Wednesday, February 14
Romance is in the air on Stingray Classica! On Valentine’s Day, Stingray Classica presents three broadcasts full of romantic arias and other magnificent love-themed music. The special opens at 10:00 CET with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Overture-Fantasy “Romeo and Juliet” performed by Sinfonia Rotterdam under the baton of Conrad van Alphen. The famous love theme, representing the ill-fated love between Romeo and Juliet, dominates the composition. At 14:00 CET, Stingray Classica presents a wonderful choreography of the ballet Romeo and Juliet by acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, performed by the dancers of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. At 21:00 CET, Stingray Classica’s Valentine’s Day concludes with Gala from Berlin: Songs of Love and Desire (1998). In this warm-hearted concert, star soloists including soprano Christine Schäfer and baritone Simon Keenlyside perform some of the most ardently romantic arias from beloved operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi.
Tchaikovsky - Overture-Fantasy Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday, February 14 | 10:00
Conrad van Alphen conducts Sinfonia Rotterdam in a performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Overture-Fantasy “Romeo and Juliet”. Van Alphen founded Sinfonia Rotterdam in 2000. Under his passionate leadership, this orchestra has developed into one of the Netherland’s best-known orchestras. Tchaikovsky based his composition on Shakespeare’s famous play “Romeo and Juliet”. After finishing a first version of Romeo and Juliet in 1870, Tchaikovsky rewrote sections of the composition twice, completing the third and final version ten years later. The Overture-Fantasy opens with a slow introduction, primarily led by the clarinets and bassoons. The composition is dominated by its famous love theme, representing the love between Romeo and Juliet. This beautiful theme is introduced in the first half of the piece, played by the English horn and violas, and recurs in different sections of the composition. At the end, the love theme is heard in minor mode, which emphasized the tragic element of the story of the two lovers.
Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday, February 14 | 14:00
Sergei Prokofiev based his ballet ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on William Shakespeare's famous play of the same name, telling the story of two young lovers from the feuding families Montague and Capulet. Acclaimed French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot created a distinctive choreography of the ballet in 1996, which has been performed to great success the world over. In his production, Maillot interprets Romeo and Juliet not as a social conflict or clan warfare governed by a strict code of honor, but as a tale of accidental tragedy that leads to the death of children more concerned with the path of love than that of hatred. This 2002 interpretation is performed by the dancers of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Chris Roelandt and Bernice Coppieters star in the title roles.
Gala from Berlin 1998 - Songs of Love and Desire
Wednesday, February 14 | 21:00
Love is the theme of this 1998 New Year's Eve concert. Maestro Claudio Abbado selected two of the best W. A. Mozart interpreters: German soprano Christine Schäfer and Britisch baritone Simon Keenlyside, for this traditionally meaningful event. Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez, who some compare to a young Domingo, sings highlights of the tenor repertoire, and Italian prima donna Mirella Freni tops the occasion with a breath-taking performance of the letter scene from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin.