Missa Solemnis – From the heart


February 16 & 17th, 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven
Missa solemnis D major op. 123

Musical direction  Srba Dinić

Soloist * inside  Isabel Stüber Malagamba (Alt), Matthias bull (tenor), Jisang Ryu (bass)
with the choir of the State Theater Braunschweig and the Concert Choir Brunswick

A high point of the symphonic Beethoven year at the Braunschweig State Theater is the composer’s “Missa solemnis”, which will be heard for the first time in the state orchestra’s symphony concert series in 2020. 

On the manuscript of this work, Beethoven wrote the words:  From the heart – may it return to the heart.

The Missa Solemnis may be the greatest piece never heard. Nearly 90 minutes long, it requires a large chorus, an orchestra and four soloists. For Beethoven, every word counted in the long-known text; every sentence had its explicit meaning that had to be followed musically. The result is a fairly larger-than-life fair, which the audience with its length, attention to detail and expressiveness. It concludes with a fraught, fragile and unanswered plea for peace amid the drumbeats of war. But the answer comes in the Ninth Symphony, with its chorale finale based on Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” written in a time of revolution. Those words and Beethoven’s music call for humankind to kneel before the creator, but for answers to turn to one another. The path to peace, he suggests, is bestowed not from above, but from within us and among us, in universal brotherhood.

Interestingly Beethoven wanted to premiere the Missa along with the newly completed Ninth Symphony at the concert in the Kärntnertor theater on 7 May 1824, but the censor intervened, banning the performance of a religious work in a concert hall. A compromise was reached in which only three movements of the Missa were performed (along with the Ninth). Just shows how wrong the censor was.

Beethoven composed Missa Solemnis for the enthronement of his great friend and pupil Archduke Rudolph as Archbishop of Olmütz – completing it three years after the enthronement ceremony.

The Missa Solemnis stands alone in Beethoven’s output. A modern critic wrote: To those for whom Beethoven’s music is an important reason for living, the Missa Solemnis belongs at the center of their experience – a work to respect, certainly, but still more to love.

First concert in Serbia


7th of February, Synagogue, Novi Sad

The first concert this year in Serbia, maestro Srba Dinic will conduct with the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra at the Synagogue in Novi Sad.

The concert for oboe and orchestra by Hungarian composer Frigyes Hidas, will be premiere perform with Sanja Romic as a soloist.

Hidas studied composition at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. His oeuvre covered almost every genre, including operas, ballets, concertos, other orchestral works, chamber music, and vocal and choral music. He was one of the foremost names in the world of contemporary chamber and concert band music for wind instruments. In addition, he enjoyed various commissions from opera houses, radio stations, universities, ballet companies, and musical association and federations. He received many prizes and other forms of recognition for his musical services.

The program will also feature an Overture for the comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro,” by W.A. Mozart as well as the Sixth “Pastoral” Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, and it will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of the composer.

Cyclus “Myth of 9th Symphony”


19th and 20th of January, Stadthalle

Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, a Masterpiece and a Magnificent Farewell

Mahler wrote his 9th symphony in 1908 and 1909, when the composer had suffered several recent blows: his young daughter Anna Maria had died of scarlet fever, and he himself had been diagnosed with heart disease. The symphony is a powerful meditation on the human condition: exploring ideas about life and death.

The final page of the last, cataclysmically slow movement of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony is one of the most famously death-haunted places in orchestral music, a moment in which the music slowly, achingly, bridges the existential gap between sound and silence, presence and absence, life and death. The very last bar is even marked, pianississimo, with a long pause – “ersterbend” (dying), as if its message wasn’t already clear enough.

Mahler died in 1911. His Symphony No. 9 premiered in 1912.

Before Mahler’s symphony is Beethoven’s piano sonata “Les Adieux”, which the composer wrote on the occasion of the flight of his friend and patron Archduke Rudolph from Vienna. In her three movements, Beethoven processes almost personal feelings about »farewell«, »absence« and »reunion«.

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


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


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


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


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


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.




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


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