Maggio Fiorentino: Symphonic Concert conducted by Daniele Gatti, March 10th, at 8 pm in the Sala Grande

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by OPERA Charm Team
March 8, 2023

Friday, March 19th, 2023, at 8 p.m. Maestro Daniele Gatti on the podium of the Sala Grande
Compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach and Igor Stravinsky are in the program.

Soloists Jessica Pratt, Eleonora Filipponi, Joseph Dahdah and Lodovico Filippo Ravizza. Soloist on trumpet Claudio Quintavalla.

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The Maggio’s principal conductor, Maestro Daniele Gatti, takes the podium on Friday, March 10th, at 8 pm in the Sala Grande of the Theatre for a symphonic concert with a strong focus on the ‘aesthetic’ side with, on the music stands, the Concerto in D minor op. 3, RV 565 by Antonio Vivaldi, the penultimate of the twelve concertos in the L’estro armonico series, published with Estienne Roget to make a name for themselves outside Italy; followed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen BWV 51, which was first performed on September 17th, 1730 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella was closing the concert, which represents one of the earliest stages of the composer’s neoclassical period and was written at the dawn of 1920. As Maestro Gatti himself pointed out, it partly ‘anticipates’ by two days the premiere of The Rake’s Progress, scheduled to take place in the Mehta Hall on Sunday, March 12th.

A programme, therefore, strongly focused on the ‘aesthetic’ side as underlined in his analysis by Daniele Gatti: “Speaking of Stravinsky’s production, the longest period that we can note is the so-called neoclassical one that covers almost thirty years, from the early 1920s to the early 1950s. One of the earliest compositions marking this part of his oeuvre is Pulchinella, which will close the concert on March 10th, while Rake’s Progress marks the end of the neoclassical phase of Stravinsky’s work, ideally closing a musical journey. I, therefore, find it really interesting to ‘anticipate’ the Rake’s with a concert that perfectly matches and strongly focuses on aesthetics, with Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor and Bach’s Jauchzet Gott Landen also on the programme, ‘teasing’ the audience with a small but intriguing two-evening musical journey through a crucial musical period of Stravinsky’s”.

In the performance of Jauchzet Gott, the celebrated soprano Jessica Pratt returning to the Maggio after the performances of Ariadne auf Naxos in June 2022 conducted by Maestro Gatti himself, and Professor Claudio Quintavalla, of the Orchestra del Maggio, on trumpet, are called upon as soloists. The three solo voices in the performance of Pulchinella are Eleonora Filipponi, recently starring in last October’s symphony concert alongside Zubin Mehta; Joseph Dahdah, a talent recently trained at the Accademia del Maggio and recently starring, again under Gatti’s baton, in the Don Carlo that closed the Maggio’s Autumn Festival; and Lodovico Filippo Ravizza, a current Accademia artist.

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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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