A programme made especially for the ORT by a Maestro who found a home in this orchestra a few seasons as he was appointed an honorary director. James Conlon is a star of the podium – American by birth, with origins in the Basilicata region of Italy – used to working all over the world with great ensembles in terms of fame and size: formerly conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Paris Opéra, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, guest conductor at the Metropolitan in New York (where he conducted almost 300 performances), he is currently head of the Los Angeles Opera and the Baltimore Symphony. Yet despite such an impressive career, he always tends to shy away from star poses and the spotlight. With the ORT, he has put together a concert that is reminiscent of the 18th century.
Because, if the opera Lucio Silla was commissioned to an adolescent Mozart by the Teatro Regio Ducale of Milan ruled by the Habsburgs, Beethoven’s and Schubert’s symphonies date back instead to the early nineteenth century, and yet both still recall the previous century.