December 6-7, 2019 | Music Hall

Hear music that put Schumann on the international stage. 


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.
  • Schumann’s masterwork sets text from Lalla-Rookh, an ultra-Romantic collection of verse by Irish poet Thomas Moore.
  • Schumann’s oratorio was an instant success and put his name on the international scene.
  • What's an oratorio? We're glad you asked.