Every Saturday in July
Every Saturday night in July, Stingray Classica broadcasts a new concert or documentary. On July 6th, pianist Alvaro Siviero performs the Grieg’s famous and only Piano Concerto, one of the most popular works within the genre! The following week, prepare yourself for something special: Roberto Prosseda teams up with robot pianist (!) TeoTronico in a unique format, Robot Pianist Vs. Human Pianist. TeoTronico can read musical scores in digital format and plays the music in a very a literal way. A few years ago, it even debuted as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic. Saturday the 20th features two short documentaries within the series ‘My Favourite Opera’, in which we follow the life and performances of worldwide celebrated sopranos Barbara Hendricks and Katia Ricciarelli. The month closes with a splendid gala concert from the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, which for one time is fully dedicated to Mozart pieces.
July 6, 21:00 | Grieg - Piano Concerto
Conrad van Alphen conducts Sinfonia Rotterdam, recorded in De Doelen, Rotterdam, in 2018. Alvaro Siviero is the soloist in Grieg's Piano Concerto No. 1, and closes his performance with 'Dansa do Índio Branco' by Villa-Lobos. Grieg's Piano Concerto, Op. 16, composed in 1868, was the only concerto the composer completed. It is one of his most popular works and is among the most popular of all piano concertos. It is the composer’s earliest important work, written in Søllerød, Denmark, at the age of 24 years old.
July 13, 21:00 | Teotronico & Roberto Prosseda
TeoTronico is a pianist robot, conceived and designed by Matteo Suzzi at TeoTronica company, an Italian start-up based in Imola. Version 1.0, with 29 fingers, was completed in 2007. Starting from version 3.0 (2012), TeoTronico was implemented with 53 fingers made of dynamically driven electromagnets, able to control the gradations of any acoustic piano. TeoTronico can read musical scores in digital or MIDI format, playing them on the piano in a literal way. It is also able to reproduce the piano roll recordings - converted into MIDI - of the great pianists of the past. Since 2017, TeoTronico is also equipped with feet for the control of the sustain pedal of the piano. In 2012, TeoTronico made his debut as a soloist at the Philharmonie in Berlin with the Berliner Symphoniker in a special family concert. TeoTronico has performed more than 50 shows with Roberto Prosseda in their unique format 'Robot Pianist Vs. Human Pianist', appearing in the most important Italian concert venues and halls in Europe and Asia. This concert is filmed at the Teatro Sociale, Castiglione delle Stiviere in Italy.
July 20, 21:00 | My Favourite Opera: Barbara Hendricks
The American operatic soprano Barbara Hendricks was born in 1948. She has lived in Europe since 1977 where she made her professional operatic debut at the Glyndebourne Festival. During her career, she has appeared at major opera houses around the world including the San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and the Royal Opera House. Her most special performance was Liù from Turandot at the Forbidden City in Beijing. Hendricks is currently a citizen of Sweden because of her marriage to a Swedish citizen. She has a passion for detail, and it is very interesting how she puts her thoroughness to work in operatic singing. Hungarian feature-film director Márta Mészáros paints a telling picture of the artist at work. She does this mostly by using examples of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.
July 20, 22:00 | My Favourite Opera: Katia Ricciarelli
Italian star soprano Katia Ricciarelli was born in 1946. She studied in Venice and won several vocal competitions in 1968. A year later, Ricciarelli made her opera debut as Mimi in La Bohème i Mantua. After that, she won several other prizes for playing great roles in Italian opera houses. Beyond Italy, she performed in America, in opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera. In 1981, she began a decade-long association with the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, thus broadening her repertoire of Rossini operas. This documentary, by Bruno Campanella, shows Katia Ricciarelli in Teatro la Fenice, where her career started. We see her as Giulietta in rehearsal for Vincenzo Bellini's little-known Romeo and Juliet opera.
July 27, 21:00 | Mozart Celebration from Berlin
Performed in the grandeur of Berlin's foremost opera house, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Mozart Celebration is dedicated to the life's work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This one-time-only gala concert features exuberant Mozart pieces, performed by some of the world’s leading singers and musicians. Conductor Julien Salemkour leads these beautiful performances played by the Staatskapelle Berlin. The star solists are Nicolaj Znaider (violin), Thomas Quasthoff (baritone) and Sylvia Schwartz (soprano). The program features Ouverture from la Clemenza di Tito, 'Violin Concerto No. 5', the song 'Chi sa, chi sa, qual sia', Piano Concerto No. 23, the aria 'Per questa bella mano', Papageno's Aria from the Magic Flute, the duet 'Papageno-Papagena' from The Magic Flute, and Symphony No. 40.