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The Concert for Human Rights 2017

On December 9, the concert for Human Rights was organized by the ONUART Foundation and starred by the Liceu Orchestra under the direction of the great director Josep Pons. Under the magnificent dome of Miquel Barceló, at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, the concert featured the participation of mezzo-soprano Huiiling Zhu who opened the concert performing the aria “Ombra mai fu”, from the opera Serse de Handel, and the soprano Erin Wall who played the songs of Richard Strauss.

Next year, the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the Human Rights Council and the Alliance of Civilizations room will be celebrated and a prize will be awarded for the artist that best reflects the work of the UN and the promotion of human rights.

The event counted with the interventions of Mr.Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, high representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. Joaquin Alexander Mazza Martelli, permanent representative of the Human Rights Council of the UN, Mr. Michael Moller, general director of the office of United Nations in Geneva, Mr. Cristóbal González-Aller Jurado, Ambassador and current representative of Spain in Geneva and the Minister Mr. Miguel Angel Moratinos, president of the foundation.

The Onuart foundation and Mediapro have also made it possible for this concert to be enjoyed by all those who could not be in Geneva. The event will be broadcast by numerous TV in the world.

Highlights from media:

EL MUNDO: “Under the dome of Barceló and with the victims of terrorism in memory, the Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu starred in the fourth concert for Peace and Human Rights in Geneva.”

LA VANGUARDIA: “When art is allied with the institutional, it usually causes an impact that goes beyond logic. It is demonstrated every year when, on the occasion of Human Rights Day, music breaks into Room XX of the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, it dialogues with the enigmatic dome of Miquel Barceló in the presence of a representative of the United Nations. An already traditional concert for peace that leaves no one indifferent. “

Opening remarks

Mr. Michael Moller

Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Mr. Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli

President of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

Mr. Cristobal González-Aller Jurado

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos

President of Fundación ONUART


G. F. Händel

Serse “Ombra mai fu”

Mezzo-soprano: Huling Zhu

L. v. Beethoven

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

R. Strauss

Four Last Songs

Soprano: Erin Wall

Conductor: Josep Pons – Director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra
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    Born in Puig-Reig, he graduated from the Escolania de Montserrat. He has been titular and artistic director of the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España (2003-2012) – currently is the honorary director – and of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (1994-2004). He was founder and artistic director of the Orquestra de Cambra Teatre Lliure (1985-1997) […]

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This concert is officially sponsored by the governments of Spain, Switzerland as well as the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the City of Geneva.

This concert has been made possible through the generous support of: