August 14 to 18
Stingray Brava dedicates the week of August 14 to 18 to the Salzburg Festival, which is held in August every year. Stingray Brava broadcasts five concerts from the 2013 edition. Enjoy Giuseppe Verdi’s operas Falstaff and Don Carlos, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Joseph Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten. Moreover, the Salzburg Festival would not be complete without a contemporary take on the opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail, composed by Salzburg's very own W. A. Mozart!
Monday, August 14 at 21:00 CEST | Verdi - Falstaff
From Salzburg Festival: "Falstaff" by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Conductor: Zubin Mehta - Stage director: Damiano Michieletto. With Ambrogio Maestri (Sir John Falstaff), Fiorenza Cedolins (Mrs Alice Ford), Massimo Cavalletti (Ford), Eleonora Buratto (Nannetta), Elisabeth Kulman (Mrs Quickly), Javier Camarena (Fenton). In his last opera Verdi was aiming not to revive an amusing or ridiculous figure in the tradition of the Italian opera buffa but to portray a human character in all his different facets. In cooperation with the experienced librettist Arrigo Boito he wrote a lyric comedy quite unlike any other.
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Performers: Wiener Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Chor Wien
Soloists: Ambrogio Maestri, Fiorenza Cedolins, Massimo Cavaletti, Eleonora Buratto, Elisabeth Kulman, Stephanie Houtzeel, Javier Camarena, Luca Casalin, Gianluca Sorrentino, Davide Fersini
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Location: Salzburg Festival, Austria
Tuesday, August 15 at 21:00 CEST | Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 8
Which work could be more suitable for Gustavo Dudamel and his Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra - formerly known as the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, the most well-known flagship ensemble of El Sistema - to mark the highlight of the residency of El Sistema at the Salzburg Festival than Gustav Mahler's Eighth, the "Symphony of a Thousand"? Eight top-notch soloists - among them Emily Magee, Juliane Banse, Klaus Florian Vogt and Kurt Rydl -, four choruses and the 200 orchestra musicians stretch the limits of the immense stage of the Großes Festspielhaus. "The invasion of sheer enthusiasm" (Der Standard).
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Performers: Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Chorsänger von Supera, Wiener Singverein
Location: Salzburg Festival, Austria
Wednesday, August 16 at 14:00 CEST | Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
From the Salzburg Festival: "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) by Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Conductor: Daniele Gatti - Stage director: Stefan Herheim. With Michael Volle (Hans Sachs), Roberto Saccà (Walther von Stolzing), Georg Zeppenfeld (Veit Pogner), Markus Werba (Sixtus Beckmesser), Anna Gabler (Eva), Peter Sonn (David). A "fresh, charming and perceptive production, magical and irresistible!" (The New York Times). In Wagner, wherever politics is absent, there is art. Its rules are the rules of life; to succeed in the practice of art is to enjoy social success. Wagner wrote in 1880 that he hoped for an "aesthetic world order", something that is already anticipated in the Nuremberg of "Die Meistersinger".
Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Performers: Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor
Soloists: Michael Volle, Roberto Sacca, Georg Zeppenfield, Markus Werba, Anna Gabler, Peter Sonn, Monika Bohinec, Thomas Ebenstein, Guido Jentjes, Oliver Zwarg
Video Director: Hannes Rossacher
Composer: Richard Wagner
Thursday, August 17 at 21:00 CEST | Haydn - The Seasons
From the Großes Festspielhaus: The Opening Concert of the Salzburg Festival 2013 - "Die Jahreszeiten" (The Seasons) by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt; Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Michael Schade (tenor), Florian Boesch (bass), Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. After "The Creation" (1798), "The Seasons" (1801) are Haydn's second great German-language oratorio. It describes the seasons from the perspective of farmers: spring is the time of sowing and hope, in summer the whole nature revives, autumn brings harvest, hunting and vintage, in winter fog and darkness come. The popular four-part work is a summary of all that Haydn was able to describe in music.
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Performers: Wiener Philharmoniker. KV Wiener Staatsopernchor
Soloists: Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, Florian Boesch
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Video Director: Michael Beyer
Location: Festspielhaus, Salzburg
Friday, August 18 at 14:00 CEST | Verdi - Don Carlos
From the Salzburg Festival: "Don Carlo" by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Conductor: Antonio Pappano - Stage director: Peter Stein. With Matti Salminen (Philip II), Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlos), Anja Harteros (Elisabeth of Valois), Thomas Hampson (Marquis of Posa), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Princess Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (The Grand Inquisitor). Friedrich Schiller was one of Verdi's favourite dramatists along with Shakespeare and Victor Hugo; the setting of "Don Carlos" is the longest and most ambitious of all his operas. In no other opera did Verdi explore such a rich variety of human relationships as in "Don Carlo". His music invokes no less powerfully the scenes of the action and the atmosphere of hopelessness that dominates this dark drama from the very beginning.
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Performers: Wiener Philharmoniker, KV Wiener Staatsopernchor
Soloists: Matti Salminen, Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Thomas Hampson, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Eric Halfvarson, Robert Lloyd, Maria Celeng, Benjamin Bernheim, Sen Guo
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Saturday, August 19 at 21:00 CEST | Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Belmonte is at loss when his bethrothed Konstanze has been taken captive after a shipwreck, together with her maid Blondchen and servant Pedrillo, and put into a harem. He decides to go and rescue his beloved and manages, with the aid of Pedrillo, to break into the castle. But to get into the harem they first have to pass its overseer, Osmin, and Belmonte also wonders whether his beloved has stayed true to him all this while…
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
Conductor: Hans Graf
Performers: Desirée Rancatore, Tobias Moretti, Thomas Ebenstein, Rebecca Nelsen, Javier Camarena, Kurt Rydl
Location: Hangar 7, Salzburg, Austria