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Arias in Concert

December 7 to 9


From 7 to 9 December, Stingray Brava will broadcast three unprecedented concerts where singers will take centre stage. Friday evening soprano Cheryl Studer will perform Mozart arias in the very first edition of the yearly Europakonzert by the Berlin Philharmonic. The next day, we wave goodbye to Christa Ludwig during a farewell concert in Vienna, in which the soprano presents a tribute to this historic city of music. The weekend will be closing on Sunday from the Odeonsplatz in Munich, where tenor Rolando Villazón and baritone Thomas Hampson will shine in works by Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi!

Friday, December 7 at 21:00 | Europakonzert 1991: Prague 

The Berlin Philharmonic, led by maestro Claudio Abbado, perform their first Europakonzert in Prague in 1991. Since then, the founding of the orchestra on May 1st in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. Soloists in this first edition are soprano Cheryl Studer and pianist Bruno Canino. On the program are various works by W.A. Mozart, like the overture and a selection of arias from the opera "Don Giovanni", his Symphony No. 29 (K. 201), Scena and Rondo for Soprano and piano forta obligato and Orchestra (K. 505) and the Symphony No. 35 (K. 385), nicknamed "Haffner".

Saturday, December 8 at 21:00 | Christa Ludwig - Tribute to Vienna

Christa Ludwig offers a last performance before taking her leave of the opera and concert stage. In a final Lieder recital from the Wiener Musikverein, honouring the city that has seen her greatest triumphs and that has been her spiritual home, Ms. Ludwig performs a select repertoire of Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler and Wolf. She had given her first recital at this historic venue in 1965, only six years after her debut at the Metropolitan Opera. Now, before a huge audience of understandably adoring classical music lovers, she returns to the stage of numerous solo triumphs with a carefully chosen program of Lieder. Ludwig is accompanied by pianist Charles Spencer. The concert takes place at the Wiener Musikverein in 1994.

Sunday, December 9 at 21:00 | Klassik am Odeonsplatz - Wagner and Verdi

Rolando Villazón (tenor), Thomas Hampson (baritone), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Works by Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, the two giants of 19th-century opera. The Odeon Square is one of the most beautiful places in Munich, surrounded by the Munich Palace, the Feldherrnhalle (Field Marshal's Hall) and the Theatiner Church. The surrounding historic buildings distinguish this location as an open-air arena with excellent acoustics for about 8,000 spectators. The square is named after a popular concert hall, the Odeon, which was built by Ludwig I of Bavaria in the early 19th century. "Klassik am Odeonsplatz" is a summer highlight in the musical life of the Bavarian capital.