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WAGNER: Parsifal (Live, Bayreuther Festspiele 2023)

Acclaimed by the New York Times as “superbly sung, and conducted with muscular solidity", Deutsche Grammophon release the Bayreuth Festival’s 2023 production of Parsifal in both audio and audio-visual formats. The production features the conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and singers Andreas Schager, Elīna Garanča, Georg Zeppenfeld and Derek Welton. Wagner composed...

Pablo Heras-Casado: Celebrated Parsifal on CD, Blu-Ray and online

Deutsche Grammophon release on 28.6.2024, return to Bayreuth in July and August 2024

With his “triumphant debut” (BR-Klassik) in Bayreuth in 2023, Pablo Heras-Casado made big waves that are still seething today. Recordings of the acclaimed Parsifal production under the musical direction of the Spanish conductor will be released on June 28, 2024 in various audio and video formats by Deutsche Grammophon and confirm: Pablo Heras-Casado is one of the most influential Wagner conductors of his generation.

Pablo Heras-Casado debuts at Opéra National de Paris

Pablo Heras-Casado debuts at Opéra national de Paris, conducting Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Palais Garnier. The first performance is scheduled for 10 June, with performances running until 9 July. The Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker production, conducted by Heras-Casado, runs through twelve performances and features a cast including Vannina Santoni...

Jaume Plensa, Pablo Heras-Casado, Robert Wilson and the International Council head the 3rd Teatro Real Awards

The power of culture unites and enriches.
Teatro Real

Still with the warm applause received the night before in his memory, for his masterful direction of The Master Singers of Nuremberg on the same stage, Pablo Heras-Casado, principal guest conductor of the Teatro Real, having led more than twelve productions in the Madrid Opera House, received the first artistic award of the evening, presented by the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport of the Community of Madrid, Mariano de Paco.

Heras-Casado recalled his first time at the Teatro Real, 18 years ago, and how here ‘he has had the opportunity to take on some of the greatest artistic challenges of his career. Here I have grown personally and professionally’. The maestro highlighted the enormous teamwork that takes place in this theatre, which has made it one of the most important in the world.

Premiere Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Teatro Real

The Meistersingers of Laurent Pelly and Pablo Heras-Casado come to the Teatro Real
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From April 24th to May 25th, the Teatro Real offers 9 performances of Wagner’s The Master Singers of Nuremberg in a new co-production with stage direction by Laurent Pelly and musical direction by Pablo Heras-Casado.

Increasingly linked to the Wagnerian repertoire, Heras-Casado conducts his sixth Wagner opera at the Teatro Real after The Flying Dutchman (2017) and Tetralogy (2019-2022). The vocal cast will be led by Gerald Finley (Hans Sachs), Leigh Melrose (Sixtus Beckmesser), Tomislav Mužek (Walther von Stolzing), Jongmin Park (Veit Pogner), Nicole Chevalier (Eva), Sebastian Kohlhepp (David) and Anna Lapkovskaja (Magdalene). The Coro Titular del Teatro Real will have 112 singers prepared by José Luis Basso.

Pablo Heras-Casado on the Spring Festival – Lucerne Festival

Lucerne Festival: And then a volcano erupts
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(Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

On Palm Sunday, Pablo Heras-Casado appeared in front of the same musicians and brought the 7th Symphony to eruption; the Spaniard has been the talk of the town since his Bayreuth debut in 2023 with Wagner’s “Parsifal”. In his repertoire, he pursues a rather unusual two-pronged approach: as an expert in both historical performance practice and contemporary music. You can even hear this dual perspective: the crystal-clear articulation, the precise use of vibrato, the flowing but never hasty tempi – all of this stems from the original sound movement. (…) For the LFO, this is a new sound in such an exaggerated form – all the more so as Heras-Casado not only looks back in a historicizing way, but also works out the modernity of this most radical of all Beethoven symphonies.

Pulcinella (Suite) – Falla: Master Peter’s Puppet Show & Harpsichord Concerto

The three works on this CD evoke the worlds of commedia dell’arte (Pulcinella), Don Quixote (El retablo de maese Pedro) and picaresque Spain (the Harpsichord Concerto). Telling their stories with colour, rhythm and humour, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Pablo Heras-Casado and Benjamin Alard (playing a sumptuous Pleyel harpsichord) invite us...

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra New Year’s Eve concerts

Unknown Destination Ahead: Beethoven’s Ninth with Pablo Heras-Casado
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With Beethoven’s Ninth, Pablo Heras-Casado makes a powerful impact with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. However, what he exactly wants to achieve with the work is not entirely clear at the turn of the year.

Stylistically, the man knows no taboo. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts just about everything from the Baroque to the 21st century. This is impressive and also clever, as the Spaniard utilizes the experiences of the ensembles he engages with. From the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, from the Concentus Musicus Wien, from the Ensemble Intercontemporain for modern works, and last summer, for Wagner’s “Parsifal”, with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.

Premiere Le Grand Macabre, Ligeti – Wiener Staatsoper

Apocalypse can be so colorful!
BR Klassik

It is the only opera by György Ligeti, but there is a whole world in it: “Le Grand Macabre” is a cornucopia of musical ideas. And they come into their own fantastically in the new production at the Vienna State Opera.

[…] In Vienna, Pablo Heras-Casado holds all the strings, ropes and occasionally choppy cables of the score together perfectly, the music is brilliant, and the Slovak Philharmonic Choir delivers precise vocal hullabaloo (rehearsed by Jozef Chabroň).

Premiere La Clemenza di Tito, Mozart – Wiener Staatsoper

Pablo Heras-Casado returns to the pit of the Wiener Staatsoper to conduct the first title of the season of this outstanding theatre. This is Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, in a production signed by Jürgen Flimm. Heras-Casado thus returned to the Vienna State Opera after successfully completing his direction of...

Triumphant debut by Pablo Heras-Casado

BR Klassik 

TRIUMPHANT DEBUT BY PABLO HERAS-CASADO

Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado masters the difficult acoustics of the Festspielhaus right from his debut. What more famous conductors have failed at time and again, he succeeds at once: that orchestra, singers and even the fantastic choir really breathe together. It seems almost paradoxical: although Heras-Casado chooses fast tempi, the music never seems driven. For long stretches, this is fascinatingly slow, solemn music, which, however, flows as if through a natural inner gradient. Wagner’s refined sound mixtures are finely sounded out, the phrases speak – even in the orchestra, the climaxes lead to the goal. Who needs glasses?

Bayreuth Festival ‘Parsifal’ Premiere

PABLO HERAS-CASADO INAUGURATES THE 2023 BAYREUTH FESTIVAL, ON JULY 25, WITH A NEW PRODUCTION OF ‘PARSIFAL’

Heras-Casado is the first Spanish musical conductor to occupy the podium of the Wagnerian temple, apart from the three functions of Die Walküre that Plácido Domingo conducted in 2018.

Pablo Heras-Casado will open the Bayreuth Festival, 2023, next Tuesday, July 25 at 16.00h, with a new production of Parsifal, by Richard Wagner, an unprecedented event for the international Spanish prestige in the musical field.

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