Friday, August 17 at 10 PM on PBS
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Led by guest conductor Valery Gergiev, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for its 15th open-air concert, with the Baroque gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace serving as the magnificent backdrop. The program features internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko as special guest soloist and celebrates Italian operatic masters, with works by Rossini, Verdi and Puccini.
This summer night of Italian splendor begins with a stirring rendition of the finale to Rossini’s William Tell Overture and closes with “Wiener Blut,” the timeless Strauss waltz that demonstrates the Viennese spirit of love for their homeland. The telecast marks Valery Gergiev’s third time conducting the Summer Night Concert and his 150th appearance with the orchestra. This free outdoor concert allows the distinguished orchestra to make classical music accessible beyond its usual core audience. The annual event is produced by the ORF, and transmitted live or delayed in more than 80 countries worldwide.
The full musical program includes:
William Tell Overture, Finale
Adriana Lecouvreur: “Io son l’umile ancella,” featuring Anna Netrebko
Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
Aida: Triumphal March and Ballet
Romeo and Juliet: Suite No. 2, No. 1. Montagues and Capulets
Tosca: “Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore,” featuring Anna Netrebko
Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo
Pagliacci: “Stridono lassù,” featuring Anna Netrebko
Gianni Schicchi: “O mio babbino caro,” featuring Anna Netrebko
“Wiener Blut” (Viennese Spirit), waltz