Enrique Mazzola on his BBC Proms debut

Enrique Mazzola will make his BBC Proms debut this Monday. We asked him how he felt about his first appearance at the festival…

“My debut at the Proms marks an important moment in my musical life; what a dream to conduct ‘The Barber of Seville’ for an audience of more than 5,000 people! Plus, in a time in which the opera still seems to be viewed as an elite product, it’s important to remind the world that music is for everybody, and the Proms feels like the ideal opportunity to make people love opera!

I know that the Proms were created to present the widest range of music to large audiences, and I am happy to see that a Rossini opera is in their program. I’ve always thought that Rossini (both comic and serious) wrote a genre of music that has popular appeal yet is also appreciated by serious opera aficionados for its sophistication and complexity, and it’s a special pleasure to be able to offer the Proms audience a show performed to the highest standards with a magnificent cast and the wonderful LPO.”

Enrique Mazzola conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Glyndebourne’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ in Prom 14 on Monday 25 July. Soloists include Danielle de Niese, Alessandro Corbelli and Taylor Stayton. Tickets are no longer available online, but there are still ways to get a ticket, or tune in to BBC Radio 3 for a live broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall at 7pm.

Discover which other Askonas Holt artists are making their BBC Proms debut here.

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