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«

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  • 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 was born in Sulzbach-Rosenberg and studied singing at the Bayerische Singakademie and the Musikhochschule München. The ARD prizewinner has been a member of the Semperoper Dresden ensemble since 2001. Here she sings roles such as Ottavia (»L'incoronazione di Poppea«), Orlando (»Orlando«), Cornelia (»Giulio Cesare«), Fenena (»Nabucco«), Mrs. Quickly (»Falstaff«), Suzuki (»Madama Butterfly«), Erda, Fricka and Waltraute (»Der Ring des Nibelungen«), Brangäne (»Tristan und Isolde«), Gaea (»Daphne«), Gräfin Geschwitz (»Lulu«) and Auntie (»Peter Grimes«). In 2005 Christa Mayer was awarded the Christel Goltz Prize of the Foundation for the Promotion of the Semper Opera.

Guest performances led the artist to the opera houses in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Venice, Florence, Barcelona, Bilbao and Seville, to the Rheingau Music Festival and to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival as well as to the Lucerne Festival. In 2007 Christa Mayer performed in La Fura dels Baus's »Ring«-production in Valencia under the baton of Zubin Mehta. In 2008 she made her debut as Erda and Waltraute at the Bayreuth Festival under the direction of Christian Thielemann and has been a regular guest in Bayreuth ever since. In the summer of 2018 she sang Brangäne in »Tristan und Isolde« and Mary in »Der fliegende Holländer«.

In concert performances she worked regularly with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Herbert Blomstedt, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Fabio Luisi, Ingo Metzmacher, Marek Janowski, Jonathan Nott, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Colin Davis and Simone Young. In 2015, Christa Mayer made her debut at the New National Theatre in Tokyo as Erda in »Das Rheingold« and was on the Easter tour of the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester with Gustav Mahler's »Resurrection Symphony« conducted by Jonathan Nott in Lisbon, Madrid, Aix-en-Provence and Vienna. In 2018 she made her US-debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season were Herodias in the new production »Salome« at the Semperoper, Erda in »Siegfried« at the NNT Tokyo and Fricka in »Die Walküre« at the Salzburg Easter Festival. In 2017/18 she appeared at the Semperoper as Didon in the new production »Les Troyens« as well as Brigitta in »Die tote Stadt« and in the cyclical performance of Wagner's »Ring« under Christian Thielemann as Fricka, Erda and Waltraute.

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.