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Lucia Di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Lucia di Lammermoor is undoubtedly the best-known work of Gaetano Donizetti, even though his output was prolific. It has also been the most frequently performed and staged since its creation in 1835 at the San Carlo theater in Naples. It is one of the beacons of Italian Bel Canto and also one of the most typically romantic of Italian Operas. In 16th century Scotland, torn apart by the wars of religion and succession between Mary Stuart’s Catholics and James VI’s Reformist Protestants, two families, the Ravenswoods and the Ashtons are feuding. In the middle is an impossible love between Lucia, Ashton daughter, and Edgardo, Ravenswood son and sworn enemy...

Sagrada Familia - Barcelona : Barcelona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kazushi Ono

From the very heart of the city’s most famous monument, the Sagrada Familia, the BSO’s new Musical Director, Japanese conductor Kazushi Ono, opens the 2015-2016 season of concerts. On the program are works from the sacred repertoire by Vivancos, Toru Takemitsu, Mozart and Faure’s magnificent Requiem. For his first season at the head of the BSO, Kazushi Ono is striking a bold note: the orchestra is playing for the first time in the nave of the Sagrada Familia, performing a program chosen to reflect the architectural intensity of the mystical location imagined by Gaudi. An exceptional event in this, the city’s emblem and monument charged with powerful...

Kazuki Yamada conducts Escaich, Saint-Saëns and Ravel with Edgar Moreau (cello)

TOULOUSE NATIONAL CAPITOL ORCHESTRE Three composers present a history of French music, of its colors and its moods. From the renaissance of French music with Camille Saint-Saëns, via the masterpieces of Maurice Ravel to contemporaries such as Thierry Escaich, young French cellist, Edgar Moreau, laureate at the last Victoires de la Musique, and conductor Kazuki Yamada, admirer of this repertoire, invite us to discover some dazzling scores. Grand Prix winner of the 51st Besancon International Young Orchestral Conductors competition in 2009, Kazuki Yamada is now one of the most prominent conductors of his generation. For his fourth consecutive season guest...

Tedi Papavrami & François-Frédéric Guy at the Palazzetto Bru Zane Festival

For the third edition of its Paris festival, the Palazzetto Bru Zane invites violinist Tedi Papavrami, Albanian solo and chamber orchestra performer, and pianist François-Frédéric Guy, one of the finest representatives of the French piano school and a passionate admirer of chamber music. They celebrate the French musical life of the Empire through the music of pianists Hélène de Montgeroult and Daniel Steibelt and the violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, teachers at the Conservatoire: during the Revolution for Montgeroult and under the Empire for Kreutzer. This period corresponds to the apprenticeship years of the young Louis-Ferdinand Hérold, who followed, in...

Toulouse National Capitol Orchestra - Kazuki Yamada conducts Brahms and Strauss with Adam Laloum

Kazuki Yamada, guest principal conductor at the Swiss Romande Orchestra and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, principal conductor at the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and associate conductor at a number of orchestras, is one of the highest-profile conductors of his generation. Following his majestic debut at the National Orchestra of the Capitole of Toulouse two years ago, he returns for a program of Germanic music featuring the last embers of Romanticism from Richard Strauss: Don Juan and the Suite taken from the Rosenkavalier are redolent of “the world of yesteryear”, the world of turn of the century Vienna so dear to Stefan Zweig and Thomas Mann....