Valery Gergiev, Conductor
Photo © Marco Borggreve
Valery Gergiev is a vivid representative of the St Petersburg conducting school. His debut at the Mariinsky (then Kirov) Theatre came in 1978 with Prokofiev's War and Peace. In 1988 Valery Gergiev was appointed Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 1996 he became its Artistic and General Director.
He successfully collaborates with the world's great opera houses, works with the World Orchestra for Peace (which he has directed since 1997), the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Paris, Vienna, New York and Los Angeles, the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and San Francisco, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam) and many other ensembles. From 1995 to 2008 Valery Gergiev was Principal Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic (of which he remains an honorary conductor to this day), and from 2007 to 2015 of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since autumn 2015 the maestro has headed the Munich Philharmonic.
Valery Gergiev is the founder and director of prestigious international festivals including the Stars of the White Nights (since 1993) and the Moscow Easter Festival (since 2002) and others. Since 2011 he has directed the organisational committee of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Anna Netrebko, Soloist
Photo © Vladimir Shirokov
The reigning prima donna of the 21st century, Anna Netrebko has redefined what it means to be
an opera star and has become the most acclaimed soprano in the world. From singing at the
opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics to becoming the first classical artist named
to TIME magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, she serves as opera’s leading
global ambassador and is widely recognized as one of today’s most compelling, committed
performing artists in any genre.
In live performance and on award-winning recordings, Netrebko’s portrayals of opera’s most iconic heroines have already made an indelible mark. Now, as she ventures into bolder, more dramatic repertoire, she continues to reach new heights. In the 2017-18 season, she debuts as Aida at the Salzburg Festival, as Maddalena in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier for her third opening night of La Scala, and as Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera, all in new productions. At the Vienna State Opera, she sings Leonora in Il trovatore and later makes her company role debut as Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.
In addition, she and tenor Yusif Eyvazov, her frequent onstage partner and real-life husband, embark on a season-long concert tour of three continents, singing both operatic favorites and songs from their new duets recording, Romanza. Born in 1971 in Krasnodar, Russia, Anna Netrebko studied vocal performance at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. A mother and passionate advocate for children’s causes, she supports a number of charitable organizations, including SOS-Kinderdorf International and the Russian Children’s Welfare Society. Offstage, on social media, she shares her infectious joie de vivre – along with her love of family, fashion, and food – inspiring people to live their most colorful lives and to celebrate what makes them unique.
The meadow in front of the Gloriette (Schönbrunner Berg) is not part of the event grounds.
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Access via Maria Theresien Tor and Tiroler Tor is possible until 9 PM.
Access to and regress from the Gloriettewiese into the Palace Park will be regulated in accordance with visitor turnout and will be closed at the latest by 7 PM. Departing from the Gloriettewiese is only possible by way of the upper gates (Maria Theresien Tor and Tiroler Tor).
The Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn is presented by Rolex. Since 2008, Rolex is the worldwide exclusive partner of the Vienna Philharmonic and through its commitment makes possible the realization of various projects, among them the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn and the New Year's Concert.
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