The Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands finishes the season with the singers of the Zurich Opera and the pianist Jan Lisiecki

Aug 10, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Orquesta Sinfónica Illes Balears ends the 2021-22 season with the seventh and eighth concerts in the Symphonic Summers series at Bellver Castle. On Wednesday the 10th of August the Symphony Orchestra will offer a lyrical gala with the singers of the Zurich Opera and on Friday the 12th of August it will perform the Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 with the pianist Jan Lisiecki. Both concerts will be at 21.30 and will be conducted by the chief conductor, Pablo Mielgo. Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased through Symphony’s website.

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The lyric gala will feature the voices of Ziyi Dai (soprano) and Andrew Owens (tenor). They will perform arias from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; Puccini’s La Bohème; Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore and Delibes’ Lakme, among others.

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Chinese soprano Ziyi Dai has been a member of the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera since the 2019/20 season. She studied at the Conservatory of Music in Beijing, as well as at the Manhattan School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music in New York. She has participated in masterclasses with Javier Camarena, Enza Ferrari, Eric Owens and Ferruccio Furlanetto, among others, and has won awards at the Huang Long Music Festival, the Premiere Opera Foundation Singing Competition and the Daniel Biaggi Palm Beach Opera Preis.

American tenor Andrew Owens, described by the Irish Times as having a “sonorous upper register and an easy fluency for bel canto writing”, has quickly built a reputation as a promising singer of his generation, thanks to a beautiful Italianate timbre and great agility. In the 2021-2022 season, he joins the Zurich Opera with whom he performs Itulbo in Bellini’s Il pirata, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Beppe in I Pagliacci and Telemachos in Evers’ Die Odyssey, among other roles.

Friday will be the last concert of the 2021-22 season and of the Veranos Sinfónicos (Symphonic Summers) series at Bellver Castle. In this case, the Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Jan Lisiecki, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 in a single evening.

Jan Lisiecki’s interpretations and techniques speak of a maturity beyond his years. At 27, the Canadian performs more than a hundred concerts a year all over the world and has worked closely with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, Manfred Honeck and Claudio Abbado. At the age of fifteen, Lisiecki signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon.

On the other hand, on the 29th of September the Orchestra will begin the 2022-23 season, which is made up of 17 concerts in two series: Auditòrium de Palma (9 concerts) and Trui Teatre (8 concerts). The prices of the season tickets are 225 € (Palma Auditòrium cycle) and 160 € (Trui Teatre cycle). Individual tickets will cost 35 € (Palma Auditorium) and 30 € (Trui Teatre). Auditòrium season tickets will go on sale from the 29th of August for old subscribers and from the 15th of September for new subscribers, and individual tickets will go on sale from the 28th of September. Season tickets for the Trui Teatre cycle will go on sale from 1 September and individual tickets from 12 September.