ABOUT STINGRAY CLASSICA
Classica is a channel for the classical music lovers. It brings home live broadcasts of concerts, world premieres, and legendary recordings of the best classical music, operas, and ballets. It also features documentaries and interviews about the greatest artists and orchestras, and world renowned stages.
CLASSICA AUGUST 2020 CHANNEL SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS
Starting in August, Stingray Classica will broadcast an opera production by the New York Metropolitan Opera every Sunday for 11 consecutive weeks. We kick off on August 2 and 9 with two verismo operas from the early 20th century. Verismo, as an operatic genr,e had its origins in an Italian literary movement that sought to portray the world with greater realism. Verismo was a post-Romantic operatic tradition associated with Italian composers such as Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano, Cilea, and Puccini. Stingray Classica will broadcast two beloved works from Cilea and Puccini. In Puccini’s “American” opera La Fanciulla del West, which is set during the height of the California gold rush, the titular heroine must steel herself in the face of adversity in order to win the affections of the man she loves. The opera’s lead role is notoriously demanding, often making casting difficult. Cilea’s semi-historical biographical opera Adriana Lecouvreur (August 9) details the turbulent nine-year relationship between the French actress and her military paramour Maurice de Saxe. The opera is infused with captivating drama, emotional honesty, and beautiful lyrical arias. This performance features the highly praised Anna Netrebko.
On Sunday, August 16, Stingray Classica broadcasts Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, based Pushkin’s iconic work of Russian literature. The opera projects the restless romantic anti-hero archetype through a bored Russian aristocrat caught between convention and listlessness. The opera showcases Tchaikovsky’s lyrical genius. On August 23, Stingray Classica premieres the Metropolitan Opera’s 2016 rendition of Tristan and Isolde, Wagner’s iconic tale of love and death. The opera, based on the popular European medieval myth, holds a firm place amongst the greatest operatic works in history. The famed Tristan chord repeatedly heard throughout this piece is exemplary of the composer’s approach to the leitmotif technique. Stingray Classica closes the month of Metropolitan Opera performances with Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, detailing the encounter between the titular character and the Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra during the final years of the Ptolemaic dynasty.
Over the course of three weeks in summer, the best youth orchestras in the world led by great conductors, and flanked by virtuoso soloists, guarantee exciting and inspiring concert performances at the Young Euro Classic. The festival is known to be the most important platform for international young orchestra musicians in the European classical music tradition, and for its development. On Friday evenings in August, Stingray Classica will broadcast some highlighted performances of previous editions. Experience two brand-new productions from the 2018 edition in which the festival stays true to its mission to introduce new ideas, new works and new faces to audiences in the Berlin Konzerthaus and worldwide. Everything is equally fit to arouse curiosity. On the program are premieres of Agata Zubel’s Fireworks and Kristjan Järvi’s New York Songs along with excerpts from symphonies by Mozart, Brahms, Nielsen, and Tchaikovsky.
On the Thursday evenings of August 13 and 20, Stingray Classica presents two never-before seen ballet productions. Starting with the ballet Closed, in which the viewers encounter four completely different people who once a week leave their everyday lives and get together in a café, where they relax and momentarily distance themselves from reality. Kodály’s Sonata for solo cello Op. 8, is intense and riveting and affects all four of them to the extent that has consequences for them all. On August 20, Stingray Classica broadcasts a documentary and performance of Neumeier’s ballet La dame aux Camélias, recorded at the Palais Garnier. Neumeier infuses this production with a sense of true psychological depth, blending memories, and dreams in an anguished reflection on French Romanticism.
BARENBOIM SONATAS – PART II
Argentinian-born pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim is one of the most acclaimed musicians of our time. In 1983, he interpreted the full cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas at the Austrian Schloss Hetzenford in Vienna. In honor of Beethoven Year 2020 as well as Barenboim’s artistry, Stingray Classica airs this highly esteemed concert cycle during July to October. In August, Every Saturday night, marvel at the artistic virtuosity of the Grammy-winning musician in subsequent premieres of Beethoven’s majestic Piano Sonatas No. 9 to 15.
CLASSICA SEPTEMBER 2020 CHANNEL SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS
METROPOLITAN OPERA : ITALY
Every Sunday afternoon in September, Stingray Classica broadcasts an Italian opera production by the New York Metropolitan Opera. Let yourself be enchanted by the exuberant works of three of Italy’s greatest composers: Verdi, Bellini, and Donizetti. The opera series commences on Sunday, September 6, with a 2018 performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s (1813–1901) La traviata. Montréal-based conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, as well as soloists Diana Damrau (Violetta), Juan Diego Flórez (Alfredo), Quinn Kelsey (Giorgio), Maria Zifchak (Annina), and Marco Antonio Jordao (Giuseppe). The following Sunday brings a 2017 interpretation of Vincenzo Bellini’s (1801–1835) Norma, an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal wizardry, and dramatic power. On Sunday, September 20, Enrique Mazzola conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the New York Metropolitan Opera in a 2019 performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s (1797–1848) La fille du régiment. The special concludes on September 27 with a special broadcast on a prestigious, exclusive club of Verdi aficionados: Gruppo Appassionati Verdiani – We love Verdi!
BARENBOIM SONATAS : PART III
Argentinian-born pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim is one of the most acclaimed musicians of our time. In 1983, he interpreted the full cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas at the Austrian Schloss Hetzendorf in Vienna. In honor of Beethoven Year 2020 as well as Barenboim’s artistry, Stingray Classica airs Sonatas No. 16 to No. 23 of this highly esteemed concert cycle throughout September. Marvel at the artistic virtuosity of the Grammy-winning musician every Saturday night of September, in two subsequent premieres of Beethoven’s majestic piano sonatas!
Two of Austria’s classical greats meet in this series of September premieres: conductor Franz Welser-Möst leads the Cleveland Orchestra in five interpretations of Anton Bruckner’s best-known symphonies. Ansfelden-born Bruckner is renowned for his contribution to the advancement of the symphonic genre. At a time when many composers were intimidated by Beethoven’s impact on the symphonic form, Anton Bruckner decided to dedicate the majority of his composing efforts to it. Today, the typical structure of Bruckner’s symphonies is often regarded as an extension of that of Beethoven’s symphonies. Applaud the musicianship of the Cleveland Orchestra as it presents Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, No. 5, No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 under the baton of music director and Bruckner expert Franz Welser-Möst on Wednesdays in September.
In September, Stingray Classica offers front-row seats at three prestigious broadcast premieres of some of the most legendary pianists of our time. Delight in the virtuosic talents of Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) and Chinese pianist Lang Lang on Fridays, September 18 and 25. Legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) won his first praise for his interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 from none other than the composer himself. Fifty years later, on September 24, 1978, Horowitz electrified his audience once again with his performance of this monumental work. At the Cleveland Orchestra’s annual Anniversary Gala, music director Franz Welser-Möst led a program featuring pianist Lang Lang as soloist. The concert touches on over a century of Viennese musical traditions, with Lang Lang performing W. A. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24.
Arvo Pärt’s 85th Birthday
On the occasion of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s 85th birthday, Stingray Classica presents Pärt’s Kanon Pokajanen on September 11. The work showcases the composer’s dedication to the genre of religious and spiritual music. In this broadcast, Kanon Pokajanen is performed by the Flemish chamber choir Aquarius under the baton of conductor Marc Michael de Smet in 2008.
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