Klassik am Odeonsplatz 2018 (Open Air)

Author: Bayerischer Rundfunk

Klassik am Odeonsplatz 2018 presents Diana Damrau in a French repertoire. The concert closes with Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony “From the New World”.

  • Klassik am Odeonsplatz | Copyright: © Bayerischer Rundfunk, Michael Heeg

    Klassik am Odeonsplatz © Bayerischer Rundfunk, Michael Heeg

The annual highlight of the Munich open-air season for classical music lovers is „Klassik am Odeonsplatz“. For two nights the square between Residenz and Theatinerkirche – the Feldherrenhalle as an imposing stage – converts into Munich’s most beautiful concert venue.

On Friday 13 July 2018, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks will welcome one of the most sought-after sopranos of our time, Diana Damrau. Her performance is kind of a home game since she was born in Bavaria, in the city of Günzburg. More than that, she was awarded “Bayerische Kammersängerin” in 2007. At the Bavarian State Opera, just a few meters from the Odeonsplatz, she is a regular guest in great opera roles.

At this year’s “Klassik am Odeonsplatz” Diana Damrau sings an aria from “Manon” by Jules Massenet as well as the famous “Juwel Song” by Charles Gounod. The special atmosphere of French music will continue during the first half of the concert with the popular violin adaption of the “Méditation” from Massenet’s opera “Thais” and two of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédies”.

The night starts with a reference to Leonard Bernstein, whose centennial is celebrated this year. The conductor Cristian Macelaru will open the concert with Bernstein’s ouverture from “Candide”.

After the intermission the BRSO will “cross the Atlantic”: Antonín Dvorák wrote his symphony “From the New World” during his residence in the US. This work of the Czech composer is unsurpassed in popularity and will unfold symphonic splendour during the sunset over Munich’s Odeonsplatz.

Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Conductor: Christian Măcelaru
Soprano: Diana Damrau
Director: Elisabeth Malzer


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