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Anna Caterina Antonacci
The singing actress shine on stage
25&26 Sep


[Hong Kong 7 September 2009] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly presents “The singing actress – Anna Caterina Antonacci” on 25&26 Sep 2009 (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. In this concert, two of the greatest interpreters of Berlioz – American conductor John Nelson and Italian maverick soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci will shine on stage singing the composer’s dramatic La mort de Cléopâtre and Haydn’s remarkably theatrical cantata Arianna a Naxos.

Gramophone drama queen Anna Caterina Antonacci
“complete stage animal” by Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Embracing both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles, Anna Caterina’s extraordinary vocal timbre and great acting skills have enabled her to perform many works, notably her collaboration with Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Théâtre du Châtelet, where she performed Cassandre in Les Troyens. She was described by Maestro Gardiner as “a complete stage animal” and was featured by the Gramophone as “drama queen” on the cover. Her another personal triumph was the new production of Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Antonio Pappano in 2006 [Click HERE for highlights from Carmen]. On 25&26 Sep, she will sing Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre and Haydn’s remarkably theatrical cantata Arianna a Naxos. La mort de Cléopâtre has established itself in the repertoire as much as anything else for its vivid portrayal of the agony of the Egyptian Queen as she prepares herself for suicide by clasping a venomous snake to her bosom, while Arianna a Naxos was an ancient tale of the daughter of the King of Crete, Princess Ariadne, who has been abandoned on Mount Naxos by her lover, Theseus. [Full biography]

The distinguished American conductor, John Nelson, is one of the world’s most versatile and accomplished conductors. He is highly regarded not only for his great interpretations of large Romantic works and his stylish performances of Baroque music, but also for his vibrant Mozart and Haydn and his devotion to new music. Born in Costa Rica, John Nelson holds the title Directeur Musicale Honoraire of the Ensemble orchestral de Paris. [Full biography]

The singing actress

Anna Caterina Antonacci
25&26 | 9 | 2009
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$320 $240 $180 $120
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John Nelson


Anna Caterina Antonacci


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Symphony No.86

BERLIOZ: La mort de Cléopâtre

Arianna a Naxos

BERLIOZ: La Damnation de Faust: Will-o-the-Wisps, Dance of the Sylphs & Rakoczy March

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Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
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