31st Macao International Music Festival

Just a few highlights from this year's amazing lineup
Last year, the Macao International Music Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary with great fanfare and took the opportunity to look back at the growth of the Festival over the past three decades. This year’s 31st Macao International Music Festival, with the theme “Rising Stars”, aims to learn from the past and progress forward into the future. 
 
Throughout history, innovation has always been the key to artistic development, and there have been many great pioneers who have created innovative and unique works in music, such as Igor Stravinsky’s avant-garde The Rite of Spring, Niccolò Paganini’s groundbreaking violin solos, and Gustav Mahler’s large-scale Symphony of a Thousand. Some have become classics, while others have defined an era, yet they all reflect the radiant glamour of new talent.
 
This year’s Festival will feature a total of 17 programmes, with works presented by dazzling young talents, reinterpretations of classics, grand productions brought by internationally famous ensembles and orchestras, as well as local productions, all pushing the Festival forward into a brilliant new era of vivacity!
 
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Umberto Giordano, the Festival opens with Giordano’s best-known opera Andrea Chénier. Beloved for its touching arias and exquisite orchestration, Andrea Chénier is a passionate love story written in the style of verismo. 
 
Lyric tragedy Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck will be staged outdoors at Mount Fortress, while local opera production, A Fragrant Dream, will be remade with a polished script, refined libretto and a starry line-up. Budding international talents such as Russian-Lithuanian pianist Lukas Geniušas and South Korea’s leading ensemble Novus String Quartet, as well as local talents in the third cycle of the Bravo Macao! concert series will also grace the stage at the Festival.
 
Other famous musicians and ensembles include Chen’s erhu family, rising jazz star Jazzmeia Horn, fresh electronic musician el fog, the acclaimed Coro Lirico Siciliano, the joyous South African ensemble Soweto Gospel Choir and Hong Kong singer William So. 
 
A number of world-renowned ensembles and orchestras will appear on stage at this year’s Festival, including Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen delighting its audience with a night of Beethoven. 
 
The resounding finale of the Festival will be presented by the distinguished Vienna Philharmonic performing a pieces by musical giants Strauss, Wagner and Beethoven.
 
The 31st Macao International Music Festival is about to start. Come embark with us on this musical expedition to witness the unyeilding force of progress and rising stars.
 
 
 
Andrea Chénier
Opera in Four Acts 
by Umberto Giordano
 
A brilliant improvised verse by the patriotic poet Chénier ignites the flame of love in Maddalena, the beautiful daughter of the Contessa di Coigny. However, the tumultuous times of the French Revolution have put the enamoured pair to the test, when the reactionary poet flees from fierce prosecutors and the aristocrats are being hunted one after another. Will their love survive this era of unprecedented riots and raves?
 
A masterpiece by the Italian composer Umberto Giordano, Andrea Chénier is a passionate love story of conviction and sacrifice written in verismo style, or “realism”, the dominant artistic style of Italian operas of the time. Replete with torrential dramatic music, extreme emotionality and virtuosic arias against the breathtaking French Revolution backdrop, Andrea Chénier is one of the pinnacles of the period’s opera in history. Produced by the prestigious Teatro Regio Torino (Italy), this year’s Macao International Music Festival commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Giordano by presenting to you this epic ode to the beauty of life.
 
Conductor: Marco Guidarini
Director: Lamberto Puggelli
Revival Director: Vittorio Borrelli
Set Design: Paolo Bregni
Costume Design: Luisa Spinatelli
Lighting Design: Bruno Ciulli
Revival Lighting Design: Vlady Spigarolo 
Macao Orchestra
Coro Lirico Siciliano
Production: Teatro Regio Torino
 
Characters and Cast: 
Andrea Chénier: Carlo Ventre, Tenor
Carlo Gérard: Roberto Frontali, Baritone
Maddalena di Coigny: Csilla Boross, Soprano
Bersi: Giovanna Lanza, Mezzo-soprano
Contessa di Coigny / Madelon: Alessandra Palomba, Mezzo-soprano
The Incredibile / The Abbé: Giorgio Trucco, Tenor
Fléville / Fouquier-Tinville: Graziano Dallavalle, Bass-baritone 
Roucher: Luca Dall’Amico, Bass
Mathieu: Italo Proferisce, Baritone
Schmidt / Dumas: Šimon Svitok, Baritone
 
 
 
Lukas Geniušas
 
“Geniušas plays with a prizewinner’s brilliance, yet with a mature ability to recreate a work’s architecture, and an expressiveness that doesn’t overtly draw attention to itself.” – The Guardian, United Kingdom.
 
Lukas Geniušas is among the many bright stars performing at this year’s Macao International Music Festival. At only 20, he won the Second Prize at the 16th International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in 2010 and five years later, the Second Prize at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015.
 
Born into a family of musicians, this played a major role in Lukas’ musical education, particularly through the mentorship of his grandmother, Vera Gornostaeva, a prominent teacher and professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Lukas started his piano studies at the age of five at the preparatory department of Frédéric Chopin Music College in Moscow, where he graduated with top honours. Lukas has appeared with numerous orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, as well as under the batons of conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, to name a few. His international career has taken Lukas to prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world.
 
Programme: 
F. Chopin: 12 Études, op. 10
F. Chopin: 12 Études, op. 25
M. Ravel: Sonatine in F-sharp Minor 
S. Prokofiev: 10 Pieces, op. 12
 
 
 
A Social Call
Jazzmeia Horn
 
 “Jazzmeia has one of the best voices I’ve heard in over 40 years.” 
– Jon Hendricks
 
“Not only a vocalist, but a musician with big ears, and wisdom beyond her years.”
– Al Jarreau
 
The American artist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star”. Her accolades include DownBeat Student Music Award Recipient 2008 and 2009, Best Vocal Jazz Soloist Winner 2010, the 2013 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center ­in Washington D.C., the Rising Star Award for the 2012 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition, to name a few.
 
Together with her dynamic group “The Artistry of Jazz Horn”, Jazzmeia brings the future of Jazz to this year’s Music Festival!
 
 
Programme Highlights: 
Tight  
Social Call  
I Remember You 
East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) 
 
 
 
Timeless Beethoven
The Vienna Philharmonic
 
From the Golden Hall of the Musikverein to Macao, the Vienna Philharmonic will be performing two concerts at this year’s Music Festival, showcasing the one-and-only Austro--German essence and delicate Vienna music.
 
The concert features works by two important composers who had turned the pages of music history. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 displays heroism and boldness whereas Leonore Overture No. 3 expresses rich emotions. Wagner incorporated Beethoven’s musical and spiritual legacy of symphony into opera, creating the highly successful Tristan und Isolde.
 
The concert will be conducted by Andris Nelsons, who at a young age has collaborated with numerous famous orchestras in the world. The interpretation of classical pieces by the historical orchestra and the sought-after conductor is highly anticipated.
 
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
 
Programme: 
L. V. Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 in C Major, op. 72B
R. Wagner: Prelude and “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde 
L. V. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, op. 92
 
 
 
Orfeo ed Euridice
Outdoor Opera in Three Acts 
by Christoph W. Gluck
 
Orfeo’s music has charms to soothe the savage beast. One tragic day, the life of his wife Euridice was taken away. Drawing on the magical forces of his music, he ventures into the depths of the underworld to rescue his wife.
 
A Greek mythology that had inspired the imagination of generations of composers, over 70 operas drew materials from the poignant love legend of Orfeo and Euridice. Above all, Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck is considered to be one of the most important operas of the 18th century. An avid opponent of excesses in Italian opera, Gluck reformed the opera through simplicity and dramatic truth.
 
The Macao International Music Festival and the Israeli Opera bring to life a whole new production of Orfeo ed Euridice at Mount Fortress. A magical experience not to be missed!
 
Conductor: Yaron Gottfried
Director: Julia Pevzner
Set and Costume Design: Niv Manor
Choreography: Idit Herman
Video Design: Yair Katznelson
Lighting Design: Uri Morag
Moran Singers Ensemble
Macao Orchestra
Co-Production: Macao International Music Festival and Israeli Opera
 
Characters and Cast:
Orfeo: Alon Harari, Counter-tenor
Euridice: Alla Vasilevitsky, Soprano
Amore: Yael Levita, Soprano
Dancers: Clipa Theatre
 
 
 
29 / 09
01 / 10
 
開 幕 鉅 獻 / GRAND OPENING 
安德烈.謝尼爾
ANDREA CHÉNIER
星期五、日 / FRIDAY, SUNDAY / 20:00
澳門文化中心綜合劇院 
MACAO CULTURAL CENTRE - GRAND AUDITORIUM
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 600, 500, 
400, 300, 200
 
 
30 / 9
 
藝萃菁英 
Bravo Macao! 
星期六 / SATURDAY / 20:00
崗頂劇院 / DOM PEDRO V THEATRE
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 150, 120 
 
 
01 / 10
 
藝萃菁英 II
bravo macao! II
星期日 / SUNDAY / 20:00
崗頂劇院 / DOM PEDRO V THEATRE
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 150, 120
 
02 / 10
 
聖耀西西里 
isicillian chants
星期一 / MONDAY / 20:00
玫瑰堂 / ST. DOMINIC’S CHURCH
憑票免費入場 
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07 - 08 / 10
 
Novus 弦樂四重奏 
Novus String Quartet
星期六、日 / SATURDAY, SUNDAY / 20:00
崗頂劇院 / DOM PEDRO V THEATRE
票價 / TICKETS: 澳門幣 / MOP 250, 200
 
13 / 10
 
El Fog 
( 藤田正嘉 / Masayoshi Fujita )
星期五 / FRIDAY / 20:00
舊法院大樓二樓
OLD COURT BUILDING – 2ND FLOOR 
[ 需步行上樓 NO ELEVATOR ]
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 150
 
14 / 10
 
香山夢梅 
A Flagrant Dream
星期六 / SATURDAY / 20:00
澳門文化中心綜合劇院
MACAO CULTURAL CENTRE - GRAND AUDITORIUM
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 300, 250, 200
 
15 / 10
 
胡弓傳奇
The Erhu Family
星期日 / SUNDAY / 20:00
澳門文化中心小劇院 / 
MACAO CULTURAL CENTRE - SMALL AUDITORIUM
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 250, 200
 
20 / 10
 
布萊梅德意志室內愛樂 
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
星期五 / FRIDAY / 20:00
澳門文化中心綜合劇院
MACAO CULTURAL CENTRE - GRAND AUDITORIUM
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 300, 250, 200
 
21 / 10
 
奧菲歐與尤麗迪西
Orfeo Ed Euridice
星期六、日 / SATURDAY, SUNDAY / 20:00
大炮台 / MOUNT FORTRESS
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 350
 
26 / 10
 
大地靈歌
Soweto Gospel Choir
星期四 / THURSDAY / 20:00
大炮台 / MOUNT FORTRESS
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 150
 
27 / 10
 
Lukas GenIuŠas
星期五 / FRIDAY / 20:00
澳門文化中心小劇院 
MACAO CULTURAL CENTRE - SMALL AUDITORIUM
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 250, 200 
 
28 / 10
 
吉馬良斯弦樂四重奏 
Guimarães String Quartet
星期六 / SATURDAY / 20:00
崗頂劇院 
DOM PEDRO V THEATRE
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 250, 200
 
蘇永康 X 澳門中樂團 
William So & the Macao Chinese Orchestra
星期六 / SATURDAY / 20:00
威尼斯人劇場 
THE VENETIAN THEATRE
票價 / TICKETS:MOP 400, 300, 200
 
29 / 10
 
A Social Call
星期日 / SUNDAY / 20:00
大炮台 / MOUNT FORTRESS
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 150 
 
巔峰之時 
The Golden Peak
星期日 / SUNDAY / 20:00
澳門文化中心綜合劇院
MACAO CULTURAL CENTRE - GRAND AUDITORIUM
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 1500, 1200, 
900, 600, 400
 
30 / 10
 
不朽貝多芬 
Timeless Beethoven
星期一 / MONDAY / 20:00
澳門文化中心綜合劇院 
MACAO CULTURAL CENTRE - GRAND AUDITORIUM
票價 / TICKETS: MOP 1500, 1200, 900, 600, 400
 
 
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