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Spectacular Offer for Opera Lovers at the 2021 Enescu Festival

Operas in Romanian Premieres Presented in Multimedia Performances

All the operas performed on the Grand Palace Hall stage at the 2021 George Enescu International Festival will be presented in Romanian premieres, with the participation of renowned artists and orchestras, and in multimedia performances, created by directors Carmen Lidia Vidu and Nona Ciobanu. One of the lyrical works, composed by famous tenor, composer, and conductor José Cura – Te Deum – is a world premiere dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Enescu Festival.

The extensive opera program is one of the strategic lines drawn by artistic director Vladimir Jurowski and has earned the Enescu Festival a nomination at the 2020 International Opera Awards for its 2019 program.

Romanian Premieres and Multimedia Operas at the Grand Palace Hall

The 50th commemoration of Igor Stravinsky’s death is marked by a program dedicated exclusively to the composer on September 1, featuring the Romanian premiere of The Flood, performed by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the Festival’s artistic director Vladimir Jurowski. The program also includes Les Noces (‘The Wedding’) – ‘Choreographed Scenes with Music and Voices’ for percussion, 4 pianos, choir, and vocal soloists, a spectacular moment starring pianists Daniel Ciobanu, Andrei Licaret, Alexandra Silocea, and Mihai Ritivoiu; as well as Renard, Histoire burlesque chantée et jouée (‘The Fox’).

On September 15, the National Orchestra of the Romanian Radio will perform the Romanian premiere of Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg (‘The Dwarf’) under the baton of conductor Oleg Caetani, on the Grand Palace Hall stage.

The two concerts will benefit from the multimedia direction of Carmen Lidia Vidu, one of the most appreciated Romanian directors, recently honored by UNITER. A short excerpt of the multimedia projection created by Carmen Vidu for Les Noces (‘The Wedding’) can be viewed here.

A sneak peek of The Flood by the same director is available via this link.

The George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Romanian premiere of Die tote Stadt (‘The Dead City’) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, in a concert performance on September 10. Nona Ciobanu, a director renowned for the creativity and complexity of her staging, has prepared an exceptional multimedia projection for this performance.

Another exceptional concert at the Festival will be given by Philharmonia London and José Cura, alongside the Academic Choir of the Romanian Radio, at the Grand Palace Hall on September 5. The program includes vocal-symphonic works composed by José Cura, including a world premiere: the Te Deum dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Festival for vocal soloist, choir, and children’s choir. The multimedia direction of this performance is courtesy of Carmen Vidu.

Ticketing Information

Information on the purchase procedure and conditions of access is available on the Festival website, under the Tickets section. It is still possible that changes are made to the Program due to the pandemic. Access to the concert halls will only be allowed if sanitary conditions are observed; face masks will be mandatory indoors at all times.

The 2021 George Enescu International Festival is scheduled to take place between August 28 and September 26, 2021, with an exceptional musical program, sustained by over 3,500 international and Romanian artists for a record duration of 4 weeks, with measures in place to reduce potential health risks for audiences, artists, organizers, and journalists.

The full Program can be found on the website.