medici.tv Continues Its Summer Festival Season with Webcasts From Salzburg Featuring Gustavo Dudamel, Thomas Hampson & Jonas Kaufmann
With its rich history, the Salzburg Festival has established itself as one of the most important festivals in the world, and medici.tv, now marking its fifth anniversary season, returns this year to webcast two major events. Today, July 26, Gustavo Dudamel leads El Sistema's orchestra (in residence at the festival) in Mahler's “Symphony of a Thousand,” and on August 16 Verdi's Don Carlo will be performed live in a brand new production by Peter Stein featuring Thomas Hampson alongside tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
Today's webcast of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, the “Symphony of a Thousand,” features eight soloists, four choruses and the 200 musicians of El Sistema’s Orchestra (the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra). This concert opens the El Sistema residency in Salzburg and also inaugurates the Mahler cycle of this year’s Festival. The orchestra made its Salzburg Festival debut in 2008 and returned in 2011 to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, both appearances conducted by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, who also serves as the Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was recently named Musical America’s 2013 “Musician of the Year.”
On August 16 medici.tv will webcast a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo live from Salzburg. Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role, with soprano Anja Harteros – the first German to win the Cardiff Singer of the World competition – as Elisabetta di Valois. Thomas Hampson (as Rodrigo) reunites with Antonio Pappano, whom Hampson considers “one of the greatest opera conductors of our time,” for their second Verdi opera of the summer (following Simon Boccanegra at London’s Royal Opera House in June & July), in this new production of Don Carlo from venerable German director Peter Stein. Hampson’s many previous collaborations with Pappano include an acclaimed EMI Classics DVD/CD set of the opera, which was recorded live at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
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July 26, 1:00pm EDT
Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand”
Various soloists; Vienna Singverein; Simón Bolívar National Symphony Orchestra & Youth Choir of Venezuela / Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
July 24, 11:30am EDT
Verdi’s Don Carlo (August 16)
Antonio Pappano: conductor, Peter Stein: stage director
Matti Salminen (Filippo II)
Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo)
Anja Harteros (Elisabetta di Valois)
Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa)
Ekaterina Semenchuk (La Principessa Eboli)
Eric Halfvarson (Il Grande Inquisitore)
Robert Lloyd (Un frate)
Maria Celeng (Tebaldo)
Sen Guo (Una voce dal cielo)
Benjamin Bernheim (Il Conte di Lerma/Un Araldo reale)
Members of the Young Singers Project (Sei deputati fiamminghi)
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus