COMMANDOpera received a flurry of mail from the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma directly after publishing a letter from Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino resident Conductor Zubin Mehta on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI. Perhaps Rome is feeling slightly bruised given Maestro Mehta only days earlier had given a concert in honour of the Pope.
The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma however is giving a sensational rendition of Anton Bruckner’s 7th Symphony in E Major on Saturday which will see COMMANDOpera favourite Conductor Marcus Stenz on the podium. Written between 1881 and 1883, the 7th Symphony was performed for the first time in Leipzig on December 30, 1884. A triumphant success that marked the sudden celebrity of the then sixty composer. This masterpiece, which is considered Mr. Bruckner’s most significant moment in solemn Adagio, was completed to coincidentally with the news of the death of Wagner, and subsequently used a memorial service to the great Maestro.