Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists present Bach’s masterpiece the St Matthew Passion from memory on tour for Lent, Easter and beyond
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who has dedicated his career to the performances of Bach’s choral repertoire, takes his multi-award winning Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists on tour across Europe in the lead up to Easter to perform Bach’s crowning masterpiece – the St Matthew Passion. Starting in Spain during the Lenten season and continuing to Belgium and Switzerland, they reach Paris on Good Friday, 25 March, and London’s Barbican Centre the following day, the Saturday before Easter. Mark Padmore takes the role of the Evangelist, Stephan Loges Christ, and Hannah Morrison the soprano, joining further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir including Reginald Mobley, Jonathan Sells, Alex Ashworth and Clare Wilkinson. In a true choral tour de force, the entire choir will sing the St Matthew Passion from memory. A different children’s choir is joining them in almost every city. The tour continues to Germany, Braunschweig and Leipzig, followed by a return to Spain and Poland, and finishing in Italy later in the year.
Laurence Equilbey and her vibrant Insula orchestra tour to Basel in March, followed by a return to Vienna for Mozart’s Lucio Silla at the Theater an der Wien featuring Franco Fagioli
Continuing their touring this season with London in September and Basel in March, French conductor Laurence Equilbey returns with her new ensemble Insula orchestra to Austria for Mozart’s Lucio Silla in a semi-staged performance at the Theater an der Wien on 27 April 2016. Acclaimed countertenor Franco Fagioli stars alongside soprano Olga Pudova and tenor Paolo Fanale in this performance, staged by Argentinian director Rita Cosentino. Insula orchestra is to become the vibrant resident ensemble at the new Paris arts centre - La Cité Musicale de L’île Seguin – under construction on the site of the former Renault car factory on an island in the Seine in the south east side of the French capital. Following their recent Salzburg and London debuts, the 2015/16 season continues to see Insula orchestra take to the international stage. Ahead of their Vienna debut with Lucio Silla, the orchestra takes Beethoven’s Eroica to Basel on 9 March.
Sir Antonio Pappano and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra bring renewed prestige to Italy through international touring and recordings for their 10th anniversary
Their next tour starts in Paris at the new Philharmonie on 11 April. This is followed by a five-city tour across Germany, with return concerts in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich and their first visit to Hannover. Their programme includes Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No.3 (“Organ Symphony”), Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto performed by Hélène Grimaud and Rossini’s Cenerentola Sinfonia.
In May, Pappano and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia will cross the Atlantic for their first tour to South America for concerts in São Paolo and Buenos Aires and there will be a much-anticipated return to the UK in the summer (to be announced in due course). Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, featured on the latest Warner Classics recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 (her debut album), will join Maestro Pappano and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia on their South American tour.
London Music Masters Award-Holder Hyeyoon Park makes her LPO concerto debut at the Royal Festival Hall on 12 February
London Music Masters Award Holder Hyeyoon Park makes her London Philharmonic Orchestra concerto debut at the Royal Festival Hall on 12 February in a performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto, conducted by Osmo Vänskä. On 8 February Hyeyoon will be spending the day at one of LMM’s primary schools in London giving workshops on repertoire and stage presence to the pathways children with the help of soprano Nadine Benjamin.
Gianluca Marcianò launches the Al Bustan Festival Orchestra for the 2016 festival in Lebanon marking Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary
Artistic Director Gianluca Marcianò has founded The Al Bustan Festival Orchestra to play in the 2016 festival in Lebanon, opening on Tuesday 16 February. Faced with several international orchestras pulling out of the 2016 Al Bustan Festival due to the unrest in the Levant, Marcianò decided to create a new orchestra from scratch through his Facebook network. He put out a call to his colleagues across the globe and within 48 hours he had created a new Orchestra with 70 musicians. Marcianò was overwhelmed by the response from his colleagues who were determined to see classical music continue to flourish in Lebanon and volunteered to come to Beirut for the inauguration of the new Orchestra.