Natalia Ushakova

Program and cast

22 November 2019 - 19:30 Great Hall, Musikverein


Czech Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Natalia Ushakova, Soprano


A Tribute to Maria Callas

Richard Wagner
Hojotoho! Battle cry of the Brünnhilde from the music drama "Götterdämmerung" (Twilight of the Gods)

Amilcare Ponchielli
"Suicidio" from the opera "La gioconda"

Giacomo Puccini
Sola perduta. Aria by Manon Lesccaut from the opera of the same name
"Vissi d'arte" from the opera "Tosca"

Giuseppe Verdi
È strano...sempre libera. Aria of Violetta from the opera "La Traviata"

Vincenzo Bellini
Casta Diva...Fine al rito. Scene and Cavatina of the Norma from the opera of the same name

Léo Delibes
Air des clochettes. Aria of the Lakme from the opera of the same name

Gaetano Donizetti
Chacun le sait. Aria by Marie from the opera "La fille du régiment"

Giuseppe Verdi
Mercè, dilette amiche. Bolero from the opera "Les vêpres siciliennes"

Gaetano Donizetti
Mad Aria from the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor"

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This building is located on Dumbastraße/Bösendorferstraße behind the Hotel Imperial near the Ringstraße boulevard and the Wien River, between Bösendorferstraße and Karlsplatz. However, since Bösendorferstraße is a relatively small street, the building is better known as being between Karlsplatz and Kärntner Ring (part of Ringstraße loop). It was erected as the new concert hall run by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, on a piece of land provided by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in 1863. The plans were designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen in the Neoclassical style of an ancient Greek temple, including a concert hall as well as a smaller chamber music hall. The building was inaugurated on 6 January, 1870. A major donor was Nikolaus Dumba whose name the Austrian government gave to one of the streets surrounding the Musikverein.

Great Hall - Golden Hall

“As high as any expectations could be, they would still be exceeded by the first impression of the hall which displays an architectural beauty and a stylish splendour making it the only one of its kind.” This was the reaction of the press to the opening of the new Musikverein building and the first concert in the Großer Musikvereinssaal on 6 January 1870.

The impression must have been overwhelming – so overwhelming that Vienna’s leading critic, Eduard Hanslick, irritatingly brought up the question of whether this Großer Musikvereinssaal “was not too sparkling and magnificent for a concert hall”. “From all sides spring gold and colours.”






Brahms Hall

"In order not to promise too much it can be said that it has been made into the most beautiful, most magnificent, perfect example of a chamber concert hall that any of us knows in the world.” This was the reaction of a Vienna daily newspaper in October 1993 as the Brahms-Saal was presented to the public after extensive renovation work.

The surprise was perfect. It was a completely new hall. In contrast to the Grosse Musikvereinssaal, the Brahms-Saal had changed its appearance quite considerably over the years. When and how it acquired that slightly melancholy duskiness that was known to music lovers before 1993 cannot be precisely documented.




Glass Hall

As a venue for events from concerts to luxury banquets, the Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium is not only the largest of the Musikverein's 4 new halls but also the most flexible in terms of usage.

Hub podiums enable the smooth transformation of the concert hall into a conference centre, the cinema into a ballroom, or the stage into a catwalk. State-of-the-art equipment for sound, lighting, video and widescreen digital projection provide the ideal conditions for half-scenic productions.
The Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium was designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer. With a height of 8 metres, the hall (including the gallery) can play host to up to 380 visitors.

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