December 6-7, 2019 | Music Hall

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Paradise and the Peri is the great masterwork you haven't heard.


SCHUMANN: Paradise and the Peri


Paolo Bortolameolli, conductor
Sally Matthews, soprano (Peri)
Sarah Shafer, soprano
Emily D'Angelo, mezzo-soprano

Jonathan Johnson, tenor
Joshua Stewart, tenor
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director


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Ticket Prices


Concert Duration

About 2 hours, 10 minutes with intermission


This concert is part of Series 2

What's Interesting

  • The story follows a peri, a being of both celestial and earthly origins, who makes three sacred attempts at the gates of heaven.
  • The music has been described by the legendary conductor Sir Simon Rattle as "the great masterwork that you haven't heard."
  • Schumann’s oratorio was an instant success and put his name on the international scene. What's an oratorio? We're glad you asked.
  • Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli is a gifted musician with a natural ability to share and talk about music. See his TED talk in the Media Gallery below.
  • Free streetcar rides: The Cincinnati Streetcar is free the entire day of SAT DEC 7. Park anywhere along the route and ride to the Music Hall stop.