Evening Recital N° 4

Gaetano d'Espinosa Conductor
Christa Mayer Alto
Reinhard Krauß Violin

Edward Elgar

  • Serenade for Strings in e minor, Opus 20

Jörg Herchet

  • Concerto for violin, alto and orchestra

Georges Bizet

  • Symphony No. 2 C major »Rome«

  • 11.05.2022
    20:00 Uhr

Gaetano d'Espinosa

Born in Palermo, Gaetano d’Espinosa finished his extensive education including violin (with Mihai Spinei and Salvatore Accardo), piano, composition (with Turi Belfiore) and philosophy in Italy. He began his career as a violinist with the Orchestra da Camera Italiana and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, followed by an engagement with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden from 2001 to 2008, as Assistant First Concertmaster from 2003 onward. During this period of time he developed his passion for conducting and was able to assist Fabio Luisi – his mentor at the time – with different productions. He left the orchestra in 2008 to fully committ to conducting: His most important debuts include Verdis »La traviata« at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden in 2010. 2012 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor at the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano »Giuseppe Verdi«. He conducted performances of Leoncavallos »Pagliacci« and Verdis »La traviata« at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa in 2011 and 2013. At the Oper Graz he conducted Verdis »Otello« in 2011, followed by Donizettis »Maria Stuarda« in 2012. Also, in 2012 he conducted Puccinis »Il Trittico« at the Opera de Lyon. He holds a connections with the Teatro La Fenice in Venice since 2011, both in symphonic and opera repertoire, including performances of »La traviata« and Bellinis »Norma«.

He also regularly works together with the Orchestra della RAI di Torino for concerts and recordings. 2012 he was invited by the Orchestra dell‘Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and 2014 for Symphony concerts.  He appears regularly with Japanese orchestras such as the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, the Japan Century Orchestra in Osaka, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic, the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, the Hyogo PAC Orchestra and the PMF Festival Orchestra in Sapporo. He also works with orchestras such as the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de l'Ile de France, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Prager Philharmoniker and the Kremerata Baltica.

Christa Mayer

Christa Mayer studied at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich. She attended the class of Lied interpretation with Helmut Deutsch and the opera course, taking part in performances at the Prinzregententheater Munich, and graduated with 1st class honours.

She was a prize winner in several competitions, such as the ARD International Music Competition 2000. Moreover, she has been awarded the Richard-Strauss-Medal – the Young Talent Prize of the Richard Strauss Society – and the Bavarian State’s Prize for Young Artists.

In 2001/2002 season Christa Mayer joined the ensemble of the Saxon State Opera in Dresden, where she has been performing Erda in »Das Rheingold« and »Siegfried«, Fenena in »Nabucco«Suzuki in »Madama Butterfly« with Fabio Luisi, Quickly in Verdi’s »Falstaff« with Daniele Gatti, Baba in »The Rake’s progress«, Adelaide in »Arabella« with Peter Schneider.

She was engaged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Bavarian Staatsoper Munich as well as at the Teatro di Maggio musicale Florence and the Teatro La Fenice Venice.

In 2006 she performed (»Rheingold«) in the »Ring«-Cycle at the Semperoper Dresden under the baton of Fabio Luisi, and she debuted as Waltraute in »Götterdämmerung«. In 2007 she took part in the »Ring«-Cycle in Valencia and Florence (M° Zubin Mehta) as Erda Rheingold«).

Christa Mayer is even an internationally acclaimed concert singer: Bach »Weihnachtsoratorium«  – Helmuth Rilling, »Mozart-Requiem« – Barcelona Palau de la Musica, Beethoven »Missa C-Dur« – Lissabon Teatro San Carlo; Beethoven »9th Symphony« – Bamberger Symphoniker,

Bach »h-moll-Messe« – Kreuzkirche, Dresden; Händel- »Messiah« – Konzerthaus Berlin and Mahler-»Kindertotenlieder«, September Musical Montreux. Glanert »Requiem for Bosch« with BBC London, »Gurrelieder« with Thielemann in Dresden.

Following her CD Recital Debut with songs of Hermann Zilcher at Orfeo International, the artist performed at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

In Summer 2008 Christa Mayer made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival – as Erda and Waltraute, followed by the re-invitation for 2009 and 2010, even as Mary in »Der fliegende Holländer«. Her interpretation of Brigitta in »Die tote Stadt« at the Venice Fenice turned out to be a much acclaimed success.

In Dresden she sang Cornelia in Handel’s »Giulio Cesare«, Gaea in Dresden’s new production »Daphne«, Didon in »Les Troyens« and Erda/Waltraute in »Ring«. As Cornelia she was even invited to Düsseldorf, at the Hamburg State Opera she sang Quickly (»Falstaff«) and Erda.

Her Brangäne in »Tristan«, new production, at the Bayreuth Festival received high international acclaim. The New National Theatre Tokyo invited Christa Mayer as Erda (»Rheingold«/»Siegfried«). In Salzburg Christa Mayer sang Emilia (»Otello«), the mezzo part in »Missa solemnis« and Fricka (»Walküre«) under Christian Thielemann.

The Saxon State Opera of Dresden honoured Christa Mayer for her artistic achievements and awarded her the prestigious title of »Kammersängerin«. The Bavarian State awarded Christa Mayer the »Bayerischer Kulturpreis«.

Reinhard Krauß


Reinhard Krauß was born in Dresden in 1956. Even before he was 5 years old, he began violin lessons with Annemarie Dietze as a pupil in the children's class at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden, who looked after him as a student at the Dresden Academy of Music until his successful graduation concert. He was a student of the Spezialschule für Musik Dresden, now the Landesgymnasium Carl Maria von Weber.

As first violinist he led the Krauß-Quartett Dresden for two decades.

With his string quartet, he not only regularly performed in chamber evenings and performance evenings of the Staatskapelle Dresden or in the "Gallery Concerts" and the concert series »Masterpieces-Master Interpreters«, but was also in demand nationally and internationally - among others in Paris, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Singapore. During the numerous record, CD, radio and television productions, there was also successful collaboration with guests, including Theo Adam, Jutta Zoff, Hans-Detlef Löchner, Olaf Bär and Norman Shetler. From 2010 to 2012, Reinhard Krauß was a guest professor at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, together with colleagues from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics.


In 1978 Reinhard Krauß was engaged by the Staatskapelle under the then principal conductor Herbert Blomstedt. He has been concertmaster of the 2nd violins since 1995 and was awarded the title »Chamber Virtuosos« in 1998.