25.04.2018This will be a wonderful summer for Handel fans! Handel’s works – operas, oratorios, sacred choral works – will be an attraction at several well-established summer festivals in several European countries. All performances will use material based on the “Halle Handel Edition” published by Bärenreiter. »more«
06.10.2017Lucia Ronchetti is a specialist in the highly sensitive and subtle new interpretation of baroque subjects. For the Staatsoper Unter den Linden she has composed Rivale, a chamber opera for female voices, solo viola and ensemble based on Antoine Danchet’s Tancrède, the famous episode from Torquato Tasso’s renaissance epic poem La Gerusalemme liberata about love and rivalry between Tancredi and Clorinda. ›more‹
24.05.2017The Göttingen Handel Festival traditionally opens with a new production of an opera – this year on May 19 it’s Handel’s opera seria Lotario. Meanwhile in Halle, the late oratorio Jephtha is presented by Halle Opera on 26 May for the opening of the Handel Festival there. Tatjana Gürbaca, one of the most sought-after directors of her generation, is responsible for this production, and the conductor is Christoph Spering.›more‹
24.05.2017Just a year after its successful premiere at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Miroslav Srnka’s double opera South Pole receives its first performance in a reduced and revised version at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. The theatre’s artistic director Karsten Wiegand directs the legendary race between Robert Falcon Scott and the Norwegian Roald Amundsen in the Antarctic, which Srnka’s composition realizes as a musical conflict between two teams in a tremendous arc of tension. The conductor is Johannes Harneit.
The first performance takes place on 27 May 2017. Further performances are planned for 10, 18 and 21 June.(Photo: Vojtech Havlik)›more‹
24.05.2017Philipp Maintz has composed hängende gärten for large orchestra for the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin – an evocative allusion to the gardens of Babylon which Nebuchadnezzar II had built for his wife Semiramis.
The first performance is on 28 May 2017 in the Philharmonie Berlin conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.›more‹
24.05.2017Following on from Castor et Pollux, 18 June is the first night of Zoroastre, another Tragédie lyrique by Jean-Philippe Rameau staged by Berlin’s adventurous Komische Oper. The late version of 1756, which Graham Sadler has edited meticulously for the new production as part of the Opera Omnia Rameau, also deals with the eternal struggle between good and evil, embodied in the character of the priest Zoroastre (Zarathustra). ›more‹
24.05.2017A veritable premiere of an orchestral piece found amongst Jean Barraqué’s unpublished works, and now newly edited, will take place in Cologne: the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne under Jean-Michaël Lavoie performs Melos, a ballet music, which was entered for the Prix Biarritz in 1951.›more‹