Gala From Berlin

October 16 to 18

From October 16 to 18, Stingray Brava revisits three legendary editions of the Berlin Philharmonic's traditional New Year's Eve gala! Let the impassioned music of violinist Maxim Vengerov and soprano Cecilia Bartoli sweep you off your feet, or lose yourself in reverie as soprano Christine Schäfer and baritone Simon Keenlyside perform romantic duets. In these performances, the Berlin Philharmonic is conducted by the revered maestro, Claudio Abbado. 

Monday, 16 October at 21:00 CEST | Gala from Berlin 1996 - Dances and Gypsy Tunes

Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer, Cecilia Bartoli teams up with Russian virtuoso violinist, Maxim Vengerov, lending radiance to Claudio Abbado's gala performance. The concert features Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Gypsy Songs, op. 103 and Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang, op 17, Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane, Vocalise en forme de Habanera and La Valse, Héctor Berlioz’ Zaide and parts of his Hungarian March, and selections from Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola.

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Performers: The Berlin Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Choir
Soloists: Cecilia Bartoli, Maxim Vengerov
Composers: Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel, Héctor Berlioz, Gioachino Rossini
Producer: Paul Smaczny
Stage director: Maxim Vangerov
Video director: Barrie Gavin
Location: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
Provider: EuroArts Music International
Year: 1996

Tuesday, 17 October at 21:00 CEST | Gala from Berlin 1997 - A Salute to Carmen

The 1997 Berlin Gala was dedicated to Georges Bizet’s Carmen with all works somehow connected to the opera. Featuring star soloists, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, the program included selections from Carmen itself, Sergei Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy op. 25, Maurice Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnol, Manuel de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance, and Johannes Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor.

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Composers: Georges Bizet, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pablo de Sarasate, Maurice Ravel, Manuel de Falla, Johannes Brahms
Performers: The Berlin Philharmonic, Orfeon Donostiarra de San Sebastian, Südtiroler Kinderchor
Soloists: Anne Sophie von Otter, Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Gil Shaham, Mikhail Pletnev
Producer: Bob Coles
Provider: EuroArts Music International 
Location: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
Year: 1997


Wednesday, 18 October at 21:00 CEST | Gala from Berlin 1998 - Songs of Love and Desire

Featuring W. A. Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi, love is the theme of this 1998 New Year's Eve concert. Maestro Claudio Abbado selected two of the best Mozart interpreters, Christine Schäfer and Simon Keenlyside, for this traditionally meaningful event. Marcelo Álvarez from Argentina, who some compare to a young Domingo, sings highlights of the tenor repertoire, and Italian prima donna Mirella Freni tops the occasion with a breath-taking performance of the letter scene from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin.

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Performers: Berlin Philharmonic
Soloists: Mirella Freni, Christine Schäfer, Simon Keenlyside, Marcelo Alvarez
Composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Provider: EuroArts Music International
Location: Berlin, Germany
Year: 1998