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Giuseppe Verdi
Excerpts from Aida, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Nabucco, and Rigoletto

Philharmonia Orchestra of New York draws on its operatic roots to perform vocal and instrumental selections from Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most beloved composers of all time.

Featuring soprano Michelle Areyzaga, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, baritone Robert Kerr, and tenor Alex Richardson, with choral accompaniment by the accomplished singers of Project Hand in Hand.


Richard Wagner
Tannhäuser Overture

In his Tannhäuser Overture, iconic composer Richard Wagner tells a timeless story of vice and virtue: a knight torn between the sinful pleasures of Venus and the religious purity of Elisabeth.

Adam Grannick’s moving original film, Runaway Overture, accompanies the stirring music.

The Flying Dutchman Overture

Telling the tale of a captain who is cursed to sail the seas for eternity until he finds love, this early Wagner opera explores themes of loyalty and immortality.

PONY Film Competition winners’ Taylor Stanton and Bec Sloane premiere their original stop-motion animation film with this overture.


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade is one of the most dazzling orchestral showpieces of all time, a kaleidoscopic and exotic fantasy filled with sensuality and wonder.

The music is based on the Middle Eastern and Indian tales known as One Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights).

The story comes to life in an original film by Daniel Brodie, whose visuals have accompanied Kanye West and Mariah Carey's concerts and Aladdin on Broadway.