Yoav Talmi, guest conductor

D'Eramo and Talmi


Slavonic Dance Op. 72 No. 2*


Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka"*


Ah! Perfido! Op. 65*

Hector Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique op. 14

Rescheduled from spring 2020, soprano and Tylerite Sylvia D'Eramo and guest conductor Yoav Talmi conclude the season with arias by Beethoven and Dvořák. Maestro Talmi leads the orchestra in the long-awaited performance of Symphonie fantastique: Épisode de la vie d'un artiste en cinq parties (An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts) which tells the story of an artist gifted with a lively imagination who has poisoned himself in the depths of despair because of hopeless, unrequited love.

This concert is sponsored in part by Helen and Dr. Noah Israel, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Darryl / AS Genecov, Joyce Buford and Jim and Margaret Perkins.

* Denotes first performance by ETSO

Did you know...?

Depicting the life of a troubled artist, Berlioz's Symphony fantastique is inspired by the composer's own life. After attending a performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Berlioz fell in love with Irish actress Harriet Smithson to whom he sent numerous love letters, all of which went unanswered!

The first musical expedition into psychedelia

Leonard Bernstein
Artist Bios
Yoav Talmi, Guest Conductor

Maestro Yoav Talmi, recipient of the 2013 Prime Minister's Prize for composers, is celebrated as one of Israel's most distinguished conductors-composers on the international scene. Conductor Emeritus of the Quebec Symphony in Canada and Head of Orchestral-Conducting Department at the Tel Aviv University. Talmi's 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 seasons take him to a wide number of concerts and master classes in the USA, Europe, South America and Israel.  

In addition to his 13 years tenure as Artistic Director of the Quebec Symphony in Canada (1988-2011), Maestro Talmi held positions as Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony (2000-2004), Music Director of the San Diego Symphony (1989-1966), Principal Guest Gonductor of the Munich Philharmonic (1979-1980), Music Director of the Arnhem Philharmonic, Netherlands (1974-1980) and Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra (1984-1988 and 2013-2014). Talmi was among the founders of the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and served as its first Music Director from 1985 to 1989. 

Maestro Talmi's long and impressive guest conducting career spans several continents. His European engagements include all the major London orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Symphony Orchestras of Vienna and Prague, the Philharmonic Orchestras of St. Petersburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw and Israel, the Orchestre National de France, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Rome’s Santa Cecilia, and numerous radio orchestras in Israel, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland and Sweden. He has also made several appearances with the NHK Symphony and the New Philharmonic Orchestras in Japan. In North America, he has appeared with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Montreal, Vancouver, Rochester and Seattle, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall.

Read more at www.yoavtalmi.com

Sylvia D'Eramo

In the 2018/2019 season,  Sylvia D’Eramo, “the very promising soprano” (Opera News), will be joining the Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera where she will be performing in the Rising Stars Concert and as Adele in the family performance of Die Fledermaus. She will also be covering the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni. In the 2017/18 season, Sylvia made her debut with the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Singer performing the role of Cugina in Madama Butterfly. She appeared as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Yale Opera. On the concert stage, Sylvia was the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Marvin Concert Series in her home state of Texas, and as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of Maestro Marin Alsop.

In the 2016/2017 season, Sylvia sang the role of Abigail Williams on Albany Record’s recording of The Crucible by Robert Ward. She sang the role of Fiordiligi in Yale Opera’s production of Così fan tutte, and sang the role of Mimì in a concert version of La bohème with the New Haven Chamber Orchestra. She was a winner in the Lois Alba Aria Competition and won an encouragement award from the Career Bridges Foundation. Sylvia is a graduate of the Yale School of Music.

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