Let the festivals begin!The audience of this year’s Internationale Maifestspiele (International May Festival) in Wiesbaden had every reason to enjoy the performances, as “the Heldentenor of our age”, Andreas Schager, was on stage in all three great tenor roles of the Ring in the production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg. Under the baton of Alexander Joel and alongside Catherine Foster/Evelyn Herlitzius he sang Siegmund/Walküre, the young Siegfried/Siegfried, and the older Siegfried/Götterdämmerung.
After already singing Parsifal on the green hill last year on short notice, Schager takes on the role in all performances during this year’s festival in Bayreuth. The musical direction in the production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg will once more be assumed by Hartmut Haenchen.
Performances: July 27th and August 5th/14th/21st/25th.
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Mika Kares & Tuomas Katajala
Finnish double debut at ROHWith great expectation we await the new season which opens with a double house debut by our Finns Mika Kares and Tuomas Katajala, when they perform in David McVicar’s staging of Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.
From September 12th Mika Kares will be on stage as Sarastro under the baton of Julia Jones and alongside Roderick Williams as Papageno, enthusing the audience with his powerful bass. Further performances: September 14th/16th/18th/20th/21st/23rd and 26th. The performance on September 20th will also be shown in selected cinemas.
Also under the baton of Julia Jones, Tuomas Katajala will take on the role of Tamino from October 5th. With Florian Sempey as Papageno at his side he will master any challenge the evening may bring. Further performance dates: October 7th/11th/13th and 14th.
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3 continents in 4 monthsThe Bayreuth Festival is just around the corner – which means lots of great opera experiences. One of them is Marina Prudenskaya as Waltraute in Götterdämmerung under the baton of Marek Janowski (Stage director: Frank Castorf). Performance dates: August 3rd/13th and 28th.
Following the festivities on the green hill, Ms. Prudenskaya will travel to the States, where she will sing the part of Amneris in Verdi’s Aida at the Washington National Opera. The production is a new co-production with San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, marking the first staging of Verdi’s masterpiece at the WNO in more than 25 years. Performances on: September 10th/15th/17th and 21st.
Marina Prudenskaya will perform the same role in South America when she goes on stage at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile alongside e.g. Vitaliy Bilyy in November. Performances: November 4th/9th/11th and 14th.
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Savonlinna Festival 2017
BOM artists at Savonlinna 2017This year’s Savonlinna Opera Festival was a very special one! Not only did Finland celebrate 100 years of independence, there were also not less than nine BOM artists performing on stage:
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Castle in the Water / concertante (Aulis Sallinen)
Tiina-Maija Koskela/Soprano, Tuija Knihtilä/Mezzo-Soprano und Jussi Myllys/Tenor
Kullervo (Aulis Sallinen)
Dan Karlström/Kimmo, Nina Keitel/The Smith’s Wife, Markus Suihkonen/Second man
Rigoletto (Giuseppe Verdi)
From Castle to MonasteryFor Yorck-Felix Speer a summer of music festivals awaits. Next month he will be performing at the Herrenchiemsee Festival, where he sings the bass parts in Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s C Minor Mass under the baton of Enoch zu Guttenberg. The concert takes place on July 20th in the Spiegelsaal of the Herrenchiemsee Castle.
In the following month, Mr. Speer’s path takes him to the Rheingau Music Festival, where on August 24th he will take part in a concert at the Eberbach Monastery. The concert is dedicated to the work of Anton Bruckner, whose 9th Symphony and Te Deum are going to be performed on the evening. Conducting is once again Enoch zu Guttenberg.
In the next season Yorck-Felix Speer will be dedicating his time to Wagner when he takes on the role of Reinmar von Zweter in Tannhäuser at Opera Cologne (Premiere: September 24th) followed by the role of Daland in The Flying Dutchman in Bari, Italy.
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A summer in the name of Music and LiteratureIn addition to the operettas, Dagmar Manzel devotes herself to her solo program MENSCHENsKIND. Supported by Frank Schulte on the piano, Ralf Templin on the guitar and Arnulf Ballhorn on contrabass, she will enthuse the audience of the Opera Frankfurt by performing songs of Friedrich Holländer on the 27th of June.
Furthermore, Dagmar Manzel is a part of this year‘s Music and Literature festival ‘Wege durchs Land’. On July 15th, she will perform together with five young musicians from Germany, Switzerland and Serbia the world premiere of Helmut Oehring’s musical version of the poem ‘Der Vogel, weiß’ by Johannes Bobrowski at Gut Böckel in Rödingshausen.
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Ancient dramas from Strauss until todayFollowing his success as Jochanaan at the Opéra National du Rhin, as Orest at the Teatro di San Carlo, and as Priest King/Death in the concertante performance of Jörg Widmann's opera Babylon under Markus Stenz and the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Robert Bork has now returned to Munich to perform in the opera Greek by Mark-Anthony Turnage the roles of Dad/Café Manager/Chief of Police under the baton of Oksana Lyniv. Remaining performances on: July 3rd and 4th.
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Highly acclaimed Adalgisa at Aalto-MusiktheaterIn the season 2016/17 Bettina Ranch assumed a long-term engagement at the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen. She enthused the audience as Adalgisa / Norma alongside Katia Pellegrino and Gianluca Terranova. Her recent performances included Princess Clarisse / The Love for Three Oranges and Magdalena / Rigoletto. In addition to other great productions in Essen such as Nabucco / Fenena (June 22nd/24th/28th/30th and July 2nd) and the new production of La clemenza di Tito / Sesto (July 8th and 15th), Bettina Ranch will perform at various concerts on European stages.
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At Wagner's ServiceHaving hardly stepped off the stage at Deutsche Oper Berlin after enthusing the audience with his mighty bass-baritone as Wanderer / Siegfried in the Götz-Friedrich-Ring, Samuel Youn is now back at that very stage with another Wagner part. Under the baton of GMD Donald Runnicles he will be singing the title role in Christian Spuck’s new production of The Flying Dutchman.
Further, Samuel Youn is a guest at this year’s Internationale Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden. In the production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg he will be performing as Gunther, a.o. alongside Andreas Schager as Siegfried, in Götterdämmerung on May 1st and 28th.
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Signature roles in two port citiesDuring the coming months Doris Soffel will be on stage performing two of her signature roles. Following Andrea Chénier is the nearly simultaneous Dialogues des Carmélites at Staatsoper Hamburg. Doris Soffel will be embodying Madame de Croissy under the baton of GMD Kent Nagano.
Subsequently, her path leads her to De Nationale Opera in the Dutch capital. From June 9th Doris Soffel can be seen and heard as Herodias in the new production of Salome by the team around Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld under the baton of Daniele Gatti and alongside Lance Ryan.
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A Finn in BerlinAfter enthusing the audiences of various Spanish cities, the young Finnish Bariton now returns to his parent house, the Staatsoper Berlin. Arttu Kataja will take on the role of Kulligin/Ein Vorbeigehender in the Andrea Breth production of Katja Kabanova. Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and alongside world stars such as Simon O’Neill, Rosalind Plowright and Eva-Maria Westbroek, Kataja will be on stage on the following dates: June 14th/18th/22nd and 25th.
But also the concert lovers can be pleased, because on the 24th of June Arttu Kataja will sing the bass part in Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts with the Sing-Akademie Berlin under the baton of Kai-Uwe Jirka.
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The wait is over!The opener of this year’s The Grange Festival in Hampshire was Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, in which Ms Bonitatibus performed under the baton of Michael Change the role of Penelope. In remembrance of the 450th birthday of the Italian Master, his last opera can be seen on the following dates: 07/16/18/24 June and 02 July.
Moreover, Anna Bonitatibus was part of this years Convegno Internazionale of the Fondazione Rossini in Pesaro where she sang works by Mayr and Rossini with the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini under the baton of Benjamin Bayl. The concert took place on the 10th of June in the Auditorium Pedrotti.
An excerpt of the concert can be found here:
Anna Bonitatibus sings Rossini (Pesaro, June 10, 2017)
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Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
One swallow does not make a summer :
After his celebrated house debut at Brussels’ Teatre de la Monnaie with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly as well as the acclaimed Guillaume Tell revival at Staatsoper Hamburg, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli now returns to his second home, Berlin. The occasion for his return is the revival of his highly successful new production of Puccini’s La Rondine, which premiered in 2015 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin where it will now be performed again. Dates: April 29th and May 1st + 6th.
La Rondine brings sunshine to Berlin
In June, the audience of the Deutsche Oper can start looking forward to another Italian opera composition under the baton of Rizzi Brignoli when Verdi’s Don Carlo will be performed with a prominent cast. Dates: June 24th + 29th and July 2nd + 6th.
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Known, New, NewestCurrently, the Faust-Preis laureate is active at the Lucerne Theater. Until the 10th of June, Nicole Chevalier will impress the audience in a “tour de force” as Violetta Valery/La Traviata in the production by Benedikt von Peter.
A further highlight is the premiere of Aribert Reimann’s Medea at Komische Oper Berlin on May 21st. With Nicole Chevalier in the title role there is no doubt that the opera will enjoy as much success as the world premiere in 2010.
Moreover, Ms. Chevalier is part of this year’s Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival) where she will be performing in the opera experiment by Gintersdorfer/Klaßen with the name ‘Les Robots ne connaissent pas le Blues oder Die Entführung aus dem Serail’, based on the opera by Mozart. Performances: May 26th/27th and 28th in Halle E in the MuseumsQuartier.
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Success in Europe and a musical wedding in ChileAfter his recent, highly acclaimed Rossini debut with Il turco in Italia at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Attilio Cremonesi guested at Münster during the "Tage der Barockmusik" where he conducted Handel's Alcina with great success. The next grand production, Le Nozze di Figaro, in June takes him to Santiago de Chile to the Ópera Nacional de Chile. The audience can enjoy performances on the 16th / 17th / 19th / and 21st of June.
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Alejandro Marco-BuhrmesterWorried about Tristan and Gilda
This year’s Festival mémoires at the Opéra de Lyon dedicates itself to three milestones in opera production and lets them come to life again. One of them is the Heiner Müller production Tristan und Isolde from 1983, in which Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester will take on the role of Kurwenal for a total of six performances (March 18th/21st/25th/28th + April 2nd/5th). Conductor is Hartmut Haenchen.
In addition, the opera audience of Wuppertal may start looking forward to June, where Marco-Buhrmester will be on stage in the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Performances: June 9th/22nd/24th.
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A full schedule in WiesbadenAfter her role debuts as Orlowsky / Die Fledermaus and Hansel / Hansel and Gretel, Silvia Hauer can be seen and heard as Olga / Eugene Onegin at Staatstheater Wiesbaden starting on March 11th.
In the course of the International Maifestspiele, Hauer will perform in the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro alongside stars such as Gerald Finley, Maria Bengtsson, and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller.
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He'll hasten to put an end to Freia's shame!On May 26th and 27th Lothar Odinius will be making his debut at the Elbphilharmonie as Froh in concertante performances of Das Rheingold under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock. The production will go on a mini-tour, making stop in Dortmund (May 29th) and Baden-Baden (June 3rd).
But it doesn’t stop there! Lothar Odinius is also a part of the 38th International Music Festival in Vienna. On June 12th and 13th he will be singing the tenor part in Mozart’s incomplete Mass in C Minor in the ‘Großer Saal’ of the Vienna Konzerthaus. Conducting the Wiener KammerOrchester is Bernard Labadie.
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Between Elbphilharmonie and StaatsoperIn addition to the role of Konstanze / Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Staatstheater Kassel, Heather Engebretson will take on roles in various productions at Staatsoper Hamburg as well. Not only will she perform in Les Troyens / Ascagne and Carmen / Frasquita at the end of the season, she will also be singing third soprano in Mahler’s 8th Symphony under the baton of Kent Nagano in the newly opened Elbphilharmonie on April 28th and 30th as well as May 1st and 3rd.
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We congratulate Mr. Reijans on his Schaunard Award!For his great versatility and impressive vocal performances throughout the year, Marcel Reijans has been awarded the 2016 Schaunard Award.
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Once a baker and now a prophetAfter his “gloriously dominant” performance as Fritz Kothner at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sebastian Holecek will travel south. From May 21 to May 28 he’ll be on stage at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catana for four performances (21/24/26/28). Under the baton of Günter Neuhold, Sebastian Holecek will enthuse the audience as a dominant Jochanaan/Salome in every sense.
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Four works, four composers, three nationalitiesFour works by four composers with three different nationalities are right up on Betsy Hornes schedule. Starting on January 29th, she will be performing Arabella at Opera Leipzig followed by the premiere of Otello at Stadttheater Klagenfurt on February 9th, where she will take on the role of Desdemona. As Freia in Uwe Eric Laufenberg's production of Das Rheingold, Betsy Horne is a part of this year's International Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden. By the end of the season, she will be performing in the production Sadko under the conduct of Dmitri Jurowski at Opera Vlaanderen, starting on June 20th.
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Role debut in the far northTuija Knihtilä, a.o. celebrated as “the best Ortrud of all time”, can soon be heard performing yet another Wagner role when she goes on stage as Venus in Wagner's Tannhäuser at Staatstheater Darmstadt - a role she took on at short notice. The premiere takes place on April 22nd and is conducted by Will Humburg.
In addition, Knihtilä is busy with the production of Poncielli's La Gioconda at the Malmö Opera. On April 1st she made her role debut as Laura and will continue to enthuse the audiences on the following dates: April 29th, May 9th / 13th / 20th / 31st and June 3rd.
On July 8th and 9th she will be performing in the world premiere of Aulis Sallinen's Castle in the Water at the Savonlinna Opera Festival 2017.
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Musical diversity all around the globeIn January, Rinaldo Alessandrini was a guest with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse at the Halle aux Grains where, over the course of three nights, he delighted the audience with symphonies by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.
In February, Mr. Alessandrini and his ensemble, Concerto Italiano, helped round off this year’s edition of the Venice Festival with a concertante performance of L’incoronazione di Poppea at Carnegie Hall. Momentarily, the ensemble is undertaking a China tour in the context of the 450th birthday of Monteverdi.
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Weia! Waga! Wiesbaden!After her debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Katharina Konradi will perform this role in April (1st /7th /17th) on the stage of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Afterwards, she will stay in Wiesbaden as Rhinemaiden Woglinde with other artists from BOM such as Silvia Hauer, Betsy Horne and Young Doo Park. First in Das Rheingold on April 13th, followed by Götterdämmerung on April 23rd and May 28th.
The young soprano also will be a part of the Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden. On May 27th, she will delight the audience with her youthful fresh style and her moving soprano in the role of Pamina.
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A repertoire comprising centuriesNot many artists are able to unite the classic opera repertoire with works from the 20th and 21st century in their schedules, let alone perform it to continuous perfection. One of those artists, however, is Croatian baritone Miljenko Turk. He masters the classic opera repertoire from Mozart to Puccini and devotes himself with great emphasis to the often highly challenging and rarely performed works of the 20th and 21st century.
Most recently, Turk celebrated successes in Cologne in the main role of the opera ‘Die Antilope’, a surrealistic situation drama by Durs Grünbein. On April 14th Turk will sing the bass part in Rihm’s monumental Deus Passus at the TivoliVredenburg Hall in Utrecht. A look into the near future will reveal his next engagement. From July 2nd Miljenko Turk can be heard on stage as Gonsalvo Fieschi and Father in the big production of Schreker’s ‘Die Gezeichneten’ alongside Bo Skovhus at the Opera Cologne. Further performances: July 6th/14th and 16th.
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Role debuts in ChemnitzFor Alexandra Ionis a season full of exciting projects lies ahead, and especially the audience of Theater Chemnitz may start getting used to her, because here she will be performing in no less than three different productions. First she will make her role debut as Annina/Der Rosenkavalier (Premiere: September 30th), followed by debuts as Marcellina/Le nozze di Figaro (Revival: October 6th) and Ulrica/Un ballo in maschera (Premiere: December 2nd)
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Ursula Hesse von den Steinen
200 years in 2 monthsOver the course of two months, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen will undertake a musical journey of about 200 years. On the 18th of March, Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, which first premiered in 1925, will premiere at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. In the production by Krysztof Warlikowski, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen will take on the role of Margret alongside Eva-Maria Westbroek as Marie and Sir Willard White as Doctor.
Following the performances in Amsterdam her way will lead her to Göttingen, where, under the baton of Laurence Cummings, she will be on stage as Matilda in Händel’s 1729 opera Lotario as part of this year’s International Händel Festival. Performances: May 19th/21st/22nd/24th/26th/27th and 28th.
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Marjukka Tepponen & Tiina-Maija Koskela
Double power from and in FinlandThe audience of the Tampere Opera had every reason to pay a visit to the opera house during February. Sharing the stage were two young, promising sopranos from Boris Orlob Management: Marjukka Tepponen and Tiina-Maija Koskela. In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Tampere Opera, the two sopranos were performing in the main roles of the opera The Ostrobothnians by Finnish composer Leevi Madetoja.
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A baronial premiere in MagdeburgAs of season 2016/17 the young soprano Raffaela Lintl is a member of the ensemble at Theater Magdeburg. There she will be expanding her repertoire with roles such as Sylva Varescu in Die Csárdásfürstin and Arminda in La finta giardiniera with performances starting March 11th and May 6th respectively. Furthermore, she will be singing the soprano part in Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 as part of the celebration ‘500 Jahre Reformation’on the 27th of May on Magdeburg Cathedral Square.
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