Lorenzo Viotti and Andreas Ottensamer

Orquestra Gulbenkian, Lisbon

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All events for the second half of the 2020–2021 season are still planned, but cannot currently be booked. Advance ticket sales have been interrupted. The current experience with the coronavirus pandemic has shown us that in the event of strong demand (above the currently permitted 500 guests), advance sales can only be expanded once the official approval has been given to open the hall accordingly. We will continue to publish or confirm the final program six weeks before the scheduled event.

Have you heard of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit? The name of its main character, Claire Zachanassian, is a combination of “Zacharoff,” “Onassis,” and “Gulbenkian.” Calouste Gulbenkian, once the world’s richest man, founded a respected cultural foundation in Portugal; the latter initiated the Orquestra Gulbenkian in 1962. In 2017 the young Swiss maestro Lorenzo Viotti was named its Chief Conductor, an artist who is currently what is known in the music scene as “hot”: Viotti’s opera performances in particular have caused a sensation. Now the orchestra and conductor will be presenting themselves at the Festspielhaus with an especially attractive program, which will include Debussy’s virtuoso clarinet rhapsody featuring the principal clarinetist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Andreas Ottensamer.

Photo that shows Andreas Ottensamer C Katja Ruge Decca. © Katja Ruge
© Katja Ruge


Sergei Rachmaninoff
Symphonic Dances, op. 45


Johann Strauss II
Emperor Waltz

Maurice Ravel
Alborada del gracioso

Claude Debussy
Première rhapsodie

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