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3rd La Scintilla-Concert

In the upcoming weeks soprano Julie Fuchs will be heard not only as Fiorilla in the new production of Rossini's Il turco in Italia, but also in a concert with arias and duets by Georg Friedrich Händel on 13 May. Anyone who remembers Julie Fuchs' interpretation of the Morgana in Händel's Alcina knows that this should not be missed: «A slender timbre rich in overtones combines with flawless agility, careful handling of the vibrato and a lot of sense for the imaginative ornamentation of the dacapo parts - here the historical performance practice is also realized in the vowels,» was written about Julie Fuchs in the NZZ. The Italian alto and baroque specialist Romina Basso can be heard as a duet partner. On the programme are some unknown and even unpublished arias by Händel, among others from Ezio, Lotario and Il duello amoroso. The Orchestra La Scintilla under the direction of Riccardo Minasi will perform.

13 May 2019

Concert season 18/19 

Philharmonia Zürich, Orchestra La Scintilla, Ensemble Opera Nova

The Orchestra La Scintilla, which emerged from the Orchestra of Zurich Opera House and specialises in historical performance practice, was established in June 1998. It now performs in all baroque and many classical opera productions at the Opera House. La Scintilla is now 20 years old and is about to strike a new path: the violinist and conductor Riccardo Minasi will be directing the Orchestra La Scinitilla’s concerts from the beginning of the 2018/19 season. Let the sparks continue to fly with Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli and Pergolesi! In the Philharmonia Zurich’s concert series, you will have the Italian pianist Beatrice Rana to look forward to – a 25-year-old high-flyer and winner of major prizes, who will be giving two performances of Beethoven piano concertos under the baton of General Music Director Fabio Luisi. As well as the conductors Daniele Rustioni and Robert Trevino, the British Bernstein specialist Wayne Marshall will be our guest, conducting a concert for Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The Ensemble Opera Nova under the direction of Hans-Peter Achberger will be paying tribute to the composer György Ligeti, whose Grand Macabre is on this season’s programme, while the charity concert for Cecilia Bartoli’s 30-year stage anniversary promises to be a further highlight of our concert season. Gianluca Capuano, another specialist in the baroque repertoire, will be at the rostrum of La Scintilla for this concert.



Music Director Fabio Luisi will devote himself to new endeavors starting in 2021. In a mutually agreed upon decision, Luisi will leave his post at the Opernhaus Zürich a year earlier than planned, in order to provide his successor with ample time for artistic design and planning. Andreas Homoki presented renowned conductor Gianandrea Noseda as the new GMD starting with the 2021/22 season.