Concert performances of The Flying Dutchman and a guest appearance by Barry Humphries are just two of many highlights in SSO 2013

The Sydney Symphony has announced its 2013 season with a stellar line-up of musicians including pianist Murray Perahia making his Australian debut.

Other top artists featured are conductors Charles Dutoit, Kristjan Järvi and Mark Wigglesworth, violinists Arabella Steinbacher and Leila Josefowicz, pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jonathan Biss and cellist Pieter Wispelwey.

In 2013, Vladimir Ashkenazy, in his fifth year as principal conductor and artistic advisor, will conduct the orchestra three times, in February, May and November.  Ashkenazy begins the year by conducting two works by Sibelius – the powerful LemminkäinenSuite and his pioneering Kullervo– and ends the season with the Fifth Symphonies of Mahler and Sibelius, Britten’s War Requiem, and performances of the Bruch Violin Concerto with soloist Pinchas Zukerman.

The incoming chief conductor David Robertson celebrates the 200th anniversaries of Verdi and Wagner in 2013 with two programs in July. Robertson will conduct Verdi’s Requiem and two opera-in-concert performances of Wagner’s Flying Dutchmanwith video and projections designed by S. Katy Tucker.

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