Rafael Payare makes his much anticipated return visit to the Wiener Philharmoniker this week at the Wiener Konzerthaus, and on tour in Riga and Vilnius. Giving his first concert on Friday, he will conduct a programme of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No.3 and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. He will be joined on stage by celebrated mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča for Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder.
Following two performances in Vienna, Rafael, Elīna and the orchestra travel to Vilnius, where they give a concert at the Lithuanian National Opera on Tuesday. The tour will end on Wednesday at the Dzintaru Koncertzale in Riga, Latvia.
These concerts draw to a close a busy season for Rafael, which saw his acclaimed return visit to the Chicago Symphony, plus engagements with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Pittsburgh Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In February, it was announced that Rafael will become the next Music Director of the San Diego Symphony from the 2019/20 season.
A regular visitor to Vienna, Elīna has recently finished a run of performances at the Staatsoper, where she made her debut as as the eponymous femme fatale in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila. She opens her 2018/19 season reprising the role at the Metropolitan Opera.
Concerts take place on 16 and 17 June in Vienna, on 19 June in Vilnius, and 20 June in Riga. More information on the Wiener Philharmoniker website.