"Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018" Starring Soprano Anna Netrebko Premieres on Great Performances

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12 August 2018
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Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018
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"Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018"
Friday, August 17 at 10 PM on PBS
(Check your local Listings)

         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:
Rossini  
William Tell Overture, Finale
 
Cilea
Adriana Lecouvreur: “Io son l’umile ancella,” featuring Anna Netrebko
 
Mascagni
Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
 
Verdi
Aida: Triumphal March and Ballet
 
Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet: Suite No. 2, No. 1. Montagues and Capulets
 
Puccini
Tosca: “Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore,” featuring Anna Netrebko
 
Puccini
Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo
 
Leoncavallo
Pagliacci: “Stridono lassù,” featuring Anna Netrebko
 
Encore:
Puccini
Gianni Schicchi: “O mio babbino caro,” featuring Anna Netrebko
 
Strauss II
“Wiener Blut” (Viennese Spirit), waltz

 
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