Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2018-2019

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Franz Liszt's Sardanapalo

Coolidge Auditorium

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(tickets available 12/12/2018, beginning at 10 AM)

David Trippett, pianist and director; Alexandria Shiner, soprano; Joshua Blue, tenor; Timothy J. Bruno, bass-baritone; Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, director

It is exceptionally rare that we have the opportunity to hear a previously unknown work by a major composer, but that is precisely what the Library will offer in its presentation of the piano/vocal version of Franz Liszt’s Sardanapalo. Scholar and pianist David Trippett has reconstructed one act of an opera composed by Franz Liszt that the composer abandoned in 1852. He will speak about the process of making a performable version of the piece, and then will be joined by singers from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program of the Washington National Opera and the Washington Master Chorale for a performance of this beautiful and exciting work.

This event was made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor from our audience.


Sardanapalo, concert piano/vocal version (U.S. Premiere)