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Nicholas Carter makes his debut as ASO Principal Conductor

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The first concert in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Great Classics 2016 series, Carter & Wagner, has been hailed as “beautiful”, “outstanding”, “fantastic” and “incredible”.

Nicholas Carter stepped onto the Festival Theatre stage for his first concert as the ASO’s Principal Conductor to officially open the orchestra’s 80th anniversary season on Saturday 13 February. Carter’s inaugural concert follows his appointment in 2015 – the first time in almost 30 years an Australian has been appointed to lead a major Australian symphony orchestra.

The epic program featured a performance of Act 1 of Wagner’s Die Walküre with acclaimed singers – American mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung in the role of Sieglinde, New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill as Siegmund and Australian bass Shane Lowrencev as Hunding.

“The ASO serves to enrich the lives of all citizens of Adelaide. We have crafted a varied program, reflecting a broad range of experiences and insights in a diverse and glorious repertoire, in what promises to be a hugely exciting season,” said Carter. “And for the opening concert in our 80th season, we wanted to do something big!

“The ASO is famous for its two Ring Cycle performances with Jeffrey Tate and Asher Fisch and also the Parsifal performance in 2001 – it represents what’s so great about the orchestra and its musical heritage.”

For the first half of the concert, Carter and the ASO were joined by Canadian violinist James Ehnes and wowed the audience of over 1,300 with Beethoven’s glorious Violin Concerto.

Carter also conducted Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on 18 & 19 March with the ASO and returns later in 2016 to conduct Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.