World premiere "fuoco e fumo"
by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Durham - 25 May 2015

On 12 June 2015 the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will give the world première of Richard Rijnvos' orchestral work fuoco e fumo.

The composer is currently involved in a long-term residency with Amsterdam's world-famous symphony orchestra. The newly commissioned piece is part of an ongoing cycle dedicated to the city of Venice and its lesser-known, often dark sides. Perhaps this time the qualification 'sinister' is even more appropriate, as the central theme of the new work is the horrific disaster that happened on the evening of 29 January 1996.

Shortly before nine o'clock, smoke and fire started to emerge from La Fenice. Within a mere couple of hours Venice's iconic opera house turned into a hellish inferno, spitting flames and burning embers high into the heavens. Bystanders witnessed helplessly how the illustrious theatre burned to the ground, just as it did on 13 December 1836, when a raging fire consumed the very same building for the first time.

The world première of fuoco en fumo will be conducted by Daniel Harding, principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.