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The soprano Diana Damrau debuts in Portugal at the opening of the 55th Festival of Sintra, on June 10, with a concert at the Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval.
The festival’s program, under the artistic direction of pianist Gabriela Canavilhas, was presented today and is committed to the celebration of life and the re-encounter of the enjoyment of live art, in Heritage and Nature, recalling that 25 years have passed since the classification of Sintra as a World Cultural Landscape by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The German singer was distinguished with the “The Best Singer” Prize at the International Opera Awards, in 2014. Damrau and the French bass Nicolas Testé present at “Olga Cadaval, in Sintra,” Reis e Rainhas da Ópera “, accompanied by the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra , under the direction of conductor Pavel Baleff in a program that covers several royal figures of 19th century opera.
The concert will be recorded, with support from the Ministry of Culture, with a view to a record edition in 2022, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first Portuguese Constitution, approved on September 23, 1822.
The choir and orchestra of the Patrimonial Movement for Portuguese Music (MPMP) participate in the concert, under the direction of Jan Wierzba, and the soloists Susana Gaspar (soprano), Cátia Moreso (half-soprano), Marco Alves dos Santos (tenor), Juan Orozco , André Henriques and Nuno Dias (bass).
Half-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter presents a recital of European songs that reflect her eclecticism on June 26, at 9:00 pm, in the Palace of Queluz.
Also in this palace, on June 15th, at 9 pm, the Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski, who will present a program that is “symbol of his irreverence”, revisiting the 2nd Book of “Well-tempered harpsichord”, by JS Bach.
Another highlight of the program is the performance of the vocal quartet Barbara Furtuna who will present the Corsican song, a repertoire based on the sacred and profane traditions of the French island in the Mediterranean.
The quartet acts on the 19th at Colares Church and the next day at Palácio da Vila, in Sintra, always at 21:00. The Corsican chant that this group is depositary is Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Dance is also part of the program, presenting a bridge between the pure classicism of 19th-century ballets and the bolder visions of contemporary choreographers, in Jardins de Seteais, on the 26th and 27th of June, at 19:00.