Berio’s Sinfonia

Joanna L’Estrange has performed “Sinfonia”, Luciano Berio’s orchestral masterpiece of the 20th century, over forty times with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including (in 2000) with Maestro Berio himself. She is the only singer in the world to have performed all four of the female vocal lines: S1, S2, A1 & A2.
Joanna has recorded two commercial CDs of the work, one with The Swingle Singers and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic conducted by Peter Eotvos (with videos created by Jaap Drupsteen – see below) and one with Synergy Vocals and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Josep Pons, which won a BBC Music Magazine Award in 2017.
The Swingle Singers in this film were: Ann De Renais, Joanna L’Estrange (neé Forbes), Rachel Weston, Heather Cairncross, Andrew Gray, Michael Robinson, Ben Parry & David Porter Thomas.

sinfonia1 from Jaap Drupsteen on Vimeo.

sinfonia 2 from Jaap Drupsteen on Vimeo.

sinfonia 3 from Jaap Drupsteen on Vimeo.

sinfonia 4 from Jaap Drupsteen on Vimeo.

Joanna has performed Sinfonia with the following orchestras and conductors:

The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice, conducted by Nicola Marasco
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Otto Tausk
The European Union Youth Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko
Wroclaw Philharmonic Symphony, conducted by Ed Spajnaard
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov
Orchestre Nationale de Lille, conducted by Matthias Bamert
BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Josep Pons
Koninklyk Conservatorium and Codarts Orchestra, conducted by Etienne Sieben
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, conducted by Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra Nacional de Espana, conducted by Josep Pons
Orchestre National de France, conducted by Lugo Metzmacher
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orquesta Sinfonica de Estada, conducted by Lothar Koenigs
Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, conducted by Carlo Tenan
Orchestra Accademia di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung
NDR Sinfonie Orchestra, conducted by Marcus Stenz
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, conducted by Luciano Berio
Filharmonikusok Orchestra, conducted by Peter Eotvos
Tonhalle Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman
Estonia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Magi
American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein
Netherlands Radio Orchestra, conducted by Peter Eotvos
Prague Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Tamayo