Symphony Concert 1

Iberacademy Orchestra, Medellín | Roberto González Monjas | Fatma Said | Rolando Villazón

Mozart | Beethoven

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Easter Festival

17.03.-25.03. 2018







    Kirchensaal MaiHof

    Symphony Concert 1

    Iberacademy Orchestra, Medellín | Roberto González Monjas | Fatma Said | Rolando Villazón

    Roberto González Monjas  concertmaster and musical direction
    Fatma Said  soprano
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Chaconne from the ballet music to the opera Idomeneo K. 367
    Selected arias from Der Schauspieldirektor K. 486, Die Zauberflöte K. 620, et al.
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 Sinfonia eroica

    In 2008 the Orquesta Filarmonica de Medellín from Colombia founded an academy to give highly gifted instrumentalists, often from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, an opportunity to study, while also supporting them through regular concerts with internationally active orchestral musicians and soloists – all with free admission. Among the founding members are the conductor Alejandro Posada and Roberto González Monjas, the First Concertmaster of the Musikkollegium Winterthur. From this project a transnational initiative developed in 2015, which today integrates musicians from other Latin American countries as well into the Academia Filarmónica Iberoamericana. The Iberacademy Orchestra brings the finest students together, who concertize regularly in Colombia and South America. And now the young ensemble is also performing for the first time in Europe, with prominent supporters: together with the 26-year-old Egyptian soprano Fatma Said, the star tenor Rolando Villazón will present works by Mozart.

    In partnership with the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg

    Iberacademy Orchestra, Medellín

    Roberto González Monjas

    Fatma Said

    Rolando Villazón

    Through his acclaimed performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world, Rolando Villazón, a native of Mexico, has established himself as one of the most sought-after tenors of our day. A special hallmark is his versatility: in addition to his onstage roles, he also maintains successful careers as a stage director, novelist, and TV personality. Rolando Villazón’s musical career began after he won several awards during the 1999 Plácido Domingo Operalia competition, including the Zarzuela Award and the Audience Award. In the same year he made his European debut as Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, as well as two other important debuts: as Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata at the Opéra National de Paris and as Macduff in Macbeth at the Berlin Staatsoper. Rolando Villazón is a regular guest on such stages as the Munich and Vienna Staatsoper companies, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as well as at the Salzburg Festival. He frequently collaborates with leading orchestras and conductors such as Daniel Barenboim and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on concert stages all over the world. Rolando Villazón made his directing debut in 2011 in Lyon and has since directed productions for the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Vienna Volksoper. An exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon since 2007, Rolando Villazón has recorded over 20 CDs and DVDs, which have received numerous prizes. He is also a Chévalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France (one of the highest distinctions conferred on artists by France, where he resides), acts as ambassador for the Red Noses Clown Doctors International charity, and is a member of the Collège de Pataphysique de Paris.

    February 2016

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    With the kind support of the Hilti Foundation