Sabato 27 agosto, ore 19.30
Anima Eterna Brugge
Direttore Pablo Heras-Casado

Belvedere di Villa Rufolo

Sabato 27 agosto
Belvedere di Villa Rufolo, ore 19.30
Anima Eterna Brugge
Direttore Pablo Heras-Casado
Musiche di Bruckner
Posto unico € 50

Anton Bruckner
Sinfonia n.7 in mi maggiore

Pablo Heras-Casado
Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied and broad-ranging career, encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performances, and contemporary scores. A musical character best reflected by the quality of the long-term relationships nurtured with prestigious orchestras around the world, he continues to develop new connections and exciting programming each year.
In great demand as guest conductor, he regularly appears in Europe with the Philharmonia and London Symphony orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Münchner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Berlin, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst numerous others. He has also conducted the Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker, The Mariinsky Orchestra, whilst in North America he is seen with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Heras-Casado was Principal Conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York between 2011 and 2017, having performed at Carnegie Hall and recorded together with it. From 2022/23 he starts a traject with Anima Eterna Brugge and leads the orchestra in the symphonies of Bruckner, starting with the 7th, and followed by Symphony 3 and 4.
In the operatic field, he has led Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle over four consecutive seasons, at Teatro Real in Madrid, where he is Principal Guest Conductor, reaching its conclusion this season. Making his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2020/21, with Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, this season he conducts a revival of the same production and also L’Orfeo. He has also previously appeared at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Deutsche Oper in Berlin, The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Festspiel Baden-Baden.
He enjoys a fruitful collaboration with Freiburger Barockorchester, featuring extensive touring and recording projects, including appearances at Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, BBC Proms and Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as part of a residency as Spotlight Artist of the NTR Matinee series of the historic hall. Recently he developed a close partnership with Verbier Festival and was previously Director of the Granada Festival.
An extensive discography for harmonia mundi, recognized as 2018’s Label of the Year at the Gramophone Awards, includes Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring alongside Péter Eötvös Alhambra, with Orchestre de Paris and Isabelle Faust, a work he co-commissioned for the Granada Festival, and several releases in celebration of Beethoven’s anniversary in 2020, including Symphony No.9, the complete Piano Concerti and Choral Fantasy, featuring Kristian Bezuidenhout on fortepiano, the Triple Concerto, with Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov, and other orchestral works. A developing series entitled ‘Die Neue Romantik’ features music by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Schubert, and others discs on the label include Manuel de Falla, with Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Debussy, with Philharmonia Orchestra; Bartók with Münchner Philharmoniker and Javier Perianes; a DVD release of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer at Teatro Real; and Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale with Balthasar-Neumann-Chor & Ensemble. A recipient of numerous awards, including two Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, two Diapason d’Or, and a Latin Grammy, he also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Sony Classical.
A dedicated educator, Heras-Casado makes a personal commitment to work with young musicians all over the world, regularly leading youth ensembles and projects, such as the Karajan Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker, Juilliard School of Music Orchestra and Juilliard415 ensemble, RCO Young, Escuela de Música Reina Sofia, Fundación Barenboim-Said, Orquesta Joven de Andalucía, Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Academy.
2021 Artist of the Year at the International Classic Music Awards, and Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Heras-Casado holds the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation, Medalla de Andalucia 2019 and this region’s Ambassador Award. He is Honorary Ambassador and recipient of the Golden Medal of Merit by the Council of Granada, as well as Honorary Citizen of the Province of Granada, his hometown. In 2018 he is granted the title Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic.
Highly committed to the Spanish charity Ayuda en Acción as a Global Ambassador, Heras-Casado supports and promotes the charity’s work internationally, and conducts an annual charity concert at Teatro Real in Madrid.

Enriching the collective memory together
Anima Eterna Brugge is an international orchestra based in Bruges, Belgium. Specialised in repertoire written between 1750 and 1945, the orchestra can vary its size depending on the repertoire, performing with anywhere from seven to eighty musicians. Historic performance practice is the theme running through the history of Anima Eterna. Every new project is steeped in an atmosphere of research, discovery and artistic experimentation. Since 2020, Anima Eterna has been working with four different conductors, each of whom is carving out their own artistic path. Giovanni Antonini is searching for a historic bel canto, Pablo Heras-Casado is taking on Bruckner, Bart Van Reyn is taking the orchestra along to the birth of the symphony and Midori Seiler is redefining the sound of the romantic era. Anima Eterna is committed to actively putting the orchestra members’ artistic research into practice on the stage, through innovative concert formats like Anima Insight and Atelier Anima – both in large concert halls as a full orchestra and in more intimate settings playing chamber music.
The orchestra was founded in 1987 by conductor and keyboard player Jos van Immerseel. Their recordings of the complete Mozart keyboard concerti and the complete Schubert symphonies in the 1990s are just a couple of the many milestones in Anima Eterna’s rich history. Their complete Beethoven symphonies, recorded in 2008, have also become an absolute reference recording. Over the years, Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna have shifted the boundaries of their own repertoire again and again. Although the orchestra focused on baroque music in its early days, it gradually conquered classical, romantic and even early-20th-century music. For each of these repertoires, the orchestra has succeeded in setting new standards in performance practice through its sustained research, and with performances in the world’s major concert halls including Lincoln Center in New York, the Sydney Opera House, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and of course the Bruges Concertgebouw, where Anima Eterna has been artist in residence since 2002.
The orchestra has an especially wide-ranging discography of over fifty titles, on the Channel Classic Records, Zig-Zag Territoires and Alpha Classics labels, distributed world-wide by Outhere Music. Pablo Heras-Casado will also record Bruckner symphonies with Anima Eterna for the Harmonia Mundi label. In 2021, Jos van Immerseel stepped down as artistic director, but still lends his support to the orchestra with masterclasses. He will also be helping to expand the Anima Eterna archives in the coming years, and he still makes an appearance with his favourite orchestra once a season.