BEETHOVEN

Asher Fisch 

Asher Fisch

Born in 1959, Asher Fisch is an Israeli conductor and often works with leading European and American theatres and prestigious symphonic orchestras.

Acclaimed by the critics as one of the best interpreters of Wagner of our times, Asher Fisch has taken his extensive opera repertoire to the world’s greatest theatres, also acting as Music Director of the Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv and the Volksoper of Vienna. He is also an accomplished concert performer and pianist. He has conducted the Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmonischer, Israel Philharmonic, NHK of Tokyo and many others orchestras.

Alberto Malazzi

Born in 1961, he studied piano and composition at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan. From 2002 to 2018 he was Chorus Master at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, previously held the role of guest Chorus Master at Radio-France, piano accompanist for the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg and worked extensively with the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. From 2019 he is Chorus Master at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

Siobhan Stagg

The australian soprano Siobhan Stagg was a member of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin from 2013/14 to 2018/19. Her upcoming performances include her return to the Royal Opera and her debut with Opera Australia and the Glyndebourne Festival.

Stefanie Iranyi

The German mezzo-soprano, Stefanie Irányi, grew up in the Chiemgau region of Bavaria. With her wide range of repertoire, from Baroque to late romantic periods, she is a welcome guest on international stages.

Antonio Poli

Born in Viterbo, he perfected his skills in Rome with Paola Leolini. In 2010, at the age of 24, he won the first prize and the public prize at the prestigious Hans Gabor Belvedere International Competition in Vienna and in the same year he took part in the Young Singers Project of the Salzburg Festival.

Yorck Felix Speer

Sophisticated concert performer. His recent engagements include: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Markus Poschner at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and Bach’s Passion According to Matthew in Munich.

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Missa solemnis op. 123

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Ludwig Van Beethoven

Missa solemnis op. 123

Year of composition: 1819-1823

First performance: San Pietroburgo, 7 aprile 1824

Movements:
1. Kyrie
2. Gloria
3. Credo
4. Sanctus
5. Benedictus
6. Agnus Dei

Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis is the result of four years’ work and is the second mass set to music of the Mass by the composer. The work was dedicated to the patron and personal friend of the composer, Archduke Rodolfo of Austria, to celebrate his appointment as Archbishop of Olmütz. Composed of the five canonical sections of the “Ordinarium Missae”, stylistically the Missa Solemnis adheres closely to tradition, while retaining the typical dynamism of Beethoven’s symphonies.

 

ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS OF THE TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA

With its long-standing tradition, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna has been led by Musical Directors like Sergiu Celibidache, Zoltán Peskó, Vladimir Delman, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Michele Mariotti. Some of the conductors who have worked with the ensemble include Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Pinchas Steinberg, Valery Gergiev, Eliau Inbal, Vladimir Jurowskij, Daniel Oren, Peter Maag, Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Mstislav Rostropovič, Esa Pekka Salonen, Georg Solti, Christian Thielemann, Charles Dutoit, Georges Prêtre. The Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale is often invited abroad (The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, France, and Switzerland) and has played in many prestigious festivals (Amsterdam 1987, Parma 1990, Wiesbaden 1994, Santander 2004 and 2008, Aix en Provence 2005, Savonlinna 2006, Macao 2013, Muscat 2015, Guanajuato in Mexico 2017, Paris 2018). A special connection  with Japan has brought to several tours, including the tour in June 2019 in Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukuoka, with performances of Rigoletto directed by Alessio Pizzech, and of Il Barbiere di Siviglia directed by Federico Grazzini. 

Its numerous recordings include La Favorite conducted by Richard Bonynge; Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio conduted by Zoltán Peskó, Il Barbiere di Siviglia conducted by Giuseppe Patané, La Fille du Régiment conducted by Bruno Campanella, Le Maschere and La Bohème conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, La Scala di Seta conducted by Gabriele Ferro, Macbeth, Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto, La Cenerentola, Messa Solenne, and the video production of Vespri siciliani and Giovanna d’Arco and Werther conducted by Riccardo Chailly, Armide conducted by  Daniele Gatti, Simon Boccanegra conducted by Michele Mariotti.

The Orchestra, conducted by Michele Mariotti, has recorded a CD under the label Decca with sacred arias sung by Juan Diego Flórez, and an album under Sony with Romantic arias sung by Nino Machaidze. Under Deutsche Grammophon the Orchestra recorded Le Comte Ory with Flórez, and La Nuit de Mai – a selection or arias and songs by Leoncavallo – with Placido Domingo. Under the label PENTATONE it recently released a CD containing overtures by Rossini, to celebrate 150 years since the death of the composer.  

In March 2013 the artistic ensembles of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, led by Michele Mariotti, opened the IV International Festival Mstislav Rostropovich in Moscow, where they performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. In October 2015, again with Michele Mariotti on the podium, they opened the Lingotto Music Festival at the Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli in Turin, where they performed Stabat Mater by Rossini, and his Overture and Ballet Music from Guillaume Tell. 

After working with the Rossini Opera Festival for nearly thirty years (from 1988 to 2016), the year 2017 brought new collaborations between the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Verdi Festival in Parma, where the Orchestra performed, among other productions, the Stiffelio directed by Graham Vick. Staged at the Teatro Farnese, the show was highly appreciated by audience and critics alike and was granted the Special Prize at the 37th edition of the “Franco Abbiati” Critics award. The Orchestra’s engagements with the Verdi Festival for the Fall of 2019 include Luisa Miller at the Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato in Parma, and Aida at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto. 

The Teatro Comunale’s 2018 production of La Bohème staged by Graham Vick received the Abbiati Award as best show. 

Considered one of the most prestigious ensembles worldwide, through the years the Chorus has been led by Gaetano Riccitelli, Leone Magiera, Fulvio Fogliazza, Fulvio Angius, Piero Monti, Marcello Seminara, Paolo Vero, Lorenzo Fratini, Andrea Faidutti, and, since 2019, Alberto Malazzi. Among its many recordings are those of La FavoritaMacbethManon Lescaut, RigolettoLa Cenerentola, and Rossini’s Messa Solenne. Its numerous international tours include Amsterdam (1987), Wiesbaden (1994), Japan (1993, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2017), Savonlinna (2006), Santander (2008), Muscat (2015), Paris (2018). In 2001 the Chorus performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the London Royal Albert Hall within the BBC Proms Festival, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti. In June 2019 the Chorus is again touring Japan (Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukuoka) with Rigoletto conducted by Alessio Pizzech, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia conducted by Federico Grazzini. 

Noteworthy is its return to the Rossini Opera Festival from 2009 to 2016, where in 2011 the Chorus was part of the production of Mosè in Egitto, directed by Graham Vick and conducted by Roberto Abbado, that won the “Abbiati” award as best show for that year. 

In 2017 the Chorus was at the Verdi Festival in Parma performing Traviata, and the Stiffelio directed by Graham Vick at the Teatro Farnese that was awarded the “Franco Abbiati” Special Prize.

Its engagements with the Verdi Festival for the Fall of 2019 will see the Chorus perform Luisa Miller at the Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato in Parma, and Aida at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto.

The Teatro Comunale’s 2018 production of La Bohème staged by Graham Vick received the Abbiati Award as best show.