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Ressort: Kultur, Tourismus, Musik, Kitzbühel Tourismus - EN
Datum: 06.7.2015
Ort: Kitzbühel

Elīna Garanča delights Kitzbühel

A wonderfully warm summer evening, a clear starlit sky and bright moonlight – open air concerts do not get more atmospheric that this. Elīna Garanča appeared at the weekend for the third time against the splendid backdrop of the Kitzbühel mountains, delighting nearly 3,000 fans together with her two American guests, soprano Angel Joy Blue and baritone Donnie Ray Albert. And this despite the fact that Garanča had suffered a serious vocal cord infection during concert rehearsals. Against the advice of her doctors, however, Garanča refused to miss the chance to sing at one of her – as she put it – most important concerts of the year. Artistic director Karel Mark Chichon adapted the programme to the new situation, stating: “Elīna sings what she and her voice feel they can manage”. The audience showed their thanks with resounding applause and standing ovations.

A varied programme with a “Grande Finale”

There was no shortage of big names on the programme: Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Leoncavallo, Verdi, Rossini, and finally a medley created by Chichon from well-known songs such as “Granada” and “Marechiare”, all provided for a wide range of classics that was especially rich in highlights. Of special interest was a premiere: the first performance by Elīna Garančas of the aria “Samson, recherchant ma presence” from “Samson et Dalila” by Camille Saint-Saens. As an encore all three stars sang the “Brindisi” from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi.

Celebrities in attendance

Numerous celebrities were also seen enjoying the concert: the Mayor of Kitzbühel, Klaus Winkler; Deputy Mayor Sigfried Luxner; director of Kitzbühel Cableways Josef Burger; director of Leitner Ropeways Martin Leitner; geneticist Markus Hengstschläger; ex-head of Hugo Boss Werner Baldessarini; bestselling author Hera Lind; PR lady Uschi Ackermann; ski legend Michael Walchhofer; director of Tirol Werbung Josef Margreiter, plus Gerhard Walter and Manfred Hofer from Kitzbühel Tourismus. All enjoyed the wonderful voices against the evocative backdrop of the Kitzbühel Alps as well as the artistic reception after the concert.

Good news for fans!

Good news for Elīna Garanča fans who did not manage to get their hands on the coveted tickets for this year’s “Classics in the Alps” open air event: presales for 2016 have already begun!

“Classics in the Alps 2016” at 8 pm on 9 July 2016 in the Pfarrau Park, Kitzbühel

Tickets available from next Monday from Ö-Ticket: www.oeticket.com or by phone on +43 1 96 096 and via Kitzbühel Tourismus on  +43 5356 6666-0.

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Elīna Garanča delighting Kitzbühel at her “Classics in the Alps” open air concert.

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Elīna Garanča with her guests, baritone Donny Ray Albert and soprano Angel Joy Blue.

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from L to R. Manfred Hofer (director, Kitzbühel Tourismus), Angel Joy Blue, Elīna Garanča, Gerhard Walter (managing director, Kitzbühel Tourismus), Klaus Winkler (Mayor of Kitzbühel), Karel Mark Chichon

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Elīna Garanča and Angel Joy Blue were impressed by the wonderful atmosphere in Kitzbühel’s Pfarrau Park.

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