National Youth Orchestra of the USA


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The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, or NYO-USA, is still a young ensemble. Founded in 2013 at the initiative of New York’s Carnegie Hall, it unites the best young musicians of the entire USA each summer. The orchestra spends three intense weeks rehearsing on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, north of New York City. In addition to intensive sectional and tutti rehearsals, the residency includes chamber music activities and workshops on musical and non-musical subjects. Each summer culminates in a concert at Carnegie Hall, followed by a tour to cultural capitals. In summer 2018, NYO-USA undertook a tour of Asia under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, performing in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul and Daejeon. As part of this year’s European tour, NYO-USA makes its debut at Young Euro Classic.

August 6, 2019 20:00

Konzerthaus, Berlin

Sebastian Nordmann
Patron of the Evening

Sir Antonio Pappano

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The British conductor Sir Antonio Pappano is equally successful in the opera house and on the concert stage. Since 2002 he has been the music director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London; at the same time he has held the position of chief conductor of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2005. Born to Italian parents in London in 1959, his career took him to Chicago, Frankfurt and Bayreuth (where he assisted Daniel Barenboim) to Oslo, where he became chief conductor of the Norwegian Opera in 1990, followed by the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels in 1992. Ever since, Pappano has performed with all the major orchestras in North American and Europe, including both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Berlin this past season. His opera repertoire is immense, ranging from the masterpieces of Verdi, Puccini and Wagner to Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Szymanowski’s King Roger and Birtwistle’s The Minotaur. Most recently, his CD production of Verdi’s Aida with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann in the main roles won broad acclaim. As a pianist, Pappano regularly accompanies song recitals by singers such as Joyce DiDonato, Ian Bostridge and Gerald Finley.


Dame Sarah Connolly

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The British mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly is among the leading vocalists of Great Britain. She is not only a regular guest at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at the Glyndebourne Festival; she has also appeared at the Bayreuth Festival, at the opera houses of Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The repertoire of the singer, who was awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2017, ranges from baroque to modern works. She sings Handel and Monteverdi roles alongside the important mezzo roles by Mozart, Wagner and Strauss. In addition, Sarah Connolly is a champion of contemporary opera; for example, she has performed in the operas The Silver Tassie by Mark-Anthony Turnage (English National Opera) and Hamlet by Brett Dean (Glyndebourne). The singer has also recorded works by Mendelssohn, Mahler, Korngold and Elgar. She has been invited to sing at the Last Night of the Proms several times.



"Delicate Tension” - Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (World Premiere)


"Les Nuits d'été" Op. 7 (1834-1856)


Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major Op. 100 (1944/45)


Think big! That is most certainly the motto when the National Youth Orchestra of the United States performs the final concert of Young Euro Classic 2019 at the Konzerthaus. The audience gets to witness one of the world’s leading conductors, Antonio Pappano, who laid the foundation for his international career in the USA. The soloist is also a top star: the mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly, who presents everything she does – from baroque to bel canto to Broadway – with overwhelming mastery. She sings one of the most beautiful song cycles of the romantic era, Les nuits d’été by Hector Berlioz. After the interval, the programme features Prokofiev’s masterwork, his Symphony No. 5 of 1944: grand in its proportions, it is full of melodic inventiveness which has made the work his most popular symphony.


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