This weekend’s New York Times Arts & Leisure section profiles Ivan Fischer, the music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which presents three performances of Le nozze di Figaro at the Mostly Mozart Festival, starting tonight. The always inventive Ivan Fischer will tackle the unique role of conductor and director for these innovative performances, and by doing so, will direct both the Orchestra and the cast from the front of the stage. Read on to learn how he conceived of combining these forces on stage.
Iván Fischer, founder and music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, discusses the unique advantages of serving as director and conductor of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro which plays Aug. 11, 13, and 15 at the Mostly Mozart Festival, in this new video on the new Lincoln Center video portal.
For information and tickets, visit MostlyMozart.org.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has long been lauded as one of the most respected and beloved orchestras internationally, but did you know these fun facts about them and the artists with them this week?
1. The LPO has recorded quite the gamut of music: classical music, rock covers, video games, and even 205 anthems for this last summer’s Olympics.
2. Illustrious pianist Helene Grimaud experiences synesthesia, which allows her to see music as color.
3. Vadim Repin, violin virtuoso, plays the 1743 ‘Bonjour’ violin by Guarneri del Gesu.
4. Conductor Vladimir Jurowski is a much-heralded and sought-after conductor, now leading concerts the world over, including London, Paris, Edinburgh, and even here in New York at the Met Opera.
5. They join the Great Performers series this Sunday and Monday at Avery Fisher Hall for what promises to be brilliant performances of Beethoven, Mahler, and Shostakovich. Click here for more information.
(Photo of Vadim Repin: Haraold Hoffmann, Photo of Helene Grimaud: Mat Hennek, Photo of Vladimir Jurowski: Julien Mignot)