Artist News

 

Doris Soffel

Noses from Moscow for a diva from Munich
Doris Soffel returns to one of her favourite houses with a role debut! In the premiere of Shostakovich's "Nos" she sings the role of Staraja Barynja on 24.10. at Munich's Bavarian State Opera.
Under the baton of new GMD Vladimir Jurowski and the stage direction of Kirill Serebrennikov, the production marks the beginning of a high-quality season with several signature roles, including Herodias (Amsterdam), Klytemnästra (Dresden) and Queen of Spades Countess (Baden-Baden and Berlin).

Further performances on: 27./30.10. and 02./05.11.
(The performance on 27.10. also as livestream via the opera's homepage)

more about Doris Soffel 
 

Andreas Schager

Classic Open Air at Danube riverside
Andreas Schager starts his season at the Donaubühne Tulln with the classical open air "Götterklang trifft Donaugold" on September 3rd 2021. Other performers are the violinist Lidia Baich and the bass Günther Groissböck.

Shortly after, he continues in Berlin as Florestan in Fidelio at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Dates: 11. & 19.09.2021

more about Andreas Schager 








 

Scott Hendricks

It's showtime! Rigoletto at Bregenz Festival 2021
Since July 23rd, Scott Hendricks is finally back as Rigoletto at this year‘s edition of the Bregenz Festival.
On July 28, 31 and August 03, 06, 13, 18, 22 he can be seen and heard in the title role of the spectactular staging by Philipp Stölzl under the batons of alternating conductors Julia Jones and Daniel Cohen.

With him on stage is David Ostrek who, as in 2019, embodies Count Ceprano on the following nights:
July 28, 31 as well as August 03, 05, 07, 11, 14, 17, 19, 21

more about Scott Hendricks 




 

Niina Keitel & Marjukka Tepponen

Hidden love, jealousy and revenge...
Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci in Helsinki
It will be a double role debut when Damiano Michieletto's award-winning production of Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci takes to the stage in Helsinki on August 20th.
In the most tragic and famous double act of opera history, Niina Keitel and Marjukka Tepponen will be on stage for the first time ever as Santuzza and Nedda, respectively.
The new Music Director of the Finnish National Opera, Hannu Linntu, is conducting.
 
Performances on: August 20, 24, 26, 28 and September 01, 03, 07, 09, 11, 14, 2021

Photos: © Heikki Tuuli & Ilkka Saastamoinen /Finnish National Opera

more about Niina Keitel 
more about Marjukka Tepponen
 

Matthew Wild

New in General Management - "Königskinder" premiere in Erl
We welcome South African stage director Matthew Wild to our General Management!
Together we look forward to Matthew Wild's new production of the opera 'Königskinder' by E. Humperdinck, which celebrates its premiere on July 9th at the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl (musical direction: Karsten Januschke).
Wild asks the question: is Humperdinck's opera an „eccentric jumble of the most diverse fairy-tales“ (Cosima Wagner) or does it instead contain complex, psychological connections in the style of postmodern literatur and films? His exciting analysis can be experienced on the following dates:
July 9th (premiere), 11th and 17th

more about Matthew Wild 
 

Andreas Schager

Finally opera again! Bacchus at the Frankfurt Opera
Under the baton of the Berlin Staatskapellmeister Thomas Guggeis and with the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Andreas Schager will take on the role of Bacchus in two concert performances of R. Strauss´ Ariadne auf Naxos on June 20th and 25th.

His fans in the Rhine/Main area can also already look forward to his return for the Wiesbaden Ring in upcoming July.

more about Andreas Schager 




 

Tuomas Pursio

World premiere with Finnish power in Aix-en-Provence!
A Finnish wedding is suddenly haunted by ghosts of the past. This is the plot of Kaija Saariaho's opera "Innocence", which celebrates its world premiere on July 3rd at the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence.

Under the baton of Susanna Mälkki and the direction of Simon Stone, Tuomas Pursio will embody the role of "Father-in-Law" alongside Magdalena Kozenà and Sandrina Piau in the main roles. The multiplot opera for soloists, chorus and orchestra is sung in several different languages (libretto by Sofi Oksanen), and combined with its powerful music certainly makes for a highly interesting experience!

Further performances on:
6., 10. and 12.07.2021

Further information about the opera under:
www.festival-aix.com/... 

more about Tuomas Pursio 
 

Samuel Youn & Miljenko Turk

Samuel Youn and Miljenko Turk impress at Oper Köln
Under the direction of FranÇois-Xavier Roth, Samuel Youn as Mephistopheles and Miljenko Turk as Valentin in Charles Gounod's "Faust" finally have performances with an audience again.

The press celebrated the two as "brilliantly cast for the sinister role of Mephistopheles" (Samuel Youn) and "heart-stoppingly shaping the lyrical moments of his character with impressive vocal clarity (Miljenko Turk).

So don't miss out, the last opportunities are on June 24 and 26 (staging: Johannes Erath).

more about Samuel Youn
more about Miljenko Turk 
 

Anna Bonitatibus

Agrippina premiere in Hamburg!
On May 28th Barrie Kosky's new production AGRIPPINA celebrates its premiere with Anna Bonitatibus in the title role and a live audience at Staatsoper Hamburg!

Further performances on: 3rd/6th and 10th June.

more about Anna Bonitatibus 











 

Jörg Halubek

CD project with special value "Bach Organ Landscapes"
If you don't have a Christmas present or experiencing a strong wanderlust after this year, you should definitely take a look at Jörg Halubek's musical project "Bach - Organ - Landscapes". The first two CD albums in this series have just been released by Berlin Classics. On his fascinating journey to the organ builders who shaped Johann Sebastian Bach and his search for the historic Bach organ sound, the conductor, harpsichordist and organist Jörg Halubek goes to the original locations with its beautiful churches, the artistic instruments and wonderful landscapes. In addition to the pure sound recordings, the trips are impressively documented with photos and videos.

More under the following link: www.organ-landscpaes.com  

There was also a detailed report on the project on December 3, 2020 on SWR television in the program "Kunscht! - Kultur im Südwesten":  www.swr.de/...  

In addition to a beautiful vinyl edition, the Organ-Landscapes albums are also available for download and streaming on all digital channels.

more about Jörg Halubek 
 

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 

more about Konstantin Ingenpass 
 

Vincent Wolfsteiner

Salome revival at the Bolshoi
On October 20/21/22/23, 2021 Vincent Wolfsteiner is back on stage as Herodes in a star cast (including Asmik Grigorian as Salome, Anna M. Chiuri as Herodias and Thomas J. Mayer as Jochanaan) at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre!
The production by Claus Guth is conducted by Tugan Sokhiev.

more about Vincent Wolfsteiner 







 

Arttu Kataja

Debut at the Sibelius Festival in Lahti as Kullervo
Once again, this September the Lahti Symphony Orchestra invites to a grand celebration of the Finnish national composer, Jean Sibelius, in Lahti, Finland.
Joining this celebration, for the first time, is fellow-countryman Arttu Kataja who will take on the role of Kullervo in the choral symphony of the same name.
Based on the national epos ‚Kalevala‘, the work, which has been described as the „birth of Finnish music“, tells the story of the legendary anti-hero Kullervo.
 
The concert takes place on September 2nd at Lahti’s Sibelius Hall under the musical direction of the festival’s artistic director and new Chief Conductor of Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Dalia Stasevska.

More information about the concert:
www.sinfonialahti.fi/... 

more about Arttu Kataja 
 

Jussi Myllys

Florestan debut in Espoo and Tito premiere in Düsseldorf
With Jussi Myllys we are looking forward to his role debut as Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio at Espoo City Theatre in Finland. In the staging by internationally acclaimed stage director and artistic director in Espoo, Erik Söderblom, Okka Kamu conducts the Tapiola Sinfonietta.
Premiere: August 24th 2021 - further performances on: August 26th and 28th, 2021

In the fall, Jussi Myllys returns to his parent house, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, to sing the title role of Tito in a new production by Martin Schulz of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito.
Premiere: October 9th 2021 - further performances on: October 24, 30; November 7, 18, 28 and December 29, 2021.

more about Jussi Myllys 
 

Dagmar Manzel

Late summer longing at MDR festival "Musiksommer" 2021
The audience of the MDR Musiksommer festival can look forward to a musical evening with Dagmar Manzel and her musicians. With her programme "Sehnsucht" (=longing) with Lieder by Paul Abraham, Kurt Weill, Friedrich Holländer and Hanns Eisler she will perform at Stadthaus in Lutherstadt Wittenberg on 20th of August 2021.

Her Berlin audience gets to see her again from September 10, where the hit production „Eine Frau, die weiß was sie will“ will be back on stage at Komische Oper Berlin.
Further performances on September 12 and 25

more about Dagmar Manzel 





 

Anna Bonitatibus

Rossini meets Beethoven
Rossini affirms it and confides it to Richard Wagner – his alleged meeting with Beethoven in Vienna in 1822 – from Beethoven, still today, there is no evidence.
True or false, the story provides the frame for the recital programme, in which Anna Bonitatibus compares and juxtaposes the two maestri – a wonderful musical meeting!

The concert takes place on July 11th in London’s Wigmore Hall. Piano accompaniment by Simon Lepper.

more about Anna Bonitatibus 



 
 

Mika Kares

König Marke debut with star cast in Munich!
Following performances as Balthazar (La Favorite), Massimiliano (I masnadieri), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Ramphis (Aida), Oroveso (Norma) and Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) Mika Kares now also gets to make his debut as König Marke in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE! The premiere takes place on June 29th as part of the Munich Opera Festival of the Bavarian State Opera.
In the new production by Krzysztof Warlikowski and under the baton of Kirill Petrenko, Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros make their debuts in the title roles.

Further performances on:
July 4, 8, 13 and 31  

more about Mika Kares 
 

Heather Engebretson

Unexpected Debut as Figaro Countess
While the current season was paved mostly with cancellations, there was a happy end to the season of Heather Engebretson, as she was invited on short notice by the Frankfurt Opera to take over the role of Comtessa in the revival of Nozze di Figaro.

Under the baton of Finnegan Downie Dear she will be on stage in Frankfurt on the following nights: June 19th/26th and July 3rd.

more about Heather Engebretson 
 










 

Dagmar Manzel

Revival of Pierrot Lunaire at the Komische Oper Berlin
At the end of June there will be three opportunities to marvel at Dagmar Manzel in Barrie Kosky's production of Pierrot Lunaire. Under the musical direction of Christoph Breidler, she will be on stage in this very special production on June 23/27 and 30.

more about Dagmar Manzel 








 

Hartmut Haenchen

Back in the Netherlands
Hartmut Haenchen will conduct two Dutch orchestras in the next few weeks, which unfortunately will only be available in the currently obligatory streaming format, but that shouldn't diminish the joy of it!

Haydn, Brahms and Diepenbrock will be available on March 27th, with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Isabelle van Keulen on violin, at 8 p.m. under the following link:
www.classic.nl

A program of orchestral songs by Strauss and Wolf and the Pathétique by Tchaikovsky with the Noord-Nederlands Orkest and soprano Annemarie Kremer will follow on April 8th.
From 8 p.m. under the following links:
www.omropfryslan.nl
www.rtvdrenthe.nl

more about Hartmut Haenchen 
 

Vincent Wolfsteiner

Salome with a star cast at the Bolshoi
On the 25th of February, the premiere of Salome, directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, will be celebrated at the Bolshoi in Moscow. With Asmik Grigorian in the title role, Vincent Wolfsteiner sings Herod for the first time in the Russian capital after his guest performances at the State Operas in Berlin and Vienna.

Further performances with Vincent Wolfsteiner:
26,27, 28th February and March 2nd.

more about Vincent Wolfsteiner 
 











 

Arttu Kataja

Artuu Kataja: New Lied CD release "Serious Songs"
Arttu Kataja's (baritone) and Paulina Tukiainen's (piano) latest song CD, which was released under the title "Serious Songs" on Alba Records with works by Jean Sibelius, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Toivo Kuula, has finally arrived in Germany . The CD was already highly praised by the press in Finland - Arttu Kataja once again proves his mastership in the top class of singing. We are eagerly awaiting the release concert at the Berlin State Opera which unfortunately had to be postponed.

www.alba.fi/...
 
more about Arttu Kataja 
 

Elliott C. Hines, Andrew Harris & Michael Smallwood

Streaming during lockdown at La Scala
In the very latest streaming productions of the Teatro alla Scala, Elliott Carlton Hines (baritone), Andrew Harris (bass) and Michael Smallwood (tenor) made their debut in Kurt Weill's
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS / MAHAGONNY-SONGSPIEL at the beginning of 2021, conducted by Riccardo Chailly and staged by Irina Brook!
Andrew Harris had already started the new year in R. Strauss Salomé under the direction of Riccardo Chailly and the direction of Damiano Michieletto.

more about Elliott Carlton Hines 
more about Andrew Harris
more about Michael Smallwood

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

more about Mika Kares 

more about Tuomas Katajala

more about Markus Suihkonen

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.

more about Attilio Cremonesi 

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 

more about Vincent Wolfsteiner

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 
more about Bettina Ranch 

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.

more about Doris Soffel 

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):

more about Tuomas Katajala 

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

more about Andrew Harris 

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: 
www.mdr.de/...    
reportage.mdr/... 

more about Philipp Ahmann 

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/...

 more about Bettina Ranch 

© 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 

more about Roberto Rizzi Brignoli   

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

more about Robyn Allegra Parton 

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).

more about Markus Suihkonen  

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/... 

more about Virpi Räisänen 

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.

more about Arttu Kataja  

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

more about Mika Kares 

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/... 

more about Álfheidur Erla Gudmundsdóttir

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:
www.opernhaus.ch/... 

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.

more about Nina Russi 

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/... 
 
more about Vincent Wolfsteiner 

Nadja Loschky

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

more about Nadja Loschky 

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

more about Bettina Ranch  

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)

more about Yorck Felix Speer

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" 

more about Doris Soffel 

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

more about Hartmut Haenchen  

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

more about Niina Keitel 

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 

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.

more about Andreas Schager

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

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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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