“Eugen Onegin” – The ultimate opera of lost love and bitter regret

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17th of January, Staatstheater Braunschweig

It seems to me that I am truly gifted with the ability truthfully, sincerely, and simply to express the feelings, moods, and images suggested by a text. In this sense I am a realist and fundamentally a Russian. – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The opera, which opened on March 29, 1879, is renowned for its sweeping melodic pulse and the tremendous emotional punch that Tchaikovsky punches throughout. With Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s sublime music whisks us away to the romantic Russia of Pushkin.

 A deeply moving tale packed with big tunes, dances and a heart-stopping duel. As with his ballets, Tchaikovsky brings many symphonic elements to the music, plush orchestrations and highly melodic arias.

Premiere of the opera “Eugene Onegin” will be held under musical direction of Srba Dinic on 17th of January at the Staatstheater Braunschweig.


From darkness to light

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2nd of January

As part of marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the Staatsorchestra Braunsweig under musical direction of Srba Dinic, will perform the Overture of Leonor Br. 3, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 and Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.

Pianist Olga Scheps will be introduced as a soloist in Piano Concerto No. 3.

The Leonore No. 3 is one of the most magnificent overtures in the orchestral literature. A musical/philosophical way that Beethoven also traveled in his Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, in this sweeping overture it is compressed into a tonal document of staggering power.

Many critics consider the Piano Concerto No. 3 precisely the personification of Beethoven’s dramatic, dark personality whose music was shaped by tragic life events. In the concert, Beethoven seems to be travelling the gamut of emotion from tragedy to comedy while imposing at the heart of the whole piece, the composer’s determination to place the piano equally with the orchestra, just as powerful and expressive.

There are all sorts of characteristics which go with this key, the c minor, and his potency is used by Beethoven for his Fifth Symphony.

Because of its raw power and overwhelming way of representing a triumph over adversity, the Fifth Symphony is considered one of the most popular symphonies. Beethoven himself conducted the premiere of this piece, together with the Sixth “Pastoral” Symphony in Vienna on December 22, 1808, which did not arouse much interest. Since then, however, it has become one of the most popular works of classical music. Guided by its powerful opening motif, the Symphony conveys one of the fundamental elements of European culture by steering the listeners “from darkness to light”, from defeat to triumph.


Year of Beethoven

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Dear Braunschweig concert audience,

 

in 2020 we celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven! Its work and mediation services towards bourgeois society, which developed rapidly as a result of the French Revolution in 1789, was essential for the development of the “classical” concert system as we know and love it today with all its facets. 

No orchestra will want to avoid the task of recreating the work of this composer, which is always present on the schedule even without an anniversary event, in a special, possibly new way and perhaps making unexpected classifications. The Braunschweig State Orchestra, for example, is offering you a performance of the »Missa solemnis« for the first time in its symphony concert series; in collaboration with the choir of the State Theater and the KonzertChor Braunschweig. 

However, contextualization’s form the real focus of our mediation approach. The “Myth 9th Symphony” cycle is an essential programmatic element in which we will first play the corresponding symphonies by Gustav Mahler and Anton Bruckner for you. In addition, the “Bauhaus” cycle offers a juxtaposition with a completely different, sustainable phenomenon of conveying art and creative culture to society. Perhaps in this context the encounter of the “Pastoral” with the “Symphony of the Big City” will be an event for you with special insights. We would be extremely happy about that! And we are happy, that with Olga Scheps we can start our new series »Artist in Residence« for you. The brilliant pianist, our other musical guests, the ladies and gentlemen of the state orchestra and I hope that your interest has been aroused. Because we are all looking forward to you!

Yours  Srba Dinić 


„Hänsel und Gretel“ – Semperoper Dresden, 13th, 19th and 21st of December

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Three dates in December are reserved on the Srba Dinic’s calendar for appearances at the famous Semperoper Dresden. The Dresden Semperoper is an architectural monument, a symbol of this city and the epitome of important opera art worldwide.
The opera house has a long history of premieres, including major works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss.

Under the music direction of the Srba Dinic will be performed the opera „Hänsel und Gretel“. Engelbert Humperdinck created opera on the basis of the Brothers Grimm the most famous fairy tale. Originally conceived as a play for his own family after texts by his sister Adelheid Wette, „Hänsel und Gretel“ became Humperdinck’s first work for the opera stage, which broke all records for success. Humperdinck, who began his career as an assistant to Richard Wagner, used Wagner’s harmonic techniques, although with a lighter touch suitable for the fairy-tale subject matter he adapted.  In the staging of Katharina Thalbach, this template is enriched by other characters from the Grimm fairy tales. Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the evil wolf kidnap children as adults goes on a musical journey, following in the footsteps of the well-known fantasy figures through the eerily fairy tale forest. 


BAUHAUS CYCLE – Staatsorhester Braushweig, 20th & 21st of October

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Maestro Srba Dinic continues his work with the Staatsorchester Brauschweig. As part of the Bauhaus Cycle, two pieces will be performed, orchestra suite “Five Klee Pictures” by composer Peter Maxwell Davies and “Pictures from the Exhibition”, by Modest Mussorgsky. Composer Peter Maxwell Davies was inspired with the paints of Swiss painter, watercolorist and draftsman, Paul Klee, who hid his love for music in several titles of his paintings. The music which composer was writing immediately before his appointment as Director of Music at Cirencester Grammar School in 1959 was of quite startling originality, and after many years the shock effect has scarcely diminished. With his composition he not only demanded his students’ tonal and rhythmic skills, but also improvisation.

Mussorgsky wrote a stunning suite “Pictures at an Exhibition”, in honor of a painter friend Vladimir Hartmann. The pieces in Pictures mostly try to capture in music the sketches, watercolors and architectural designs that were shown publicly at the Hartmann exhibition.  Many musicians, from Henry Wood to Leopold Stokowski, have arranged the work for full orchestra, but it’s far and away the 1922 version by Maurice Ravel that receives the most regular performance and praise today.

 


NEW PREMIERE – DON PASQUALE OPERA ARRIVES AT THE THEATER COLÓN

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The premiere performance of the Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “Don Pasquale” under the musical direction of Srba Dinic will be held on the 24th of September in the prestigious Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, one of the most important Opera Houses in the world.
The production features the stage direction of Fabio Sparvoli and three casts headed by Nicola Ulivieri, Gustavo Gibert and Víctor Torres in the leading role.
Don Pasquale will play from the 24th of September till the 2th of October.
When the bufo seemed reviled and the arrival of the serious opera of Romanticism was imminent, Donizetti showed that the possibilities of this genre could still be reformulated and exploited. Don Pasquale is often considered the last great opera buffa of the Italian school belcantista. Set in nineteenth-century Rome, with an archetypal protagonist (the crazed old man of love, attracted by a younger woman) is the 69th title of the genius of Bergamo. It was premiered in 1843, at the Teatro Italiano in Paris, the city where Donizetti lived in the final stage of his compositional career.
Don Pasquale was written in three acts with an Italian libretto by Giovanni Ruffini.
The Teatro Colón (Colón Theatre) in Buenos Aires is one of the most important opera houses in the world. Its rich and prestigious history and its exceptional acoustics and architectural features rank it among theatres such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
Throughout the history of the theatre, no artist of importance of the 20th century has failed to appear on its stage. It’s enough to mention singers such as Enrico Caruso, Claudia Muzio, Maria Callas, Régine Crespin, Birgit Nilsson, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, dancers such as Vaslav Nijinski, Margot Fonteyn, Maia Plisetskaia, Rudolf Nureyev, Mijail Barishnikov, and conductors such as Arturo Toscanini, Herbert von Karajan, Héctor Panizza, Ferdinand Leitner, among dozens of others.
For more information, please visit: http://www.teatrocolon.org.ar/en/2019/opera/don-pasquale


Hamburg Town Hall Concert

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Concerts in front of the Town Hall in Hamburg have become a traditional meeting place for Srba Dinic and Symphoniker Hamburg. The audiences are used to hearing an attractive program at the concerts. This year it will include overtures and arias by Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Glinka and Manuel de Falla . Soloists will be Sofija Petrovic, soprano and Kwonsoo Jeon, tenor. The two young singers are performing for the first time with the Symphoniker Hamburg, having deserved the trust in them with some remarkable roles in opera performances. Sofija Petrovic’s name was in the production of Bastille operas in Paris, and Kwonsoon Jeon is known for his roles in Staatstheater in Braunschweig. This is an opportunity for them both to present themselves to the the Town Hall audience – with the support of well rehearsed cooperation between Srba Dinic and one of the best orchestras in Hamburg.
18. 7. 2019, 19:00
Rathaus Hamburg


KUSTENDORF CLASSICAL 11th July 2019

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On the second day of Kustendorf Classical festival programme young talents will be competing for the “Golden Matryoska” award. Srba Dinic and the symphonic orchestra will be preparing for the second concert evening featuring Aleksandar Madzar. The renowned pianist will play one of the most beautiful piano concerts, Tchaikovsky b-minor. Madzar was Emir Kusturica’s guest back in 2014 at the very beginning of the festival; then he performed a recital while this year he will have a symphonic orchestra behind him. Another soloist, tenor Vasiliy Gerelo will enrich the musical repertoire by singing old romances. In order to fully create the atmosphere of Russian music, the orchestra will perform Modest Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bold Mountain, symphonic poem. This will not be a St. John’s Eve with witches appearing as in Gogol’s story which had inspired Mussorgsky. This night the Bold Mountain will be Mecavnik mountain, with artists and young talents from different parts of the world. All together led by Srba Dinic’s baton they will gift the audience a most beautiful musical event, and will take experience and new knowledge with them to serve them for the rest of their lives.

11th July 2019 at 8pm
St.Sava square, Drvengrad


KUSTENDORF CLASSICAL 10TH July 2019

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After seven years former Bolshoi Festival has grown into Kustendorf Classical Festival. Thus the director Emir Kusturica is substantiating his idea to have film, theatre and musical festivals on Mecavnik, Mokra Gora. Srba Dinic and symphonic orchestra have been shaping the musical programme for years with the participation of world class musical stars. The festival will open with Berlioz symphony Harold in Italy and the main role of melancholic dreamer is entrusted to a violist Yuriy Basmet. Continuing the tradition that the programme should include works of Russian composers, the orchestra will perform Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in the second part of the concert. This piece, originally conceived as a ballet, has had a large success at concert performances. Due to its polytonality, complex rhythm and use of musical-folklore arias, it is considered as a highly complex orchestral piece. With such an attractive musical programme, high quality orchestra and Srba Dinic’s experience, Kustendorf Classical Festival will be a special and rewarding event for visitors. At the open air concert light effects will colour the hill of Mecavnik, once a bare hill and today the venue of artistic production.

St.Sava square at 8pm
Drvengrad, Mokra gora


CONCERT IN THE PARK

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Braunschweig is a town with sophisticated audience which cherishes its cultural tradition. Staatstheater cultivates different genres throughout the season, from Baroque to modern composers; the event which certainly gathers together audiences of all generations and various tastes is the grand open-air concert. The town park is the place which draws families and friends to spend a nice day together and listen special music program. On this day the question of repertoire is not asked since everybody trusts GMD Srba Dinic and Staatsorchester Braunschweig. The park will be ringing with the most beautiful themes by Verdi, Puccini, Bernstein, Elgar, Shostakovich and Wagner. This year is big anniversary, ten years of this beautiful event and the program will be full of the most beautiful pieces from the last nine years. Lots of Braunschweig citizens grown up with these melodies, now Theater Braunschweig is ready to welcome new generations too.

23rd June 2019, 3pm
The Town Park, Braunschweig