Past concerts

60th Anniversary Concert: Mahler and Wagner – 17 November 2018

A gala concert to celebrate Fulham Symphony Orchestra’s 60th anniversary.

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 1
Richard Wagner – Excerpts from Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods)

Tom Evans leader
Marc Dooley conductor
Zoe South soprano (Brünnhilde)

Saturday 17 November 2018, 7.30pm

St John’s Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3HF

Tickets £12, £10 (transaction fees: £2.75 telephone, £1.75 online)

About this concert

Mahler’s First Symphony is a thrilling journey, right from its spellbinding opening moments. Along the way he evokes the sounds of nature, a street band, klezmer and even a solemn Frère Jacques. Concluding with a joyful finale, this monumental work bears out Mahler’s conviction that “a symphony must be like the world: it must embrace everything”.

The second half of the concert is devoted to well-known orchestral excerpts from Götterdämmerung, the final opera of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. Beginning with the radiant Dawn music and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, it will also include the poignant scene of Siegfried’s Death and the ensuing Funeral March. The concert ends with Zoe South singing the role of Brünnhilde in the final Immolation Scene, one of the most dramatic and expansive solos in all of opera.

Part of our 60th Anniversary Season

History of Fulham Symphony Orchestra

Zoe South

Zoe South

Described by Wagner News as “phenomenal” and “awe-inspiring” in the role of Brünnhilde, Zoe South has also sung the roles of Ortrud in Lohengrin (for The Wagner Society/Meistersingers), Kundry in Parsifal, Leonore in Fidelio, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, and the title role in Puccini’s Turandot.

A former professional flautist, Zoe South trained as a singer at the Mayer-Lismann Opera Centre and The Opera School Wales, and made her professional debut as a mezzo soprano for The Opera Project/Longborough Festival Opera as Mrs Herring Albert Herring. Other mezzo soprano repertoire included Jezibaba Rusalka, Amneris Aida, Princess Eboli Don Carlos, and Dalilah Samson et Dalilah.

Since retraining as a dramatic soprano, her repertoire includes Brünnhilde Der Ring des Nibelungen, Isolde Tristan und Isolde, Elektra Elektra, Die Färberin Die Frau ohne Schatten, Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos, Judit Bluebeard’s Castle, Cassandre and Didon Les Troyens, Lady Macbeth Macbeth, Minnie La Fanciulla del West, Gioconda La Gioconda, Fidelio Fidelio, and all three endings of Turandot.

Her concert repertoire includes Mahler’s 2nd, 4th and 8th Symphonies, Shostakovich Symphony No.14, Stravinsky Les Noces, Boulanger De Profundis, Verdi Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Strauss Vier letzte Lieder, Wagner Wesendonck Lieder, and various song cycles.

Future engagements include Brünnhilde Die Walküre Act III, The Angel The Dream of Gerontius, Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw, Maddalena Andrea Chenier, and Madame Lidoine Les Dialogues des Carmelites.