Double appointment for the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai at the 64th edition of the Ravello Festival: on the suspended stage of the Belvedere di Villa Rufolo, two different concerts led by American conductor James Conlon, who next October will take on the role of Principal Conductor of the Rai Orchestra.
On Saturday 23 July at 8 pm the first event opens with the Prelude from Parsifal, the opera composed by the tutelary deity of Ravello and of its Festival, Richard Wagner, who had a special connection with the gardens of Villa Rufolo, where he found “Klingsor’s Magic Garden”, so masterfully described in his last opera: Parsifal. The Prelude is followed by La Mer, three symphonic sketches for orchestra written by Claude Debussy between 1903 and 1905 during his stay on the coast of the English Channel; and a selection from Sergey Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, inspired by Shakespeare’s play.
On Sunday 24 July at 9.30 pm is scheduled A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Overture Op. 21, and the Incidental music Op. 61 for solo voices, female chorus, and orchestra by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, inspired by Shakespeare, who died four centuries ago this year. Oscar winner Tim Robbins, known for his social commitment, a musician himself, and composer of folk and rock music, will be the narrator. Next to him are soprano Daniela Cappiello and mezzo Karin Selva, interpreting the two elves, with the Coro Maghini directed by Claudio Chiavazza.
24 concerts - also live on Rai5 and Radio3 - for the new season of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, which will be followed by the Festival di Primavera (Spring Festival) with young violin talents.
James Conlon, the Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor, will be opening the Season on 20 and 21 October.
Many International events, including concerts in Muscat, Oman; in Moscow for the Rostropovich Festival; and a Chinese tour.
New special projects for youth and families called “Classica per tutti”.
The 2016/2017 Season of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai opens with James Conlon making his debut as the Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor. Twenty-four concerts at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini”, running from October to May, all with double performances on two nights; a red cycle at 8.30 pm, and a blue cycle at 8 pm: Rai Cultura will be dedicating specific programs with live broadcasting on TV channel Rai5. And all concerts will be aired live on Radio3, as well as through Euroradio, Eurovision, and live streaming on www.osn.rai.it.