Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Soprano Amanda Atlas
Mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell
Tenor Jared Holt
Bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes

with the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus

Beethoven Symphony No.8
Beethoven Symphony No.9

Beethoven’s whimsical, genial Eighth Symphony is the work of an unrivalled artist who also happens to be a fellow human, laughing and joking like the rest of us.

Our universal humanity is the explicit concern of his next symphony, but it’s on an entirely different scale. For the heaven-storming Ninth, the orchestra alone wasn’t enough: voices were necessary for Beethoven’s ecstatic vision. ‘All men shall become brothers,’ they sing. ‘I embrace you, O you millions – this kiss is for all the world!’

With this music, with its vast, elemental force, Beethoven speaks to us across the centuries and into infinity.

Supported by the Rua & Clarrie Stevens Charitable Trust

Part of The New Zealand Herald Premier Series for APO's 2021 season

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Teddy Tahu Rhodes. Headshot credit Peter Coulson

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Last updated: 19 January 2020