With its festive RCO Opening Night, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra kicks off the new season with a hall full of loyal listeners and new music lovers. This third annual season opener features star soprano Diana Damrau singing well-loved Mozart arias. In addition, Thomas Hengelbrock will be conducting a number of orchestral works by Mozart, as well as Dvořák’s good-natured Symphony No. 8. The orchestra also happens to have a few musical surprises up its sleeve…
RCO Opening Night gets under way at 6.00 p.m. with a stylish dinner buffet in the foyers surrounding the Main Hall and the Recital Hall. Please note that there is a black tie dress code for the evening. The concert starts at 8.15 p.m.
You are invited to meet the orchestral musicians, Thomas Hengelbrock and Diana Damrau in the foyers after the concert. An after-party for fans in the Recital Hall brings the evening to a close.
The concert opens 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. In Mozart’s 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. Bella mia fiamma, addio is a dramatic farewell letter to a loved one. The aria ‘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.
Finally, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 is an exuberant ode to the great outdoors, brilliantly blending Bohemian folk music with Classical forms.