Artist News

Konstantin Ingenpass

Winner of the 1st prize at the International Competition for Lied Art of the Hugo-Wolf-Academy in Stuttgart
The German baritone Konstantin Ingenpaß and the South Korean pianist Hyun-hwa Park won the first prize at the International Competition for Lied Art of the Hugo Wolf Academy in Stuttgart. The competition was chaired by the chamber singer Brigitte Fassbaender.

Excerpt from the award winning concert in Stuttgart 

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Attilio Cremonesi

Facing the Virus with Händel premieres in Halle and Kalgenfurt
After the late Teseo Händel Festival premiere at the beginning of October in Halle, Attilio Cremonesi is now also celebrating his premiere in Klagenfurt with Händel's Alcina.

Attilio Cremonesi led through the evening full of energy and was able to push the musicians to their best level, which resulted in
"several minutes of standing ovations by the audience".

Further performances until December 2020 on: October 28/31; November 06/15/17/19/21/25/28; December 05/12.

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Anna Bonitatibus

Podcast - whilst waiting for the premiere
On October 30th, the general rehearsal of the new production L'Olimpiade took place in Zürich with Anna Bonitatibus. Now we are waiting for the news, if and when the premiere and further performances can take place!
Whilst waiting we recommend the podcast interview with Anna Bonitatibus and dramaturg Michael Küster. Among other things, Anna talks about when singers and casting directors think in drawers, about her love for queen Semiamide and about her engagement to support the young singers of tomorrow.

Listen here:

www.opernhaus.ch/... 

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Mika Kares, Tuomas Katajala, Markus Suihkonen

The holy grail with social distance
Ever heard of Wagner‘s Parsifal done with an organ? On October 22nd, at the Eurajoki Bel Canto Festival, Mika Kares (Gurnemanz), Tuomas Katajala (Parsifal), Markus Suihkonen (Titurel & Gralsritter) and Tuija Knihtilä (Kundry) among others gave a splendid performance of the opera in the church of Eurajoki, accompanied only by Ilpo Laspas on the organ.
It is never boring around our Finnish artists, both Mika Kares and Tuomas Katajala made their role debuts on this occasion, bravi!
Photo: Sanna Salo

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Dagmar Manzel 

Enthusiastic reactions on Schönbergs Pierrot Lunaire at Komische Oper Berlin

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Marina Prudenskaya & Vincent Wolfsteiner

Debut at Vienna State Opera as Herod and Herodias
After their great success at the State Opera Unter den Linden, the tetrarch couple are now celebrating their debut at the Vienna State Opera. Next performances on October 6th, 8th and 10th, 2020 under the direction of Alexander Soddy.

more about Marina Prudenskaya 

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Anna Bonitatibus & Bettina Ranch

New CD release on SONY Classical
Anna Bonitatibus and Bettina Ranch have recorded Joseph
Haydn´s seldom played oratorio „Il ritorno di Tobia“ under Ivor Bolton, with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and the Salzburg Bach Choir in their new CD that has just been released by SONY Classical: www.sonyclassical.de/...

more about Anna Bonitatibus 
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Doris Soffel

Vienna Calling
Doris Soffel returns in her signature role Klytämnetsra/ Elektra to the Vienna State Opera.
On 8/11/19/22 September she will sing in two series under Franz Welser-Möst and Alexander Soddy.

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Tuomas Katajala

On Demnad: Benjamin Britten´s "Nocturne op. 60"
On September 4th, Tuomas Katajala sang Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne" with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu in Helsinki.
The concert was recorded by Finnish YLE and can be heard in its full length via the following link (Britten from 25:00):

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Andrew Harris

Premiere as Hunding at Deutsche Oper Berlin
Andrew Harris is Hunding in "Die Walküre" in the new Ring production at Deutsche Oper Berlin. The performances will be on September 27th (premiere) and on 1st, 4th, 8th and 11th October.

Director: Stefan Herheim, Conductor: Donald Runnicles

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Philipp Ahmann

Virtual world premiere with the MDR Rundfunkchor
Philipp Ahmann, since the beginning of this year the new artistic director of the MDR-Rundfunkchor, presented on September 18, together with the MDR-Rundfunkchor, a commissioned composition written for the MDR during the lockdown, which is artistically very demanding with the current exceptional situation, especially for the choir and virtually impressive: the composer Michael Langemann wrote the piece "Inseln - Gesang von ferner Nähe". The composition was premiered last week on September 18th via video.

Listen to and explore more under: 
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Bettina Ranch

Orfeo at the season premiere in Essen
Bettina Ranch sings Orfeo for the first time on September 26, 2020 at the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen in the season premiere "Orfeo ed Euridice" by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Paul-Georg Dittrich stages the piece together with the video designer Vincent Stefan, the musical director is Tomáš Netopil.
 
Further performances: September 30th; October 3rd, 18th, 25th, 29th; November 1st, 7th, 8th; December 13zh, 27th, 2020
 
More information under:
 
www.theater-essen.de/...

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© Theater und Philharmonie Essen GmbH, Foto: Matthias Jung

Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

Verdi Gala at Deutsche Oper Berlin
In September Roberto Rizzi Brignoli returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin with a spectacular Verdi Gala. In the evenings sold out with 500 spectactors there was Verdi at its best: Nabucco, Don Carlo, Macbeth and Ballo in maschera 

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Robyn Allegra Parton

Robyn Allegra Parton: Belcanto opening premiere at TfN Hildesheim
Robyn Allegra Parton will be a member of the TfN Hildesheim ensemble starting from the 2020/21 season and can look forward to numerous exciting projects. Right at the beginning of the season she will sing the main role of Amelia in Saverio Mercadante's I Briganti, followed by Violetta Valery / La Traviata, Adele / Die Fledermaus and the princess Badr-al Budùr in Nino Rotas' Aladin and the magic lamp up to playing the Cousin in Ludger Vollmers' Gegen die Wand.

Next performance dates for Robyn Allegra Parton in Hildesheim:
12./26. September; 09./17./22. October

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Markus Suihkonen

The next step: Member of the ensemble at Staatsoper Hannover
Following educational seasons as a member of the young ensemble at Vlaamse Opera and of the Opera Studio at Bavarian State Opera Munich, Markus Suihkonen will make the next step. As of the upcoming season, he will be a member of th ensemble at Staatsoper Hannover, where he will perform i.a. as Lodovico/Otello, Eremit/Der Freischütz as well as in Poulenc's Dialogue des Carmélites in his first season.
Furthermore, Markus Suihkonen will make his role debut as Sarastro at the Israeli Opera (Tel Aviv).

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Virpi Räisänen

CD Release "Trasparente"
A one woman's chamber music ensemble: In search of new forms of musical expression, mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen accompanies herself on the violin and performs compositions that were written specifically for this unusual combination on her new CD "Trasparente" published by Alba Records. 
To get an impression: www.youtube.com/... 

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Arttu Kataja

Arttu Kataja: From Così fan tutte in Freiburg to Covid fan tutte in Helsinki
This August and September Arttu Kataja sings and rehearses Guglielmo for Così fan tutte in Freiburg under René Jacobs and with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra for a production on the Canary Islands in 2021 – whereas at the National Opera Helsinki it is currently Covid fan tutte under Esa- Pekka Salonen. With its new production of the abridged version of Mozart's Così fan tutte, the Helsinki National Opera reacted quickly to the current situation, which inspired it to this unusual and very contemporary reinterpretation of the Mozart classic: "This is a unique production for unique circumstances" (Opera Director Lilli Paasikivi).

Arttu Kataja will hold the performances on 16.9/13.10/16.10 in Helsinki.

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Mika Kares

Building Bridges: Taking on the General Management for Mika Kares worldwide
Following years of successful collaboration we are delighted to announce that from now on we are representing Mika Kares in general management.
He is currently rehearsing Massimiliano in a new production of „I Masnadieri“ at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich which will premiere in March.
Performance dates: March 8/11/14/18/22/26/29

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Álfheidur Erla Gudmundsdóttir

Season start at Theater Basel in Oliver Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise
The young Icelandic soprano Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir, to be found on our "Emerging Artists" list, was cast by the L'Opéra Orchester national Montpellier last season as Echo in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at the Opéra Comédie in Montpellier - these performances unfortunately had to be canceled and postponed due to Covid 19.
But with the role of the angel in the premiere of Oliver Messiaens Saint François d’Assise under Clemens Heil and the direction of Benedikt von Peter at the Theater Basel, Álfheiður can start again musically, nothing appeals to the young soprano more than innovative forms of performance. She has always tried to build bridges between music and the visual arts and besides music, her heart also beats for photography:  www.alfheidurerla.com/... 

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Meagan Miller

Versatility at the highest level: Welcome Meagan Miller to the General Management
Brünnhilde and Elsa, Minnie and Desdemona, Feldmarschallin, Ariadne and Donna Anna, Meagan Miller brings them all to the most prestigious institutions of the world at the highest level of singing and performing. Most recently, she enthused the audience of the Opera Leipzig as Minnie in La fanciulla del West and with her role debut as Isolde.
We are very pleased to work with this versatile as well as ambitious artist!

If you want to experience Meagan Miller live, you can visit one of the following performances at Opera Leipzig:
La fanciulla del West/Minnie: January 31
Tristan und Isolde/Isolde: March 14th and June 1st
Die Walküre/Sieglinde: May 21

more about Meagan Miller 

Niina Russi

"Götz-Friedrich-Prize 2019" and "Coraline" at Zurich Opera
We are delighted to announce that Swiss director, Nina Russi, has joined our General Management! On November 7, she will receive the prestigious “Götz-Friedrich-Preis” hosted by the German Opera Conference in Stuttgart for her Bernstein project “Trouble in Tahiti / A Quiet Place” at Theater Aachen.
Furthermore, we are looking forward to the premiere of the new production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline at Zurich Opera’s main stage on the 16th of November. This work will be performed in Switzerland for the first time:
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Nina Russi’s work is characterized by differentiated psychological figure’s design, and energetic as well as highly visual realizations. Her focus lies on stripping down highly complex and individual behavioral patterns as well as social constellations – always with the goal of telling a story that appeals to today’s audience.

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Vincent Wolfsteiner

New production "Tristan und Isolde" at Opera Frankfurt
Vincent Wolfsteiner conquers a peak of the Tenor repertoire once again, performing the title role in the new production Tristan und Isolde at Opera Frankfurt besides Rachel Nicholls as Isolde. Under the baton of Sebastian Weigle, the production’s premiere takes place on January 19.
Further performance dates: January 25; February 1/9/14/23/29; June 12/20/28; July 2

For further information: www.oper-frankfurt.de/... 
 
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Nadja Loschky

An important work for our time: "Die Passagierin" at Opera Graz
Unfortunately, cancelled due to Coronavirus.

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Bettina Ranch

Fratricide on the big stage: "Cain and Abel" at Theater Essen
Bettina Ranch will interpret the role of Cain in Dietrich Hilsdorf’s new production of Alessandro Scarlatti’s “Cain and Abel”/”Il Primo Omicidio” at Theater Essen under the baton of Rubén Dubrovsky. Remaining performances on these dates: January 30; February 20/29; March 4/8/13/20

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Yorck Felix Speer

Building Bridges: Taking on the General Management for Mika Kares worldwide
At the end of February, another concert highlight awaits Yorck Felix Speer. He will perform Mendelssohn’s „Die erste Walpurgisnacht“ with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig led by Andrés Orozco-Estrada on February 27 and 28 (8 PM) and 29 (4 PM)

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Doris Soffel

Looking back at a fantastic "Elektra" in Valencia
Doris Soffel has gained great success as Klytämnestra in Robert Carsens staging of "Elektra" at Valencia's Palau de les Arts led by Marc Albrecht:

"Doris Soffel as the malicious Klytämnestra is magnificent in a role which fits her like a glove." (Joaquin Guzmán für ABC)

"Doris Soffel gave a luxurious interpretation of Klytämnestra"
"Sin exageraciones, con un dominio absoluto del sprechgesang" 

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Hartmut Haenchen

Masterpiece of the 20th century: Zurich debut with "Wozzeck"
On February 9, Hartmut Haenchen will make his debut at Zurich Opera, conducting Andreas Homoki’s highly acclaimed production „Wozzeck“, including i.a. Christian Gerhaher performing the title role.
All performance dates: February 9/12/15/18

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Niina Keitel

Spanish heat in the cold North: "Carmen" in Tampere
Bizet’s masterpiece „Carmen“ with Niina Keitel performing the title role, will bring great moments full of  drama and desire to the frosty town of Tampere! The cast incldues i.a. Marjukka Tepponen as Micaela and Alberto Hold-Garrido at the conductor’s stand.
Performance dates: February 14/16/19/22/26/29

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Young Doo Park

"Basso Continuo": A challenging and versatile season in Wiesbaden
In the season 2019/20, Young Doo Park will take on a number of challenging roles at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. “Within these hallowed halls”, he will start the season as Sarastro, followed by Cesare Angelotti in Tosca. Furthermore, he will sing Ferrando in the new production of Il trovatore under the baton of Alexander Joel (the premiere takes place on March 28), and Orest in Strauss’ Elektra.
The season’s highlight will be his role debut as König Marke in the new production of Tristan und Isolde, staged by Uwe Eric Laufenberg. Performance dates: 11th of June and 5th of July.

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Andreas Schager / Fascination Wagner

Fascination Wagner // Wiesbaden 05/29/19
is a completely innovative concert format with Andreas Schager! 

„Fascination Wagner“ presents highlights of the operas of Richard Wagner in combination with specially produced music videos in a new dimension. The story of each opera is thus comprehensively and directly accessible to the audience.

As part of the Internationale Maifestspiele, this unique concert event will take place at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden on 29th of May 2019. 

For further information about this exciting project please visit:
www.faszination-wagner.com 

For inquiries about the project please contact Boris Orlob under boris@orlob.net or on tel. 0049 30 20 45 08 39.

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Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

The new GMD at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile!
We are very pleased to announce that from January 2020, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli will be the new Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) of the renowned Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile and the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra!
During his first year in the new position he will conduct a versatile repertoire including Lucia di Lammermoor, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, as well as a concert featuring works by Haydn, Beethoven and Berlioz.

A preview of the productions of the new season can be found under following link:
www.municipal.cl/... 

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Raffaela Lintl

Magdeburg, China and back again: On Tour with Opera Fuoco and David Stern
In remembrance of Georg Friedrich Handel’s 260th day of death, Raffaela Lintl will go on tour with the ensemble Opera Fuoco and its founder as well as chief conductor, David Stern. They will perform Serse on the occasion of this year’s Beijing Music Festival on October 17, and at the Ping Shan Theater in Shenzhen on October 19.
Back at the Theater Magdeburg, she will take on the title role of Kálmán’s Gräfin Mariza, as well as Liù/Turandot, and Gretel/Hansel and Gretel.

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Scott Hendricks

Returning to Opera Cologne as vicious Count di Luna
Scott Hendricks embodies the sinister role of Conte di Luna in Dmitri Tcherniakov's production of „Il Trovatore“ at the Opera Cologne. The cast also comprises Marina Prudenskaya who sings one of her signature roles, Acuzena.
Performance dates: March 1/4/7/12/14/18/21/25

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Virpi Räisänen

An "Evolution": Ligeti's Requiem at the Ruhrtriennale
Without question, Virpi Räisänen singing Ligeti’s Requiem under the baton of Steven Sloane at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, was a highlight at this year’s Ruhrtriennale. This exceptional work has been staged by the Hungarian director, Kornél Mundruczó, who already took on Henze’s Das Floß der Medusa last year.

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Christoph Gedschold

Waves of Sound along the Elbe River: "Tote Stadt" and "Freischütz" in Hamburg and Dresden
In December and January, Christoph Gedschold will conduct two great operas at two major houses. First he will take on Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s sonically powerful Die Tote Stadt at Hamburg’s State Opera including, among others, Klaus Florian Vogt as Paul: December 10 and 15
Afterwards he will travel along the Elbe river to Dresden, performing Der Freischütz at the famous Semperoper on December 11 and January 3 and 5.

Furthermore, numerous productions await Christoph Gedschold at Opera Leipzig, including Rusalka (December 13; February 9), La Bohème (staged by Peter Konwitschny) on December 20/26 and February 2, as well as Tosca on the 1st of February. 

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Julia Borchert

Ecstasy of Opera: Isolde debut in a new production
Following her last season’s brilliant debut as Brünnhilde, Julia Borchert is looking forward to another great highly dramatic Wagner-role. From November 16, she will take on the role of Isolde in the new production Tristan und Isolde (staged by Tobias Heyder) under the baton of Chief Conductor Florian Ziemen at Theater Hildesheim. This production is a special one for the house, as well, because it will be played for the first time and on the occasion of its reopening.
Performance dates: November 16/24; December 7/22; February 9; April 12/18; May 9; June 1

For further information and a trailer of this production click the link below: www.hfn-online.de/... 

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Silvia Hauer, Marcel Reijans & Markus Huber

Performing together "Das Lied von der Erde"
On January 16 and 17, three of our artists will be together on a concert stage for the first time: Silvia Hauer, Marcel Reijans  and Markus Huber will perform Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” on the occasion of two symphony concerts with the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach:
January 16, 8 p.m., Kulturhaus Gotha
January 17, 7:30 p.m., Landestheater Eisenach

more about Silvia Hauer 
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Pinchas Steinberg

Variety all the Way. Concerts in Budapest, Vienna and Hamburg
In November and December, Maestro Pinchas Steinberg will conduct exciting concert at top institutions. Leading works by Liszt, Chopin and Dvořák, he gave a guest performance at the great hall of Budapest’s Liszt Academy Concert Centre with the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra.
Afterwards, he will return to the ORF Radio Symphonieorchester for a concert in Vienna’s Musikverein on November 27. Together with the soloist, Michael Barenboim, he will conduct works by Kabalewskij, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich.
Finally another come back arises. On the 15th and 16th of December Pinchas Steinberg will be at the conductor’s stand of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg conducting Dvořák and Smetana at Hamburg‘s Elbphilharmonie.

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Lied23

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.

Guillermo García Calvo

A Cosmopolitan at the Conductor's Stand: Versatile operas in Vienna, Valencia and Chemnitz
In the first months of the new season, Guillermo García Calvo will prove his ability to conduct a multifaceted as well as challenging repertoire at great houses. First he will lead the premiere of the new production of Boito’s Mefistofele at Theater Chemnitz on September 28 (+ 5th of October), followed by Fidelio on October 20 (+ January 17 and February 21).
Afterwards, he will conduct Sorozábal’s La tabernara del Puerto at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia on these days: October 27/29/31; November 2 and 3.
Finally, Guillermo García Calvo will return to Vienna’s State Opera for Rossini’s Il barbiere de Siviglia. Performance on January 7 and 10​

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Tepponen, Katajala, Pursio, Karlström

Joint success: Das Rheingold with Salonen
This year’s season at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki began with the premiere of the first part of the new Ring Cycle production. Marjukka Tepponen will debut as Woglinde and Tuomas Katajala as Loge, Tuomas Pursio interprets Donner and Dan Karlström the role of Mime under the batton of Esa-Pekka Salonen,
On demand: www.areena.yle.fi/... 

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Edith Haller

Fresh on the list!
A welcome guest at the most renowned houses and festivals worldwide, a highly dramatic voice, an expressive and versatile performer: Welcome, Edith Haller! With great success and passion, Edith Haller dedicates herself to the German repertoire. Most recently, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Gutrune/Götterdämmerung under the baton of Philippe Jordan ("the gleaming soprano Edith Haller", NY Times).
In addition, Edith Haller is very sought after as a concert singer and collaborated with orchestras, such as, the Munich Philharmonics, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. 

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Barbara Haveman

Tosca meets Ariadne meets Sieglinde
We are very pleased to be able to inform you about our new arrival, Dutch soprano Barbara Haveman. For years, Barbara has celebrated triumphs in the great roles of the German and Italian repertoire, most recently performing the roles of Tosca in Stuttgart, Elsa in Marseille and Minnie at the Scala with great success. We want to further expand this repertoire with her and are pleased that she will walk this path with us as general management.
In this season, already one role debut is waiting: Sieglinde in Teatro di San Carlo’s Walküre.  

more about Barbara Haveman 

 

 








 
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