SANJA ROMIĆ, oboe, BENJAMIN BAKER , violin, MIRIAM PRANDI, cello, MAXIM NOVIKOV, viola, AL BUSTAN FESTIVAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor
Tuesday 12 February at 8.30pm
For its 26th edition, the Al Bustan Festival takes off with a beautiful array of music inspired from Italy.More infoBook Now
The oboe, violin, cello and viola will take center stage, along with the Al Bustan Festival Academy Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Gianluca Marcianò.
The Al Bustan Festival Academy Orchestra proudly performs for the first time in Lebanon. The Orchestra has been passionately coached by leading soloists, also performing on this opening night.
ANNA TIFU, violin, AL BUSTAN FESTIVAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor
Saturday 16 February at 8.30pm
When writing the Sinfonia Italiana, Mendelssohn was traveling around Italy and got inspired by its splendour.More infoBook Now
This violin concerto is one of Mendelssohn’s most popular compositions and will be played by the brilliant Italian violinist, Anna Tifu.
Join in the enchantment.
SUSAN ORLANDO, lecturer
Monday 18 February at 7.00pm
Venue: SURSOCK MUSEUM
Susan Orlando has participated in numerous documentaries on Vivaldi and been hosted on television and radio in Europe and the US .More info
In 2011 she co-produced a Vivaldi festival at the Château de Versailles.
Her articles on Vivaldi have been published in The New York Times, Le Monde, La Stampa, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone and Opera Now.
MARIO STEFANO PIETRODARCHI, bandoneon, AL BUSTAN FESTIVAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor
Wednesday 20 February at 8.30pm
What a “dolce” evening it will be! Let yourself be carried away by the music of the unforgettable and iconic Italian movies like La Dolce Vita, La Strada, Il Padrino, Otto e Mezzo and much more.More infoBook Now
One of the Festival’s cherished artists, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, is back to enthrall us with his bandoneon.
GABRIELE PIERANUNZI, violin, YURY REVICH, violin, SERGEJ KRYLOV, violin, AL BUSTAN FESTIVAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor
Saturday 23 February at 8.30pm
Three superb virtuosi will play three of the most commanding concertos composed by the master of the strings.More infoBook Now
This is a rare opportunity to listen to these three concertos in one evening, and to the six concertos all together during this year’s festival. Each one of these outstanding violinists will bring a different flavour to his concerto, playing his own precious instrument.
WORLD YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, GIUSEPPE GIBBONI, violin, DAMIANO GIURANNA, conductor
Sunday 24 February at 8.30pm
The World Youth Chamber Orchestra has, with its young musicians, set itself a mission of exchanging ideas and interacting with local musicians.More info
The WYCO travels around the world, spreading a message of peace and joyfulness to countries with different cultures.
It was founded by Damiano Giuranna and has been appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. It is composed of students of Conservatoires and Music Academies from the five continents.
Dedicated to social and educational causes, Damiano Giuranna is a conductor as well as a composer.
DELPHINE GALOU, contralto, MONICA PICCININI, mezzo, ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA, ALESSANDRO TAMPIERI, violin/conductor
Monday 25 February at 8.30pm
Venue: SAINT-JOSEPH JESUIT CHURCH
Accademia Bizantina, one of the most acclaimed period instrument ensembles, invites us to rethink Pergolesi’s most celebrated sacred work through a spellbinding interpretation.More infoBook Now
Pergolesi composed the Stabat Mater during his final illness and finished it just before he passed.
The opening movement is one of the most touching duets ever composed.
DELPHINE GALOU, contralto, ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA, ALESSANDRO TAMPIERI, violin/conductor
Wednesday 27 February at 8.30pm
Venue: SAINT ELIE CHURCH, KANTARI
A second chance to listen to Delphine Galou and Accademia Bizantina who has been awarded the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for the recording of Vivaldi’s Agitata.More infoBook Now
The contralto Delphine Galou gives a recital of sacred arias from the 17th and 18th centuries, with music strongly influenced by opera arias in vogue at the time.
Alessandro Tampieri will conduct this remarkable early music ensemble and play Vivaldi’s concerto for Viola d’Amore, an enigmatic and elusive instrument.
Your mind will be taken over by the exotic charm of a journey from Istanbul to Venice.
ODHECATON ENSEMBLE, PAOLO DA COL, conductor
Friday 1 March at 8.30pm
Venue: SAINT JOHN- MARC, BYBLOS
If you are looking for an exceptional experience, you will find entrancement in Monteverdi’s Venetian church music and the sublime voices of the Odhecaton Ensemble.More infoBook Now
The Odhecaton is an Italian all male vocal Ensemble specialised in Renaissance and Baroque music.
It was founded in 1998 by Paolo Da Col and has won many international prizes.
VENERA GIMADIEVA, soprano, SERBIAN NATIONAL THEATER ORCHESTRA OF NOVI SAD, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor
Sunday 3 March at 8.30pm
Immerse yourself in Italian Bel Canto with one of the most sought after lyric coloratura sopranos today.More infoBook Now
Venera Gimadieva’s operatic apperances have been great hits on both sides of the Atlantic as she excels at interpreting the roles of the bel canto heroines.
She will present the program of her latest CD, Momento Immobile.
ANASTASIYA PETRYSHAK, violin, KEVIN ZHU, violin, GIULIO PLOTINO, violin, SERBIAN NATIONAL THEATER ORCHESTRA OF NOVI SAD, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor
Tuesday 5 March at 8.30pm
Paganini left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique.More infoBook Now
He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time and this is palpable when you hear his violin concertos.
Another three exceptional violinists will complete this best loved series of six violin concertos.
Kevin Zhu is only 17 and the First Prize winner of the 2018 Paganini competition.
JOSEPH CALLEJA, tenor, SERBIAN NATIONAL THEATER ORCHESTRA OF NOVI SAD, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor
Wednesday 6 March at 8.30pm
“I like to call Giuseppe Verdi the father of opera” – Joseph Calleja.More infoBook Now
“Joseph Calleja has decisively entered the Three Tenors zone” – Gramophone.
Blessed with a golden voice, Joseph Calleja is today one of the most acclaimed and sought after tenors.
He appears in the most prestigious opera houses of the world.
Calleja’s mediterranean honey toned voice is the ultimate choice for a Verdi repertoire.
ERICA PICCOTTI, cello, VANESSA BENELLI MOSELL, piano, SERBIAN NATIONAL THEATER ORCHESTRA OF NOVI SAD, ENRICO FAGONE, conductor
Thursday 7 March at 8.30pm
You will love Dvořák’s cello concerto which has been called the greatest of all cello concertos, and Ravel’s delightful piano concerto, which is strongly influenced by Jazz.More infoBook Now
“Powerful, emotional, romantic and dramatic, Vanessa Benelli Mosell sweeps us along in a dazzling display of assured technique.” – The Guardian
“Pre-Rafaelite beauty, a rare talent, Erica Piccotti is the child prodigy of cello.” – Il Messaggero
JAVIER CAMARENA, tenor, ANGEL RODRIGUEZ, piano
Friday 8 March at 8.30pm
The Mexican tenor Javier Camarena is the preeminent Mozart and Bel Canto specialist of his generation. Praised for his burnished tone, gleaming high notes, flawless coloratura, he regularly appears in leading roles at the world’s top opera houses.More infoBook Now
After a thunderous ovation, the dazzling tenor was recently compelled for the second time to sing a rare encore at the Metropolitan Opera, where encores are simply not allowed. This honour has only been awarded so far to Luciano Pavarotti and Juan Diego Flórez.
MARIA MUDRYAK, Violetta, VINCENZO COSTANZO, Alfredo, DAMIANO SALERNO, Germont, THE ANTONINE UNIVERSITY CHOIR, TOUFIC MAATOUK, o.a.m. assistant conductor, SERBIAN NATIONAL THEATER ORCHESTRA OF NOVI SAD, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor
Saturday 9 March at 8.30pm
This immensely popular opera will be presented in concert form by an amazing cast, under the baton of Gianluca Marcianò.More infoBook Now
The young rising soprano Maria Mudryak perfectly embodies Violetta who relinquishes her life as a courtesan in the name of her passion for Alfredo.
Their love is short-lived, as illness strikes and Alfredo’s father seeks to save his son from the arms of a woman whose reputation precedes her.
KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI, piano
Tuesday 12 March at 8.30pm
Khatia is one of the most hailed and applauded pianists today.More infoBook Now
An artist of fire, a woman of charm, she is worldly renowned for her unique flamboyant style, her charisma and most of all her imposing technique.
Khatia will cast her spell on the Al Bustan stage once again. Prepare to be hypnotised by her magic.
ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA DANCERS
Wednesday 13 March at 8.30pm
Meet the ‘Etoiles’ of The Accademia Teatro alla Scala Ballet School.More infoBook Now
These young dancers will perform excerpts from the classical and contemporary repertoires of illustrious choreographers like Marius Petipa, Roland Petit and others.
This Academy is a privileged ‘breeding ground’ for the Scala’s dance corps and for dancers of a high professional level.
A show in which you can witness the talent, passion and commitment of young dancers whose determination will mold them into the stars of tomorrow.
ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA SINGERS
Friday 15 March at 8.30pm
Discover the sparkling rising stars of the Academy of Lyric Opera of La Scala in a divine bel canto recital of all time favourite opera arias.More infoBook Now
These young singers are at the beginning of a great international career.
You will very much enjoy witnessing the excellence of these ‘stars in the making’.
ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA ORCHESTRA , FRANCESCO MANARA, violin/conductor
Sunday 17 March at 8.30pm
A magnificent double bill concert featuring Vivaldi’s most popular work that has changed the course of musical history, followed by Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a set of four tango compositions.More infoBook Now
What makes this Finale particularly wonderful is that it will be played by the Ensemble of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, under the direction of Francesco Manara, first violin of the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala.