- Carmela Remigio Soprano
- Sonia Ganassi Mezzo-soprano
- Davide Giusti Tenor
Coro Gulbenkian was founded in 1964 by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation as a full symphonic body of around 100 singers. The choir joins the Orquestra Gulbenkian and other orchestras to perform Classical, Romantic and Contemporary choral-symphonic repertoire, but can also perform a cappella. It has performed – and often premiered – many 20th century works by Portuguese and international composers.
Coro Gulbenkian has been invited to collaborate with major international orchestras, under the direction of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Colin Davis, John Nelson, Emmanuel Krivine, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Frans Brüggen, Franz Welser-Möst, Gerd Albrecht, Michael Gielen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, René Jacobs and Leonard Slatkin, among others.
Besides its regular season of concerts in Lisbon and frequent national tours, Coro Gulbenkian has repeatedly toured Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Macao, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Uruguay.
Coro Gulbenkian has recorded extensively for Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Erato, Cascavelle, Musifrance, as well as FNAC-Music, performing a wide range of repertoire, from Early-Renaissance polyphony to Xenakis. Several of these albums received international awards.
In 1962, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation decided to establish a permanent orchestral ensemble. Originally with only twelve musicians (strings and continuo) it was named “Orquestra de Câmara Gulbenkian”. This collective was successively enlarged and today the “Orquestra Gulbenkian” (the name it has adopted since 1971) has a permanent body of sixty instrumentalists, a number that can be expanded depending on the repertoire.
This structure allows the Gulbenkian Orchestra to interpret works from the Baroque and Classical periods, a significant part of 19th century orchestral literature and much of the music of the 20th century, including works belonging to the current repertoire of the traditional symphonic orchestras. In each season, the orchestra performs on a regular series of concerts at the Gulbenkian Grand Auditorium in Lisbon, where it has had the opportunity of working together with some of leading names of the world of music (conductors and soloists). It has also performed on numerous locations all over Portugal, in an effort to decentralize music and culture.
The orchestra has been constantly expanding its activities in the international level, performing in Europe, Asia Africa, and the Americas. In the recording field, Orquestra Gulbenkian is associated to labels as Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Teldec, Erato, Adès, Nimbus, Lyrinx, Naïve and Pentatone, among others, and this activity was recognized with several international prizes.
Stanislav Kochanovsky’s refined artistic personality led him to be considered one of the brightest conductors of nowadays. In these recent years he has successfully debuted with, among others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Israel Philharmonic, collaborating with soloists such as L. Kavakos, M. Pletnev, M. Vengerov, D. Matsuev, A. Volodin, K. Gerstein, S. Khachatryan, V. Frang, T. Mork, P. Ferrandez, M. Goerne. In the 2022/23 season he will also make his debut in the USA conducting the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington and the Cleveland Orchestra.
With his in-depth knowledge and experience of a wide range of symphonic and operatic repertoire, he is regularly invited by renowned orchestras and opera houses around the world such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Danish National Symphony, the NDR Elbphilharmonie and Radio Philharmonie, the Dresden Philharmonie, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, as well as the main Russian orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.
With more than thirty operas in his repertoire, recent opera engagements have included The Pique Dame and Eugene Onegin at the Opernhaus Zürich, Iolanta at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Prince Igor at the Dutch National Opera Amsterdam, working with distinguished directors and singers such as D. Tcherniakov, B. Kosky, E. Nikitin, A. Netrebko, I. Abdrazakov, O. Borodina, L. Davidsen, P. Mattei. As a guest conductor, he regularly performs at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Since 2017 Kochanovsky is also guest of the prestigious Verbier Festival where he conducts an opera in concert form every year: from Eugene Onegin in 2017, passing for Rigoletto and a symphonic program with soloists Lucas Debargue and Mikhail Pletnev in 2018, to Die Zauberflöte in 2019 and Hansel and Gretel in 2022.
In addition to the classical repertoire, Kochanovsky has a strong interest in rarely performed works and new compositions. Over the last few seasons, he has conducted rare gems as Ligeti’s Requiem, Scriabin-Nemtin’s Prefatory Action “Mysterium”, Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus, Shostakovich’s unfinished opera “The Gamblers”; Myaskovsky’s “Silence”, Weinberg’s Symphony No. 21 “Kaddish”; and works by living composers such as Dean, Fedele, Broström, Tawfiq, Visman, Campogrande, Martinsson, Golijov, Thorvaldsdottir, Tarnopolski, Rääts, Vasks.
Stanislav Kochanovsky attended the Glinka Choir School in his hometown of St. Petersburg before going on to graduate with honours at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, where he studied choral conducting, organ, and opera-symphonic conducting.
He is deeply grateful for these formative years in Russia: he was Chief Conductor of the State Safonov Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2007 he started his collaboration with the Mikhailovsky Theatre where, from the age of 25, he was given the great opportunity to conduct more than sixty opera and ballet performances.
Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni has established himself as one of the most charismatic and versatile singers performing today. Since his debut at age 26 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pisaroni has continued to appear at the world’s leading opera houses, concert halls, and festivals.
Pisaroni begins the 2016/17 season as Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Berlin Staatsoper, followed by his role debut as Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust at Houston Grand Opera. He will sing the role of Conte Rodolfo in Bellini’s La Sonnambula and Méphistophélès at the Wiener Staatsoper. Mr. Pisaroni returns to the Metropolitan Opera stage to debut as Giorgio in Bellini’s I Puritani, led by Maurizio Benini, and will then make his highly anticipated debut at Teatro alla Scala as Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, under the baton of Paavo Järvi.
This season, Mr. Pisaroni’s concert appearances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Musikverein Wien, Händel’s Messiah with Les Violons du Roy, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for the Elbphilharmonie Opening, Mozart’s Concert Arias and Schubert’s Orchestrated Songs with the Wiener Virtuosen and the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Gewandhausorchester, and Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. Pisaroni will also perform a series of recitals with pianist Maciej Pikulski at venues throughout Europe including Wigmore Hall and the Teatro de la Zarzuela. Additionally, he performs alongside Thomas Hampson in several concerts of the duo’s “No Tenors Allowed” program in Lisbon, Istanbul, Vienna, and in Leipzig at the Open Air-Bühne im Rosental.
Mr. Pisaroni’s has recorded for all major labels, and his discography includes Don Giovanni and Rinaldo from the Glyndebourne Festival; Le nozze di Figaro with the Opéra National de Paris; Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro from the Salzburg Festival; and a recording of Don Giovanni with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Additional releases include Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, and most recently, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Luca Pisaroni lives in Vienna with his wife, Catherine. Their golden retriever Lenny 2.0 and miniature dachshund Tristan are the singer's constant traveling companions.
Messa da Requiem
Stanislav Kochanovsky tornou-se, nos últimos anos, um dos mais elogiados e procurados jovens maestros em ascensão. Reconhecido pela grande versatilidade e firme visão tanto do repertório operático como do sinfónico, o maestro russo dirige o Coro e a Orquestra Gulbenkian num concerto final de temporada de elevada expetativa, assente na interpretação do Requiem de Verdi. A tocante obra que o compositor italiano escreveu em memória do poeta e romancista Alessandro Manzoni, considerado o pai da língua italiana moderna.
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