Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Elīna Garanča


Sat, 14.08. | 18.30 | No. 211302

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021




    Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Elīna Garanča

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Elīna Garanča  mezzo-soprano
    Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 1 in D major


    The summer of 2003 saw the birth of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, which was founded by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. They established a link with the legendary “elite orchestra” for which Arturo Toscanini assembled acclaimed virtuosos of his time to create a magnificent ensemble, introducing it in a “Concert de Gala” in 1938, the year of the Festival’s founding. Abbado served as Music Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA up until his death in January 2014. Riccardo Chailly was appointed his successor in 2016 and has since extended his contract until 2023. Guest conductors have included Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The orchestra consists of internationally acclaimed principals, chamber musicians, and music teachers, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. At the “Life Is Live” Festival in the summer of 2020, it is appearing for the first time under the baton of the Swedish maestro Herbert Blomstedt in two all-Beethoven programs. There will be an additional chamber music program of septets by Mozart and Beethoven. Many of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s performances have been broadcast on television and then released on DVD or CD. These have garnered such awards as the Diapason d’Or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most-recent releases include a CD of orchestral works by Richard Strauss, which came out in 2019, and, in the summer of 2020, a DVD of the first part of their Rachmaninoff cycle under Riccardo Chailly, featuring the Third Piano Concerto with Denis Matsuev as the soloist and the Third Symphony. The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA has previously toured to many of the musical metropolises in Europe, as well as to New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai.

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA has been performing annually at the Summer Festival since its first appearance in 2003.

    August 2020

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    Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly has been Music Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA since 2016. Born in 1953 in Milan, he studied at the Conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and began his career as an assistant to Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. Chailly was appointed Music Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1980, and in 1988 he took up the same position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which he helmed for sixteen years. From 2005 to the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as head of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He has been Music Director of La Scala in Milan since January 2015. Chailly regularly conducts such leading European orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. In the United States, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor – in addition to his performances at La Scala – he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, Zurich Opera, the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, Chicago Lyric Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Riccardo Chailly has received many prizes for his more than 150 CDs, including Gramophone’s Record of the Year Award for his account of the Brahms symphonies. In the fall of 2019, he will release an album of three Strauss tone poems with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 1996 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France since 2011.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1988 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in a program of works by Wagner, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky

    July 2019

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    Elīna Garanča

    Mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, who was born in 1976 in Riga, graduated from the Latvian Academy of music. While still a student, she made her debut in 1998 as Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Latvian National Opera. In 1999 she won the International Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in Finland. Following her early years as a member of the Meiningen Theater and Frankfurt Opera ensembles, Garanca has been performing as a freelance artist since 2002, with the Vienna Staatsoper as her regular base. She made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2003, performing in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito under Nikolaus Harnoncourt; in 2005 came her debut at the Paris National Opera and in 2008 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She has been engaged by the Bavarian Staatsoper as Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma, by the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées as Rossini’s Cenerentola, and the Berlin Lindenoper as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito. For her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008, Garanca appeared as Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and she has performed Carmen at London’s Covent Garden and elsewhere. Engagements for 2012 have included appearances as Sesto and as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Vienna Staatsoper, as well as a series of lieder recitals at Vienna’s Musikverein, La Scala in Milan, the Munich Opera Festival, and the Salzburg Festival. As a concert singer Elina Garanca, who has recorded several solo CDs, has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, and Christian Thielemann. She has been awarded the Latvian Great Music Award and won the European Culture Prize in 2006. Both the magazine Musical America and MIDEM in Cannes named her Singer of the Year in 2010.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 18 March 2005 in Dvorák’s Requiem, with Mariss Jansons conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

    August 2012

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