August 30, 2020

Long Long tenor & Israel Gursky piano

Great Guild
12:00 Sunday

Concert programme:

Gabriel Fauré “Chanson d’amour”, op. 27, no. 1

Jules Massenet “Ouvre tes yeux bleus” from Poeme d’amour (no. 3)

Giuseppe Verdi “Non t’accostare all’urna” from Sei romanze (no. 1)

Stefano Donaudy “O del mio amato ben”

Francesco Cilea “È la solita storia del pastore” from L’arlesiana

Francesco Paolo Tosti “Ideale”

Francesco Paolo Tosti “L’ultima canzone”

Gabriel Fauré “Après un rêve” from Trois mélodies, op. 7, no. 1

Richard Strauss “Cäcilie”, op. 27, no. 2

Charles Gounod “Salut! Demeure chaste et pure” from Faust

Franz Lehár “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz” from Das Land des Lächelns


Long Long

The Chinese tenor Long Long is one of the most promising lyric tenors of his generation. He graduated from the Shanghai Music Academy and the University Opera Research Institute in Beijing. He was a winner in the 2016 Grand Prix de l’Opera in Bucharest, and was subsequently invited to study at the Accademia del Maggio Musicale in Florence. In the same year he was able to further his musical and theatrical studies at the Georg Solti Accademia in Italy. Long Long received much praise, both for winning the Giovani Voci Verdiane competition in Busseto in 2017 and as a finalist in Operalia 2018 in Lisbon. In 2019 he was the first prize-winner at the International Music Competition in Harbin, third prizewinner at the Tenor Vinas Competition in Barcelona and at the Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw he again won third prize as well as five special prizes. Furthermore he was selected for participation in the competition Neue Stimmen in Gütersloh.

Since 2017 Long Long has been a member of the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where his roles have included Schreiber Licht (Viktor Ullmann’s The Broken Jug), Albazar (Il turco in Italia) and Thibaut (Les Vêpres Siciliennes). This year he also debuted there as Godefroy de Vaudémont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. At the 2019 Salzburg Festival appeared as Il Capitano in Simone Boccanegra, under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

His repertoire includes Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) and Rodolfo (La bohème). Conductors with whom Long Long has worked include Kirill Petrenko, Bertrand de Billy, Carlo Rizzi, Simone Young, Asher Fish and Keri Lynn Wilson. Beginning 2019/20 season Long Long is a member of the Staatsoper Hannover. Future guest performances include a solo recital in Singapore, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Nuremberg Philharmonic and the debut as Duca di Mantua at the Bregenz Festival.


Israel Gursky

Born in Tel Aviv and trained in the USA, conductor and pianist Israel Gursky made his professional conducting debut in 2007 leading criticallyacclaimed performances of Don Giovanni at the Washington National Opera. He has guest-conducted with the Los Angeles Opera, Teatro de Bellas Artes and the Cervantino Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Maine, Opera Birmingham, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Music. In recital he has collaborated with renowned singers including Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Kate Aldrich, Eric Cutler and Bejun Mehta. He has worked regularly with Plácido Domingo and conducted many of Mr. Domingo’s concerts throughout the world. In recent years, he has been a frequent guest with the Salzburg Festival’s prestigious Young Singers Project and has collaborated with the Neue Stimmen and Operalia competitions. As music director of NYC’s Teatro Grattacielo since 2012 he has led US-Premieres of several important 20th century operas. He was Kapellmeister of Theater Regensburg in Germany from 2014-2017 and Kapellmeister of Theater Bremen from 2017-2019. He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University and the Rubin Academy of Music, and has trained at the Tanglewood Music Center, Merola Opera Program and the Verbier Festival’s Academy. He studied conducting with Otto-Werner Müller, Kenneth Kiesler and David Gilbert, piano with Arie Vardi and Gilbet Kalish, and accompanying with Thomas Muraco and Dalton Baldwin.