The turbulent times of the worldwide pandemic kept quite something unexpected up their sleeve. They brought an unhoped-for debut with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. Due to the suddenly prevented Maestro Sascha Götzel – regular guest conductor of Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra – David Holzinger stepped in for the concert performance. Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as guest soloists, they celebrated their successful performance.
The concert took place on the 16th of May 2021 at the prestigious “Bulgaria Hall” in Sofia.
W.A. Mozart – Ouverture to “The Magic Flute”, “Voi che sapete”, “Parto, ma tu ben mio”
W.A. Mozart – Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No. 1 in G-Major, KV 313
I. Eröd – Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 30
A. Zemlinsky – 6 Songs after poems by Maeterlinck, Op. 13
Mezzo Soprano – Svetlina Stoyanova
Flute – Karin Bonelli
Viola – Robert Bauerstatter
The 9th of May not only signifies the day of victory in the Balkan states but also – in the 2021 – the 25th anniversary of the “Austrian Music Weeks” in Bulgaria. David Holzinger was invited by the festival, the Autrian embassy and the Elias Canetti Society, to perform Beethovens 9th symphony with the chorus and orchestra of the State Opera Ruse for this occasion.
25 years ago, the pianist Maria Tschervenlieva initiated concerts with Austrian repertoire in the Plovdiv. In the following year 1997 further concerts in the Bulgarias capital Sofia followed. Due to the growing interest of the public, more concerts with renowned Austrian artists collaborating with Bulgarian orchestras and ensembles were organized. Since the year 2006 the festival is known as the “Austrian Music Weeks” in Bulgaria and is at the same time the largest cultural project funded by the Austrian foreign ministry.
9th of May 2021 at the Concert Hall in Ruse
L. v. Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in d-Minor
Soprano – Tsvetelina Vasileva
Alto – Petya Tsoneva
Tenor – Boris Lukov
Bass – Plamen Beykov
Chorus and Orchestra of the State Opera Ruse
Conductor – David Holzinger
Chorus leader – Stiliana Dimitrova-Hernani
The director of the +PlusOpera Vienna Sylvia, Saavedra-Edelmann, completed the team of her opera studio with renowned stage director Leonard Prinsloo and David Holzinger in order to stage the performance of “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck in a chamber version, realized on the piano by the pianists Mariam Bombrun and Uliana Cheklina on November 9, 2020. The studio offers young talents and voice students a platform to grow their on- and off-stage experience in opera performance. However, due to the Covid-19 restrictions it was not possible to perform at the Off-Theater Wien publicly. But the efforts should not have been in vain. Filmdirector Flo Convey and his team recorded the “ghost-performance”.
The Otto Edelmann Society is now providing the link to the video recording and asks for a small contribution, in order to support the opera studio throughout these difficult times and offer music and culture to its audience.
In September 2020 David Holzinger was invited by the State Opera Ruse, Bulgaria, to conduct the rehearsals to the opera production “Gianni Schicchi” by Giacomo Puccini. He was scheduled to conduct a performance on November 27, which had to be postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Director: Mihaela Panainte
Sets and Costumes: Mihai Panaintesku
Conductor: Dimitar Kosev / David Holzinger
Gianni Schicchi: Dobromir Momekov
Lauretta: Daniela Karaivanova
Gherardo: Ivan Penchev
Gherardino: Zhana Zheleva und Emil Tchokurski
Zita: Andreana Nikolova
Nella: Teodora Tchukurska
Simone: Momchil Milanov
Ser Amantio di Nicolao: Emil Zhelev
Rinuccio: Alexander Baranov
Betto: Vladimir Marinov
La Ciesca: Petya Zoneva
Guccio: Stiliyan Tzvetkov
Maestro Spinelloccio: Stoyan Stoyandzhov
Marco: Teodor Petkov
Pinellino: Ivan Bogoev
During the crisis, which led many performing artists to the edge of their existence, the team found ways and possibilities to keep the opera studio and the voice coaching up and running.
They started a video production service for all voice students. A conducting David Holzinger was filmed, performing the pre-ordered arias. Later the music was added to the video by the pianist Uliana Cheklina, a collaborative pianist of the team of the +Plus Opera Studio.
That way, students were presented with audiovisual material they could use for their coaching, instead of heaving to consult audio media only.
Planned concerts for the 2020 season and guest appearences with the INSO Ukraine in February and the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra Chengdu in April, among others, had to be postponed because of the measures taken by states in order to fight the pandemic.