Published in August 2020icon-clockTime to read: 2m55s

In keeping with its long-standing commitment to the world of music, Rolex is launching an initiative to support musicians and singers during this critical period of COVID-19. This project aligns with the brand’s desire to have the art form endure as an integral part of everyday life.

Starting on Friday, 21 August, a series of three “Perpetual Music” concerts will be held in Italy, Germany and France over the next two weeks.

The three concerts, each spearheaded by a Rolex Testimonee, along with virtuoso French violinist Renaud Capuçon in Paris, will take place as follows:

Teatro Rossini, Pesaro, Italy, Friday 21 August, with celebrated Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez, featuring an orchestra;

Berlin Staatsoper, Tuesday 1 September, with renowned Bulgarian-Swiss operatic soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who has supported the project from the outset, in a recital programme;

The Opéra national de Paris (Palais Garnier), Thursday 3 September, with treasured lyric tenor Rolando Villazón from Mexico and Renaud Capuçon.

At each concert, the Testimonee will introduce the evening by explaining the inspiration behind Rolex’s “Perpetual Music” series as well as present the artists and mutually agreed repertoire comprising both solo and ensemble performances.


The approximately 100 artists involved in the “Perpetual Music” concerts will benefit in numerous ways from this gift of time and exposure. Their performances with eminent artists at prestigious venues with the finest acoustics will get worldwide visibility through the free streaming service available until the end of October on the platform – a Rolex partner for over a decade – and make it possible for them to reach hundreds of thousands of people in over 180 countries.

In addition, each of the artists, personally selected based on their talent and requirements by one of the three Rolex Testimonees and Renaud Capuçon – all four of whom have worked previously with these artists – will be remunerated.


At the Teatro Rossini (21 August), home of the Rossini Opera Festival, the concert will consist of 12 arias, including from the Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and William Tell (Guillaume Tell), with combinations of Flórez and the singers – who represent all voice types from soprano to mezzo-soprano, tenor and baritone – performing solo and together. Flórez, a great opera talent known for his expressive singing and virtuosity, as well as for his many philanthropic endeavours, has been a Rolex Testimonee since 2015.

At the historic Berlin Staatsoper (1 September), the evening will include 14 pieces with a mixture of solo, duo and trio ensembles with Yoncheva. The final performance will be an ensemble aria featuring Yoncheva as soloist and several of the other artists accompanying her. Heralded as one of the most exciting performers of her generation, a soprano who is in constant demand at the world’s greatest opera houses, Yoncheva has been a Rolex Testimonee since 2011.

For the third and final concert in Paris, at the magnificent Opéra national de Paris (Palais Garnier, 3 September), the repertoire will comprise 17 musical pieces – ranging from Bach to Brahms, Saint-Saëns and Gershwin – performed by the varied musicians, and with, at one point, Villazón and Capuçon performing together. Among one of today’s most versatile artists, as well as a successful stage director, novelist, TV and radio personality, Artistic Director of the Mozartwoche Salzburg and bestselling recording artist, Villazón has been a Rolex Testimonee since 2005. Firmly established internationally as a major soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, violinist Capuçon works with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, artists, venues and festivals.


The “Perpetual Music” initiative represents a gift of time that is part of Rolex’s legacy of encouraging exceptional performance and artistic development worldwide for nearly 50 years. The brand’s endorsement of these concerts is a prime example of its ongoing support for both talent and music across the globe.


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