ORCHESTRA DI PADOVA E DEL VENETO
The Orchestra of Padua and Veneto was founded in October 1966 and has established itself as one of the leading Italian orchestras in over 50 years of concert activity.
The OPV is the only chamber orchestra operating in Veneto and organizes around 120 concerts each year with its own playing time in Padua.
The artistic and musical direction of the orchestra has been taken over by Claudio Scimone (from its founding until 1983), Peter Maag (principal director, 1983-2001), Bruno Giuranna, Guido Turchi, Mario Brunello (music director, 2002-2003) and Filippo Juvarra. In September 2015, Marco Angius was appointed musical and artistic director.
The OPV includes collaborations with the best-known names in the international concert scene, including S. Accardo, M. Argerich, V. Ashkenazy, I. Bostridge, R. Chailly, G. Gavazzeni, R. Goebel, P. Herreweghe C. Hogwood, S. Isserlis, L. Kavakos, T. Koopman, R. Lupu, M. Maisky, Sir N. Marriner, V. Mullova, O. Mustonen, AS Mother, M. Perahia, I. Perlman, S. Richter, M. Rostropovich, K. Zimmermann.
In addition to the symphonic repertoire, the orchestra also distinguished itself by its opera performances and realizes various productions such as Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, The Magic Flute by Mozart, The Barber of Seville, Il turco in Italia and La Cenerentola by Rossini, Norma and I Capuleti ei Montecchi by Bellini, L'elisir d 'amore, Don Pasquale, Lucrezia Borgia, Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti, Rigoletto and Il Trovatore by Verdi, The Merry Widow of Lehár.
In the 2015/2016 season, which was led by Marco Angius, Salvatore Sciarrino was guest in the OPV as "composer in residence" and created the first cycle of sound lessons, an experience that in the following seasons with Ivan Fedele, Giorgio Battistelli and Nicola Sani was renewed. In 2016, the complete performance of the Beethoven symphonies led by Angius was welcomed by an extraordinary audience and critics as part of the "Ludwig Van Festival". Another cycle took place in 2017 with the complete Schubert symphonies.
In recent years, the orchestra has expanded its involvement in education and developed special programs for families and children, as well as educational courses for children.
The orchestra is a protagonist in a large series of television programs for Rai 5 with the three cycles Sound Lessons, Inori di Stockhausen (from the Venice Biennale) and Sconcerto by Battistelli with Elio, as well as an extensive recording activity that includes more than 60 CDs for the most important labels brought out.
Recent releases include Mozart's violin and orchestra concertos with Sonig Tchakerian (Universal); Quodlibet with music by Castiglioni, Abyss with music by Donatoni, An Mathilde with music by Dallapiccola and Togni and The Art of Fugue by Bach / Scherchen (Stradivarius), Other faces and new 1 and 2, the work of Salvatore Sciarrino (Decca) under the direction of Marco Angius.
The OPV is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Veneto Region and the city of Padua.