Tour de Wagner: From the Gralsburg through the Rhine to the VenusbergHaving just descended from the green hill, Andreas Schager resumes his “Tour de Wagner” at the beginning of the season 17/18.
On September 16th he will be singing the title role in the new production of Parsifal at the Hamburgische Staatsoper under the musical direction of the GMD, Kent Nagano. Further performances: September 24th/27th/30th.
The next leg of his “tour” is the Semperoper in Dresden, where he will be taking on Siegfried in Götterdämmerung for three performances (October 29th, November 1st/5th) alongside Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) and Falk Struckmann (Hagen) and with Christian Thielemann at the conductor’s stand.
The preliminary “tour end” takes place at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where Schager will be on stage as Tannhäuser on the following dates: November 11th/19th and December 2nd.
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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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Of Murderers and MinistersFor Samuel Youn, this season begins with a collaboration with Zubin Mehta, under whose baton he will be singing the part of Don Fernando in concertante performances of Fidelio on September 23rd and 25th at the traditional Teatro di San Carlo. With him on stage are Anja Kampe as Leonore and Peter Seiffert as Florestan.
The next highlight is not long in coming: On December 1st, Youn will be making his debut as Hagen in an adaptation of Wagner’s Ring by Tatjana Gürbaca and with Constantin Trinks at the conductor’s stand of the Theater an der Wien. Further performances: December 3rd/07th/10th/17th/19th/29th and 31st.
Further information about the Ring adaptation under the following link:
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Two signature roles and Straussian forces of soundThis fall, Doris Soffel will once again be taking on two of her signature roles.
First she will sing Herodias in the revival of Sven Eric Bechtholf’s staging of Salome and under the musical direction of Ulf Schirmer. Performances: September 28th and October 1st/8th/15th.
Subsequently, she will return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she will take on the role of the haunted Klytämnestra for which she has been celebrated by audience and critics alike, most recently in Munich and Stuttgart. Under the baton of the GMD, Donald Runnicles, she will be on stage on the three following dates: October 19th/26th/30th.
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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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Fluctuation between great drama and colourful comedyAt the beginning of the new season, Nicole Chevalier will be on stage in three different productions. Starting September 3rd, she will be singing Violetta Valéry/La Traviata in the production by Benedikt von Peter at Staatsoper Hannover (Performances: September 16th/28th and October 7th/11th) and from September 13th at the Lucerne Theater as well. (Performances: September 26th, October 21st/27th, December 15th and February 5th)
Also in Lucerne, Marco Štorman’s production of Massenet’s Manon celebrates its premiere, in which Nicole Chevalier will sing the title role for a total of six performances: November 12th/23rd/29th, December 13th/21st and January 14th.
After winning the Faust-Preis and following the sensational Medea of the past season, Nicole Chevalier returns to the KOB in the season 17/18. From October 1st until December 25th she takes on the title role in Barrie Kosky’s exuberant production of La belle Hélène. In this role she cannot only be heard on the Berlin stage but in Austria as well, when the production visits St. Pölten on September 23rd and 24th.
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Magical prospects until ChristmasFirst, Sebastian Holecek's path leads him to the Oper Stuttgart where, starting October 14th, he will take on the role of Scarpia in the production by Willy Decker for a total of six performances. Further performance dates: October 17th/21st, December 10th/29th and January 09th.
During the pre-Christmas season, he then returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where he will be on stage as Peter Besenbinder in Richard Jones’ production of the fairytale opera Hansel and Gretel. Performances: December 14th/16th and 21st.
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Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Masterful interpretations of Italian mastersFor Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli, the new season begins with a great debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra! On October 20th and 21st he undertakes the musical direction of Verdi’s Requiem, in which fellow BOM artist, Tuija Knihtilä, can be heard as well.
Subsequently, Rizzi-Brignoli returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin where, starting October 29th, he will conduct Verdi’s Nabucco, with which he shone in Rome past season. Further performance dates: November 1st, May 20th/24th.
Simultaneously, on November 2nd, he will make his debut at the Oper Stuttgart with Madama Butterfly, directed by Monique Wagemakers. The production can be seen and heard throughout the whole of November: 07th/12th/19th and 25th.
The next Italian master calls him to his hometown. On November 24th, Donizetti’s seldomly staged opera Il borgomastro di Saardam celebrates its premiere at the Teatro Donizetti Bergamo with Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli at the conductor’s stand. Further performances on: November 26th and December 2nd.
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Spiritual grandeur meets carnivalesque mirthWhere last season ended with Mozart’s mass in C minor, this season begins with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. As part of this year’s RuhrTriennale, Lothar Odinius will be singing the tenor part under the baton of Steven Sloane and alongside Mika Kares in the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr on the 30th of September.
Following last year’s house debut, Lothar Odinius will also be returning to the Elbphilharmonie in the beginning of October. Under the musical direction of chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, he can be heard in Mozart’s Requiem on the following dates: October 06th/07th and 08th.
His next engagement could not be more different. On November 2nd, Peter Langdal’s staging of Eine Nacht in Venedig celebrates its premiere in Graz with Lothar Odinius in the role of Herzog Guido von Urbino. The co-production with Opéra de Lyon already enjoyed great popularity while staged there, and the success will most certainly continue in Graz (further performances: November 30th and December 2nd/10th/17th/20th/22nd and 31st) and at next year’s guest performances in Muscat (November 29th and December 1st).
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A tempestuous fall with important debutsOn October 1st, Katharina Konradi will make her debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper. Under the baton of Christof Prick and alongside Burkhard Fritz as Max, she takes on the role of Ännchen in the Konwitschny staging of Der Freischütz. Further performances: October 05th/08th/10th and 13th.
In addition to the opera stage, Katharina Konradi can again be heard performing at numerous concerts. In celebration of the birthday of Clara Schumann and as part of the Bonner Schumannfest, she will be performing German and French Lieder and duets with Silvia Hauer on September 13th at the Schumannhaus in Bonn.
Also in Bonn, though devoted to another composer, Katharina Konradi will be singing works by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms at the Beethoven-Haus Bonn on September 17th. The concert is part of this year’s Beethoven Festival in Bonn.
On October 24th, Ms. Konradi will be going on a short tour with Klaus-Maria Brandauer, Thomas Hengelbrock and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. After already enthusing the audience of the Elbphilharmonie with Beethoven’s Egmont, this concert event will visit Frankfurt, Hannover and Bremen.
Further information about the project under the following link:
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Valhalla burning and a passion in flamesOn September 24th and again on October 21st, Betsy Horne will be embodying Gutrune in the revival of Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s staging of Götterdämmerung. Conducting the production at Staatstheater Wiesbaden is Alexander Joel.
After Valhalla has perished, Betsy Horne will be travelling to Jakub Hrůša and the Bamberg Symphony to sing the soprano part in Ernest Chausson‘s ‘Poème de l’amour et de la mer ‘ on September 29th in the Bamberg Concert Hall. Within the frame of the final concert of the Beethoven Fest, she can be heard singing the same part on October 1st in the same constellation at Conference Center Bonn.
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Purtimiro Festival 2017As musical director of the Festival Purtimiro, Rinaldo Alessandrini will be at the conductor’s stand of the Teatro Rossini di Lugo at numerous concerts between September 29th and October 15th. This year will be particularly devoted to the works of J.S. Bach.
The opening on September 29th is going to be carried out by Alessandrini and his Concerto Italiano. Under the motto “Variations on Variations” they will be playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a transcription for strings and harpsichord.
Highlights of the festival are the interludes Serpilla e Bacocco and Fidalba e Artabano, which will be performed on October 07th and 15th under the baton of Mr. Alessandrini.
Another interesting concert project titled Crossdressing Bach takes place on October 13th. Rinaldo Alessandrini on harpsichord and Enrico Gatti on violin will be swapping works by Bach, so that the pieces originally written for the one instrument will now be played by the other.
Further information about the festival can be found under following link:
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Minnesingers' contest and operetta bliss at the Opera CologneNot 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.
In the season 2017/18, Miljenko Turk will again be performing demanding and fach-overlapping roles at his parent house, the Opera Cologne.
On September 24th, the new production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser celebrates ist premiere, in which Turk sings the multifaceted role of Wolfram von Eschenbach under the baton of GMD Francois-Xavier Roth. In this role he will be on stage for a total of nine performances: September 30th, October 06th/08th/12th/14th/22nd/28th and November 1st.
Further, Miljenko Turk will make his role debut as Gabriel von Eisenstein on November 26th, when he is on stage in the new production of Die Fledermaus under the baton of Marcus Bosch. The production can be seen throughout the entire month of December.
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Exceeding thresholds: From Dramma giocoso to Musique spectraleAfter stepping in for Nadja Michael with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris and mastering the demanding soprano part in Vivier‘s Trois airs pour un opéra imaginaire with bravura, the new season begins with another exciting concert.
With the Ensemble Modern and under the baton of Michael Wendeberg, Anna Palimina will be devoting herself to the last work by Gérard Grisey, the Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil, on September 30th at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.
In addition to her concert activity, Anna Palimina stays faithful to the Opera Cologne in this season as well, singing Carolina in the new production of Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto. Performances: June 24th/27th/29th July 1st/05th/07th/15th.
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Wagnerian waves of sound at the SpreeFor Martina Welschenbach, the fresh season begins with a true highlight. On September 18th she can be heard at the Berlin Philharmonie as part of the final concert of this year’s Musikfest Berlin. Under the baton of Donald Runnicles and, among others, alongside Bryn Terfel (Wotan) and Anja Harteros (Sieglinde) she will be singing the part of Helmwige in a concertante performance of the 3. act of Die Walküre.
Following this concert she will be returning to her Berlin parent house, the Deutsche Oper, where she will be performing the role of Senta in Christian Spuck’s staging of The Flying Dutchman on three nights: September 22nd, October 27th and November 18th. On September 22nd, Robert Watson will be with her on stage singing the part of Erik.
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A busy season start for the GMD of Theater PforzheimFollowing the premiere of Die Zauberflöte on September 15th at his parent house as well as the 1st Symphony Concert with Martin Stadtfeld as a soloist (October 15th) at CongressCentrum Pforzheim, Markus Huber travels west.
For two nights he will be on the conductor’s stand of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center (October 19th) and the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans (October 20th).
From there, his path leads him to Amsterdam where he will perform at the Concertgebouw with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie on October 29th.
Finally, in the context of an opera gala, Markus Huber will be conducting two concerts with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen on November 17th and 18th, starring, among others, Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester and Marjukka Tepponen.
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Return to two musical strongholdsAfter a great festival summer, where Anna Bonitatibus could be seen and heard as Penelope/Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Sesto/La clemenza di Tito, the beginning of the season 17/18 holds ready a big opera production.
In the staging by Tobias Kratzer and under the musical direction of Antonello Manacorda, a proven Mozart expert, the new production of Lucio Silla with Anna Bonitatibus as Cecilio begins on October 29th at Brussels‘ Théâtre de la Monnaie. Further performances: October 31st and November 2nd/04th/07th/09th/12th and 15th.
In the new year, Anna Bonitatibus will return to London’s Wigmore Hall for two concerts with works ranging from Rossini to Berio. On January 25th she will be on stage with three further artists, and on the 27th she will be performing solo with Adele d’Aronzo at the piano.
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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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Important role debuts at the Deutsche Oper BerlinIn his second season as a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, once again, several important debuts in big productions await Robert Watson.
On September 08th he makes his debut as Erik/The Flying Dutchman alongside Martina Welschenbach as Senta in the production by Christian Spuck. (Further performance on September 22nd).
Subsequently, on October 29th and November 1st, he will be on stage as Ismaele/Nabucco under the baton of the Verdi expert, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.
Lastly, another role debut awaits Robert Watson on February 08th. In Boleslaw Barlog‘s staging of Tosca (1969) he will be embodying Mario Cavaradossi, whose opponent, Scarpia, Samuel Youn will be singing.
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Rusalka premiere and a concert tour through AustriaRaffaela Lintl’s second season at Theater Magdeburg began with one of her dream roles. On September 9th she sang the title role at the premiere of the new production of Rusalka. Conducting the production is Pawel Poplawski; stage director is Stephen Lawless.
The production is on the programme until 29.12.2017. Further information including all performance dates can be found under following link:
Further, Raffaela Lintl will be performing at a series of concerts over the turn of the year with Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich in various Austrian cities, starting at the Vienna Musikverein.
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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)
BOM artists come together as ensemble "Lied23"The special concept of the programme, which consists only of works by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann, is constituted in a novel performance form located between classical-concertante recital and scenic performance: After the Brahmsian opening quartet, the concert approach dissolves and a continuous shift of the pairs and situations begins, leading the thoughts to the garden scene in Goethe’s Faust and consistently offering new surprises and not letting go of the listener until the end of the evening. The evident concatenation of duets and quartets in closely related keys allows for the seamless, intertwining and ever-increasing playing by the protagonists.
To direct the singers, renowned opera stage director Hinrich Horstkotte was acquired.
With Carine Tinney, Bettina Ranch, Lothar Odinius, Sebastian Noack, and Manuel Lange as the ensemble Lied23, five musicians have come together, who for years passionately devoted themselves to the Lied genre, but who also possess the substantial experience within the field of opera needed for such high intensity Lied interpretation.
Member of the Young Ensemble in AntwerpThe young Finn Markus Suihkonen can look forward to an exciting season as he will be joining the “Young Ensemble” of the renowned Vlaamse Opera Antwerp. Already his first role poses a great challenge, when he takes on the Doorman in E.W. Korngold's rarely staged opera 'Das Wunder der Heliane'. Performance dates: September 15th/17th/20th/23rd (Gent) and October 1st/3rd/5th/8th (Antwerp).
In addition, Suihkonen will be on stage in the following productions: Le duc d’Albe/Daniel (Premiere: November 17th in Gent), Falstaff/Pistola (Premiere: December 13th in Antwerp), Pelléas et Mélisande/Doctor+Shepherd (Premiere: February 2nd in Antwerp), Parsifal/2. Gralsritter+Titurel (Premiere: March 18th in Antwerp), La clemenza di Tito/Publio (Premiere: May 6th in Gent) and Prokofiev’s The Gambler/Baron (Premiere: June 13th in Gent).
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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 looking forward to the young mezzo soprano, 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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"To lie in the verdure while the horns sound."
Tuomas Pursio is a part of the opening concert of this year’s Grafenegg Festival on 18th of August. Under the baton of the chief conductor Yutaka Sado an next to Gal James and Michael König he’ll take over the role of Kasper/Der Freischütz,in which he recently impressed the audience in Leipzig.
A romantic opera in front of a superb backdrop
With the setting of the Schlosspark, a great ensemble of singers and Otto Schenk as the narrator, this evening will certainly be one to remember.
Further information about the opening concert as well as the rest of the festival under following link:
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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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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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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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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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