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From the creators of Grand Hotel. An empire built of silk, sensuality and seduction. In late 1950s Madrid, the golden age of haute couture, there is one clothing emporium where everyone would like to go shopping at least once in their lifetime, the Galerias Velvet. An Art Deco palace, a magical place of dazzling luxury and glamour. But whether admiring the storefront windows or venturing inside to buy a bit of a dream, what the ladies and gentlemen of Madrid do not see is a tender love story unfolding in the Galerias between Ana and Alberto.
“To be responsible for this outstanding artistic project that Claudio Abbado has initiated is not only a privilege but it has touched me deeply”. These are the very words Riccardo Chailly uses to describe his new job in Lucerne. The conductor, who left his post as music director of the Gewandhaus Leipzig and became principal conductor at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan last year, follows in this new position Arturo Toscanini and Claudio Abbado, thus becoming the third chief conductor of this unique orchestra.
On August 12, 2016, Riccardo Chailly premiered as conductor of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra with an opening concert: The orchestra and its principal conductor paid their respects to the late Abbado with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. An inaugural concert that with its superb cast of musicians became a memorable event!
Composer: Gustav Mahler.
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Latvian Radio Choir, Orfeon Donostiarra, Tolzer Knabenchor.
Verdi’s La Traviata at the Choregies d’Orange Festival on the open air stage of the ancient Roman Theatre has all ingredients for a big success: a popular title, renowned artists with luxury voices, a tasteful staging and a great show in a stunning ambience – and it lived up to the expectations. “We have seen many La traviatas, and heard, but this one will rest in our memories” echoed the press after the first night. Placido Domingo in the role of Giorgio Germont is celebrating a triumphal return to the Festival after nearly four decades of absence. Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho, immediately elevated to “the queen of the Choregies”, is a stunning Violetta at eye level with the great interpreters of this role, tenor Francesco Meli as a vibrant Alfredo completes the supreme cast.
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