Pablo Heras-Casado’s First season as Director of the Granada Festival

Granada-native Pablo Heras-Casado presents his first edition of the Granada Festival since his appointment as director in 2017. The festival celebrates its 67th year with thrilling performances from some of the world’s most prominent artists beginning June 22 to July 18. As an attendee of the festival since childhood, Heras-Casado wants to share the magnificent experience of the Granada Festival with international audiences, so they can witness the awe-inspiring culture the city has to offer.

On June 22, Heras-Casado will lead the prestigious French ensemble, Les Siècles, for their debut performance in Spain in a program honoring the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy (1862-1918). The program will include Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Ibéria, de Images III, La mer, and Première suite d’orchestre. The opening concert will be live broadcasted by RNE-Radio Clásica, Canal Sur Radio, Canal Sur TV, Mezzo TV, France Télévisions, Culturebox (France), Takt1 (Germany), Tencent (China), and Unión Europea de Radiodifusión (UER).

In addition to his concert work, Heras-Casado will host a series of masterclasses with conductor Mathieu Romano, from June 24 to 26, focusing on choral conducting with Romano’s choir, Ensemble Aedes. Heras-Casado will also conduct a concert with the City of Granada Orchestra July 6 with world-renowned tenor Piotr Beczała. The program will include the world premiere of Memoria del rojo by José María Sánchez-Verdú, as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 83, Mozart’s Allegro Assai and Allegro from his Symphony No. 31, and French arias by Gounod, Massenet, Bizet and Meyerbeer.

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Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Director of the Granada Festival, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, artist of harmonia mundi & Deutsche Grammophon, also records for Decca Classics and Sony Classical, and is Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.


Photos: Fernando Sancho