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Mika Kares

We congratulate Mr. Kares on his BBC Music Magazine 2017 Award!
This year’s BBC Music Magazine Award in the category Opera goes to the critically acclaimed Sony-Classical recording of Don Giovanni with Teodor Currentzis conducting his orchestra MusicAeterna. Mika Kares is happy to be part of the recording as Commendatore!
„This is a Don Giovanni that banishes preconceptions. The playing is brisk and brilliant, the singers sometimes more ‘theatrical’ than ‘operatic’; the party scene is a colourful whirlwind, Giovanni’s comeuppance the intended earthquake. Sometimes shocking, always exhilarating, frequently both. Refreshing and unforgettable.“

A sample of the recording can be found under the following link: 
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Samuel Youn

At Wagner's Service
Having 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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Andreas Schager

The wandering Wagner tenor
Coming events cast their shadows before. After an excursion to the lyrical profession as Tamino at the Staatsoper Berlin and the acclaimed production of Tristan und Isolde in Rome under the conduct of Daniele Gatti, there are now further great Wagner roles on Mr. Schager’s schedule. From February, he will be performing as Siegfried in Götterdämmerung in Toronto under the direction of Johannes Debus. In March he can be seen and heard at Opera Leipzig as Young Siegfried / Siegfried, and in April he will take on the same role at Hessiches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in the new production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg. In addition, his journey will lead him to Berlin, where he sings the title role in Parsifal under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.

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Marina Prudenskaya

From the Côte d’Azur to the world stars at the Spree
From April 21st, Marina Prudenskaya has taken on the role of Azucena at the Opéra Monte-Carlo under the baton of Daniel Harding – a role in which she already enthused the audiences of numerous other renowned houses.
Also the Berlin audience has a reason to be thrilled. Following her performances in Monte-Carlo, Ms. Prudenskaya’s path leads her to the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, where she will be performing in Don Carlo as Princess Eboli under the baton of Verdi expert Massimo Zanetti. First performance: May 14th.
On May 31st, Plácido Domingo will be celebrating his 50th Berlin anniversary with a great gala concert at Staatsoper Berlin. Under the baton of Daniel Barenboim and alongside René Pape and Mr. Domingo himself, Marina Prudenskaya will be performing on stage.

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Doris Soffel

Ancient shocker and French revolution
Doris Soffel started off the new year as Clytemnestra; first in Stuttgart in the revival of the production by Peter Konwitschny led by Ulf Schirmer, then, since February 10th, at the Bayerische Staatsoper under the baton of Simone Young alongside Nina Stemme as Elektra. Here, Doris Soffel also debuted on March 12th as Countess of Coigny in Andrea Chénier with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros directed by Philipp Stölzl and conducted by Omer Meir Wellber. Further Performances: March 18th/22nd/30th, April 2nd, and July 28th and 31st.

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Rinaldo Alessandrini

Musical diversity all around the globe
In 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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Dagmar Manzel

Egyptian Queen and MENSCHENsKIND
Since November, Dagmar Manzel has been enthusing audiences at Komische Oper Berlin as Egyptian queen in the operetta The Pearls of Cleopatra – a role which she will keep performing until the 12th of July. During that time, she will be giving guest performances with her project MENSCHENsKIND at Staatsoperette Dresden, Philharmonie Cologne as well as at the Opera Frankfurt, and from the 23rd of February she can be seen and heard in the revival of Ball at the Savoy at Komische Oper Berlin under the direction of Barrie Kosky.

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Nicole Chevalier

Faust-Preis and Premiere at the KOB
For her outstanding performance in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Komische Oper Berlin, Nicole Chevalier was awarded German ‘Faust-Preis 2016’ in the category ‘Singing actress / Music theatre’. We congratulate Ms. Chevalier on the award!
At Staatstheater Kassel, she can be heard in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller until April 21st, and as of February 3rd, she will continue enthusing the audience at Komische Oper Berlin in all the female roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Further, she will take on the title role in Aribert Reimann’s Medea, which premieres on March 21st - also at the Komische Oper.

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Betsy Horne

Four works, four composers, three nationalities
Four 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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Sebastian Holecek

Sebastian Holecek in London as Meistersinger
Sebastian Holecek recently enthused the international audience as Don Pizarro at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the conduct of Sir Antonio Pappano and as Peter Besenbinder at the Vienna State Opera with Axel Kober. In March, he is to be seen at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Fritz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Bryn Terfel and Antonio Pappano.

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Tuomas Katajala

Between Berlin and Helsinki
Following the great success of Il barbiere di Siviglia / Count Almaviva at Komische Oper Berlin and later as Steersman / The Flying Dutchman at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki, two further Helsinki productions await. Since the 25th of February, Tuomas Katajala took on once again the role of Count Almaviva, this time under the baton of Alessandro de Marchi (further performances: 18th and 21st of March).  From March 17, he can be seen and heard as Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Performances take place on the 25th/31st of March and on the 6th of April.

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Silvia Hauer

A full schedule in Wiesbaden
After 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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Heather Engebretson

Between Elbphilharmonie and Staatsoper
In 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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Marcel Reijans

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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Tobias Berndt

On tour through Europe
An exciting month lies ahead for Tobias Berndt. Joining renowned ensemble Collegium Vocale Gent and its conductor Philippe Herreweghe, the baritone goes on a large tour through Europe. On the program is Bach’s monumental St. Matthew Passion. The first concert will take place on April 7th in Antwerpen followed by concerts in Sevilla (8th), Madrid (9th), Munich (10th), Mechelen (11th), Paris (12th), Aix-en-Provence (14th) and lastly in Zurich on April 15th.

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Arttu Kataja

Successes in Berlin and sacral masterpieces in Spain
Arttu Kataja was recently once again able to celebrate a string of successes at Staatsoper Berlin including roles such as Papageno, Music Master, and Marcello.
Now the Finnish baritone goes on a concert trip in the south with two great sacral works in his suitcase. On April 6th he will be singing Berlioz’ ‘L’enfance du Christ’ with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias at Teatro Jovellanos in Gijón followed the next day by another concert at Auditorio Nacional in Oviedo.
On April 11th he will be paying a visit to the Spanish capital, where he takes on the baritone part in Fauré’s Requiem alongside Victor Pablo Perez and the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid.

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Bettina Ranch

Highly acclaimed Adalgisa at Aalto-Musiktheater
In 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 – the latter role being on the program until May. In addition to other great productions in Essen such as Nabucco / Fenena (15th/22nd April and 07th May) and the new production of La clemenza di Tito / Sesto (from June 3rd), Bettina Ranch will perform at various concerts on European stages.

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Lothar Odinius

Together with world stars at Théâtre des Champs-Elysees
In the great production Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Lothar Odinius will be on stage from 28th  February as Giove / Anfinomo with stars such as Rolando Villazón and Magdalena Kožená under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm. In addition, this production will guest at the Opéra de Dijon (from 31st of March). Afterwards, his route leads north. On the 26th  and 27th  of May he will enthuse the audience of the Elbphilharmonie as Froh in concert performances of the opera Das Rheingold under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock.

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Katharina Konradi

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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Miljenko Turk

A repertoire comprising centuries
Not 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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Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester

Worried 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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Ursula Hesse von den Steinen

200 years in 2 months
Over 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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Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

One swallow does not make a summer :
La Rondine brings sunshine to Berlin
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.
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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Anna Bonitatibus

Ancient Heroines
What an exciting month for Anna Bonitatibus! February began in the Finnish capital, where she was a guest with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, with whom she performed works by Monteverdi and Haydn. Following last year’s successful tour with her album ‘Semiramide, La Signora‘ enthusing audiences in cities such as Baden-Baden, Essen, and at the London Wigmore Hall, this February Bonitatibus took her program to Beirut, performing as one of the highlights at this year’s Al Bustan Festival. Ensuing her performance in Beirut, she then went on, to much acclaim, to embody further ancient female figures as part of the International Handel Festival in Karlsruhe.

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Marjukka Tepponen & Tiina-Maija Koskela

Double power from and in Finland
The 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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Attilio Cremonesi

Success in Europe and a musical wedding in Chile
After 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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Jussi Myllys

Splendid premiere and a new recording
“I cannot understand it – it passes over me like a tidal wave – and that matters not a lot either, because it goes on forever, even if it is never performed again – that final chord is printed on the atmosphere.” This was written by Benjamin Britten about Mahler’s late work Das Lied von der Erde. Now, on March 29th 2017, a new recording of this work was released on the label Klarthe.
Jussi Myllys, who is currently performing at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki as Lensky in Eugene Onegin (Performances on April 18th and May 3rd +5th), sings the tenor part in the version for chamber orchestra with the Orchestre Victor-Hugo under the baton of Jean Francois Verdier.
Further information as well as an audio sample via the following link:

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Alexandra Ionis

Future like past : Successes in Berlin
Young Berlin soprano, Alexandra Ionis, can both look back at – and forward to – successes at the two great opera houses in her home city. Following last year’s celebrated Ägyptische Helena at Deutsche Oper Berlin, she is currently back at that very stage under the baton of GMD Donald Runnicles in Graham Vick’s staging of Britten’s Death in Venice. Next performances: April 23rd and 28th.
This year’s ‘Infektion! Festival für neues Musiktheater’ at Staatsoper Berlin will open in the Werkstatt on June 25th with Reimann’s Gespenstersonate. In this chamber opera with text by August Strindberg, Alexandra Ionis will perform the role of The Mummy, Wife of the Colonel on following dates: June 25th/27th/29th and July 1st/3rd/7th/9th.

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Tuiija Knihtilä

Role debut in the far north
Tuija 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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Raffaela Lintl

A baronial premiere in Magdeburg
As 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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Matthew Grills

From Munich to Seoul and back again
Since this season, Matthew Grills is in a steady engagement at the Bayerische Staatsoper München. He recently shone as Edgar Evans in the premiere of Miroslav Srnka's opera 'South Pole' alongside Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson. In March, Grills will go on a long journey to sing the part of Nemorino in Seoul in a concert performance of L'elisir d'amore on March 11th. Afterwards he will return to his parent house in Munich to sing the part of Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail on March 24th/30th and 31st.

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Benedikt Kristjánsson

Mission : Bach
The following months are marked by the collaboration with the Internationale Bach Akademie Stuttgart and Hans-Christoph Rademann. On the 4th  and 5th of March, Benedikt Kristjánsson will be part of the project BACHBEWEGT! with the St. Matthew Passion in Ludwigsburg. Afterwards the young tenor will go on tour through the US with the Internationale Bach Akademie Stuttgart. They will enthuse the audiences with two great works by the Baroque master, the B minor Mass and the St. John Passion. Among others they will perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on April 18th.

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