Europakonzert 2017 from Cyprus

The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in an European city of cultural significance. In 2017, the orchestra will travel to one of the most mythical places in its history: Paphos, birthplace of Aphrodite.

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons will once again return to the Berliner Philharmoniker’s rostrum, while the orchestra’s principal clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer will be the solo clarinetist for the 2017 Europakonzert. He will perform his interpretation of von Weber‘s Clarinet Concerto, which is known as a much more elaborate composition than Mozart‘s clarinet concertos owing to the cooperation between the composer and clarinetist Joseph Heinrich Bärmann. The concert will conclude with Dvořák‘s 8th Symphony, an unsually optimistic and lighthearted composition.

Repertoire: Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon J. 306 • Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73, J. 114
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major op. 88

Baden-Baden 2017: Tosca

Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

With 2500 seats, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, whose stage and auditorium – designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer – are integrated into the historic building of the former rail station, is Germany’s largest opera house. It forms an ideal platform for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Easter Festival, held for the fourth time in Baden-Baden from 7 to 17 April 2017. The performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca with Kristīne Opolais as Tosca, Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Marco Vratogna as Scarpia forms the heart of the festival.

It is no wonder Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker were inspired by Tosca, being the most brilliant of all of Puccini’s operas. The work is performed clear across the country since Tosca is not just a suspense-packed story, Tosca is a work of art. And with each passage as extraordinary as the next, it is all the more important to do justice to the countless subtleties of the score.

Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor; Philipp Himmelmann direction; Raimund Bauer stage design
Kristine Opolais (Floria Tosca) • Marcelo Álvarez (Mario Cavaradossi) • Marco Vratogna (Baron Scarpia) • Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Cesare Angelotti) • Peter Rose (Il Sagrestano) • Peter Tantsits (Spoletta) • Douglas Williams (Sciarrone) • Walter Fink (Un carceriere) • Philharmonia Chor Wien • Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe




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