With the country hitting its vaccination targets, the return of the Australian World Orchestra next year is yet another sign of a return to more normal times. The crack ex-pat ensemble has today announced concerts in Sydney and Melbourne in August and September 2022 under the baton of superstar conductor and long-term supporter, Maestro Zubin Mehta.

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Mehta is renowned as one of the world’s finest interpreters of the music of Richard Strauss, so it will be a cause for extra excitement that he has chosen to conduct the AWO in three of the composer’s blockbuster tone poems: the flamboyant Don Juan, the jocular Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streicheand Strauss’s famous self-portrait, Ein Heldenleben. “In truth, I became a conductor because deep down I wanted to conduct Richard Strauss’s tone poems,” says Mehta.

Speaking with Limelight, AWO Artistic Director...