BELLVER Castle will be the setting for an exceptional evening of opera on July 1, when the Austrian Friends of Majorca Association and the Balearic Symphony Orchestra present a Night of Stars.
The stars of the evening will be sopranos Regina Schörg and Marcela Cerno, tenors Rene Kollo and Peeter Dvorsky and bass Kurt Rydl, who will be accompany by the Balearic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Edmond Colomer.
Proceeds from the evening will go to Proyecte Home, the programme for treating addicts.
The programme covers a wide range of overtures and arias by Rossini, Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Dvorak, Smetana and Verdi.
According to the chairman of the Friends of Majorca Association, Josef Egger, the programme is a romantic one, devised for a summer night in the open air and a setting such as Bellver Castle. The concert has been possible thanks to the friendship between Egger, Kollo and Rydl, who both live in Majorca, and all the artistes have donated their services.
The repertoire of the soloists was taken into account when chosing the programme, which will open with two of the most popular works by Rossini, the overture to The Barber of Seville and the aria La Calumnia.
It will then be the turn of Mozart, represented by four excerpts from Die Entführung aus dem Serail: two of Constanze's arias, an aria by Osmin and a duet by Osmin and Blonde.
The pieces by Wagner which have been chosen are the third act of Lohengrin and part of the last scene of the first act of Die Walküre.
The first half of the Night of Stars will close with Puccini: Musetta's waltz from the second act of La Boheme and an excerpt from Tosca.
The second part of the concert will open with an orchestral work by Dvorak, Slave Dance Nº 8, opus 46 followed by an aria from the first act of his popular opera Rusalka.
Next on the bill will be excerpts from Smetana's most popular opera, The Bartered Bride.
The evening at Bellver Castle will end with Verdi: the prelude to Aida, Nium mi tema from Othello and three excerpts from La Traviata.
All the soloists are expected to end the concert by singing together the famous aria Libbiamo, nelieti calici.
Tickets for the July 1 concert are available from Inselradio (971 728738) or Musicasa (971 281559) and cost 25 euros (gallery), 50 euros (arches) and 75 euros (courtyard).