Antonello Manacorda

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Principal Conductor: Kammerakademie Potsdam
Principal Conductor: Het Gelders Orkest


Antonello Manacorda is currently Artistic Director of Kammerakademie Potsdam, a position he has held since 2010, and Principal Conductor of Het Gelders Orkest in The Netherlands since 2011. He was Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan from 2006-10.

 

A prolific opera and symphonic conductor, Manacorda has worked with many of the leading ensembles and opera houses. Recent highlights have included Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Teatro la Fenice, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and his debut at the Salzburg Mozartwoche with the Mozarteumorchester in a performance Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella. In February 2014 he conducted a Beethoven Cycle over four consecutive days in Potsdam with Kammerakademie Potsdam, and is also a regular guest every year at the Concertgebouw with Het Gelders Orkest

 

The 2015-16 season included an acclaimed debut at the Theater an der Wien conducting Rossini’s Otello with the Wiener Symphoniker and in August 2016 he conducted Berlioz Beatrice et Benedict with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for his Glyndebourne Festival debut. Symphonic highlights of the current season include debuts with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg.

 

Manacorda recently completed a Schubert Symphony cycle for Sony Classical with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, which was met with high praise, including one being listed in Die Welt’s top ten CDs of 2013. The recordings were also awarded an ECHO Klassik in 2015 for Ensemble/Orchestra of the year. He has also recently recorded a CD of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Het Gelders Orkest and soprano Lisa Larsson, which was released in November 2014 by Challenge Records. Manacordas’ latest recording project for Sony Classical is a Mendelssohn Symphony cycle with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, with the first CD released in August 2016.

 

With a strong experience in opera, December 2014 saw Manacorda conduct the Kammerakademie Potsdam’s Winter Opera production of Mozart’s La Betulia Liberata to great critical acclaim. He also has a long-standing relationship with Teatro La Fenice, and the director Damiano Michieletto, and returned to La Fenice in November 2015 to conduct The Magic Flute. Future opera collaborations include La Monnaie, Bayerische Staatsoper, Komische Oper, and Frankfurt Opera.

 

A founder-member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Antonello Manacorda was its vice-president and concertmaster for eight years.  A scholarship from De Sono in his home town of Turin allowed him to pursue his goal of becoming a conductor by enabling him to study with Jorma Panula for two years in Helsinki. From 2003-06 he was Artistic Director for chamber music at the Académie Européenne de Musique du Festival d’Aix en Provence.     

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Palais de la Monnaie, BRUSSELS

JANÁEK The Cunning Little Vixen

Revírník (Forester) ANDREW SCHROEDER
Revírníková (Forester’s wife) SARA FULGONI
Rechtor (Schoolmaster) JOHN GRAHAM-HALL
Fará (Parson) ALEXANDER VASSILIEV
Harašta VINCENT LE TEXIER
Pásek (Innkeeper) YVES SAELENS
Bystrouška (Vixen) LENNEKE RUITEN
Pásková (Innkeeper’s wifre) MIREILLE CAPELLE
Lišák (Fox) ELEONORE MARGUERRE
Mala Bystrouška (Young vixen) MARIA PORTELA LARISCH
Frantík LOGAN LOPEZ
Pepík MARION BAUWENS
Lapák KRIS BELLIGH
Kohout WILLEM VAN DER HEYDEN
Chocholka VIRGINIE LÉONARD
Cvrek MARION BAUWENS
Kobylka LOGAN LOPEZ
Skokánek HELEEN GOEMINNE
Date lMARTA BERETTA
Komár ALAIN-PIERRE WINGELINCKX
Jezevec BERTRAND DUBY
Sova BEATA MORAWSKA
Sojka LIEVE JACOBS

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
La Monnaie Chorus
La Monnaie Children's Choir, La Maîtrise
La Monnaie Youth Choir, La Choraline
MM Academy, La Monnaie Chorus Academy

Kammerakademie Potsdam, Potsdam

MOZART „Maurerische Trauermusik“ c-Moll KV 477
BERG Kammerkonzert für Violine, Klavier und 13 Bläser
- INTERVAL -
MOZART Sinfonie Nr. 40 g-Moll KV 550

Violin: Veronika Eberle
Piano: Shai Wosner
Kammerakademie Potsdam

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Berlioz

Béatrice et Bénédict: 23 July 2016

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne

The choral singing thrills, and, in the pit, Antonello Manacorda... proves to be an excellent Berliozian, getting classy playing from the London Philharmonic, on wonderful form. Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 24 July 2016
**** "...the singing was faultless, as was the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Antonello Manacorda, who perfectly brought out the sheer deliciousness of Berlioz's music. " William Harston, The Express, 25 July 2016
"... the evening’s best element is Berlioz’s score, witty, exciting, charming and just sheerly beautiful by turns, which the principals, the top-quality Glyndebourne Chorus, and the excellent London Philharmonic Orchestra all deliver with spirit under the focused baton of conductor Antonello Manacorda." George Hall, The Stage, 25 July 2016

Wagner, Martinsson & Dvorak

9 September 2015

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Konserthus Gothenburg

**** Antonello enjoyed every crescendo, every decrescendo, and made the contest of the two a playful drive. When in the final movement the first theme was played again resoundingly in the trombones, however, all seriousness returned and remained constant presence. By highlighting the final piano with reduced tempo, Manacorda made the finale of the symphony even more sensational. A music so full of rousing fire unleashed excitement even in the quiet Swedes: Standing Ovations for Antonello Manacorda and the Gothenburg Symphony. Katharina Hogrefe, BachTrack

Bach, Mahler, Schonberg & Schubert

22 May 2015

HR Sinfonieorchester, Alte Oper, Frankfurt

Dirigent Manacorda gab der Sinfonie mit leidenschaftlicher Geste Schliff und Brillanz und sorgte bei seinem Gastspiel für horbar gute Stimmung im Orchester. Dies ubertrug sich beim Schlussapplaus auch auf das Publikum. Frankfurter Neue Presse

Schubert CD

Symphony No.8

Kammerakademie Potsdam

Grossartige Phrasierungskunst, mitreissend-romantischer Elan und eine wohlausgewogene Plastizitat des Gesamtklangs sind da nur einige der ausgespielten Trumpfkarten. Guido Fischer, Rondo Magazin
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Und wie bereits bei den ersten Alben zeigt Manacorda auch hier, dass er kein Mann der belanglosen Tongeplänkel ist. Wenn er ein Stück dirigiert - und sei es noch so bekannt - , hat er etwas Neues mitzuteilen. So entschied er sich bei seinem Schubert-Zyklus von Anfang an für eine Mischung aus modernen Instrumenten, die er mit Naturtrompeten und hörnern kombinierte. Damit erreichte er auf der einen Seite jenen wuchtigen Klang, der das Erhabene dieser Werke unterstreicht, auf der anderen Seite liessen sich aber auch die feinen Momente des Innehaltens und der Intimität spektakular herausarbeiten. Das gibt frischen Wind. So brauchte Fürtwangler mit seiner monumentalen Erhabenheit für seine 'Grosse' rund 54'45'' Minuten. Manacorda ist mit 55'03'' objektiv sogar noch einen Tick langsamer - doch gefühlt ist es genau umgekehrt. Journal Frankfurt

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