Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg
7 July 2016
Official Opening Concert of the Slovak Presidency: The Opera Gala Concert of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra / Brussels
The concert of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovak Philharmonic Choir in Brussels is one of the opening concerts of the Slovak Presidency. The programme consists mainly of foreign works and three Slovak works. The concert will be conducted by Rastislav Štúr and choirmaster Jozef Chabroň. The soloists will include Pavol Bršlík, Jolana Fogašová and Štefan Kocán.
1) Gioachino Rossini, Tancredi, Overture to the opera
2) Georges Bizet, Carmen, Habanera from Act I (Jolana Fogašová)
3) Pietro Mascagni, Iris, ‘Hymn to the Sun’ from Act I
4) Georges Bizet, the Pearl Fishers, ‘Je crois entendre encore’ – Nadir’s romance from Act I (Pavol Bršlík)
5) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Don Giovanni, ‘Madamina’, Leporello’s aria (Štefan Kocán)
6) Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin, Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances
7) Eugen Suchoň, ʻHow Beautiful You Areʼ, a cappella choir
8) Ján Cikker, Juro Jánošík, Preludio and La danza from the opera
9) Giuseppe Verdi, Sicilian Vespers, ‘O tu, Palermo’ – Procida’s aria (Štefan Kocán)
10) Giacomo Puccini, Tosca, Tosca’s prayer (Jolana Fogašová)
11) Giuseppe Verdi, Luisa Miller, Rodolfo’s recitative and aria from Act II
Giuseppe Verdi, Luisa Miller, récitatif et air de Rodolfo du 2me acte de l´opera
'O fede negar potessi ... Quando le sere al placido'
12) Giuseppe Verdi, La forza del destino (The Power of Fate), ‘La vergine degli angeli’ – Leonora’s aria from Act II (Jolana Fogašová, Štefan Kocán)
13) Eugen Suchoň, the Whirlpool: ‘What red cheeks you have’ – wedding scene from the opera
The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra is the oldest and most important Slovak symphonic ensemble. It was founded in 1949 by two remarkable internationally acclaimed conductors, Václav Talich and Ľudovít Rajter.
Other principal conductors who have also played a role in shaping the orchestra artistically include Tibor Frešo, Ladislav Slovák, Libor Pešek, Vladimir Verbickij, Bystrík Režucha, Aldo Ceccato and later Ondrej Lenárd, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimír Válek and Peter Feranec. The orchestra’s principal conductor is currently Emmanuel Villaume. Leoš Svárovský and Rastislav Štúr are permanent guest conductors.
The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra regularly appears at prominent venues and festivals in Europe. They have played in almost all European countries, in Turkey, Japan, South Korea and the USA.
In addition, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra has made numerous recordings for radio, television and record companies, including Opus, Supraphon, Panton, Hungaroton, JVC Victor, RCA, Pacific Music, Naxos and Marco Polo.
The 2015/2016 concert season has yielded a variety of top-quality local productions, as well as interesting concert offers from abroad. In March 2016, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra appeared in the Oman Royal Opera House Muscat for the fourth time, performing Le Corsaire together with the English Royal Ballet. The season will be rounded off in July 2016 with a concert in Brussels to celebrate the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council.
PHOTO: Tomáš Hulík (SF)