A month begins 78 edition of the San Sebastian Musical Fortnight, the appointment is emerging as one of the most important summer. Till the date, They have renewed 100% fertilizers and have already been sold 15.500 tickets. further, three of the performances are about to supply lasts: the first function of “Carmen”, of the ballet of Victor Ullate, which opens the festival; “Fidelio” from Beethoven that the BBC Philharmonic and the Orfeón Donostiarra will provide, concert version, he 4 August and “Requiem”, from Verdi, that the Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Orfeón Donostiarra will perform jointly 26 of August. In this way, the Fortnight is consolidated as one of the most sustainable festivals, able to finance close to 50% your budget (amounting to 2.400.000 euros) through ticket sales, sponsorships and other income outside of public institutions.
This year, The festival offer has increased notably with the creation of new cycles such as the Museo San Telmo, where you can hear some of the jewels of the chamber repertoire of the last two centuries. There will also be more activities aimed at children not only in San Sebastián, but also in other towns of Guipúzcoa, as Irún, Getaria, Oñati or Zumaia, that will host for the first time storytelling and workshops for children. The Kursaal program, the main venue of the Fortnight, also has in this edition with a greater number of musical proposals, like the double date with the ballet or the opera performed. Total, 87 shows, rdivided into 11 cycles that will extend throughout the province, besides Álava, Navarra e Iparralde. The Fortnight aims to expand its presence in the French Basque Country.
The symphonic start of the 78 edition of the Fortnight, the longest-running and most sustainable classical music festival in Spain, will be run by the BBC Philharmonic and its chief conductor, the vitorian Juanjo Mena, National Music Award 2016. This performance will mark the debut of the British group in the Fortnight. Before this appointment, the Philharmonic will premiere on 21 July at the Proms in London the play "Fidelio", Beethoven, produced in conjunction with the festival directed by Patrick Alfaya. That same program will be repeated, also with the Orfeón Donostiarra, in the second of his performances in San Sebastián.
Además del debut of the BBC Philharmonic and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the 78th edition includes the recovery of the opera represented for the festival. Besides "Fidelio", Beethoven, concert version; the public can enjoy "The Marriage of Figaro", from Mozart. Luxembourg training will act under Gustavo Gimeno, one of the most successful Spanish directors internationally. Among the plethora of artists who will visit the Fortnight between the days 1 Y 31 August highlights the presence of the Gipuzkoan dancer Lucía Lacarra, who will play Carmen in the first of the two performances of Víctor Ullate's ballet.
In this edition of the Fortnight, it is also worth highlighting the presence of Asian musicians. Almost 20 years after his first visit to the festival in 1998, the Asian Youth Orchestra returns to San Sebastián. In addition to the Taiwanese conductor Yi Chen Lin - who will conduct Mozart's opera- and the AYO, highlights the recital that the renowned and media Chinese pianist Yuja Wang will give together with the violinist Leónidas Kavakos. Finally, la Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, under the orders of its current Director, Louis Langrée, will close the Fortnight with two performances.
As it is also usual in this cultural event, the 78 edition of the San Sebastián Musical Fortnight will develop its parallel cycles: Old music, Contemporary music, Organ, young Performers, the new Music cycle at the San Telmo Museum, On the border, Fortnight Fortnight Andante and Children. You can purchase tickets through the website (www.quincenamusical.eus), and at the box office of the Kursaal and Victoria Eugenia Theater.