The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera (Choir of the Italian-Swiss Broadcasting authority) will have the honour of opening the concert season with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (1824), the most iconic and celebratory masterpiece of the great Classical repertoire.
Conducting on the LAC stage will be Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the world's musical greats and Principal Guest Conductor of the OSI since 2013. For the Finale, set to Friedrich Schiller's Ode an die Freude (‘Ode to Joy’), the Choir will be joined by four internationally renowned soloists from the world's top theatres: German soprano Christiane Oelze, Italian mezzo-soprano Anna Bonitatibus, German tenor Christoph Strehl, and baritone Olafur Sigurdarson from Iceland.
The concert of September, 25, a collaboration between RSI-Radiotelevisione svizzera and Città di Lugano, will be broadcasted live on TV (LA 2), Radio (Rete Due) and in streaming on RSI-Radiotelevisione svizzera, starting at 21:00.
Thursday september, 24 at 20:30 – rehearsal for schools
1st Category chf 100.00
2nd Category chf 80.00
3rd Category chf 60.00
ORCHESTRA DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Founded in 1935 as Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera italiana, the Orchestra has worked with the greatest conductors and composers of its time. In 1991 it adopted its current name and took to the international stage with concerts in Vienna, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, Paris, Milan, Rome and Salzburg and tours in Brazil and South Korea. It is one of 13 professional orchestras in Switzerland. Funding comes mainly from Canton Ticino, RSI, the City of Lugano and Friends of the OSI. The Orchestra has an international partnership with Helsinn. Honorary Conductor: Alain Lombard. Principal Guest Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Principal conductor from September 2015: Markus Poschner. Numerous studio recordings for radio and albums with major labels including Chandos, Hyperion, EMI and Deutsche Grammophon.
CORO DELLA RADIOTELEVISIONE SVIZZERA (RSI Choir)
Founded in 1936 by Edwin Loehrer, since 1993 the RSI Choir has been conducted by Diego Fasolis, under whom it performs throughout Switzerland and Europe and releases award-winning recordings. The RSI Chorus is widely recognized as one of the best vocal ensembles in the world. Claudio Abbado, René Clemencic, Ton Koopman and Gustav Leonhardt are some of the conductors who have praised its musical talents. After a 2013 debut at the invitation of Cecilia Bartoli, in 2015 the choir will again perform at the Whitsun Festival and the Summer Festival in Salzburg, with Bellini's Norma, Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride and Händel's Semele as well as a programme dedicated entirely to Palestrina.
Vladimir Ashkenazy first came to prominence on the world stage in the 1955 Chopin Competition in Warsaw; today he is one of the world's most famous and revered pianists and conductors. Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic from 1998 to 2003, since 2004 he has been Music Director of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He is Conductor Laureate of both the Philharmonia Orchestra (since 2000) and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. In January 2009 he was named Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He maintains strong links with the Cleveland Orchestra (of which he was Principal Guest Conductor), the San Francisco Symphony and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Chief Conductor and Music Director from 1988 to 1996). He is also Music Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Since September 2013 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.
German soprano Christiane Oelze has earned international acclaim in major operatic roles and ambitious Lieder and concert repertoires, both secular and sacred. She has worked with the world's greatest conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Carlo Maria Giulini, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Neville Marriner and Sir Simon Rattle. Her most distinguished recordings in recent years include the Lieder of Richard Strauss, Mahler's symphonies and Lieder, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9, and many other works ranging from Bach, Händel and Mozart to Schönberg and Webern.
Italian mezzo-soprano and international competition winner Anna Bonitatibus has a repertoire of more than 50 operas. Neapolitan opera buffa, the French repertoire, the most important and best-known works by Mozart, Händel and Rossini, and sacred compositions have brought her to the world's top stages – working with prominent conductors and directors – and to concert halls around the globe. She has recorded numerous award-winning albums and DVDs.
German tenor Christoph Strehl was born in Lübeck and in 1999 won the Alexander Girardi International Singing Competition. In 2002 he was hired by the Zurich Opera House, where he launched a brilliant international career that would soon make him one of the most sought-after Mozart tenors. With his broad repertoire, from Monteverdi to early 20th century, he has performed at the most prestigious European and international theatres and festivals. He has worked with conductors of the calibre of William Christie, Adam Fischer, Marc Minkowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernhard Haitink and James Levine. He is also a professor at Mozarteum University of Salzburg.
Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson is highly sought-after for both opera and concert performances. He has won numerous awards and performed with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. After playing Scarpia in Tosca, Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino and the title role in Wagner's Flying Dutchman at Saarländisches Staatstheater of Saarbrücken, where he is part of the regular ensemble, this season he will headline at the Reykjavik Arts Festival, at the Staatstheater Darmstadt (as Macbeth), in Basel (as Iago in Othello) and in Bonn (as Jochanaan in Salome).
(Source: Press release RSI Inauguration LAC)