"A rousing afternoon of music and dance."
– Washington Post
Salute to Vienna Cast
Strauss Symphony of America
Featuring dancers from San Diego Ballet
Nir Kabaretti (Vienna)
Described as "a conductor with immense musicality and warm personality" by Maestro Zubin Mehta, Nir Kabaretti graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, and is currently the music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Southwest Florida Symphony. Some of his collaborations as guest conductor include the philharmonic orchestras of Israel, Taiwan, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, and Rochester, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Jerusalem Symphony, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, the Bochumer Symphoniker, and the chamber orchestras of Israel, Vienna, Lausanne, and Philadelphia. Mr. Kabaretti’s operatic experience includes productions at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Teatro Real in Madrid, the Israeli Opera, the Lausanne Opera, New National Theatre, Tokyo, and the Bregenz Festival.
Juliet Petrus (London)
Juliet Petrus is known for her effortless coloratura in opera, concert, and recital across three continents. In 2021/22 she returned to China, appearing in the inaugural concert of the Chongqing Festival Orchestra, and in Germany as Queen of the Night at the Hamburger Kammeroper. She made her debut at Florentine Opera as Fire/Princess/Nightingale in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and Fairy Godmother in Viardot’s Cendrillon, and sang the role of Margaret in the world premiere of Southern Crossings in New York City. Other opera career highlights include engagements at the Grimeborn Festival London, the Theater Baden-Baden (Austria), Austin Lyric Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Glimmerglass Festival.
On the concert stage, Ms. Petrus has performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with St. Louis Symphony, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Lakeview Orchestra, South Bend Symphony, and Alabama Symphony. She has released a solo CD with pianist Lydia Qiu called A Great Distance: A Collection of Chinese and American Art Song, and in 2020, a book called Singing in Mandarin – A Guide to Chinese Lyric, Diction and Vocal Repertoire.
Jorge Garza (Monterrey Mexico)
Jorge Garza is steadily gaining recognition as a rising lyric tenor in the USA and in Europe. Recent engagements in Europe include Paul in Hans Krasa’s Betrothal in a Dream, Franz in Philip Glass’ The Trial, Odysseus in Jan Klusák’s Filoktétés, the title role in Janáček's The Excursions of Mr. Brouček to the Moon, Serge/Adolf in Martinů’s Les trois souhaits, Michel in Juliette, and Tito Vespasian in La clemenza di Tito, all at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre. Other career highlights include Fox in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen (South-Bohemian Theater), Entertainer in Schlingensief’s Mea Culpa (Wiener Burgtheater), Sir Hervey in Anna Bolena (Opéra Monte-Carlo), as well as Don Polidoro in La finta semplice (Musikfestspiele Potsdam). Mr. Garza made his professional debut as Eurimaco in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at Los Angeles Opera and his Carnegie Hall debut in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. He can be heard on the recently released CD by Naxos of Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo and El retablo de Maese Pedro.