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LIFE+ Celebration Concert

The LIFE+ Celebration Concert has been a side event of Life Ball since 2012 and marks the brilliant beginning of the Life Ball Week. National and international stars of the opera and theater world come together on stage of Vienna’s Burgtheater for this event. With their unique performances, they send the clear message that we can only defeat HIV/AIDS if we stand together. The LIFE+ Celebraton Concert took place on June 1, 2018.

Home is Where No One Has Ever Been

For the seventh time, the elegant LIFE+ CELEBRATION CONCERT on June 1, 2018 kicked off the Life Ball weekend. With the tenors Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, Andreas Schager, the mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova, bass René Pape, bariton Bo Skovhus, and the sopranos Hila Fahim and Kristin Lewis using their talent to serve this good cause, international opera stars raised their voices for those impacted by and living with HIV/AIDS. They have been accompanied by the Wiener KammerOrchester under Azis Sadikovic and the Philharmonia Chorus under Walter Zeh.

The LIFE+ CELEBRATION CONCERT 2018 was all about the shimmering term of „Home“ and addressing questions like: What is home? A place, faith, a feeling, a memory? Or is it the people and the customs? The theme was present throughout the opera performances and short readings of the Austrian literature canon – read by acting stars like Markus Meyer, Sunnyi Melles and Caroline Peters as well as a solo performance by violin virtuoso Lidia Baich.

In rememberance on 80 years since the Annexation of Austria and this dark period of human history, artist Ute Lemper sung Songs for Eternity, Yiddish songs written in the ghettos and concentration camps.

Home is Where No One Has Ever Been, this was the subtitle of this years concert. The Viennese artist and pioneer of Fantastic Realism, Arik Brauer, implemented the theme artistically. His poster shows that home does not have to be a place but can be so much more.

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