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Desirée Rancatore

According to the Fidelio Artist agency in Spain, the Italian coloratura soprano Desirée Rancatore is 'the Gilda of the moment'. This girl from Palermo in Sicily will open the London Symphony Orchestra's season at Barbican Hall, London UK at 7pm on Sunday 15 September 2013 with the first role she learnt at the conservatoire, aged seventeen.

The LSO's concert performance of Rigoletto pays homage to Verdi in this anniversary year, and is conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Dimitri Platanias sings the title role, Giuseppe Filianoti is the Duke of Mantua and Gábor Bretz is Sparafucile.

Rancatore (born in 1977) sang the role of Gilda recently in Salerno, and has also travelled with it to Beijing, Florence, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Melbourne, Mexico, Parma, San Francisco, Tokyo, Venice, Verona, Vienna and Zurich. She also, during the 2012/13 season, made her debut in the lead role of Traviata in Monte Carlo, a role which she has also sung in Spain and will take to Oman and Italy in the coming months.

Noseda appears again with the LSO at 7.30pm on Sunday 29 September 2013 when Nikolai Lugansky joins the orchestra at the same venue for Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3. Also on the programme, two works by Britten marking another composer's anniversary - Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes and the Sinfonia da Requiem, plus Shostakovich's Symphony No 6.

Looking further ahead, Lisa Batiashvili joins the LSO and Daniel Harding for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto on Thursday 3 October 2013, in a concert which also includes Musorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and the original version of Stravinsky's Firebird. Emanuel Ax is the pianist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No 9, K 271, on Thursday 10 October 2013, with Shostakovich 4 on the LSO's progrmame, conducted by Bernard Haitink. The same team and the same composers return a few days later on Tuesday 15 October for Piano Concerto No 27, K 595, and Symphony No 15. On Thursday 31 October, Valery Gergiev conducts the LSO in an all-Berlioz programme - Waverley overture, Les nuits d'été (with mezzo Karen Cargill) and Symphonie fantastique. There are further LSO Barbican dates with Gergiev on Friday 1, Sunday 3 and Wednesday 6 November 2013 and Thursday 10 April 2014.

(Edited 6 September 2013 at the request of Fidelio Artist to remove the name of their employee from the first sentence of this report.)

Information: www.barbican.org.uk

Posted: 4 September 2013

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