thursday, 06 june 2019, 7.30 PM

KKL Lucerne

Soprano Rachel Harnisch joins with the Human Rights Orchestra and conductor Alessio Allegrini to perform a benefit concert at KKL Lucerne, Switzerland, in support of two humanitarian organizations, ALLEGROMODERATO and L.E.S.S. ONLUS.

The Program
F.J. Haydn                          Symphony No. 102 in B-flat major, Hob I:102
F. Schubert      “Nacht und Träume”, D. 827                                                     
R. Strauss “Morgen!”, Op. 27, No. 4

G. Mahler                    Symphony No. 4 in D major

Swiss soprano Rachel Harnisch enjoys equally the opera and concert stage. She just completed the world premiere performances of Hèctor Parra Les Bienveillantes at Belgium’s Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, and she opened 2019 with performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in Rome with Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia conducted by Daniele Gatti. Her many opera roles have included Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Michaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Blanche in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Clémence in Kajia Saariaho‘s L’amour de loin, Anne Truelove in The Rake’s Progress and Hélène in Donizetti’s Le Duc d’Albe. As a champion of new music, her debut at La Scala in Milan was as Nermin in the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi’s Teneke conducted by Roberto Abbado; at Deutsche Oper Berlin she premiered Aribert Reimann’ opera L’Invisible, in which she performed three roles. Rachel Harnisch has performed with the leading European orchestras of Europe and worked with conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Roberto Abbado, Armin Jordan, Christian Zacharias, Stefan Soltesz, Christopher Hogwood, Ingo Metzmacher, Eliahu Inbal, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, and Jeffrey Tate. A close artistic partnership with Claudio Abbado over many years included CD recordings of Mozart and Pergolesi, and a DVD of Fidelio from the Lucerne Festival.

The AllegroModerato cooperative was born with the conviction and intent to demonstrate that music education can activate and develop emotional, cognitive and relational energies and skills capable of enhancing the quality of life of people with psychological, mental and physical fragility. The person who has difficulty in organizing thought, in managing emotions and relationships, finds in the full exercise of the quality of music, the possibility of expressing his own inner world and sharing it with depth.

LESS Onlus Association - Center for Studies and Initiatives for the Fight against Social Exclusion - guarantees a system of services and interventions for the reception and social inclusion of economic migrants, asylum seekers and holders of international protection. Active in Naples and its province, the Association proposes to act against exclusion and social marginalization, for the promotion of active citizenship and the full recognition of migrant identities.



The Human Rights Orchestra is a network of musicians from the leading orchestras of Europe who perform together in support of human rights. Members of the great orchestras of Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Milan, Rome and many others gather for special concerts to donate the ticket income to humanitarian organizations. Conducted by Alessio Allegrini, the concerts have featured prominent international soloists including Maria João Pires, Isabelle Faust, Ilya Gringolts, Imogen Cooper, and Hélène Grimaud. We have supported organizations addressing sexual violence, human trafficking, health and emergency medical care, children with congenital disabilities, indigenous people's rights, support and integration of refugees and asylum seekers, and music education.


This concert is sponsored by CONCORDIA Insurances, Switzerland.