FROM NAPLES TO BUENOS AIRES WITH ANDRÈS OROZCO-ESTRADA AND THE RAI ORCHESTRA

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by OPERA CHARM TEAM
June 11, 2024

On 14 June at the Auditorium Rai ‘Arturo Toscanini’ in Turin and live streaming on raicultura.it.

BIOGRAPHY

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INTERVIEW

It is dedicated to the folklore of Italy and Argentina the second appointment of ‘Rai Orchestra Pops’, the concert cycle of the Rai National Symphony Orchestra that explores the boundaries between classical language, symphonic writing, ethnic music, crossover and swing. Entitled Da Napoli a Buenos Aires, the evening is scheduled for Friday 14 June at 8.30 p.m. at the Auditorium Rai ‘Arturo Toscanini’ in Turin, with live streaming on the Rai Cultura portal. It will also be recorded by Radio3, which will broadcast it deferred.

On the podium the principal conductor of the Rai Orchestra Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Born in Medellín, Colombia, in 1977, Orozco-Estrada made his debut with the OSN Rai in May 2022, and in October 2023 he began his tenure as principal conductor of the ensemble. He has led such ensembles as the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony and the Houston Symphony. From the 2025/2026 season he will become Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Cologne, taking over the reins of the Gürzenich Orchestra and Opera of the German city, one of Europe’s most important cultural metropolises. He regularly conducts orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

In the opening, Orozco-Estrada proposes the concert suite from Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, inspired by the famous Neapolitan mask of the same name, the protagonist of the ballet that the great Russian composer wrote with the intention of rethinking the 18th-century Commedia dell’Arte through the smiling and detached gaze of his time. To create it, he was inspired by the comic opera in dialect Lo frate‘nnamorato, composed in 1732 by Giambattista Pergolesi.

It continues with two pieces by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera: the Variazioni concertanti op. 23 for chamber orchestra and the Quattro danze from the ballet Estancia.

The Variations were written at a difficult time for Ginastera, where political conflicts with the Perón government were central, forcing him to resign as director of the music conservatory at the National University of La Plata. Imbued with folk and traditional material, which Ginastera personalised by enriching them with Argentine dances and jazz rhythms, they were conducted for the first time in June 1953 by Igor Markevitch in Buenos Aires.

In 1943, Ginastera extrapolated four dances from his ballet Estancia in order to publish them as a suite for orchestra in four movements. The ballet tells the story of life on Argentine ranches and was only performed for the first time in 1952 at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, with choreography by Michel Borowski and set design by Dante Ortolani.

The concert is preceded by an introduction to listening by OSN Rai artistic director Ernesto Schiavi together with conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Tickets for individual concerts from €15 to €20, carnets from €25 to €35 and season tickets from €30 to €50 are on sale online on the OSN Rai website and at the box office of the Auditorium Rai in Turin.

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

BIANCA L. NICA

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