NOV 14, 2023
MUSICA RICERCATA OP. 6
Musica Ricercata Op.6 takes place between 16. - 30. November in Timișoara.
Starting from the slogan of the European Capital of Culture 2023, "Shine Your Light! Light up your city!", Musica Ricercata Op.6 presents the metaphorical illumination of Timișoara during the Age of Enlightenment. All the events in Musica Ricercata Op.6 "Lux Timisiensis" demonstrate the cultural synchronicity between Timișoara and Western Europe in the immediate period following Timișoara's liberation from the Ottoman occupation.
The festival kicks off on November 16th with a concert by Musica Ricercata under Gabriel Bebeselea’s direction and featuring the renowned countertenor Valer Sabadus. The festival will also feature prestigious artists such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Le Concert Spirituel, and violinist Elicia Silverstein, who will perform Heinrich Biber's complete Rosary Sonatas alongside organist and harpsichordist Marco Mencoboni.
Additionally, the festival will celebrate the Year of Dimitrie Cantemir with a concert by the Derya Türkan ensemble. Beyond the concerts and workshops, the festival will also be joined by the great poet Radu Vancu, who will engage in a discussion with the audience about the Enlightenment and its influence on Timișoara.
SEP 22, 23, 28, 29, 2023
Love, murder out of jealousy, rebellion against fate, reconciliation with fellow human beings and with nature - these are the themes that Arnold Schoenberg weaves together, sometimes with a song-like delicacy, sometimes with overwhelming musical power, in the concert piece with the largest ensemble in the entire orchestral literature: Gurre-Lieder.
Gabriel Bebeșelea leads over 400 instrumentalists and lyrical artists from Germany and Romania in performances of this monumental work on the 22. and 23. September at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Gera and on the 28. and 29. September in the Roses' Park Timisoara.
Part of Timisoara's European Capital of Culture 2023 programme, the Gabriel Bebeșelea led production is performed by the "Banatul" Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir Timisoara, the Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg Gera, the Opernchor des Theaters Altenburg Gera, Choir of the National Opera House Timisoara, the Konzertchor Rutheneum, the "Ion Vidu" National College of Art's Choir and features Roy Cornelius Smith (Waldemar), Michaela Kaune (Tove), Ruxandra Donose (Waldtaube), Cosmin Ifrim (Klaus Narr), Alejandro Lárraga Schleske / Bogdan Baciu (Peasant) and Johannes Schwärsk (the Narrator) as soloists.
SEPT 09, 2023
GABRIEL BEBEȘELEA AT THE
"GEORGE ENESCU" FESTIVAL
Sunday, the 10th of September, Gabriel Bebeșelea leads two concerts in the frames of the "George Enescu” Festival.
With the Romanian Chamber Orchestra, Bebeșelea will perform a family concert, presenting works by Mozart, Bartok and Gandolfi.
In the afternoon, Gabriel Bebeșelea leads Musica Ricercata in the "Transilvania (Bel)cantans" entitled programme, which features music by Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti and excerpts from Valentino Fioravanti’s opera "La foresta d’Hermanstad”.
The concept of the "Transilvania (Bel)cantas” programme originates from "La Foresta d'Hermanstad", an opera composed in 1812 in Naples by Valentino Fioravanti, one of Gioachino Rossini's mentors, which is set in Sibiu/Hermannstadt, that periods’s capital of Transylvania. The connection between this opera and the two bel canto titans - Rossini and Donizetti - is the archive in Naples, where all the manuscripts of the works that will be performed in Sunday’s concert can be found. "La Foresta d'Hermanstad" was discovered by Gabriel Bebeșelea in Naples after extensive research. He also undertook the transcription and editing of the 800 pages manuscript, preparing it for a modern premiere of the opera.
Taking center stage as soloists for this concert are tenor Lawrence Brownlee, soprano Rodica Vica and baritone Mihail Dogotari.
AUG 01, 2023
BEETHOVEN'S 9TH SYMPHONY
On the 4th of August, Gabriel Bebeșelea leads the “Banatul” Philharmonic Orchestra of Timisoara and a community choir in a performance of Beethoven’s landmark Ninth Symphony. The orchestra and choir are joined onstage by soloists Adela Zaharia, Roxana Constantinescu, Cosmin Ifrim and Serban Vasile. Beethoven’s joyful anthem for humanity will be performed in the Roses Park in Timisoara, in the frames of the city’s European Capital of Culture season 2023.
JULY 10, 2023
MUSICA RICERCATA OP.5
Between 20. - 26. July, the Musica Ricercata Op. 5, whose founder and artistic director Gabriel Bebeșelea is, takes place in Sibiu. This year’s edition is dedicated to Ligeti's Centenary and is titled LIGESTEZIA. Under the slogan “Look to the sound, listen to the colour", the seven-day festival will take the audience through a musical, literary and architectural rainbow, featuring extraordinary concerts and recitals, audience talks, experimental concerts, leading cultural personalities, architectural diversity and symbolic lights. It will all culminate in an extraordinary concert by the "Transilvania" State Philharmonic in the Grand Square, whose repertoire will be closely linked both to Sibiu and to Ligeti's innovative concepts.