The Andalusian Ballet

Fabio Mechetti, conductor
Luisa Francesconi, mezzo-soprano

|    Presto 2021

|    Veloce 2021

BEETHOVEN
STRAVINSKY
FALLA
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
The faun and the shepherdess, Op. 2
El sombrero de tres picos [Three-cornered hat] (complete ballet)

Fabio Mechetti, conductor

Born in São Paulo, Fabio Mechetti is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic since its creation in 2008. Recently, he became the first Brazilian invited to lead an Asian orchestra, being appointed Principal Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic. In the United States, Mechetti was Resident Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, Principal Conductor of the Syracuse Symphony, and is now Conductor Emeritus of the Spokane Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony, after leading them for many seasons with great success. In Washington, he served as Associate Conductor for Mstislav Rostropovich in the National Symphony. With a solid career both in the USA and Brazil, Mechetti has already performed in Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Sweden, and Italy. He is also a winner of the Malko Competition and holds Master’s degrees in conducting and composition from the Juilliard School of Music.

Luisa Francesconi has an exceptional ability for coloratura and is an expert in Mozart and Rossini roles, as well as the French repertoire. She appeared in operas such as Il Barbieri di Siviglia, L’Italiana in Algeri, Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni. Francesconi performs regularly on major stages in Brazil, Italy and Portugal. Her concert repertoire includes remarkable performances of Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody; Bach’s Mass in B minor; Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass; Haendel’s Messiah; Beethoven’s Mass in C minor and Choral Fantasy; Mahler’s Second, Third and Eighth symphonies; Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle; and Villa-Lobos’ Forest of the Amazon. As soloist, the singer recorded Beethoven’s Ninth and Erick Zeisl’s Requiem Ebraico, both released by Biscoito Fino label.

Programa de Concerto

20 May 2021
Thursday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall

21 May 2021
Friday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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