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National Academy of Santa Cecilia, the 2022 - 23 Season
"All possible music" in the very rich billboard at the Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone in Rome, in the last concert season that sees Antonio Pappano Music Director of the prestigious Institution
Organized by: National Academy of Santa Cecilia Foundation

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As always, a very dense billboard marks the new one Concert season 2022 -23 ofNational Academy of Santa Cecilia: twenty-eight symphonic concerts, eighteen chamber music, an extra date at Christmas, in addition to off-site performances in Italy and Europe, make up the rich and multifaceted musical offer of the historic Roman institution.

The new season will debut also the last one sees Sir Antonio Pappano at the helm of the Cecilian complexes: Music Director of the Academy since 2005, he will hold the position until September 2023, leaving Rome for the British capital where he is expected as Chief Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra - the Anglo-Italian Maestro however, he will maintain a close relationship with Santa Cecilia as Director Emeritus.

With Antonio Pappano will be protagonists of the billboard 2022-23 many illustrious names of the international concert Gotha: excellent conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Jakub Hrůša, Myung-Whun Chung is Daniele Gatti to name a few, a parade of piano stars from around the world, from Martha Argerich to Yuja Wang, Mikhail Pletnev, András Schiff, Evgeny Kissin, Igor Levit, Grigory Sokolov, Beatrice Rana (artist in residence) and others, extraordinary soloists including the cellist Mario Brunello, the violinists Lisa Batiashvili is Leonidas Kavakos, the voices of the sopranos Asmik Grigorian, Ausrine Stundyte, Pink Feola, Sandrine Piau and the tenor Clay Hille.

Antonio Pappano will be at the head of his teams for eight concerts of the symphonic season, a chamber production, tour national and international between Milan, Siena, Madrid, Hamburg, Paris and Munich.

The Season 2022 - 23 inaugurates Tuesday October 18, 2022 (reruns Thursday 20 is Saturday October 22) with Elektra of Richard Strauss, for the first time on the bill in Santa Cecilia. The work, presented in concert form, sees on the podium Antonio Pappano, at the helm ofOrchestra and Choir of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia and an exceptional cast, with the Lithuanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte in the role of the protagonist, Elisabet Strid in that of Chrysothemis, Petra Lang like Clytemnestra, Neal Cooper in the part of Egisto, Kostas Smoriginas in that of Oreste.

With the second appointment of the season (November 3, 4 and 5) always Pappano will kick off the residence of Beatrice Rana, who will sit at the piano for the first performance in Santa Cecilia del Piano Concerto of Clara Schumann in an evening dedicated to "Schumann House".

Among the many pages that Sir Pappano will direct in the next six appointments, stand out the Symphony n. 7 by Mahler (which he will face for the first time), le Symphonies n. 7 and n. 9 by Bruckner and the Tithing of Shostakovich, the first piece he directed twenty years ago in Santa Cecilia, which will also be the last piece scheduled in his last concert as musical director of the Academy.

The Principal Guest Director Jakub Hrůša ceciliano back on the podium for three symphonic appointments: the first in January 2023 with soloist Beatrice Rana who will try his hand at the famous Piano Concerto of Robert Schumann, the second in April, with music by Dvořák is Janáček, and again in May with two symphonic poems by Richard Strauss, Don Juan is Death and transfiguration, and two compositions by Bohuslav Martinů.

Guests of the Academy Season are then some of the most authoritative directors on the international scene: Herbert Blomstedt, one of the greatest ever interpreters of the symphonies of Bruckner, will offer his reading of the Fourth "Romantic" Symphony by the Austrian composer; Daniele Cats will direct theElias of Mendelssohn and in a subsequent concert music by Prokofiev is Tchaikovsky; Gianandrea Noseda, with an entirely made in USA program that also types the Concerto in F of Gershwin performed by the French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet; Myung-Whun Chung, with a concert entirely dedicated to Brahms; Manfred Honeck, for a whole Mozart.

To be mentioned again Thomas Adès, one of the greatest living composers, who ten years after his only presence in Santa Cecilia will conduct in Italian premiere his composition inspired by Dante, Paradise, next to the famous piece by Gustav Holst, The Planets; Tugan Sokhiev (the Russian director who at the outbreak of the war resigned at the same time from his posts at the Bolshoi in Moscow and at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse), who will compete in Il Earth's Song of Mahler is Fabio Biondi, in a concert entirely dedicated to Vivaldi.

An all-female evening is the one that sees returning to the podium Mirga Grazynite-Tyla, among the most requested and appreciated conductors, for the Italian premiere of Piano Concerto of Magnus Lindberg, written specifically for Yuja Wang who will sit at the keyboard on this occasion. It's still Sakari Oramo, who will perform together with Stefano Bollani is Joo Hyung-ki ("Joo" by the famous duo Igudesman & Joo) in Concerto for two pianos of Poulenc.

Stanislav Kochanovsky will instead be the protagonist of the Christmas concert with The Snow Maiden of Tchaikovsky, with the narrating voice of Milena Vukotic.

Between debuts of the new season, Antonello Manacorda, on the podium in April for the first ever of the Clarinet Concerto of Michael Nyman, written for Alessandro Carbonare, first clarinet of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and the French Jérémie Rhorer who directs the orchestra in music by Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky. With him, the young compatriot pianist Alexandre Kantorow, also in the Czech debut, winner of the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, together with the Grand Prix, awarded only three times in the history of the competition.

The billboard is further embellished with prestigious names of international concert, primarily the lady of the piano Martha Argerich, the great violinist Lisa Batiashvili, the pianist Andrei Korobeinikov and, among the voices, well-known names such as the Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian, Ausrine Stundyte, Rosa Feola and the tenor Clay Hilley to name just a few spearheads.

Inaugurates with a particular event there Room Season, Thursday October 27: on stage the Choir, L'Percussion Ensemble and well six young pianists coming from the Academy's specialization courses, directed by Piero Monti in a program that typeset Stravinsky is Varèse.

The pianist in residence Beatrice Rana it also appears in the chamber music season, together with Antonio Pappano, also as a pianist, with pieces by Dvořák, Ravel and the Carnival of the animals of Saint-Saëns.

And as always, a large number of concerts are dedicated to piano, with great performers, from Mikhail Pletnev, András Schiff, Evgeny Kissin, Igor Levit, Jan Lisiecki, Piotr Anderszewski as far as Grigory Sokolov. The young Italian pianist will also make his Roman debut Alexander Gadjiev, winner of the 2nd Prize in the latest edition of the Warsaw Chopin Competition.

Then we add i chamber ensembles of the Cecilian Orchestra, like the Arches of Santa Cecilia directed by Luigi Piovano or theCello ensemble in the company of established soloists such as Kian Soltani, alternating with beloved artists such as Mario Brunello, which in two appointments will continue its project started in 2019 dedicated to 12 Bach masterpieces, the Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos or the soprano Sandrine Piau, on an evening of Lieder and Mélodies, including excerpts from Clara Schumann is Lili Boulanger.

There are also tours in Italy and Europe, directed by Antonio Pappano: the first, from 13 to 19 November, with Lisa Batiashvili to the violin, it will touch first Madrid and will continue in Italy with dates a Siena, Rimini and to Milan staircase;

will follow a tour with Martha Argerich from 22 January to 5 February, which will touch seven of the most prestigious European theaters, from the Konzerthaus of Vienna, to Munich, where the Orchestra will perform for the first time in the new Isarphilharmonie, a Frankfurt, Essen, Hamburg, Paris is Luxembourg.

Another concert is scheduled at Ferrara, directed by Myung-Whun Chung (February 17), while in April will be back Sir Pappano to conduct the orchestra, soloist Asmik Grigorian, at the Teatro Grande in Brescia.

* (Antonio Pappano, photocredit @ Musacchio- Ianniello)
National Academy of Santa Cecilia, the 2022 - 23 Season

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