Vienna rings in 2013 with Wagner, Verdi
AFPVIENNA--Wagner, Verdi and a myriad of waltzes will broadcast live to 81 countries when the Vienna Philharmonic kicks off 2013 with its traditional New Year's Concert on Jan. 1.
December 31, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
The event — sold out over a year in advance and followed by millions around the world — will once again be conducted by Franz Welser-Moest, musical director at the Vienna Opera, after his first appearance in 2011.
Together with the orchestra, Welser-Moest has devised a program full of novelties: 11 of the 16 pieces performed at the Musikverein's grand Golden Hall on Tuesday will be playing at the New Year's Concert for the first time.
Among them are tributes to German composer Richard Wagner and Italian Giuseppe Verdi, both of whom will be celebrated on their 200th birthday next year.