Symphony Tacoma to welcome opera star for season finale

Hogan. Photo courtesy of Symphony Tacoma

Kelly Cae Hogan, an operatic soprano with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, will grace the Pantages Theater stage in a spectacular program featuring the soaring melodies and lush orchestration of Richard Wagner, from “Die Meistersinger” to “Die Walküre.” The acclaimed Symphony Tacoma Voices will thrill with Francis Poulenc’s sparkling, extroverted 1959 “Gloria.” 

A native of Iowa, Hogan was a winner of the American Opera Auditions and a New York winner of the MacAllister Awards. As a winner of the Liederkranz competition she sang a debut concert in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She and her husband (composer, teacher and musicologist Joel Weiss) have homes in Manhattan and Lexington, S. C. where they share a private music studio. Hogan has also served on the voice faculty at Indiana University.

Having recently made her London debut as Brünnhilde, Hogan is attracting international attention for her dramatic portrayals in Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and Puccini. Hogan sang Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Ring Cycle (“Der Ring des Nibelungen”) for Opera North at the Royal Festival Hall in London, as well as on tour in several other UK cities.

At the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Hogan recently sang in “Lady Macbeth” and in the Patrice Chéreau staging of “From the House of the Dead.” She has appeared regularly at The Met as Gerhilde in “Die Walküre,” and can be seen in the Grammy Award-winning performance released on DVD and Blu-ray. 

Hogan has been seen as Salome, one of her favorite roles, internationally in Japan (on tour with Polish National Opera) and in Bremen, Germany, as well as with several U.S. companies including Florentine Opera, Opera Company of North Carolina, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Virginia Opera and Portland Opera.

With Symphony Tacoma, the Wagner works to be performed by Hogan are “Overture to Die Meistersinger,” “Prelude and Liebestod” from Tristan and Isolde and the iconic “Ride of the Valkyries.”

Symphony Tacoma Voices will join in the performance of Poulenc’s “Gloria.”

The performance takes place Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. For information and tickets visit

2018-2019 Season Preview

Symphony Tacoma has announced its series of concerts for the 2018-19 season:

Barber and Tchaikovsky

Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. Rialto Theater

Stephanie Berg: “Ravish and Mayhem,” Samuel Barber: “Violin Concerto,” Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: “Symphony No. 5.” Featuring violinist Jennifer Frautschi.

Symphony Fantastique

Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater

Emmanuel Chabrier: “Espana,” Sergei Prokofiev: “Piano Concerto No. 2,” Hector Berlioz: “Symphony Fantastique.” Featuring pianist Henry Kramer.

Sounds of the Season

Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m., Pantages Theater

Symphony Tacoma’s annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family, featuring Christmas classics and choral masterpieces. Geoffrey Boers as guest conductor.


Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo

The talented vocalists of Symphony Tacoma Voices and the orchestra perform George Frideric Handel’s beloved holiday classic. Sarah Ioannides conductor.

Beyond the Silk Road

Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater

Daniel Ott: “Fire-Mountain (reprise),” Dinuk Wijeratne: “Tabla Concerto,” Rimsky Korsakov: “Scheherezade.” Sandeep Das on tabla.

Stravinsky and Mozart

March 23, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater

Karel Butz: “Rainier Sunrise,” Igor Stravinsky: “Pulcinella Suite,” Richard Wagner: “Siegfried Idyll,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola.” Featuring Svend Ronning on violin and Thane Lewis on viola.

Saxophone Fusion

April 20, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater

Fanny Mendelssohn: “Overture in C,” Francis Poulenc: “Sinfonietta,” Roberto Sierra: “Caribbean Rhapsody,” Darius Milhaud: “La Creation du Monde (with multimedia).” Featuring James Carter on saxophone.

Ode to Joy

May 11, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater

World premiere TBD, Ludwig van Beethoven: “Symphony No. 9 Choral.” Featuring Symphony Tacoma Voices.

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