Thursday, November 26, 2015
Teatro Manzoni, Bologna
Lothar Zagrosek
David Steffens
Lothar Zagrosek in concert
with the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, conducting
pages of Brahms and Beethoven. David Steffens stars as soloist

David Steffens 

David Steffens - bass

David Steffens was born in Bavaria and started his vocal studies during secondary school with Kjellaug Tesaker at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2006, he received a scholarship for the Cusanuswerk Bonn and the Gianna-Szel scholarship of the Mozarteum where he finished his master studies in July 2011 with distinction. Mr. Steffens did his debut in 2010 at the Landestheater in Salzburg as Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, subsequently he started the Opera Studio at the Zurich Opernhaus. In 2012 he took part at the ‘Young Singers Project’ at the Salzburg Festival, and From 2012 to 2014 he was member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater in Klagenfurt. There he added roles to his repertoire such as the Hermit (Der Freischütz), Nourabad (Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles), Achilla (Händel’s Giulio Cesare) and Tchelio (Prokofjev’s The Love for Three Oranges).  After that he made his debut at the Salzburg Festspiele singing Rocco in Beethoven’s Fidelio, recent plans include also engagements at  Opéra de Fribourg, the Opéra de Lausanne, Staatstheater Stuttgart and at the festivals in Schwerin and Baden Baden. Active also on the concert side he sang in prestigious concert halls such as: Herkulessaal in Munich,  Gewandhaus in Leipzig,  Mozarteum in Salzburg, Teatro Manzoni in Bologna. Mr. Steffens regularly collaborates with conductors as Ivor Bolton, Theodor Guschlbauer, Zubin Mehta, Ingo Metzmacher, Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Schneider, Christoph von Dohnànyi, Lothar Zagrosek, Enoch zu Guttenberg.

Besides his engagements at the Stadttheater in Stuttgart he will sing Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Opéra de Lyon.


Lothar Zagrosek 

Lothar Zagrosek - conductor

Awarded the "Kritikerpreis 2009" by the "German Critics Association", Lothar Zagrosek, was trained under the guide of Hans Swarovsky, István Kertész, Bruno Maderna and Herbert von Karajan. Among the theaters and music institutions with whom he collaborated is worth mentioning: the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Semper Opera in Dresden, the Théâtre de la Monnaie, and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. M° Zagrosek also conducted the Berliner and Münchner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre National de France, the London Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo. He also appeared at prestigious festivals such as Wiener Festwochen, Berliner Festwochen, the London Proms, the Munich Opera Festival and the Salzburg Festival and he is a regular guest at the festivals for contemporary music in Donaueschingen, Berlin, Brussels and Paris. Recent engagements include concerts with the Orquesta Nacional de Espana in Madrid, a new staging of Nono's Intolleranza 1960 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and performances of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Festspielhaus St. Pölten, he then returned to the Teatro la Fenice in Venice conducting  Das Rheingold and Lou Salomé while in Verona conducted Die Schöpfung and in Seoul  Parsifal, he then conducted  Kàt'a Kabanovà in Hamburg and Don Giovanni in Frankfurt.

M° Zagrosek returns to Bologna where in 2011 opened the Schoenberg Experience Festival and where he has just conducted Strauss’ Elektra.

concert program


Johannes Brahms
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major for piano and orchestra


Ludwig van Beethoven
Fidelio, ouverture op.72b Christus am Ölberg, op.85



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