Youthful Exuberance, in Wagner's 'Das Liebesverbot'


THE HIT SINGLE: "Divine peace, heavenly rest"

Act One gives us one of the most serene moments in any Wagner opera. At the convent, Isabella and Mariana (sopranos Manuela Uhl and María Miró) sing a prayer for "Göttlischer Frieden, himmlischer Ruh'" -- divine peace and heavenly rest -- introduced by a chorus of nuns with a brief "Salve Regina."


THE B SIDE: Liebesverbot Overture

Many of the great orchestral numbers from Wagner's operas and music dramas also make frequent appearances in the world's concert halls. One that's not heard so often is the upbeat overture to Das Liebesverbot.