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In his Spanish debut Alpesh Chauhan conducts the revival of Chen Kaige’s acclaimed production of Turandot at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia this month. The six performances are dedicated to the memory of legendary Spanish soprano, Montserrat Caballé, who passed away earlier this month. Caballé, often referred to by her fans as ‘La Superba’, sang both the roles of Liù and Turandot over the course of her illustrious career. The soloists in this series of performances include Jennifer Wilson/Teresa Romano (Turandot), Marco Berti/Amadi Lagha (Calaf) and Basque soprano Miren Urbieta-Vega (Liù).

Alpesh first conducted Turandot at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in March 2017 in a production by Pier Francesca Maestrini with set design by the late great Sardinian sculptor and muralist Pinuccio Sciola. This season marks Alpesh’s second as Principal Conductor of the Filarmonica Toscanini Parma, where once again he places the great symphonic tradition centre-stage, programming core orchestral repertoire such as Bruckner’s 7th and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” symphonies as well as embarking on a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies which will conclude in the subsequent season. Other notable engagements include his Swedish debut conducting Bruckner’s 6th with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, debut performances with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, and returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, and the Orkest van het Oosten.

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