The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Opera have established a new partnership that will include the world premiere of an opera trilogy by Eric Banks and performances of music by Wagner in honor of the composer’s bicentennial. The partnership kicks off publicly with SYSO Music Director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe leading the SYSO in a January 13 performance at Benaroya Hall that features Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and the Wesendonck Lieder, with soprano Adina Aaron, plus Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Chabrier’s España. Subsequent February, April, and August concerts at Town Hall, the Seattle Center, and the Marrowstone Music Festival will feature the SYSO—joined by Seattle Opera soloists and Youth Chorus—in each of the three separate 30-minute operas that make up Eric Banks’s new trilogy of operas entitled Our Earth, about the quest for a missing salmon. On August 3, the SYSO, Seattle Opera, and Youth Chorus will perform the entire Our Earth trilogy at McCaw Hall during the Seattle Opera’s “Make Some Noise!” open house celebrating Wagner’s Ring cycle and the Seattle Opera’s 50th anniversary season this year.

Posted January 7, 2013