Wagner for Valentine’s

Watch this special digital performance below.


Let Vancouver Opera sweep you off your feet (and onto your couch) for a Valentine’s date night with a special digital performance of Wagner! To show our love for our supporters, you can view this performance for free!

Wagner for Valentine’s is a double bill of two of Richard Wagner’s most beautiful chamber music works–Siegfried Idyll and the Wesendonck Lieder. This performance was recorded at the very romantic Christ Church Cathedral and features members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Mezzo-Soprano Krisztina Szabó, conducted by Maestro Leslie Dala. 

Vancouver Opera has not produced Wagner since 2001’s The Flying Dutchman so you don’t want to miss this very special performance.

Digital Premiere:

Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:30PM


45 minutes

Sung in:

German with English Subtitles



Ms. Martha Lou Henley, C.M.

Alan and Gwendoline Pyatt Foundation

Yoshiko Karasawa


Ms. Martha Lou Henley, C.M.

About the Performance

Siegfried Idyll. Wagner composed this symphonic poem for chamber orchestra as a birthday present to his wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. It was first performed on Christmas morning, 25 December 1870 at their estate in Lucerne. Cosima awoke that morning to the opening bars of music.

Wesendonck Lieder or Five Poems for a Female Voice. Wagner set five poems by Mathilde Wesendonck while he was working on his opera Tristan und Isolde. The songs, together with the Siegfried Idyll, are the two non-operatic works by Wagner most regularly performed.


Richard Wagner
(22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) 

Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, and conductor. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”), by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).

The Artists

Featuring members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Dala

Krisztina Szabó

Krisztina Szabó


Highly sought after in North America and Europe on both opera stages and concert halls, Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina has an impressive repertoire ranging from Bach to Claude Vivier as well as several world premieres, including George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence which was nominated for a Grammy award. She last appeared at Vancouver Opera as Donna Elvira in the 2014 production of Don Giovanni. Krisztina was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the UBC School of Music.

Leslie Dala


Maestro Leslie Dala is Associate Conductor and Chorus Director of Vancouver Opera, and Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. He recently conducted Vancouver Opera productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Madama Butterfly, Albert Herring, The Magic Flute, and The Marriage of Figaro, as well as the world premieres of  VO-commissioned operas, Stickboy and The Overcoat – a musical tailoring.

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