Dan Ettinger

Dan Ettinger was born in 1971 and is one of the most acclaimed conductors of his generation.

Originally from Israel, he made his début in 2010 at the Royal Opera House with Rigoletto where he returned in 2016/17 to conduct Turandot and in 2017/18 to conduct Tosca.

Thursday 28 November | 20.30Teatro Manzoni




Symphony n. 5 in C sharp minor


Symphony n. 5 in C sharp minor (duration 70 minutes) 

Date composed: 1902
First performed: Cologne, Tonkünstlersaal, 18 October 1904
I Trauermarsch
II Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz
III Scherzo
IV Adagietto
V Rondo-Finale

At the start of the twentieth century Mahler was an acclaimed conductor, and although strongly criticised, his works are also widely acclaimed.
His Symphony no. 5 marks a return to the instrumental symphonic works of Symphony no. 1 and no. 2 and opens with a funeral march that undoubtedly echoes the personal difficulties of the composer (Mahler had only recently escaped death, following internal haemorrhaging). 

The orchestration of the symphony is highly elaborate from the start and Mahler continued to make changes up until 1911, when the Symphony took on its final version: the Scherzo has a central part and changes the atmosphere that flows towards the Rondo-Finale, considered a significant example of Mahler’s idea of the symphony as a “world of contrasting sounds” that are no longer combined. 


With its long-standing tradition, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna has been led by Musical Directors like Sergiu Celibidache, ZoltánPeskó, 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 Rigolettodirected by Alessio Pizzech, and of Il Barbiere di Sivigliadirected by Federico Grazzini.

Its numerous recordings include La Favoriteconducted by Richard Bonynge; Oberto Conte di San Bonifacioconduted by Zoltán Peskó, Il Barbiere di Sivigliaconducted by Giuseppe Patané, La Fille du Régimentconducted by Bruno Campanella, Le Maschereand La Bohèmeconducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, La Scala di Setaconducted by Gabriele Ferro, Macbeth,Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto, La Cenerentola, Messa Solenne,and the video production of Vespri siciliani and Giovanna d’Arcoand Wertherconducted by Riccardo Chailly, Armide conducted by  Daniele Gatti, Simon Boccanegraconducted 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 Orywith Flórez,andLa 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 Materby 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 Stiffeliodirected 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 37thedition of the “Franco Abbiati” Critics award. The Orchestra’s engagements with the Verdi Festival for the Fall of 2019 include Luisa Millerat the Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato in Parma, and Aidaat the Teatro Verdi in Busseto.

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