"Romantique": There will be plenty of premieres for this year’s concert

Maestro Karel Mark Chichon takes this very special atmosphere to present a very special programme. Elīna Garanča will perform several "Klassik Open Air" premieres and sing arias that have never before been heard in Göttweig, such as "Plus grand dans son obscurité" from Charles Gounod's La Reine de Saba. The Zarzuela from Pablo Sorozábal's La tabernere del puerto "No Puede Ser", which is always sung by a tenor, is also a premiere of Garanča. The heirs of Sorozábal have given her special permission to interpret this role, as the composer always wanted a female voice for this role. She and her musical guests will sing, according to the motto "Romantique", arias from Romeo et Juliette, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Bohème and Tosca, as well as the finale of the second act Carmen - also a classic open air – premiere.

The medley, which has already become a tradition and has been rearranged by Karel Mark Chichon, is a highlight of the concert year after year. This year it has the title "Sol y Vida" (Sun and Life), as well as the CD of the same name, which Elīna Garanča will release at Deutsche Grammophon in May. South American, Spanish and Italian songs like "Vai lavar a cara", "T'estimo", "Lela", "Torna a Surriento" or "Brazil" are on the program.

All singers will be under the baton of Karel Mark Chichon leading the Symphonieorchester of the Volksoper Wien.