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Netrebko and Beczala sing for Japan

10 AUG 2011

published in: Opera, General

Helga Rabl-Stadler, Piotr Beczala, Anna Netrebko, Alexander Zigo (translator), Ivor Bolton, Photo: SF
Iolanta is a blind princess who regains her sight at the end of Tchaikovsky’s opera – demonstrating the power of love and music. The dress rehearsal of the opera on August 13 can also have a healing effect in another way, as the net proceeds of the public rehearsal will be donated in their entirety to the reconstruction of Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall in Japan. Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala as well as the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Ivor Bolton and all the other performers have waived their fees in order to help Salzburg’s partner city Kawasaki. “We are grateful to the artists for this gift, which we are able to send on to Japan, with the audience’s help,” Helga Rabl-Stadler said at today’s press conference.

Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, much-lauded for its acoustics, was almost completely destroyed during the earthquake on March 11, 2011. It had only been opened on July 1, 2004 by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hubert Soudant, the former Chief Conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra.

Apart from the connection between the cities of Salzburg and Kawasaki since the beginning of their partnership in 1992, the Mozarteum Orchestra itself also has close ties to the concert hall. Shortly after its opening, in October 2004, the Mozarteum Orchestra gave a concert there under the baton of its former Chief Conductor Hubert Soudant. Soudant himself has been Chief Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra since 2004, and that orchestra is in residence at Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall.

With this benefit event, the Salzburg Festival continues a good tradition: 2010 saw the first benefit for Pakistan – which, incidentally, also featured Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala and the Mozarteum Orchestra under Ivor Bolton.

Tickets for the dress rehearsal of Iolanta / Le Rossignol, ranging from 30 to 120 Euros, can be purchased starting immediately online.

The social projects of the 2011 Salzburg Festival:

Collection of donations for the hunger catastrophe in Eastern Africa

Benefit dress rehearsal of Jedermann for a project for street children in Alexandria (Caritas)

Benefit dress rehearsal of Prometeo for the renovation of the Kollegienkirche

The Salzburg Festival helps Japan / Kawasaki, its partner city