[10 May 2010 –Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly presents the highlight of the BeethovenFest, “Beethoven’s Fidelio – Opera in Concert”. A stellar cast of world-famous opera stars, led by Maestro de Waart, brings Fidelio; the only opera by Beethoven to the Cultural Centre stage in the Orchestra’s honored tradition of Opera in Concert. “Beethoven’s Fidelio – Opera in Concert” will be held on 15&17 May (Sat & Mon), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free Pre-concert talks will be available for both concerts.
The Finest Lenore Rescues the Best Florestan
As the 18th century turned into the 19th, and as the Classical era metamorphosed into the Romantic, a truly creative radical thinker was at the helm of music. Beethoven changed the course of music with his nine monumental symphonies, his many concertos, string quartets, sonatas, songs and chamber music. But there is only one opera in the Beethoven legacy – Fidelio. Its story of unfailing love and devotion set against a background of political imprisonment and eventual freedom from tyranny still resonates in the 21stcentury, elevated by Beethoven’s enlightened music and revolutionary ideals. Returning to Hong Kong following the triumph of her performances as Salome and Elektra in de Waart’s first two concert-opera projects, Susan Bullock is joined by tenor Simon O’Neill as the couple finally reunited in the opera’s glorious finale.
Susan Bullock, Leonore
“Susan Bullock is widely regarded as the finest dramatic soprano to have emerged in the UK for some years.”
Susan Bullock stunned the Hong Kong audiences as Salome and Elektra in 2005 and received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s (singer) award in 2009 for her performances of Elektra at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Simon O’Neill, Florestan
“He is the best heroic tenor to emerge over the last decade.”
Simon O’Neill first appeared in Hong Kong with his unforgettable performance of Sigemund in 2008. A principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Salzburg Festival, Simon O’Neill was the grand finalist in the 2002 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions returning as guest artist in 2007.
Lisa Larsson, Marzelline
Lisa Larsson has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Oper Leipzig, Opernhaus Zürich, Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival and Glyndebourne Festival, collaborating with a number of renowned conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Sir Colin Davis, among others.
Jon-Michael Ball, Jaquino
Jon-Michael Ball is the recipient of the Santa Fe Opera 2008 Richard Tucker Foundation Award and a member of Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artist Program.
Eike Wilm Schulte, Don Pizarro
A frequent guest of the Bayreuth Festival and such distinguished opera houses as, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris and Vienna State Opera, Eike Wilm Schulte has collaborated with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph von Dohnányi and James Levine.
Kristinn Sigmundsson, Rocco
Kristinn Sigmundsson regularly sings at the world's greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Vienna State Opera and Munich State Opera, collaborating with the world's best known conductors, such as James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Charles Mackerras, Christoph von Dohnányi and Christoph Eschenbach
# Andrew Foster-Williams, Don Fernardo
Andrew Foster-Williams studied at, and is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. He recently made his US opera debut as Leone in Handel Tamerlano with the Washington National Opera, prompting the following Washington Post review: "Andrew Foster-Williams was a delightful surprise, nearly stealing the show with his brilliant Act II aria".
# Andrew Foster-Williams to replace Gidon Saks as Don Fernardo
David Pountney, Director and Narrator
David Pountney was the Production Director of the English National Opera from 1982 to 1993. As a freelance director, he has worked regularly in Zürich, at the Vienna State Opera, as well as opera houses in America and Japan, and in the UK has a long-standing association with Opera North and Welsh National Opera. He has directed over ten world premières, including two by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies for which he also wrote the libretto. In the concert, he will become Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, legal councillor to Don Fernando.
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Maestro Edo de Waart
Edo de Waart is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Renowned as an “orchestral builder” who has the enviable ability to transform his orchestras into world-class ensembles, Edo de Waart has held such distinguished positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera, as well as Music Directorships of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. He has also taken up the Music Directorship of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from the 2009/10 season.
15&17 | 5| 2010
sat & mon 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$520 $380 $280 $180
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BEETHOVEN : Fidelio opera in concert
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HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
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.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
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