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RTÉ NSO Summer Lunchtime Concert CANCELLED

Tuesday 16th june, 2020


In line with the latest Public Health advice and Government announcement of Friday 1st May, all RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra performances scheduled to take place at the National Concert Hall up to Monday August 10th have been cancelled. 

Refunds are being completed.

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Valentina Peleggi, conductor
Gavan Ring, tenor    
Presented by Liz Nolan, RTÉ lyric fm

Rossini L’italiana in Algeri Overture 
Mozart ‘Un’aura amorosa’ Così fan tutte 
Mozart ‘Il mio tesoro’ Don Giovanni 
Puccini Intermezzo Suor Angelica 
Massenet Suite No.5, ‘Scènes napolitaines’ – La danse & La fête 
Tosti ‘L’alba separa dalla luce l’ombra’ 
Leoncavallo Mattinata 
Mascagni Intermezzo Cavalleria rusticana 
Mendelssohn Symphony No.4, ‘Italian’ – Saltarello 

A lunchtime sojourn in Italy in the company of two exciting, operatic talents and a glimpse of love at its most lyrical.

The Rossini Overture promises a brisk, bracing start, the vivacious whirlwind energy of the Massenet Suite transporting us to Naples for two exhilarating dances with the Mendelssohn leading to the Eternal City itself, Rome.

En route, there will be ample pauses for breath with the tender, daydreaming beauties of the Puccini Intermezzo and the blissfully luxurious melodies of the Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Sicilian-set Cavalleria rusticana.

There is no more hauntingly beautiful tenor aria than ‘Un’aura amorosa’ (‘The breath of love’) while the impassioned ‘Il mio tesoro’ (‘My treasure’) is as ardent a love song as any, even with its threat of violence against the murdered father of the intended beloved. 

A favourite item in the repertoires of Enrico Caruso, Jussi Björling and Mario Lanza, Tosti’s ‘L’alba separa dalla luce l’ombra’ (‘The dawn divides the darkness from the light’) is as intensely felt and expressed as any self-respecting, heart-on-sleeve cri de cœur should be. First recorded by Caruso and beloved by Luciano Pavarotti, Leoncavallo’s Mattinata (‘Morning’) is a joyful welcome to the new beginnings of a new day.

Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra