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FENICE THEATRE ORCHESTRA

The history of the orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice is associated with that of the theatre, which held such an important place in opera in the nineteenth century, with premières of operas including Semiramide, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Rigoletto, and La traviata.

The second half of the century brought an internationalisation of repertory, broadened also by symphony concerts and collaboration with leading instrumental soloists. In the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the orchestra was directed by leading conductors and composers, including Lorenzo Perosi, Giuseppe Martucci, Antonio Guarnieri, Richard Strauss, Pietro Mascagni, Giorgio Ghedini, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Goffredo Petrassi, Alfredo Casella, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Willy Ferrero, Leopold Stokowski, Fritz Reiner, Vittorio Gui, Tullio Serafin, Giuseppe Del Campo, Nino Sanzogno, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Carlo Zecchi, John Barbirolli, Herbert Albert, Bruno Walter, Franco Ferrara, Guido Cantelli, Thomas Schippers, and Dimitri Mitropoulos. In 1938 the Teatro La Fenice became an autonomous entity and the orchestra was developed further with active participation in the Festival of Contemporary Music of the Biennale. In the 1940s and 1950s under the guidance of Toscanini, Scherchen, Bernstein, and Celibidache (with a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies), Konwitschny (with Wagner’s Ring cycle), and Stravinsky, the orchestra presented a series of historic concerts. In the following years the most distinguished conductors worked with the orchestra, among them Bruno Maderna, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa, and Lorin Maazel. Contemporary operas in the 1950s included Britten’s Turn of the Screw and Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, and in more recent years the first Italian production of Aus Deutschland and the world première of Mauricio Kagel’s Entführung im Konzertsaal, and of Adriano Guarneri’s Medea.

In concerts the orchestra has undertaken cycles, including those dedicated to Berg and to Mahler, under the direction of conductors such as Sinopoli, Kakhidze, Masur, Barshai, Tate, Ahronovitch, Kitaenko, Inbal, and Temirkanov. The orchestra tours regularly in Italy and abroad. Principal conductors have included Eliahu Inbal, Vjekoslav Sutej, and Isaac Karabtchevsky, and among guest conductors Jeffrey Tate. From 2002 to 2004 the Musical Director was Marcello Viotti.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Orchestra 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
NEW YEAR'S CONCERT 2004 FROM THE REOPENED TEATRO LA FENICE (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-NYC4V
Classical Concert
NEW YEAR'S CONCERT 2007 FROM THE TEATRO LA FENICE (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107145
Opera DVD, Classical Concert, Opera DVD, Classical Concert
NEW YEAR'S CONCERT 2007 FROM THE TEATRO LA FENICE (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-CONYC7V
Opera DVD, Classical Concert, Opera DVD, Classical Concert
OPERA EXCLUSIVE - Giuseppe Verdi (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-GOLDBOX9
Opera DVD
REOPENING GALA FROM TEATRO LA FENICE (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-CORLF
Classical Concert, Classical Documentary, Classical Concert
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) (La Fenice, 2004) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107227
Opera DVD
VERDI: LA TRAVIATA (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-OPLTLF
Opera DVD
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Vedova Scaltra (La) (La Fenice, 2007) Naxos
8.660225-26
Opera





 
 
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