Star soprano Diana Damrau is travelling with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to Essen to sing a number of well-loved Mozart arias. In his opera Il re pastore, crown prince Aminta’s declaration of love for his adored shepherdess Elisa, L’amerò, sarò costante is so sincere that Alexander the Great gives the two permission to marry. The concert aria Bella mia fiamma, addio is a dramatic farewell letter to a loved one. ‘Dove sono i bei momenti’ fits Diana Damrau like a glove, who has sparkled many times as the Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Conductor Thomas Hengelbrock opens the concert with the legendary overture to Don Giovanni. The Symphony No. 32, as compact as it is inventive, may also have been intended as an overture to an opera or operetta.
After the interval, the orchestra is performing Antonín Dvořák’s good-natured Symphony No. 8, an exuberant ode to the great outdoors brilliantly blending Bohemian folk music with Classical forms.