Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Premieres
Saturdays in November
On three consecutive Saturday evenings in November, Stingray Classica broadcasts an opera and two never-before-seen concerts featuring the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by maestros Kent Nagano and Daniel Oren. On Saturday, November 7, our special programming kicks off with a magnificent production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca from the Masada Opera Festival in Tel Aviv. This political thriller – one of Puccini’s most famous operas – is set in 1800, during the Coalition Wars in Rome. Soloists are Sergey Murzaev as police officer Scarpia, while Gustavo Porta takes the role of painter Mario, and Svetla Vassileva sings the title role of the famous Roman diva Tosca. On the next two Saturdays (November 14 and 21), Kent Nagano conducts the Israel Philharmonic in concerts recorded in Tel Aviv in 2014, featuring the incredible Russian piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov in dazzling performances of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s and Franz Liszt’s first piano concertos. Moreover, the concerts feature Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 and an early symphonic work by Georges Bizet, his Symphony C Major.
Giacomo Puccini - Tosca
Saturday, 7 November
Tosca is a story of overwhelming passion amidst the perils of war. Set in Rome at the time of Napoleon’s advance on the city, the opera opens with the flight of Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner. He seeks refuge in a church where he is protected by Cavaradossi, a local artist who is also the lover of the famous singer, Floria Tosca. Tosca desperately begs Scarpia to spare Cavaradossi, offering her affections in exchange for his life. After securing a note saving her lover from his death sentence, she stabs Scarpia and hurries off to be with Cavaradossi. Tosca finds she has been tricked, however, and the artist dies at the hands of a firing squad. Facing capture for her crime, she leaps to her death to join her lover in the afterlife. Let yourself be carried away by this spectacular production of Giacomo Puccini's fiery dramatic opera Tosca! Daniel Oren conducts the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion in this state-of-the-art production by director Nicolas Joel. Main soloists are Sergei Muzaev (Scarpia), Gustavo Porta (Cavaradossi) and Svetla Vasillieva (Floria).
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - I
Saturday, 14 November
Dazzling, virtuosic, and spectacular: no other adjectives are better suited to describe the piano music of Franz Liszt. Enjoy a sparkling performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major by the incredible piano virtuoso Russian Daniil Trifonov, with Kent Nagano conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. As an encore, Trifonov performs Reflets dans l'eau from Debussy's Images. The orchestra closes this concert with a rendition of Mahler's Symphony No. 7. Recorded at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv, in 2014.
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - II
Saturday, 21 November
Enjoy a sparkling performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famous Piano Concerto No. 1, by the incredible piano virtuoso Russian Daniil Trifonov, with Kent Nagano conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, to prove once more how majestic and incredible classical music can be when it’s done right! The concert opens with the famous Air from Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3. Also on the program are Berlioz' Le Corsaire and Bizet's Symphony in C major. Recorded at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv, in 2014.