resident orchestra for OTSL during its festival season, which concludes June 20.

What “Operatic Encore With the SLSO” • When 7:30 p.m. June 24 • Where Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • How much $15-$60 • More info 314-534-1700; slso.org

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