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SSO: Heaven is Closed / Kats-Chernin


SSO: Heaven is Closed / Kats-Chernin

  • Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018 to Friday, 2 March 2018, Wed 28 Feb - 6:30pm | Thu 1 Mar - 1:30pm | Fri Mar 2 - 8:00pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Full: $39 - $112 | Concession: $39 - $92 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9250 7777

Event Details

In Richard Strauss’s Don Juan the notorious seducer is run through in a duel. The reckless and subversive folk hero Till Eulenspiegel meets his end on the gallows. And Strauss’s vivid and entertaining music paints perfect pictures of two anti-heroes for whom heaven was closed. The music of adopted Australian Elena Kats-Chernin (Eliza’s Aria, Russian Rag, The Divorce) is wryly humorous, sometimes manic, always playful. Heaven might be closed, but it’s still a blissful place with all the vividness of Russian fairy tale illustrations. From Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev comes one of the great violin concertos, and when Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili performed it in London in 2016, the Financial Times praised her “surprisingly delicate performance, memorable above all for the icy whisperings of the middle movement”.


R STRAUSS - Don Juan
PROKOFIEV - Violin Concerto No. 2
KATS-CHERNIN - Heaven is Closed
R STRAUSS - Till Eulenspiegel


Dmitri Slobodeniouk conductor
Lisa Batiashvili violin
Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.


Featured non-Australian music: Strauss, Prokofiev

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by email to bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com

Featured Australian Works

Heaven is closed : for orchestra (2000) by Elena Kats-Chernin
— performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Dmitri Slobodeniouk

Featured artists

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