gluck - mozart - BEETHOVEN 

MICHELE MARIOTTI

Born in 1979, Pesaro, after his composition studies at the Gioachino Rossini Conservatory of his city and of the Conducting Orchestra at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese with Donato Renzetti he made his debut in September 2005 conducting The Barber of Seville at the Verdi Theater in Salerno. In 2007 he directs Simon Boccanegra for the opening of the season of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna where in 2008 he becomes the Principal Conductor and in 2014 Music Director. In 2009 at the Sferisterio in Macerata he directed La traviata with Mariella Devia broadcast live on Rai 5. In 2012 in Turin he directed his first Norma with Dimitra Theodosiou and made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York with Carmen. In 2016 in Bologna he directed Attila with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and at La Scala I due Foscari with Plácido Domingo. In the same year he received the prestigious Abbiati Prize for best conductor.

Thursday 25 June | H 21.00

Friday 26 June | H 21.00

Teatro Comunale

Inaugural event by invitation

Program

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK

da Orfeo ed Euridice. Danza degli Spiriti beati

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Sinfonia n. 25 in Sol minore K183

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Sinfonia n. 5 in Do minore op. 67

ComposEr

Christoph Willibald Gluck

For a long time adapting to the prevailing melodramatic costume, the German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) came to the definition of what would be called “the reform of melodrama” after more than twenty years of activity. Both in Orfeo and in Alceste and Iphigénie en Aulide (undoubtedly the three masterpieces of Gluck), everything seems admirably merged into a unity of language that makes each work a work in its own right, thus denying the principle of conventional eighteenth-century work, built according to molds valid for any situation.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is universally known for the very high artistic value of his productions. Endowed with a rare and precocious talent and died at thirty-six years of age, he raised the pre-existing models and throughout the nineteenth century in his music an ideal of grace and beauty was identified, achieved without effort. However, under the apparent Mozartian levity, there are distinctly worries, mysterious shaded areas not such as to turn the image upside down but sufficient to overshadow more complex expressive contents.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A key figure in Western classical music, Beethoven was the last major composer of the classical Viennese era and is considered one of the greatest and most influential composers of all time.

ORCHESTRA 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.