The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Opens the 2014-15 Classics Series with DON GIOVANNI, 9/13-16

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Opens the 2014-15 Classics Series with DON GIOVANNI, 9/13-16

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra opens the 2014.15 Classics series with Don Giovanni on September 13-14 & 16, 2014, led by Music Director Edo de Waart. This concert production features an international cast alongside the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable operatic event.

Mozart composed Don Giovanniin 1787. The composer visited Prague following performances of his opera Le nozze di Figaro and subsequently was commissioned to write a new opera to premiere in Prague. Mozart turned to his collaborator on Le nozze di Figaro, Lorenzo da Ponte, for the libretto and to adapt the story of Don Juan. MSO program annotator Isaac Thompson said, "It is both a psychological drama in the true Romantic sense while seamlessly exhibiting the best characteristics of classical form and style. It is no wonder that many composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries looked to Don Giovanni as the composer's magnum opus."


Edo de Waart enters his sixth season as the sixth music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2014.15. He also serves as chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and conductor laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Regular guest conducting appearances include the Chicago Symphony, NHK Symphony, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra where, as with the San Francisco Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, he has previously held a post. At the end of the 2013.14 season, he returned to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

As an opera conductor, de Waart has enjoyed success in a large and varied repertoire in many of the world's greatest opera houses. He has conducted at Bayreuth, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opera de Bastille, Santa Fe Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera. His most recent appearance at The Met received rave reviews for Der Rosenkavalier, and he will return to the house in future seasons. In addition to semi-staged and concert opera performances with his orchestras in the United States, he regularly conducts opera with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw's Zaterdag Matinee series, most recently Richard Strauss's Salome.

Edo de Waart's extensive catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc, and RCA. His most recent recording is with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was released in April 2013. Future releases include Wagner's Tristan und Isolde: Nachtgesang und Isoldes Liebestod (arr. Henk de Vlieger) with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.

At the age of 23, de Waart won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York which resulted in his appointment as assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic. On his return to Holland, he was appointed assistant conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1967, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra appointed him guest conductor and, six years later, chief conductor and artistic director. Since then, he has also been music director of the San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra, chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony, and chief conductor of De Nederlandse Opera.

Daniel Okulitch is a Canadian bass-baritone whose career first garnered attention as Schaunard in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann's Tony Award-winning Broadway production of La Bohéme. In opera, Okulitch has gained acclaim in major baritone roles of Mozart which have been seen in New York, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Warsaw, Vancouver, Dallas, Portland, Detroit, and Hawaii. Other roles have included his Teatro alla Scala debut as Theseus in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swallow in Peter Grimes, and Escamillo in Carmen at Vancouver Opera.

Matthew Rose is a bass who this season sings Bottom at the Metropolitan Opera, Leporello at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and Enrico for the Opera de Bordeaux. He has appeared in concert at the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC Proms, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. Recent engagements have included the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Dudamel, the Swedish Radio Orchestra with Harding, the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis, and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Pappano.

Tamara Wilson, soprano, was recently awarded the Revelation Prize by the Argentine Musical Critics Association and is a Grand Prize winner of the Annual Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona, Spain. In the 2014.15 season, Wilson makes her role and house debut at the title role in Norma at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and she returns to Oper Frankfurt for her first performances as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten. In concert, she returns to Ravinia Festival as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni under James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.