September 30.

Operaorkestret: Ligeti/Rakhmaninov/Schumann

The Norwegian National Opera Orchestra in the leading role




The Norwegian National Opera Orchestra is the mainstay of our activities. Without music, there can be no opera – and no dance. The orchestra’s concert series has been a great success, and become an important part of Oslo’s music scene. When the musicians are lifted out of the pit and onto the stage, becoming the evening’s leading performers and only point of focus, they are able to display their talent in an entirely different way than during our ballet and opera productions. Our opera house has also proven to be a fantastic concert hall, with world-class acoustics.

This season we are particularly proud to present the fruits of the collaboration with our new Musical Director, Karl-Heinz Steffens. In two concerts he will conduct the orchestra in the Main House – with works spanning from Mozart to Sibelius and Grieg. Audiences will also be able to experience his direction of three opera productions, as well as a concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio


The first concert of the year to feature the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra in the Main House starts at the heart of the romantic repertoire, with Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra. With its strong overtones of nostalgia and demand for virtuosic skill, this is a work that is held dear by many musicians. 

The soloist is Romanian Alexandra Dariescu, one of the most prominent young pianists of our time.

Rachmaninoff composed his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini around 80 years after Robert Schumann had added the finishing touches to his Symphony no. 3. With its light, dark and swelling emotions, this symphony gives the instruments the opportunity to display the very best of their qualities. 

The symphony is also known as the “Rhenish” symphony. Schumann composed it during a stay in Düsseldorf in 1850, and said that the history and power of the famousRhine river flowed through his mind during the creative process.

The musicians of the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra will now perform these masterpieces under the skilled direction of up-and-coming German conductor Clemens Schuldt.

Schuldt is principal conductor with München Kammerorkester from the 2016/2017 season. He is regarded as one of Germany’s most exciting young conductors, and has conducted orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

György Ligeti Concert românesc Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43 Robert Schumann Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, op. 97 Artists The Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Alexandra Dariescu/piano, Clemens Schuldt/conductor 

György Ligeti:
Concert românesc  

Sergej Rakhmaninov:
Rapsodi over et tema av Paganini, op.43

Robert Schumann:
Symfoni nr. 3 i Ess-dur, op.97 

Clemens Schuldt

Clemens Schuldt er født i den tyske byen Bremen, og studerte fiolin ved Robert Schumann-høyskolen i Düsseldorf. Han studerte senere direksjon med Rüdiger Bohn i Düsseldorf, Mark Stringer i Wien og Nicolás Pasquet i Weimar.

Som dirigent gikk Schuldt i 2010 til topps i Donatella Flick-konkurransen i London, og han blir regnet for en de mest spennende unge dirigenter fra Tyskland. I tillegg til å ha vært assisterende dirigent for London Symphony Orchestra har han dirigert Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Helsingborg Symfoniorkester og Orchestre National de Bordeaux – for å nevne noen. Han har også samarbeidet med musikere som Kit Armstrong, Ingrid Fliter, Daniil Trifonov, Francois Leleux, Xavier de Maistre, Steven Isserlis og Nils Mönkemeyer. Fra sesongen 2016/2017 er han sjefsdirigent for München Kammerorekster.

Opera har også blitt mer sentralt på Schuldts repertoar. I 2015/2016 var han gjestedirigent ved Staatstheater Mainz, der han dirigerte en nyproduksjon av Gounods Faust, Verdis Rigoletto og Wagners Den flyvende hollender. Han har også dirigert Offenbachs Hoffmanns eventyr ved Theatre Osnabrück og Dvořáks Rusalka ved Theater Gelsenkirchen.

Alexandra Dariescu

Alexandra Dariescu vokste opp i byen Iasi i Romania. Hun viste tidlig interesse for musikk, og startet å spille klaver som sju-åring. Få år senere vant hun sin første av en lang rekke klaverkonkurranser, og da hun var 16, fikk hun et fireårig stipend for studier i England. Hun debuterte i Carnegie Hall i 2011 og i Royal Albert Hall med Royal Philharmonic Orchestra i 2013. Senere har hun spilt konsert i Concertgebouw i Amsterdam, og opptrådt som solist med Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek og BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Grant Llewellyn.

Som solist har hun også spilt med Anhaltische Philharmonie i Tyskland, Szczecin Filharmoniske Orkester i Polen, Royal Northern Sinfonia og Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra i England, samt orkestre i både Romania og Litauen.

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  • Scene
    Main House
  • Price
    100 - 395 NOK
  • /
    1 intermission

September 2016