The first of the three Concerti lirico-sinfonici on the programme of the ROF 2021 will be held on the 13th August at 3.30 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini and will feature Mariangela Sicilia; Yuval Zorn will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini. The programme includes music by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi.
Mariangela Sicilia, soprano, was born in Cosenza; she has sung in many prestigious opera houses and international festivals including the Opéra National, Paris, the Teatro Real, Madrid, the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, the Salzburg Festival, the Sydney Opera House, the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, the Opéra, Monte Carlo, the Chorégies d’Orange, the Rome Opera, the San Carlo, Naples and the Verona Arena.
She has worked with such conductors as Leonardo G. Alarcon, Karel Mark Chichon, Sir Mark Elder, Asher Fisch, Daniele Gatti, Francesco Lanzillotta, Michele Mariotti, Stefano Montanari, Daniel Oren, Sir Antonio Pappano and Alberto Zedda and such stage directors as Robert Carsen, Hugo De Ana, Davide Livermore, Terry Gilliam, Damiano Michieletto, Jonathan Miller, David McVicar and Graham Vick.
She won Plácido Domingo’s prestigious international singing competition Operalia (2014, third prize). She sang the leading soprano rôle in La bohème at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Graham Vick, which won the prestigious Abbiati prize in 2019 as the best theatrical production of the year.
The Israeli conductor Yuval Zorn is one of the leading conductors in his country, particularly active in the operatic field and in that of contemporary music. His activities embrace a wide repertoire and have won him well merited critical approval for his sensitivity, energy and richness of detail. After being a house conductor at the Frankfurt Opera and a member of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, he has conducted important orchestras and ensemble groups in the most prestigious festivals in Israel, Europe and both North and South America. This season his projects include a continuation of his collaboration with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Contemporary Players, a new production of L’italiana in Algeri at the Israeli Opera and the world première of Cut Glass, an opera by Hana Ajiashvili which he will conduct with the Meitar Ensemble.
The two following Concerti lirico-sinfonici will be held on the 16th August (soloist Maxim Mironov) and the 21st August (soloist Erwin Schrott) again at 3.30 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini.