Dalia Stasevska Returns To Orchestra Of Opera North For ‘Reflections: Lutosławski, Strauss and Bruckner’

By Nicole Kuchta

BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska will return to the Orchestra of Opera North for two concerts featuring the music of Lutosławski, R. Strauss, and Bruckner on April 4 and 6.

The first concert will be held at Huddersfield Town Hall, and the second at Leeds Town Hall.

The performances will start off with Lutosławski’s “Musicque funèbre,” a piece written in the 1950s to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Bartók’s death. According to the press release, the piece “establishes the theme of contemplation” while symbolizing “new life.”

Strauss’ Four Last Songs will follow with soprano Ana Maria Labin, who performed with Opera North as the Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro” in 2015, as vocal soloist. The structure of a soprano voice supported by a horn is said to be Strauss’ tribute to his father, a horn player, and wife Pauline de Ahna, a singer.

The concerts will conclude with Bruckner’s dramatic Seventh Symphony. Stasevska comments, “[Bruckner’s] symphonies are like enormous cathedrals filled with important questions about life and death that he is trying to find answers to.”