Las Vegas Philharmonic opens season with new conductor and famed opera singer

Wagnerian soprano Deborah Voigt performs on Saturday, September 27.

Donato Cabrera is the new conductor for the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

This weekend’s concert by the Las Vegas Philharmonic is the stuff of dreams, the kind of wishful thinking that comes from a community collectively waiting for (and working toward) the day when its orchestra, performing in a “world-class concert hall,” would open its season with an eager new conductor and an opera singer. The Masterworks concert places conductor Donato Cabrera, who accepted the job over the summer, with Deborah Voigt, known as a great Wagnerian soprano (though she’s recently been dealing with vocal changes) in a program that deviates from traditional Masterworks programming—no symphony composition. Instead, it features opera highlights: Wagner’s Overture to Der Fliegende Holländer and “Du bist der Lenz” from Die Walküre and Beethoven’s “Abscheulicher” from Fidelio and Leonore No. 3. Also on the program are works by Mason Bates, Kern and Hammerstein, Gershwin and Ravel.

Masterworks I September 27, 7:30 p.m., $26-$94. Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, 702-749-2000.

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