27 October 2010

Moshinsky's ROH Lohengrin moves to Chicago

The dusty Lohengrin production by Elijah Moshinsky from Royal Opera House Covent Garden is now moving to Chicago Lyric Opera.

Wagnerian superstars like Johan Botha (one of the best singing Lohengrins today), Emily Magee (see Peter Konwitschny's Lohengrin production on DVD), Michaela Schuster (Ortrud) and Georg Zeppenfeld (Herald - last seen in this role at Bayreuth this summer in Hans Neuenfels' Lohengrin "rat production") join forces with Sir Andrew Davis and the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

February 11, 16, 20, 25
March 1, 5, 8

Mark Elder / Hallé Orchestra: concert version of Die Walküre 15 & 16 July 2011

Manchester International Festival presents a new collaboration with the Hallé and The Bridgewater Hall; Wagner's Die Walküre supported by a specially commissioned dramatic prologue 'The Madness of An Extraordinary Plan: A Guide to Wagner's Ring Cycle'.

Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé return to Wagner's Ring Cycle with a concert version of Die Walküre. This follows their 2009 presentation of Götterdämmerung, which won the 2010 Gramophone Opera Award. This most enduring of operas will be performed at The Bridgewater Hall, which has arguably the UK's finest orchestral acoustic.

Friday 15 July 2011, 7.30pm (with a 20 minute interval)
The Madness of an Extraordinary Plan and Act I

Saturday 16 July 2011, 3.30pm (with a 75 minute interval)
Act II and Act III

Cast and more on Wagneropera.net

Mark Elder photo by Sheila Rock

21 October 2010

Parsifal in Tallinn, August 2011

Tickets for the performances of Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal on 25–28 August 2011, performed within the frameworks of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 and Nargen Festival, are now available. The opera, staged in Noblessner Foundry, is performed for the first time in Estonia.

The music director is Arvo Volmer, stage director Nicola Raab (Germany), designer Robert Innes Hopkins (England) and lighting designer David Cunningham (Scotland).

Soloists: Richard Decker (U.S.A), Roman Sadnik (Austria), Manfred Hemm (Germany), Irmgard Vilsmaier (Germany), Eike Wilm Schulte (Germany), Rauno Elp, Martin Winkler (Austria), Mart Laur, Priit Volmer, etc. The enlarged size of the orchestra and chorus, altogether more than two hundred people, makes it one of the grandest classical music projects within the past years.

The ticket price range is 290–790 EEK. In addition, a limited number of exclusive tickets are available that ensure you the best place in the venue and a catering service by Estonian National Opera Catering during the intermission. More info at www.opera.ee

Performances 25, 26, 27, 28 August 2011

14 October 2010

The Wagner series kicks off with Der fliegende Holländer in Berlin

With Richard Wagner’s opera Der Fliegende Holländer, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB) and Marek Janowski begin their series featuring concert performances of the ten most important of Wagner’s works for the stage on November 13, 2010.

An international elite of Wagner singers including, among others, Matti Salminen, Nina Stemme, Albert Dohmen, Christian Elsner, Ricarda Merbeth, Robert Dean Smith and Stephen Gould will be performing at the Berlin Philharmonie between November 2010 and May 2013.

Under the direction of Marek Janowski, the RSB will also perform the operatic works Parsifal (April 8, 2011) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (June 3, 2011) together with the Rundfunkchor Berlin during the 2010/11 season. It is the objective of the RSB’s principal conductor and artistic director, Marek Janowski, to convey to the audience the high musical quality of Wagner’s compositions in the absence of scenic interpretation, focusing on the music alone.

Season 2011/12
The concert cycle will be continued in 2011/12 with Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde and Lohengrin. The performance of the complete opera tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen during the 2012/13 season marks the highpoint of the series, in honor of Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday.

12 October 2010

Opera Australia - Ring cycle in Melbourne in 2013

Opera Australia has officially announced details of its Ring cycle in Melbourne in 2013, Opera Magazine reports. Three complete cycles will be given in November and December, before the co-producing Houston Grand Opera takes over the production for its first-ever Ring; it plans to present the operas over the course of four seasons, beginning in 2014.

The Melbourne production team will be led by the conductor Richard Mills and director Neil Armfield, and the cast will include Susan Bullock as Brünnhilde, Juha Uusitalo as Wotan, Gary Lehman as Siegfried and John Wegner as Alberich. This will be the biggest production in Opera Australia’s history. The project has already won the company the largest donation in its history; $5 million has been pledged by one of the city’s leading philanthropists, the Lonely Planet co-founder Maureen Wheeler.

11 October 2010

New TV music channel: CLASSICA

Classical music lovers in the Germany can now receive the TV music channel CLASSICA through Unitymedia, the country’s second-largest cable platform. The channel, which offers a rich selection of recent, outstanding operas and concert productions as well as legendary interpretations of great musical works, can be seen as of Tuesday 5 October on Unitymedia DigitalTV HIGHLIGHTS und DigitalTV ALLSTARS both in High Definition with Surround Sound as well as in SD (Standard Definition) quality.

CLASSICA broadcasts classical music 24 hours a day and covers the range from Baroque, Classical and Romantic to contemporary music, from operas, ballets and concerts to chamber music and recitals, and from classical “evergreens” to rarely played works. What all productions have in common is their exquisite interpretation ensured by the artistry of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Gustavo Dudamel, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber; vocal stars such as Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, Cecilia Bartoli, Jonas Kaufmann, Plácido Domingo; and soloists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lang Lang and Arcadi Volodos. The recordings were made at prestigious cultural institutions such as the Salzburg Festival, the Bavarian State Opera, the State Opera “Unter den Linden”, Berlin, the State Opera in Vienna, the Dresdner Semperoper, the Palau de les Arts “Reina Sofía” in Valencia, the Berliner Philharmonics and the Musikverein Vienna. The productions always boast the highest technical quality available at the time of recording; this is currently High Definition 1080i with Surround Sound.

CLASSICA was founded in Germany over ten years ago and has since become available as UNITEL CLASSICA in many countries around the world. Today, CLASSICA or UNITEL CLASSICA can be received on many platforms in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa. In Germany CLASSICA has been available to date on Sky and as HD channel in the program of Kabel Baden-Wuerttemberg.

CLASSICA is part of Jan Mojto’s UNITEL, one of the largest and most long-established producers of classical music worldwide. With more than 1,100 titles, the UNITEL catalogue ranks among the very top audiovisual collections of classical music.

Information on Unity’s digital program can be obtained under www.unitymedia.de, for further information on CLASSICA’s program offering see www.unitelclassica.com.