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tuesday, 04 june 2019, 8.00 PM

Victoria Hall, Geneva

Soprano Rachel Harnisch joins with the Human Rights Orchestra and conductor Alessio Allegrini to perform a benefit concert at Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland, in support of the humanitarian organization CLEANSTART.

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. Next season she returns to Geneva in the role of Emilia Marty in Janáček’s Věc Makropulos with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande at the Grand Théatre de Genève.

The vision of Clean Start is to restore hope, dignity, self-confidence and self-respect to girls and women as they leave prison, enabling them to break the cycle of poverty and imprisonment. Clean Start equips women with life skills and employment training, supporting them to find sustainable livelihoods post release. Their aim is to transition vulnerable girls and women into education, vocational training, employment or entrepreneurship.



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 Pianoterra Foundation and by Elystone.

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