Anna Netrebko – 2020 Schedule

Anna Netrebko – 2020 Schedule
Every now and then, someone really special comes along in the world of opera  and the subject of this week’s blog is one of those people.The reigning prima donna of the 21st century, soprano Anna Netrebko redefines what it means to be an opera star. She  is now, without question, Europe’s biggest classical female singer, regularly headlining  major productions at all of the  leading opera houses across the globe, and was the first classical musician to be chosen as one of the “Time 100,” Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people, which is no mean feat!. With her distinctively beautiful voice, abundant charisma, and arresting stage presence, she makes an indelible impression with each of the roles she portrays. An iconic figure both on and off the stage, the Russian soprano enjoys a level of superstardom that extends far beyond the classical realm.

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Born in 1971 in Krasnodar, Russia, Anna Netrebko studied vocal performance at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Under  the guidance of her mentor conductor Valery Gergiev, Netrebko made her operatic stage debut at the Mariinsky at age 22, as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and has subsequently mastered all of the great roles  that were once synonymous with a specific style of operatic diva  – Mimi, Violetta, Lucia, Manon , Lady Macbeth- and she has made them her own. She insists that it is important for her to strike a balance between light and heavy roles, and she also says she believes in taking on parts that are a little more demanding than she’s comfortable with. She says  “When I am on stage, I give everything. Maybe because of that, I won’t last long, but I don’t care.”

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It’s no secret that  Anna Netrebko is one of opera’s true box office draws: Her performances are almost alway sell outs and her recent CD, Verismo, reveals she is more than just a star; her performances of arias and scenes from Italian opera highlight an artistry that is both subtle and thrilling.

2020 is a busy and exciting year for this amazing diva and her husband. Netrebko married Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov in 2015 with a wedding at Vienna’s  Palais Coburg every bit as sumptuous as one would expect from this wold class star Over 2020 this incredible couple perform several times together –  the up coming season promises more breathtaking performances from this operatic power house!

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Yusif Eyvazov photo by Christian Michelides

2020 Scheduled Performance Dates

New Years Eve Puccini Gala Concert at The Metropolitan Opera, New York. 31st     December 2019 at 17.30hr.

Turandot by Puccini. Barvarian State Opera, Munich. 28th, 31st January 2020, 3rd February 2020 at 19.00h.

An Evening of Italian Opera. With husband- Yusif Eyvazov. Großer Saal Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna. 19th February 2020 at 19.30h.

An Evening of Italian Opera. With husband- Yusif Eyvazov. Großer Saal Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. 25th February 2020 at 20.00h.

An Evening of Italian Opera. With husband- Yusif Eyvazov. Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège. 28th February 2020 at 20.00h.

Concert with Yusif Eyvazov.  Großer Saal Philharmonie Berlin. 2nd March 2020 at 20.00h.

Tosca by Puccini.  With Michael Volle. The Metropolitan Opera, New York. 26th(19.30h) 29th (14.00h) March 2020, 2nd(19.30h) 5th ( 15.00h) April 2020

Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea. With husband- Yusif Eyvazov. Opéra Bastille, Paris. 27th, 30th April 2020(19.30h), 3rd (14.30h) 6th, 9th, 12th(all at 19.30h) May 2020.

Don Carlo  by Verdi.  With Ildar Abdrazakov. Semperoper Dresden. 23rd( 18.00h) 26th, 29th (both 19..00h) May 2020.

Recital With Elena Bashkirova. Opera National de Bordeaux. 5th June 2020 at 20.00h.

Recital With Elena Bashkirova. Wiener Staatsoper Vienna. 12th June at 20.00h.

Tosca by Puccini. With Bryn Terfel. Royal Opera House, London. 6th, 9th (both at 19.30h) 12th (15.00h) 15 ( 9.30h) June 2020.

The Stars of Opera.  With Yusif Eyvazov. Arena Di Verona. 23rd July 2020 at 21.15h.

Tosca by Puccini. With Yusif Eyvazov.  Großer Festspielhaus Salzburg. 2nd( 19.00h) 5th(19.30h) 8th(15.00h) 13th ( 20.30h) August 2020.

Concert with Yusif Eyvazov. Event Hall Voronezh. 27th October 2020 at 19.00h.

Concert with Yusif Eyvazov. Jupiter Hall Nizhny-Novgorod. 30th October 2020 at 19.00h.

Concert with Yusif Eyvazov.  Samara Academic Opera & Ballet Theatre. 1st November 2020 at 18.00h.

Concert with Yusif Eyvazov. Philharmonic Concert Hall Krasnoyarsk. 4th November 2020 at 19.00h.

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Anna Netrebko’s beautiful, dark and distinctive sound, coupled with her elegant and alluring stage presence have won her both popular and critical acclaim worldwide.

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Salzburg Summer Festival 2020

Salzburg Summer Festival 2020

Salzburg 100 Year Anniversary Festival

Recently named festival of the year at the annual Musical America Awards, Salzburg summer Festival will celebrate it’s centenary year in 2020 in great style! In honour of its 100th birthday, the Salzburg Festival will celebrate itself – for example, with a grand “Jedermann Day” on 22 August 2020, on which a befitting tribute will be paid to the play whose first performance on 22 August 1920 heralded the day that the Salzburg Festival was born. Founded in 1920 by theatre director Max Reinhardt, poet-playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal and composer Richard Strauss and intended as a tribute to Mozart, the Salzburg Festival has attracted almost every major musician of our time!

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Salzburg Festpiele photo by Arne Müseler

 

 Brief History of the Festival

The  very first inaugural version of the Salzburg Festival  took place  on August 22nd , 1920 with the performance of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann (Everyman) on Cathedral Square. The performance was repeated again in 1921 and 1922 with additional concerts and operas. Jedermann  has subsequently  been performed annually at the festival except from 1922 to 1925 and from 1938 to 1946. By 1926, Salzburg had  become a meeting point for the best directors, conductors, actors and vocalists of that time. This reputation of excellence has not diminished over the years and Salzburg is  viewed as one of the world’s  most prestigious classical  music festivals and continues it’s  96-year history of producing and presenting great orchestras, soloists, opera, and theatre in the historic and picturesque Austrian town where Mozart was born. After WWII, the festival really took off and in 1948  one man moved to the forefront whose name is now synonymous  with the Salzburg Festival – Herbert von Karajan. He opened the newly built  Grosses Festspielhaus Large Festival Hall on July 26, 1960 and rung in a brand new era: the new opera house could accommodate an audience of over 2,200.

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Salzburg Kollegienkirche photo by 1971markus

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s presence can be felt all over Salzburg, and never more so than during the Salzburg Festival. The Mozart Matinees performed by the Mozarteum Orchestra on Festival weekends have become an institution. In keeping with tradition, since 1920, Jedermann by Hugo von Hofmannsthal is staged at Cathedral Square in front of the Salzburg Cathedral attracting thousands  of festival goers  and opera lovers annually. The festival attracts the best performers of their field and  this inspiring festival transforms the city  of Salzburg into a cultural Mecca. In The Sound of Music, the festival served as a backdrop for how the von Trapps were able to escape the Nazis after winning a singing contest held in the Felsenreitschule Theatre, which is still used as one of the three main festival sites.

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Salzburg Festpielhaus Portal photo by Andreas Praefcke

Salzburg Festival 2020 Highlights

18th July -30th August 2020  Salzburg Festival, under the direction of Markus Hinterhäuser has a fantastic line up of world class stars to tantalise and entertain you and here a just a few of the many  highlights from this star studded festival – there are so many amazing performances to choose from in this splendid centenary year!

Jeddermann

Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s famous stage play  Jeddermann has been performed here over 650 times in almost a century and is considered the Salzburg Festival’s flagship event.The popular 2017 reworking of the play featuring famous Austrian actor Founded in 1920 by theatre director Max Reinhardt, poet-playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal and composer Richard Strauss and intended as a tribute to Mozart, the Salzburg Festival has attracted almost every major musician of our time!  Tobias Morreti in the main role, is back again in 2020.

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Tobias Moretti photo by Manfred Werner – Tsui

Performed at Domplatz (Cathedral Square).

Dates: 18, 19, 21, (all 21.00h)26 (17.00h), 27(21.00h) 30( 17.00h) Jul 2020, 1(21.00h) 7 (17.00h) 8,9,11,( all at 21.00h) 17 ( 17.00h) 18, 22 (both at 21.00h) 26( 17.00h) Aug 2020.

Tosca

 

Set in the period of the Napoleonic wars, Tosca is based on true events which unfolded in Rome during a period of great turmoil. Puccini put his heart and soul into this story of political intrigue and doomed love. The three principal characters, Tosca, a famous singer, Cavaradossi, an artist and her lover, and Baron Scarpia, head of the secret police who is one of the most evil of operatic villains, are all finely drawn in Puccini’s sublime score. Conducted by Marco Armiliato. Fantastic operatic diva Anna Netrebko stars in the title role, with her husband Yusif Eyvazov, playing opposite her – this will be an amazing performance!

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Anna Netrebko photo y Manfred Werner/Tsui

Performances take place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 

Dates: 2 (19.00h) 5 (19.30h)8 (m)13(20.00h) Aug 2020.

Don Pasquale

Donizetti wrote Don Pasquale relatively late in his career when he had 70 operas under his belt and ten years after L’elisir d’amore. It is generally regarded as the high point of the opera buffa tradition. In keeping with that tradition, the work is inhabited by the characters from the Commedia dell’artePasquale is Pantalone, Ernesto is the love-sick Pierrot, Norina is Columbine, and so on.  The amazing Cecelia Bartoli stars as Norina.

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Cecilia Bartoli photo by Erinc Salor

Performances take place at Haus für Mozart.

Dates:  9(m) 12, 14 (both 19.30h) 16(20.30h) 18(18.30h) Aug 2020.

Recital Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter is universally considered to be one of the greatest violinists of modern times. Her artistry embraces everything from tonal richness and consummate technical virtuosity to transcendent expression and profound musicianship. Including work by Beethoven & Bach.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter photo by A.Savin (Wikimedia Co

Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus.

Date: 10 (21.00h) Aug 2020.

I Vespri Siciliana.

Verdi had a chance to write a new opera for Paris, where he came up with Les Vepres Siciliennes — The Sicilian Vespers. At the time, though, it was impossible to perform the new drama in Italy, where Verdi’s previous three operas had all premiered. Vespri tells a story of revolution in Sicily, and until the Italian unification in 1861, politics made that a forbidden subject in Italian opera houses.This production stars the inimitable  Plácido Domingo.

photo by ProtoplasmaKidPerformances take place at Felsenreitschule.

Date: 16(m) 19(19.00h) Aug 2020.

Boris Godunov

Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, written in 1869, was so close to the bone that it was rejected by the censors. The Russian people cannot trust their news sources; with resignation, they do what is required of them, while somewhere above, a clutch of murderous power-mongers manipulate and scheme!  With Ildar Abdrazakov.

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Ildar Abdrazakov photo by Gilzetbase

Performances take place at Grosses Festspielhaus.

Dates: 20, 23 (18.00h) 25(18.30h) 28(18.00h) Aug 2020.

Lied Recital Juan Diego Flórez

The incredible Peruvian Juan Diego Flórez is one of the best light tenors in the world right now, possessing an extraordinary vocal quality and an incredible ability for the colaratura . He is extremely popular playing in comic operas owing to his ability to appear detached whilst expressive both in vocal tone and dramatic gesture. He is perfect for the operas of or the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini to name but a few! This performance will be including works by Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi & Massenet.

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Photo by Johan Franz Morgenbesser

Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus.

Date: 30(16.00h) Aug 2020. 

Full Programme of Operas and Concerts

Performances commence at 20.00h or matinees at 15.00h (m) unless otherwise stated. Performances take place at various venues, please check listing.

CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Conducted by Mirga Gražinytė -Tyla. Performing works by Schoenberg and Britten) Performance takes place at Felsenreitschule. 19, (19.30h) Jul 2020.

CHAMBER CONCERT META4. Including works by Reich and Messiaen. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal 20, (18.00h) Jul 2020.

CAPELLA REIAL. Including works by De Morales and Messiaen. Conducted by Jordi Savall.  Performance takes place at Kollengienkirche. 20(21.00h) Jul 2020.

CONCERT WITH THE TALLIS SCHOLARS & META4. Including works by Desprez, Crumb and Anonymous. Conducted by Peter Philips. Performance takes place at Kollengienkirche. 21(20.30h) 21, Jul 2020.

CONCERT DES NATIONS CAPELLA REIAL. Including works by Dallapiccola, Montiverdi and Anonymous. Conducted by Jordi Savall.  Performance takes place at Kollengienkirche. 22 (20.30h) Jul 2020.

LUX AETERNA. Including works by Von Bingen, de Machaut, Allegri, & Ligeti. Conducted by Teodor Currentzis. Performance takes place at Kollengienkirche. 23 (22.30h) Jul 2020.

DER MESSIAS by Handel/ Mozart. Conducted by Marc Minkowski. Performances take place at Haus für Mozart. 24(18.00h), 26 (m) Jul 2020.

MOZART MATINEE. Including works by Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven. Conducted by Riccardo Minasi. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum Großer Saal 26(11.00h) Jul 2020.

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC. Including works by Strauss & Martin. Conducted by Mariss Jansons. Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 26, 29, (both at 21.00h) Jul 2020.

ELEKTRA by Strauss. Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. Performance takes place at Felsenreitschule. 27 Jul 2020, 1(17.00h)6, 10, 17, 21, 24 Aug 2020.

CONCERT WITH KOPATCHINSKAJA by Nono. Sound direction by André Richard. Performance takes place at Kollengienkirche. 27(22.30h) Jul 2020.

DON GIOVANNI by Mozart. Conducted by Teodor Currentzis. Performances take place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 28, (18.00h) 31(19.30h) Jul 2020, 6, 9 (both at 19.00h) 15(18.00h) 21(18.30h) 24, (19.00h) Aug 2020.

CHAMBER CONCERT KREMER. Including work by Weinberg, Chopin & Rachmaninoff.Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 28 (19.30h) Jul 2020.

MASS IN C MINOR – PYGMALION CHOIR. Including work by Schubert, Mozart & Bruckner. Conducted by Raphaël Pichon. Performances take place at Stiftskirche St Peter. 29, 30, (19.00h) Jul 2020.

BEETHOVEN CYCLES 1- 8 by Beethoven. Pianist Igor Levit. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 29, 31 (19.30h) Jul 2020, 1(19.30h) 5(m) 8, 11, 15, 16(19.30h) Aug 2020.

LIED RECITAL CHRISTIAN GERHARER. Including works by Schubert, Berg & Fauré. Pianiat Gerold Huber.  Performance takes place at Haus für Mozart. 30 (21.00h) Jul 2020.

MOZART MATINEE by Mozart. Conducted by Ivor Bolton. Performances take place at Stiftung Mozarteum Großer Saal. 1, 2, (11.00h) Aug 2020.

RECITAL ARCADI VOLODOS. Including work by Liszt & Schumann. Performance takes place at Haus für Mozart. 1(20.300h) Aug 2020.

TOSCA by Puccini. Conducted by Marco Armiliato. With Anna Netrebko. Performances take place at Grosses Festspielhaus.  2 (19.00h), 5(19.30h)8 (m)13(20.00h) Aug 2020.

STILL LIFE- CONCERT WITH KLANGFORUM WIEN by Feldman. Conducted by Sylvain Cambreling.Performance takes place at Kollengienkirche. 2(20.30h) Aug 2020.

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE by Mozart. Conducted by Joana Mallwitz. Performances take place at Haus für Mozart.  3, 8 both at 19.00h) 11(18.30h) 15 (m) 22 (19.30h)26 (19.00h) 29 (m) Aug 2020.

MOMENT MUSICAL CONCERT PARTS 1-4. With work by Schubert & others.Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum Großer Saal 4, 10 (19.30h) 11, 14 (22.00h) 19 (18.00h)Aug 2020.

RECITAL GRIGORY SOKOLOV.  Including wok by Mozart. Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus.  4 (21.00h) Aug 2020.

STILL LIFE -CONCERT WITH KLANFORM WIEN & CANTANDO ADMONT by Feldman. Conducted by Sylvain Cambreling.Performance takes place at Kollengienkirche. 5(20.30h) Aug 2020.

YCA AWARD CONCERT WEEKEND 1 – 3. Finalists of the Herbert Von Karajan Young Conductor of the Year 2020. Performances take place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 6, 7, 8 (all m) Aug 2020.

NEITHER by Feldman. Conducted by Ilan Volkov. Performance takes place at Kollengienkirche. 7(20.30h) Aug 2020.

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC Including works by Mahler. Conducted by Andris Nelsons. Performances take place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 7(21.00h) 9(11.00h) Aug 2020.

MOZART MATINEE by Mozart. Conducted by Andrew Manze. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum Großer Saal. 8(11.00h) Aug 2020.

DON PASQUALE by Donizetti. Conducted by Gianaluca Capuano. With Cecilia Bartoli.  Performances take place at Haus für Mozart.  9(m) 12, 14 (both 19.30h) 16(20.30h) 18(18.30h) Aug 2020.

INTOLLERANZA 1960 by Nono. Conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Performance takes place at Felsenreitschule. 9, 15 (20.30h) 23(m) 27(20.00h) Aug 2020.

RECITAL ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER. Including work by Beethoven & Bach. Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 10 (21.00h) Aug 2020.

LIED RECITAL SONYA YONCHEVA. Including works by Caldara, Carissimi, Cesti, Montiverdi, Purcell & others. Conducted by Wolfgang Katschner. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 12(18.00h) Aug 2020.

STILL LIFE – CHAMBER CONCERT WIESNER by Feldman. Performance takes place at Kollengienkirche. 12(20.30h) Aug 2020.

WEST -EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA 1. Including music by Brahmns & Strauss. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 12 (21.00h) Aug 2020.

RECITAL MAURIZIO POLLINI. Including works by Schumann & Chopin. Performances take place at Haus für Mozart. 13 (17.00h) Aug 2020.

CHAMBER CONCERT BELCEA QUARTET. Including work by Beehoven & Webern. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 13 (19.30h) Aug 2020

MUSICAETERNA CONCERT. Including works by Mahler, Tchaicovsky, Conducted by Teodor Currentzis. Performance takes place at Felsenreitschule. 13 (21.00h) Aug 2020.

ORF RADIO-SYMPHONIEORCHESTER WIEN.Including work by Bernstein & Mahler. Conducted by Kent Nagano. Performance takes place at Felsenreitschule. 14 (16.00h) Aug 2020.

CAMERATA SALZBURG. Including works by Ligeti, Schubert, Dowland & Kurtág. Conducted by Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 14 (18.30h) Aug 2020.

AWARD WINNERS CONCERT OF INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ACADEMY OF MOZART. Performance at Universität Mozarteum – Großes Studio. 14 (19.30h) Aug 2020.

WEST -EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA 2. Including music by Brahmns, Ligeti & Ravel. Conducted by Lahav Shani. Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 14 (21.00h) Aug 2020.

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC Including works by Beethoven. Conducted by Riccardo Muti. Performances take place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 15, 16, 17(11.00h) Aug 2020.

MOZART MATINEE by Mozart. Conducted by Gianaluca Capuano. Performances take place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 15, 16(11.00h) Aug 2020.

I VESPRI SICILIANA by Verdi. Conducted by Daniele Rustioni. With Plácido Domingo. Performances take place at Felsenreitschule. 16(m) 19(19.00h) Aug 2020.

CHAMBER CONCERT VIENNA PHILHARMONICA.  Including works by Beethoven & Schubert. Performance take splace at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 17(19.30h) Aug 2020.

LIED RECITAL MATTIAS GOERNE. Including works by Beethoven. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 18(19.30h) Aug 2020.

RECITAL DANIEL BARENBOIM. Including works by Beethoven.  Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 19 (21.00h) Aug 2020.

BORIS GODUNOV by Mussorgsky. Conducted by Mariss Jansons. With Ildar Abdrazakov.  Performances take place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 20, 23 (18.00h) 25(18.30h) 28(18.00h) Aug 2020.

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC Including works by Wagner & Bruckner. Conducted by Christain Thielmann. With Elīna Garanča. Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 22(11.00h) Aug 2020.

MOZART MATINEE by Mozart. Conducted by Ádám Fischer. Performances take place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 22(, 23 11.00h) Aug 2020.

FINAL MARATHON CONCERT ANGELIKA PROKOPP SUMMER ACADEMY OF THE VIENNA PHILHARMONIC Performance tales place at the Great Hall of the University. 22(15.00h, 17.00h, 19.00h) Aug 2020.

LIED RECITAL BENJAMIN BERNHEIM Including works by Berlioz, Duparc, Strauss & Schumann. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum Großer Saal. 22(19.30h) Aug 2020.

15TH WINDS CONCERT OF THE VIENNA PHILHARMONIC.  Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus.   23(11.00h) Aug 2020.

RECITAL/LIED RECITAL ANDRÁS SCHIFF.  Including works by Schubert &Janáček Performance takes place at Stiftung MozarteumGroßer Saal. 23, 25(19.30h) Aug 2020.

CHAMBER CONCERT HAGEN QUARTET. Including works by Beethoven. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 24(19.30h) Aug 2020.

GUSTAV MAHLER JUDENORCHESTER. Including work by Mussorgsky & Shostakovich. Conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 25(19.30h) Aug 2020.

LIED RECITAL MARIANNE CREBASSA Including works by Debussy, Fauré. Bidaola, Ravel, Mompou & others. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum  Großer Saal. 28(19.30h) Aug 2020.

PITTSBURG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.  Including works by Beethoven & Bartók. Conducted by Manfred Honeck. Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 27(19.30h) Aug 2020.

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC Including works by Liszt & Stravinsky Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 28, 29(11.00h) Aug 2020.

THE BIG SIX – CHAMBER CONCERT GRUBINGER 7 THE PERCUSSIVE PLANET ENSEMBLE. Including work by Cerha, Reich, Rihm, Grisey & Xenakis Performance takes place at Felsenreitschule. 28 (16.00h) Aug 2020.

DÉCADES – RECITAL DANIIL TRIFONOV. Including works by Prokifiev, Berg, Messiaen, Copland, Bartók & others. Performance takes place at Stiftung MozarteumGroßer Saal. 28(19.30h) Aug 2020.

YSP FINAL CONCERT – MOZARTEUMORCHESTER SALZBURG. Conducted by Adrian Kelly. Performance takes place at Stiftung Mozarteum – Großer Saal. 29(19.30h) Aug 2020.

BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER 1. Including works by Webern, Mendelssohn & Brahms. Conducted by Kirill Petrenko Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 29(20.00h) Aug 2020.

LIED RECITAL JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ.  Including works by Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi & Massenet. Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 30(16.00h) Aug 2020.

BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER 2. Including works by Beethoven & SukConducted by Kirill Petrenko Performance takes place at Grosses Festspielhaus. 30(20.00h) Aug 2020

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Salzburg panorama photo by Uoaei1

The Salzburg Music Festival is perhaps the most exclusive and exciting classical music festivals in the world, known for its exceptionally high quality of music, the commitment of its international artists and as a successful combination of the traditional and modern.

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Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2020.

Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2020.

We will be writing about the summer festival next week but yet again this smaller festival merits a blog of it’s own The Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2020,  will again be lead by the world-famous opera singer Cecilia Bartoli as Artistic Director.  In a break from tradition, she has chosen Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in which she will make her debut as Norina. The festival runs from 29 May – 1 June, 2020. Bartoli isusing the 2020 festival to show the great esteem that she holds for the 19th Century opera singer Pauline Viardot and this will be rather special.

Brief History of the Whitsun Festival

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Conductor Herbert Von Karajan photo Author 船山克 (Katsu Funayama)

The Whitsun Festival in Salzburg is not only the newest but also the shortest of the three festivals at Salzburg. The roughly ten yearly concerts run from just Friday to Whit Monday, centring around an opera production. Co founder of the Salzberg Summer Festival, Hugo von Hofmannsthal had a vision of holding a festival outside of the  main summer season. His vision only became a reality many years after his death. Herbert von Karajan founded the Easter Festival in 1967 and a few years later – Karajan being the driving force again – the Whitsun Festival was born. At first, the Festival was intended to be an extension of the Easter Festival. Founded six years previously, it drew large crowds and Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra created a first-class programme. From 1982: Subsequently, more and more orchestras and conductors from around the world were invited. The focus had been on works by Anton Bruckner until Karajan died in 1989. After Baden-Baden played host to the Whitsun concerts in 1997, it prompted a new start in Salzburg in the following year. Completely different to the other two, it was now dedicated to the Baroque composers.  The Festival reinvented itself in 2007. Ricardo Muti, from Naples, wanted to put the spotlight on the composers of his home country. So, until 2011 the programme included Italian composers of the 18th Century. Cecilia Bartoli has not only been the artistic director since 2012, but has also taken on the lead in the opera production, she has been a passionate driving force in the success of this festival.. Alexander Pereira also became the Festival director in 2012 and saw to it that the opera productions could also be used for future summer festivals.

Cecelia Bartoli

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Cecilia Bartoli photo by Erinc Salor

Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is  among the most popular figures in contemporary opera, wowing audiences and critics alike with her rich, gentle vocals and expressive three-and-a-half octave range.Cecilia Bartoli is the most successful mezzo singer in the world. Few vocalists can boast a career as glittering as Bartoli; renowned for her career-long relationship with the music of Mozart, Cecilia Bartoli, from Rome, Italy, is one of his finest interpreters. Her solo releases have achieved enormous success with extraordinary, mutli-million selling albums, making Cecilia Bartoli one of the world’s best-selling artists in the field of classical music.
The exceptionally talented mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli has had critics raving and opera fans flocking to her concerts since she began her career in the mid-1980s. She is the rarest of creatures, press reports say, a coloratura mezzo and also a virtuoso performer.  Many seasoned opera lovers have  called Bartoli‘s voice a gift, something that comes along only once a generation.

2020 Programme

Don Pasquale

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Cecilia Bartoli photo by Andreas Praefcke

Donizetti wrote Don Pasquale relatively late in his career when he had 70 operas under his belt and ten years after L’elisir d’amore. It is generally regarded as the high point of the opera buffa tradition. In keeping with that tradition, the work is inhabited by the characters from the Commedia dell’artePasquale is Pantalone, Ernesto is the love-sick Pierrot, Norina is Columbine, and so on. Cecelia Bartoli stars ar Norina.

Performed at Haus für Mozart.

Dates 29 (19.00hr) May 2020, 1, ( 15.00hr) Jun 2020.

Arienkonzert · École Classique

A tribute to Pauline Viardot with arias and orchestral works by Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Charles Gounod and George Frideric  Handel.

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Pauline Viardot

Bartoli has chosen to champion the opera singer Pauline Viardot who is the forgotten diva of the 19th century. Pauline Viardot (1821–1910) was one of the most extraordinary women in the history of music. Daughter of the Spanish tenor Manuel García and sister of the mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran, she studied piano with Liszt and counterpoint and harmony with Reicha, made her debut, also as a mezzo, at the age of sixteen and went on to inspire composers of the stature of Berlioz, Chopin, Gounod, Meyerbeer, Saint-Saëns, Schumann and Wagner. She was also a composer in her own right.

Conducted by Gianluca Capuano, with Cecilia Bartoli guest starring. Performed at Stiftung Mozarteum — Großer Saal.

Date: 30 (15.00hr) May 2020.

Sacred Concert · Fauré-Requiem

Of all the sacred works of its time, none is better loved than Fauré’s Requiem, which dates from 1888 and departed so radically from traditional Requiems that it has never lost its power to astonish us. Interestingly, Fauré, one of the leading French composers of his time whose musical style influenced many musicians in the 20th century, had no clear religious beliefs. The work is scored for soprano and baritone soloists, mixed choir, orchestra and organ.The concert also includes works by Berlioz and Brahms.

Conducted by  Sir John Eliot Gardiner at Felsenreitschule.

Date: 30 ( 19.30hr) May 2020.

Matinée Recital · Jeux d’esprit

An early concert featuring  the works of  Pauline Viardot and arrangements by Gioachino Rossini, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Robert Schumann and Camille Saint-Saën.

At Stiftung Mozarteum — Großer Saal.

Date; 31 (11.00hr) May 2020.

Orphée

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Doorway at Salzburg Festspielhaus photo by Andreas Praefcke

In keeping with the honouring of Pauline Viardot this production of Orpheé is an amalgamation of the works of Berlioz and Gluck. In the original production Viardot was the first ever female Orpheus. It was the first major revival of Gluck’s opera since the 1820s and attracted considerable attention in the press and elsewhere. Critics and others were fascinated by Viardot’s dramatic presence on stage. This production is conducted by Gianluca Capuano,  directed by John Neumeier and stars Marianne Crebassa in the title role. At Grosses Festspielhaus

Date: 31, (18.00hr) May 2020.

Gala Concert · Une Affaire de Famille

The Whitsun festival culminates with a special gala concert in honour of the family García of which Manuel was the patriarch. The Spanish tenor and composer was one of the finest singers of his time. His three children  Manuel, Maria and Pauline were celebrated artists of their time.  The performance has works by  Saint Saëns , Liszt, Glinka, Rossini, Mendelssohn and Iwanowitsch. The concert is conducted by Maxim Vengerov and start Celilia Bartoli and Varduhi Abrahamyan.  At Grosses Festspielhaus

Date: 1, (20.00hr) Jun 2020.

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Salzburg Panorama by Taxiarchos228 → Derivative work: Steffen Schmitz (Carschten)

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Christmas and New Year in Rome

Spending time in the beautiful city of Rome is always sheer poetry , but spending Christmas time in the  city could be a once in a life time experience. Christmas is without a doubt one of the most joyful times of the year – especially in Italy! With Vatican City being the capital for the Roman Catholic Church, I’m sure you can imagine the spiritual influence that trickles down into Rome. Bridges and monuments sparkle with light, nativity scenes decorate historical piazzas, and the scent of roasted chestnuts floats through the narrow cobblestone streets of Rome. . Rome has lots of special events and activities over Christmas  and New Year – here are just a handful of them.

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In Rome, classical ruins and early Christian places of worship stand next to – or lie beneath – Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains.  But there are also great neighbourhood trattorias, quirky shops and a buzzing aperitivo scene. There’s no real off-season in the Eternal City and winter can be a great time to visit. Christmas and  New Year in this fabulous city could be a once in a life time experience. Its’ beautiful churches and ancient piazzas are adorned with beautiful, festive decorations, and there’s a huge focus on the Nativity scene, or ‘presepe’ .

It may be a cliché, but there’s no better advice for visitors to Rome than the old adage, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” This is where la dolce vita originated, after all. Of course, after more than 2,000 years in existence, there’s enough to explore to keep you busy for years!

The Christmas holiday season in Rome starts on December 8, which is the holiday of the Immaculate Conception, or Immacolata. The season officially ends on January 6, the Epiphany. This day is called the Befana in Italy.

Here are just a few ideas to make your Yuletide visit to Rome even more enchanting.

Piazza di Ponte Sant’Angelo – Christmas Concerts.

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Chiesa Metodista di Ponte Sant’Angelo photo by Lalupa.

These are lovely events set in the Piazza di Ponte Sant’Angelo church. The performances include a selection of well loved arias and many popular Christmas songs. Allow your senses to be carried away and enjoy the festivities. All performances commence at 19.30h unless otherwise stated.

Dates: 22, 26 ( 16.30h) , 26, Dec 2019, 2, Jan 2020.

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Nothing is more evocative of Christmas than watching a graceful  ballet and where is more magical to watch this beautiful ballet  telling the immortal  love story of a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer than Rome ? From 31st December until 8th January, we are pleased to be able to offer tickets; prepare to be enchanted! For more information or to book tickets please do not hesitate to contact us. The conductors are Nir Kabaretti and Carlo Donadio. Performances a commence at 20.00h and for matinees (m) at 15.00h  unless otherwise stated.

Dates: 31 (18.00h) Dec 2019, 2, 3, 4, (m), 4, 5, ( 16.30h) 7, 8 Jan 2020.

 New Years Eve

If you’re lucky enough to be in Rome for New Year’s Eve, get ready for the party of a lifetime. The entire city, from the Piazza del Popolo to the Colosseum, ignites in celebration, resulting in a fantastic and unforgettable experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Aerial view – Trevi Fountain

There are a wide variety of events happening throughout the city from concerts to nightclubs to fire works and here are just a few ideas of how to see the new year in.

Vatican Area

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The Vatican at Christmas photo by Giuseppe Milo

Whether you’re religious or not, the Vatican is an outstanding place to be on New Year’s Eve. Huge crowds gather in the Basilica of St. Peter for Papal Vespers and Te Deum at 6pm, whilst others remain outside, anticipating the seasonal music in St. Peter’s Square. During the concert, the Pope visits the traditional manger scene, and on New Year’s Day, he makes his annual noon address. Both are hugely popular events, and admittance is given on a first-come-first-served basis.

New Years Eve Concert –  Three Tenors

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Tenors, Carlo Napoletani, Emil Alekperov and GianCarlo Polizzy  will perform a special programme  of Opera Arias, Christmas Songs and New Year’s Eve typical Waltzes at  the most important Theatre in Rome, supported by a string quartet and piano. The perfect way to celebrate your New Year’s night, right in the centre of Rome.

At Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita. From 6.30pm with dinner option and 8pm for just the  concert . This occurs on 1st January also.

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Oratoria Di San Franesco Saverio photo by Croberto68 at Italian Wikipedia

On 31st December 2019 and January 1st 2020 at 22.30h.

New Year’s Concert: The Virtuosi of the Opera di Roma

The Traditional New Year’s Concert performed by the Orchestra of Rome’s Opera in the prestigious Church of St Paul within the Walls. Produced by Musica & Musica for over 20 years, this is a lyrical concert,with  famous waltz and Christmas songs a -plenty!. with gorgeous costumes and in an amazing setting experience uplifting music  performed by Soprano Singer S. Leone, Mezzosoprano I. Bottaro, Tenore D. Penco and Baritono M. Utzeri.

This takes place on 31st December at 8pm within the walls of St Pauls.

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Experience an exciting gala evening with opera arias, the traditional sounds of the waltz-king Johann Strauss, and the most famous Christmas songs. Musicians, singers, ballet dancers will lead the audience on a journey to the great epoch of opera and ballet theatre followed by Dinner at Restaurant ‘Le Lanterne’ located in front of the concert venue.

Date: 31st December 2019 at 20.30h.

Watch the Fireworks

One of the key places to celebrate is The Piazza del Popolo, located north of the city centre, just beyond the Spanish Steps. In the build up to midnight many locals appear with home made variation on firecrackers.  As soon as the clock strikes New Year, however, the city takes over and fires a barrage of colourful mini-bombs from deep within the Villa Borghese to explode directly over the Piazza del Popolo. There are also often rock bands that play for the event for free at the Piazza and the vantage point on the Villa Borghese hill above the square is also a great place to view the fireworks whilst surrounded by classical statuary of Roman Emperors! The spectacle is a guaranteed hit with spectators both local and tourist. Afterwards, it’s traditional to break a bottle or two for good luck ( so bare feet are  not recommended) and then move  en masse to the nearest metro stop, which generally stays open late for the occasion, to continue the party.

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Another area to watch the fireworks is along the Via de’ Fori Imperiale, running between the Colosseum and the Piazza Venezia. This massive celebration is not for the faint hearted and is usually rather rowdy but lots of fun not least becausethis is a rare   an opportunity to see Rome’s legendary Colosseum bathed in the fireworks’ crackling, rainbow-strobing glow.

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Other amazing places to go, either to beat the crowds at these hotspots or simply to join new ones, are the Piazza di Spagna and the Quirinal Palace. The Quirinale usually hosts its own fireworks display, despite its proximity to the Colosseum spectacle, and the Piazza di Spagna is an excellent gathering spot to watch the napalm rain down on Piazza del Popolo. An honourable mention also goes to the Villa Borghese, which hosts an impossibly polite evening of classical music and cuisine preceding the bombardment taking place just down the hill.

Meanwhile one of the city’s most unusual and popular sights on the morning of New Year’s Day is the Tuffo nel Tevere or Dive into the Tiber. At midday, immediately after the cannons fire on the Gianicolo, daredevil divers thrill the crowds by making the 17-metre plunge off Ponte Cavour into the icy waters of the Tiber below.

Italians are known for their love of festivals and celebrations and New Year’s Eve is no exception.

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Pesaro – Rossini Opera Festival 2020

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The Rossini Opera Festival  ( ROF) is held to world acclaim annually in Pesaro during the month of August. Opera singers of great renowned perform the works of the great composer Gioachino Rossini in his hometown in the Le Marche region. The 2020 event will be the 41st festival held here.  The subject of this week’s blog is the preliminary programme for 2020.

Pesaro 2020

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Teatro Rossini in Pesaro photo by Accurimbono

Here is the preliminary programme for the 2020 festival

 

Performances commence at 20.00h or matinees at 17.00h (m) unless otherwise stated.

Moïse et Pharaon

Rossini was one of the major innovators in the field of opera. Moïse et Pharaon is a score which he revised for Paris ten years after it had been composed for Naples; the result shows the evolution of his taste over a decade – from the neoclassical sublime to spectacular Romantic grand opera. This is a rarely heard masterpiece.

Conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti. Performances take place at Vitrifrigo Arena.

Dates: 8, 11, 14, 18, (all at 19.00h) Aug 2020.

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The Vitrifrigo Arena. Pesaro photo by Riky1995

Giovanna D’Arco / La Cambiale Di Matrimonio

Giovanna d’Arco was composed by a very young Verdi and depicts with high drama and passion the life of Joan of Arc. This opera should be seen and heard more frequently – it is magnificent! 

La Cambiale Di Matrimonio was composed when Rossini was barely 18. It  revolves around the farcical attempts of Tobia Mill; a rich English merchant; to combine business with pleasure by forcing his daughter; the lovely Fanny (“the merchandise”) to marry Slook; his rich colonial correspondent.

Conducted by Dmitry Korchak. Performances take place at Teatro Rossini.

Dates: 9, 12, 15 19, Aug 2020.

Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra

Rossini wrote Elizabeth, Queen of England for the star-studded San Carlo Opera in Naples in 1815. The plot is a verse reduction of a half-remembered drama by an Italian advocate out of an entertaining but historically implausible English romance. The plot is an apocryphal embroidery on history and while the characters may seem stereotypical their vocal interactions are not: the tormented duets and trios are full of agonised asides, and the solos give great scope for virtuosity.

Conducted by Evelino Pidò. Performances take place at Vitrifrigo Arena.

Dates: 10, 13, 17, 20 Aug 2020.

Festival Giovane – Il Viaggio A Reims

Since 2019 the Rossini Opera Festival have created an opera production specially aimed at a  young audience. and Il Viaggio A Reims is the 2020 production. In Rossini’s opera- en route to celebrate the coronation of French King Charles X, an eccentric group of aristocrats and officials arrange to spend the night at the Golden Lily spa, in the Lorraine region. A true work of genius, Il viaggio a Reims contains a stream of arias and concertante compositions (like the one written for fourteen soloists) with undeniable quality and originality

Conducted by Giancarlo Rizzi. Performances take place at Teatro Rossini.

Dates: 14, 17 (both at 11.00h) Aug 2020.

Concerto Flórez

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Juan Diego Flórez photo by David Shankbone

The incredible Peruvian Juan Diego Flórez is one of the best light tenors in the world right now, possessing an extraordinary vocal quality and an incredible ability for the colaratura . He is extremely popular playing in comic operas owing to his ability to appear detached whilst expressive both in vocal tone and dramatic gesture. He is perfect for the operas of or the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini to name but a few.

Conducted by Michele Spotti. Performance takes place at Vitrifrigo Arena.

Date: 16 Aug 2020.

Stabat Mater

The text of the Stabat Mater is a 13th-century Marian hymn, meditating on the suffering of Mary, the Mother of God, as she stands at the foot of the Cross. ‘Stabat Mater Doloroso’ (‘The grieving mother stood …’) — these are the first words of a long poem, some 20 stanzas in full, whose subject is the Virgin Mary as she beholds her dying Son. Rossini’s version  was composed in two different phases between 1831 and 1841 and received its premiere in Paris in 1842. Rossini unites different forms such as aria, duet, quartet and chorus, an operatic aria-like style of writing as well as a strict a cappella style resulting in one of the highpoints of this genre.

Conducted by Jader Bignamini. Performances take place at Vitrifrigo Arena.

Date: 21 (at 20.30h) Aug 2020

Rossini

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Gioachino Rossini was one of the greatest Italian  opera composers, he left a massively everlasting impression on all of the success generations. The Rossini Opera Festival (ROF) is an international music festival held in August of each year in the wonderful town of Pesaro, Italy, the birthplace Rossini. The main ethos behind the festival, in addition to studying the musical heritage of the composer, is to revive and perform his works in a unique setting that allows collaboration of scholars, artists, and audience. It is often simply referred to as the Pesaro Festival. which is as succinct as it should be.

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Rossini photograph by Félix Nadar
Giochino Antonio Rossini ( February 39, 1792- November 13 1868) was born in Pesaro, the only child of Guisepp, the town trumpeter ( and apparently its’ inspector of slaughterhouses) and Anna, a talented singer. He  was a child prodigy and at the tender age of six, he started to play triangle in his father’s band. Since both of his parents were involved in opera, Rossini had direct exposure to this world form a very early age. He composed his first opera, La Cambiale di Matrimonio at the age of just 18. His much acclaimed masterpiece – The Barber of  Seville is said to have been composed in just twelve days. His compositions demanded huge vocal dexterity form the opera singers of the time. He created some exceptional operas, was massively innovative for his era and has influenced many generations of opera composers.

 

The Rossini Opera Festival has been held every summer in Pesaro where the composer was born. The first Festival was held in 1980 and each year some new dazzling bel-canto singer leaps to prominence – Pesaro has been a springboard for many singers at the beginning of their careers. It also attracts established superstars who enjoy the very special atmosphere here, singing to an international audience of real connoisseurs, many of whom come year after year. And quite  rightly so. There  is a huge sense of kudos attached in coming to Pesaro, a real jewel in the crown of opera festivals..

Pesaro

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Pesaro is a gorgeous coastal town situated on the eastern side of Italy in the Marche region. Facing the Adriatic Sea, this city is the second most populated in the Marche region after Ancona with a current population of approximately 95,000. This city is lovingly known as the City of Bicycle due to its myriad of cycle paths, and also has a strong affinity with music and the arts. Due to its coastal location, Pesaro has a major fishing industry, but is also well-known for its furniture manufacturing.

The history of Pesaro spans back to the Roman era and was originally founded in 184 BC as a colony. During this era, it became an important trading post until the fall of the Roman Empire some 400 years later. In subsequent history, the city was ruled by the Ostrogoth’s, the Papal States and the House of Malatesta. Eventually as with other cities in The Marche, Pesaro was incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy in 1860.

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Fascia of the Teatro Rossini photo by PederBu

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New Year in Venice 2020.

New Year in Venice 2020.

For something extra special and perhaps a once in a lifetime experience at trip to Venice to see one year out and the new year in is top of many peoples’ list.  While Venice is breath-taking any day of the year, nothing is as unique as spending New Year’s Eve in one of the most romantic cities on Earth! Spending  new year here in this sparkling city has its particular allure and it often results into a most magical and uniquely  unforgettable experience.

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Traditionally, locals (and tourists, for that matter too) gather in Piazza San Marco to celebrate  and, while carried away by the general enthusiasm, they listen to the live music performances in the company of the friends and strangers alike, they admire the fireworks and the general spectacular outdoor scenography (a light show which creates the illusion of a rain of  beautiful hearts over the public). The New Year in Venice has been synonymous with Piazza San Marco for many years; here, in fact, there are thousands of people who choose Venice to celebrate the beginning of the new year.

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The previous theme of Love has been abandoned for two years  and the celebration has returned to the past with the fireworks show that is no completely visible from Piazza San Marco but  more so from Riva degli Schiavoni and the Arsenal. This is effectively opening up more of the city to that extra special magic.

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Fireworks from Piazza San Marco photo by Christine Zenino

In case you wish to live a true Venetian-style dinner with an outstanding view, Venice also offers its guests the unique chance of an elegant dinner aboard of a boat crossing the city’s key locations on the lagoon, while savouring typical sweet and salty creations. Try this romantic experience departing from Riva delle Zattere, crossing the Giudecca and the Lido before going back to Saint Mark’s Square for the unmissable toast.

New Year’s Eve in Venice acquires a picturesque and, spectacular  almost magical vibe for tourists who opt for Lido di Venezia. This is Auguri di Capodanno sulla spiaggia del Lido di Venezia,‘ Here, bold  ( some may say slightly crazy) swimmers dive  into the sea and race each other. Traditional warming dishes of , cotechino (sausage) and lenticchie (lentils) and, of course, wine, are then served to the delight of all attending! This occurs on 1st January  form 11 am – 1:30 pm at the Blue Moon Lido.

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Don Chisciotte

At the Goldoni Theatre at The Teatro Stabile Del Veneto  the arrival of the new year is celebrated with the extraordinary Commedia dell’Arte in the Don Chisciotte show by the Stivalacci Teatro company. Cervantes’ novel is  staged with a highly  original show, in which two unlikely acrobats tell a story where, in addition to the protagonists of the novel Don Quixote and Sancho Panza,  a whole range of other characters including  Dante, Manzoni and Dario Fo come out!

With just two evenings, respectively on December 31st and January 1st, this show celebrates a fun filled a New Year!


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Teatro Stabile De Veneto (Goldoni Theatre) Photo by Mister No

 

The magical city of Venice celebrates the end of the year with a classical concert at Teatro La Fenice.

Concerto di Capodanno

The traditional Concerto di Capodanno in Venice – one of the most important New Year concerts in the whole of Italy – will be celebrated once again at Venice’s magnificent opera house, the Gran Teatro La Fenice. An established musical tradition for 1st January (although the concert also takes place on, 29th, 30th and 31st December), this event competes with Vienna’s New Year Concert in terms of popularity.

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The programme for this New Year Concert is usually in two parts, the first being of orchestral works played by the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice (not broadcast on television), and a second part in which the soloists and choir also participate.

The first part of the programme includes Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sinfonia n. 4 in la maggiore op. 90 Italiana

This second section includes the most well-known arias in Italian opera (by Rossini, Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini and Leoncavallo, among others) performed by great international lyrical performers, as well as ballet scenes and some popular songs.
The concert’s finale is usually music from Verdi, with performances of his Va’ Pensiero from Nabucco and Brindisi from La Traviata to see in the New Year.

Teatro_La_Fenice,_Venice.jpgConductor: Myung-Whun Chung

Myung Whun Chung is one of the world’s leading conductors.

Born in 1953, the South Korean conductor Myung-Whun Chung embarked on a musical career as a pianist. He made his debut at the age of seven with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with his sisters, violinist Kyung-Wha Chung and cellist Myung-Wha Chung, he formed the Chung Trio.

Chung studied conducting at the Mannes School of Music and the Juilliard School in New York, going on to serve as Carlo Maria Giulini’s assistant with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

These concerts are a truly  fantastic choice for the New Year at an incredibly beautiful venue.

Here are the dates and times  for these marvellous concerts .

Sunday 29th December at 20.000
Monday 30th December at 17:00
Tuesday 31st December at 16:00
Wednesday 1st January at 11 :15

 

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Jonas Kaufmann at Arena Di Verona 2020.

Jonas Kaufmann at Arena Di Verona 2020.

Really exciting news in the world of opera! The very talented  Jonas Kaufmann is set to make his long awaited  Arena Di Verona debut in a wonderful Gala Concert evening .. This very special night is occurring just once, on June 28, 2020 at 21.30. Jonas Kaufmann is  a versatile concert performer appearing with some of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. He is  one of very few tenors who sings both the Italian and German repertoires with equal success. Under the stars and in the warmth of the Italian night this will be a truly incredible experience – one not to be missed.

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Jonas Kaufmann at La Scala 2015 photo by AmandaFitton

Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann, the smouldering German opera tenor  is renowned for his extraordinary technique, his versatility as a performer of German, French, and Italian repertoire, and his charismatic projection of a range of emotions. So what  exactly makes Kaufmann so special, able to flit between the lyric and the more dramatic areas of the operatic repertoire?

1024px-Jonas_Kaufmann_9_May_2008_London.jpgFirst, and most importantly, it is the unique quality of his voice and his impressive vocal technique. It’s a particularly dark sound, much like a baritone in timbre, with a warmth and fullness that sometimes seems too heavily weighted for the type of music he often sings.Listening to the middle range of his voice, it seems unlikely that a voice of this weight would be able to soar to the top of the range with the ringing quality that characterise his top notes…….. yet it does and the sound is extraordinary.

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Jonas Kaufmann at the Waldbühne Berlin in the summer of 2018 during his “An Italian Night” concert. Photo by Marcello Curto

Born July 10th, 1969 in Munich, West  German, from an early age Kaufmann developed an inclination toward classical music, largely through listening to his father’s records and attending special performances for children at the Bavarian State Opera. He started to take piano lessons when he was about eight years old, but he was not particularly enchanted with the activity. By contrast, he was captivated whenever his grandfather took a seat at the piano to play from opera scores by Richard Wagner while singing the various vocal parts. It was these performances that ultimately kindled Kaufmann’s desire to become an opera singer. He performed in school choirs, but at university decided to study maths. After quickly deciding this was not his calling, he auditioned for and was admitted to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, and it was there that he received his first formal training as a concert and opera singer. The rest is history…  he is now renowned for his extraordinary technique, his versatility as a performer of German, French, and Italian repertoire, and his charismatic projection of a range of emotions.

Arena Di Verona

Music has been at the heart of Italian culture since the Romans refined Greek musical drama and opera is at the very core of this!After the Colosseum in Rome and the amphitheatre in Capua, the Roman arena in Verona is the third largest Roman amphitheatre. With its gigantic dimensions of 140 metres in length and 110 metres in width it dominates the Piazza Brà from the north. When it was first built by the Romans, in the 1st century AD by the Flavian  emperors, this incredible amphitheatre was on the outskirts of  Verona, actually outside the city walls. It is still in use today and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind. In ancient times, nearly 30,000 people was the housing capacity of the Arena.
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The Arena has always served the purpose of staging spectacular events… think gladiators in it’s initial incarnation, Medieval jousting and a variety of tournaments during the eighteenth century. In 1913, the Arena was finally discovered for what it has become known for today, as the first true and most important open-air opera theatre in the world.
Arena di Verona still exudes that overwhelming air of spectacle and it has become the very symbol of the city. It is synonymous with world class stylish events.One thing that the Arena is famous for is it’s yearly festival. This has been occurring for over 100 years, every summer in the Roman amphitheatre, the opera productions all remain fabulous and awe inspiring.
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Interior photo of Arena Di Verona by meichimite 
The performances begin once dark sets in, typically around 9pm ( 9pm sharp during June and July and 8.45pm in August)  in the summer. And then the magic begins  setting a pace  with an ancient timelessness that provides a lively contrast against the often high-art, hyper-modern set pieces.
The 2020 Festival at the Verona Arena, which will start on the 13th June with a new production by Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, promises to be full of surprises thanks to an artistic offer that alternates the great titles of the opera repertoire with five special evenings with some of the greatest international artists. The Jonas Kaufmann Gala Event on June 28th is the first of the special evenings on the bill in 2020.
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Arena Di Verona photo by Andreas Tille

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Macerata Opera Festival 2020.

Macerata Opera Festival 2020.

The 56th Macerata Opera Festival will take place in 2020 and the theme is very timely – #biancocoraggio (white as courage). The key issues are that  of emancipation, enlightenment and destiny.  The festival opens with a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Tosca, followed by two other major works, namely Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi. Three stupendous productions in the most dramatic and magical surroundings of Sferisterio. Incredible costumes, perfect arias, a warm breeze and a regal setting is what you’ll experience at the Macerata Opera Festival. The annual event takes place from mid-July through the beginning of August and draws an international crowd to this central Marche hill town.

Macerata  Opera Festival

The stunning  city of Macerata spreads over a hilltop in a most  beautiful spot. Located between the Adriatic Sea and Apennine Mountains, it enjoys a near-perfect setting surrounded by rolling hills covered with olive groves and grape vines, with a plethora of pretty hill towns dotting the countryside.

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All year round there are lots of enjoyable things to do in Macerata, including cultural events, sport activities and competitions, theatrical and musical shows for all tastes. Beautiful Macerata is set on a hill at 1,030 ft above sea level, between the Potenza and Chienti Valleys. It is surrounded by a spectacular mosaic of cultivated fields, maintained as if they were gardens or parks. However there is one big event in particular that drawn  attention to Macerata, not only from other parts of Italy but also from other countries across the world – The Macerata Opera Festival! During this time the whole city becomes a stage thanks to the festival, full of music, exhibitions and meetings for young and old, passionate and curious.  The festival has been compared sometimes to the famousItalian  Arena di Verona and Caracalla operas.

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The fabulous Macerata Opera Festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious open-air summer opera festivals in Italy. It takes place in the Sferisterio, a fascinating venue built between 1820 and 1829 at the behest of the city’s “Cento consorti” (the one hundred consorts), when it was intended for playing the ball game with armlet. The orchestra pit is so wide that musicians at each end cannot hear each other. The first opera performed was Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida in 1921.

The Festival has been running regularly since 1967.  The festival attract the most discerning audiences, who enjoy watching original productions and prestigious interpreters in this highly salubrious venue,  which is both monumental and intimate at the same time,  offering perfect visibility and wonderful acoustics , as testified by the many artists who have walked its stage, including Mario Del Monaco, Luciano Pavarotti, Katia Ricciarelli, Renato Bruson, Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, to name but a few.

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From 2018 until  2020 the artistic Director is  Barbara Minghetti and the Music Director – Francesco Lanzillotta.

In 2020 the festival runs from the 27th of July till the 9th of August and as mentioned the theme is #biancocoraggio (white as courage).

2020 Programme

Tosca

Set in the period of the Napoleonic wars, Tosca is based on true events which unfolded in Rome during a period of great turmoil. Puccini put his heart and soul into this story of political intrigue and doomed love. The three principal characters, Tosca, a famous singer, Cavaradossi, an artist and her lover, and Baron Scarpia, head of the secret police who is one of the most evil of operatic villains, are all finely drawn in Puccini’s sublime score. Tosca is performed by Rebeka Lokar.

Dates: 17, 26 July 2020, 1, 7, August 2020 – all at 21.00hr.

Don Giovanni

Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! This is Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. The opera is renowned for its ever-shifting portrayals of complex characters, fast-moving action and mix of the comic and the heartfelt.

Dates: 18, 24 July 2020, 2, 8 August 2020 – all at 21.00hr.

 

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Il Trovatore

This is an epic opera of grand dimensions. Il Trovatore was composed in1853 by Giuseppe Verdi. It premiered on Jan. 19, 1853 in Teatro Apollo, Rome, Italy and takes place in a 15th-century Spanish town. It has a complex narrative as there are three intertwining plots but the opera is a real gem!

Dates: 19, 25, 31 July 2020, 9, Aug 2020 – all at 21.00hr.

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This marvellous opera festival annually hosts thousands of spectators in the wonderful 2500 seater open air Sferisteri neo-classical  arena and has become a unique destination for opera lovers of all kinds thanks to its summer calendar of productions. 2020 and the theme of #biancocoraggio will be amazing.

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Glyndebourne 2020

Glyndebourne 2020

In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. It is globally recognised as one of the great opera houses. Its productions travel worldwide, are performed live in other opera houses and screened in cinemas all over the world. The 2020 season is, as ever, amazing. It will offer six major productions, fresh faces and debuts and the return of beloved festival favourites, as well as an outstanding  roster of international artists.

Glyndebourne  is is one of the world’s oldest and most dearly loved opera festivals , it runs  through the summer months in a magnificent modern theatre situated in the grounds of a country house. The festival sustained entirely by ticket sales and private sponsorship.

In 2020 the underlying theme is of strong, powerful women characters and covers three centuries of opera.

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Highlights of 2020 Season

The festival runs from 21st May until 20th August 2020. We will update this blog once the actual dates and times have been confirmed.

Dialogues des Carmélites

The season opens with Francis  Poulenc’s sensual yet spiritual opera about Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution. Terror, turbulence and violence provides the backdrop for this powerful opera of faith, bravery and redemption. Based on a true story, Dialogues des Carmélites is a series of intimate conversations existing independently across the scenes and is considered to be one of the operatic masterpieces of the 20th century. The phenomenal Australian soprano Danielle de Niese stars at Blanche de la Force.

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Danielle de Niese photo by Ralph Daily

This production runs from 21st May until 19th July 2020.

L’elisir d’amore

L’elisir d’amore is one of Donizetti’s most loved operas. It has poignant romance and hilarious comedy and completely gorgeous music. What is not to like? Penniless Nemorino is in love with wealthy Adina. In a bid to increase his chances, he buys a “love elixir” (in reality, Bordeaux wine) from the wonder doctor Dulcamara… this is such an uplifting opera.

This runs from 23rd May until 18th July 2020.

Alcina

In Handel’s amazing  opera the sorceress Alcina inhabits a world made up of the souls of her past lovers. Her kingdom is in reality a desert – a lifeless place of no moral compass into which she lures her unsuspecting victims. As the opera opens, the warrior knight Ruggiero has fallen under her spell. This is Glyndebourne’s first ever staging of this enthralling opera.

This runs from 13 June until 6th August 2020.

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Mozart’s  fairy tale like opera set in Turkey was a huge success at its 1782 premiere and was performed frequently during his lifetime. It is interesting to note as well that Mozart was only 26 years old at the premiere of this opera and conducted the premiere. Since then, Die Entführung aus dem Serail has not fallen out of the operatic repertory, and it is one of the most performed operas every year. American soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as Konstanze and the production is directed by David McVicar.

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Lisette Oropesa photo by Steven Harris

This runs from 4th July until 26th August 2020.

Fidelio

Fidelio  tells the story of strong and courageous Leonore, who insinuates herself into a state prison disguised as a man by the name of Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan. Beethoven’s only opera was written over a ten-year period as a work in progress. It combines Singspiel elements with those of dramatic opera, and ends with a piece of music that not only lends prodigious expression to the idea of liberation, but also already anticipates the Ninth Symphony’s Ode to Joy. 

This runs from 25th July until 29th August 2020.

The Rake’s Progress

Stravinsky’s neo-classical score is a different kind of treat for opera lovers, but a most pleasing one! The Rake’s Progress is a masterpiece by one of the 20th Century’s greatest composers and is a piece that will intrigue you musically, while compelling you to care deeply for its flawed protagonist. The sumptuous sets are designed by David Hockney.  This will be the first chance to see the production at Glyndebourne in over a decade.

This runs from 13th- 30th August 2020.

History of Glyndebourne

The Glyndebourne Festival really began in earnest in the mid 1930s with a legendary irritable remark that the soprano Audrey Mildmay made to her husband John Christie. Christie was an amiable English aristocrat (and a schoolmaster at Eton) who had inherited a substantial country house and estate in Ringmer near Lewes in East Sussex. Here he nursed fantasies of building in the grounds an operatic temple in which Wagner’s works could be performed in emulation of the famous  Bayreuth Festival. After several haphazard years of housing artists and performers in barns and using a mixture of professional and amateur performers, with occasional performances occurring in the organ room his wife had enough and snapped “If you’re going to spend all that money, John,for God’s sake, do the thing properly.” Mercifully Christie took her to heart and began the creation of a small but perfectly formed theatre ( seating around 300) which soon won the hearts of the great and the good of British society.  The festival rapidly became an important feature of the social calendar. The early years of the GlyndebourneFestival revolved almost entirely around Mozart’s extensive repertoire of operatic works before gradually expanding to include works by other composers such as Benjamin Britten, with whom Glyndebourne has enjoyed long association, as well as Giuseppe Verdi, Rossini and many others.

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In the early 1950s, the theatre was expanded and renovated, holding about 600. The first season, in 1934, lasted two weeks but now the festival follows a pattern which remains basically unchanged today – five or six operas run annually from May until August, almost invariably including at least one by Mozart and all performed in their original languages by international casts, under an élite of directors and conductors.

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By the 1990s the outmoded opera house was totally demolished and replaced with a superb new building designed by Michael Hopkins. Holding an audience of 1,200 and containing magnificent technical facilities, it finally allowed John Christie’s original Wagnerian dream to reach actualisation. Chairmanship of Glyndebourne has become a family tradition, Christie’s grandson Gus is now at the helm , having been preceded by his father George.

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Christie wished to create the atmosphere of a Fête champêtre or large garden party where guests could ether dine in the restaurant or picnic on the beautiful lawns.Champagne quaffing and evening dress wearing became  de rigueur and this too has not changed since post World War 2. The beautiful gardens at Glyndebourne , open to opera-goers, look out over the magically undulating hills of the South Downs and create an idyllic environment.Performances begin late afternoon, and end about 9.30pm with a long interval for dinner. And dress-wise?…….Think cocktail attire and black tie rather than  ball gown  and you cannot go far wrong sartorially speaking

Glyndebourne_1Picnicking outside Glyndebourne – photo by Wolfiewolf

Glyndebourne is extremely popular. While some of these performances will sell out or have limited availability we are lucky enough to be able to get tickets for certain productions.

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Bayreuth Festival 2020

Bayreuth Festival 2020

The Bayreuth Festival is a top destination for all Wagnerians. Bayreuth festival is one of Germany’s great cultural events, the 19th century Bayreuth Festival Opera House is one of the largest opera houses in the world and known for its one of a kind acoustics. It is famed globally for annually, each summer becoming a cultural centre of artistic exploration of the great  Richard Wagner’s music.

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Festpielhaus Bayreuth photo by Ekem at English Wikipedia

The Bayreuth Festspielhaus is a remarkable theatre, ideally suited to Wagner’s musical dramas (or Gesamtkunstwerk, meaning ‘total work of art’). He was the man who put the lights out in opera houses around the world, but in Bayreuth he went further. The orchestra pit is covered and invisible to the audience, so the absence of light allows magical things to happen on stage, and with orchestral sound bouncing off the sets and backdrop to emerge from behind the singers, the theatre’s extraordinary acoustics can give a musical experience unachievable elsewhere

Brief History of Bayreuth Festpielhaus

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Festspielhaus Bayreuth photo by Rico Neitzel

The story goes that Wagner discovered the town of Bayreuth in an encyclopaedia, but it is also known that he had visited the town once for a brief time, at the beginning of his career. Bayreuth was noted for its eighteenth century opera house (1744-48) built by Guiseppe Galli da Bibiena for Margravine Wilhelmine. It was famous for its excellent acoustics and astonishingly large stage. The auditorium was rather small and held only some hundred spectators. Because of its exceptionally large stage, Wagner had considered this opera house for the staging of the Ring. However, as it was a typical court-theatre in the Italian baroque style, it was not suited to Wagner’s novel ideas. He knew he would have to reform the stage.

Wagner found the city so appealing he decided to settle there himself, and to build a theatre. The town was pleasant and quiet, located more or less in the centre of Germany but still within Bavaria’s boundaries, thus ensuring Wagner of King Ludwig’s protection. Ludwig himself, however, turned away from the project. The Bayreuth citizens were inclined towards the plans of a new theatre, and supplied Wagner with a plot of land on a hill, free from charge. Wagner could now set himself to the task of realising his vision. Because he had no money, few people actually believed he would make it. Wagner, on the other hand, believed firmly in his utopia and kept on believing all the way through until he succeeded! He invited the Berlin architect Wilhelm Neumann and the famous stage technician Karl Brandt of the Darmstadt Opera to design the new festival theatre. Construction work was continually in danger of financial difficulties, there were many trials and tribulations along the way and it was not until  1875, the building was finally completed. Finally, Wagner had realised his dream. At the first Bayreuth Festival, in 1876, he produced his new music drama, the Ring der Nibelungen, in his new operahouse. It was no small accomplishment. The Bayreuth Festspielhaus has become an important landmark in theatre history.

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Festspielhaus Bayreuth photo by Benreis

The thrilling new programme for the 2020 Bayreuth Festival runs from Saturday, 25 July and ends on Sunday,  30 August. 

Highlights of 2020 Festival

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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Camilla Nylund photo by Markus Hoffman

Richard Wagner’s grand opera in three acts, his only attempt at comedy, is rich in melody and takes as its subject the joyful art of songwriting itself, and the battle between tradition and novelty.  It is among the longest operas commonly performed, usually taking around four and a half hours.It was written between 1862 and 1867 when Wagner was also working on his four-opera Ring cycle, and first performed on 21 June 1868 in Munich.

This production stars Camilla Nylund as Eva, Klaus Florian Voght as Walther Von Stolzing and Michael Volle as Hans Sachs.

Dates: 27, 30 July 2020, 3, 7, 11, 19, 22 August 2020 all at 16.00hr.

Tannhäuser

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Stephen Gould photo by Elisardojm

The story  of this three act opera is set in 13th-century Germany. The minnesinger Tannhäuser, having spent a year in the magical underground realm of Venus, the goddess of love, longs to return to the human world. This is the story of a knight-poet who is unable to choose between sacred love (Elisabeth) and profane love (Venus).  American heldentenor Stephen Gould stars in the title role.

Dates: 26, July 2020, 5, 16, 20, 23 August 2020. All at 16.00hr.

Das Rheingold

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Set in a world populated by dwarfs and giants, gods and river-maidens, Wagner’s Das Rheingold establishes the cycle in thrilling fashion, beginning with music that evokes the very dawn of time. Günther Groissböck stars as Wotan and Magnus Vigilius as Froh.

Dates: 27, July 2020, 8, 17, 24 August 2020. All at 18.00hr.

Die Walküre

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Klaus Florian Voght photo by Stefan Brending (2eight)

In Die Walküre, it is human emotion that takes centre stage, with musical highlights including Winterstürme and the Ride of the Valkyries. Klaus Florian Voght stars as Siegmund, Günther Groissböck as Wotan, with Petra Lang as Brünnhilde.

Dates: 28 July 2020, 9, 25 August 2020. All at 16.00hr.

Lohengrin

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Andreas Schager photo by Lyrten71

During the Wagner’s lifetime, Lohengrin was the most frequently performed of all his operas – wedding march and all.  The barnstorming orchestral Prelude to Act III is a vividly colourful section of the opera, which stands on its own as a classic example of Wagner’s ability to stir and inspire with his thrilling use of every part of the orchestra. Andreas Schager stars in the title role (- a part he has made his own!) with Camilla Nylund as Elsa.

Dates: 29, July 2020, 2, 6, 10, 10, 15, 18 August 2020. All at 16.00hr.

Siegfried

Wagner’s unparalleled orchestral scene-painting reaches new heights as we meet the daring hero Siegfried, the grandson of Wotan, king of the gods. Andreas Schager stars in the title role.

Dates: 31, July 2020, 12, 21, 27, August 2020.All at 16.00hr.

Götterdämmerung

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Tomasz Konieczny photo by Tkoniecz

The musical and dramatic power of Götterdämmerung is awe-inspiring, as the epic cycle concludes with the end of the old world of the gods, and the dawn of a new era. Stephen Gould is Siegfried with Tomasz Konieczny as Gunther.

Dates: 1, 13, 29 August 2020. All at 16.00hr.

With very few exceptions, only works by Richard Wagner have been performed in the 143-year history of the Bayreuth Festival. One of those exceptions is a work Wagner adored: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which has been performed in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on special occasions. The festival will also celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, with a performance of the 9th Symphony under the musical direction of Marek Janowski. This is on 30 August 2020 at 19.00hr.

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Festspielhaus Bayreuth photo by © El Grafo / CC-BY-SA-4.0

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