July 15, 18 & 21


In addition to our special thematic programming, Stingray Brava is offering viewers new shows not to be missed in July! How about an unprecedented performance of Bizet's legendary opera Carmen, delivered by the Berlin State Opera, or a sensational performance of the BBC Proms by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of the energetic Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė Tyla? And why do all the musicians leave the stage close to each other during a Haydn symphony? Learn and discover through these three premieres on Stingray Brava!

Sunday, 15 at 15:00 CEST | Bizet - Carmen

Georges Bizet's Carmen is probably the most famous opera in the world. The French composer died only a few weeks after Carmen's premiere, and unfortunately has never been able to witness the resounding success of his play. Maestro Daniel Barenboim presents his vision of the famous work at the Berlin State Opera in 2006, under the artistic direction of Martin Kušej. With her rich mezzo-soprano, Marina Domashenko is the perfect choice for the title role. Other soloists include Rolando Villazon (Don José), Norah Amsellem (Micaëla), Alexander Vinogradov (Escamillo), and Christof Fischesser (Zuniga).

Wednesday, 18 at 21:00 CEST | The CBSO at the BBC Proms

In a concert programme devoted to love there was no doubt that the new music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra found a way to her audience’s heart. The Lithuanian Mirga GražinytėTyla conducted a full strength orchestra at Symphony Hall at the BBC proms in 2016. The concert starts with A Song of Joys by Jonathan Dove followed by the Ouverture from ‘Die Zauberflöte’ by Mozart. The leading Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan demonstrates her outstanding technique in ‘Let me tell you’ by Hans Abrahamsen based on Shakespeare’s Ophelia. The concert closes with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

Saturday, 21 at 22:15 CEST | Haydn - Symphony No. 45 'Farewell'

Under the direction of Conrad van Alphen, the Sinfonia Rotterdam Orchestra performs Haydn's Symphony No. 45 at the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in The Hague. This piece is nicknamed "Farewell" because of a funny anecdote. Haydn and his musicians stayed every year from May to October at the magnificent Esterháazy Palace, at the request of Prince Nicholas. In early November 1772, the prince announced his intention to remain at the palace for two more months. The musicians then told Kapellmeister Haydn their disagreement with this forced extension of their stay. The solution proposed by Haydn was to compose a piece delivering a clear message: at the end of the last movement of the Symphony, the musicians were called to blow the candles on their lectern and leave the room one after the other. Prince Nicholas understood the message; the next day a car was waiting for the musicians to take them home.