July 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

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.