EIF Opens With Verve Con Brio

I have been attending the Edinburgh International Festival Opening Concert in the Usher Hall for the past 8 years, and whilst all have been enjoyable this one, under the inspired leadership of Sir Antonio Pappano (pictured), was exceptional.

This is the second year I have viewed the performance as a ‘critic’. Perhaps critic is not entirely the correct description of my role on this occasion. Absorbed listener may be more accurate! I stopped scribbling notes after the interval and simply submerged myself completely, along with the rest of the capacity audience, in the stunning music. Vocal contributions and instrumental accompaniments, complete with solos, duets and bravura conducting carried the entire audience.

Conductor Antonio Pappano brought together a particularly exciting musical programme complemented in the second half by the rightly famous Edinburgh Festival Chorus, with in fine voice, led by Chorus Master, Christopher Bell, who always brings out the best in the singers. The programme itself comprised the fiery drama of Rosini’s Sinfonia from Otello, Bellini’s Sinfonia from Capuleti e I Montechi, Verdi’s Battabile from Macbeth and again from Rossini, Stabat Mater.

The principal singers were Carmen Giannattasio, soprano, Marianna Pizzolato, mezzo-soprano, Yijie Shi, tenor and Roberto Tagliavini, bass. The vocalists melded together in a most enchanting way. The 10 pieces comprising Rossini’s Stabat Mater were sung by soloists and chorus, backed by the orchestra who also performed throughout in a most magical manner.

Ther concert was supported by the Stevenston Charitable Trust


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Christine Richard OBE FRSA

http://www.lothianlife.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Christine.jpg Christine has over 25 years' experience in public life in Scotland in the fields of politics, education, public relations and charity work. For 12 years she served on the City of Edinburgh District Council and was her Group's leader for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was made an OBE. Christine is a member of the Board of The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. She has just completed six years on the Board of The Edinburgh International Festival. Christine's business experience has covered the fields of theatre, economic development, science, coal mining, education and training. She has held a number of non-executive directorships in these disciplines. She is a trained and experienced personal relationships counsellor and a business and personal mentor. In 2005 Christine established Christine Richard Associates who undertake Event Management and Public Relations as well as company and individual profiling. She coordinated the 'Yes to Edinburgh' campaign on congestion charging in Edinburgh. ten years ago Christine co-founded West Lothian Women in Business, which is a network for women who are self-employed and also for women managers. Christine has now stepped down from the Chair of this thriving organisation. For 5 years Christine was a magistrate in the District Court. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace. She has been an adviser to Government in various areas of policy, including health, local government and education. Christine is a trained and experienced radio and television broadcaster and writer as well as an entertaining and accomplished speaker. She has a wealth of topics on which she is invited to speak. These range from witty after lunch and after dinner speaking to the more serious topics of the economy, health, education, enterprise, the Powers of the Mind and Life/work balance. She writes reviews and articles for lifestyle magazine, Lothian Life. She took part as a contestant in an ITV gourmet TV show, Chef V Britain, challenging TV chef Gino D'Acampo to cook her signature dish, Posh Cottage Pie. Currently Christine is a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland's Futures. Also she is involved in the group Changing the Chemistry of Scottish Boards. Her first novel, Whitewalls, a modern Scottish family saga has been published by New Generation Publishing and is available on all internet books siets and from libraries. She is writing a sequel Autumn at Whitewalls. Her leisure interests include her family, literature, music, theatre, food, wine and horse racing. She is a member of a racing syndicate, which has two horses in training.

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