21.04.2016Dieter Ammann’s glut for orchestra takes an energetic extreme state as the theme of the composition: “A world whose inner glow, shaped into sound, drives towards the external.” This is how Dieter Ammann describes his new orchestral work, composed as part of the “Œuvres Suisses” for the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Bern Symphony Orchestra. ›more‹
21.04.2016As part of the Körperstürme Festival, initiated by "Music at St. Martin" in Kassel, compositions by Manfred Trojahn form the basis of dance projects on two evenings. For the first time, his scenes Une campagne noire de soleil, originally conceived as a ballet, will be performed in a choreographed version devised by Reinhild Hoffmann with the Folkwang Tanzstudio. ›more‹
10.02.2016The operas of George Frideric Handel are enjoying ever-increasing popularity. This year’s round of Handel festivals starts on 13 February 2016 at the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe with the rarely-performed Arminio in a new production by Max Emanuel Cencic, who also sings the title role. George Petrou directs the Greek period instrument ensemble Armonia Atenea. ›more‹
10.02.2016The Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen is the first opera house to stage Bellini’s masterpiece Norma using the new Bärenreiter edition by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi, following on from Cecilia Bartoli’s Salzburg Festival production. The director is Elisabeth Stöppler, and conductor is Valtteri Rauhalammi, to be followed by Rasmus Baumann in later performances. The new production of Norma receives its first performance on 5 March 2016. ›more‹
10.02.2016“Something wonderful which suddenly appears before you.” The picture of the “beautiful vision” is a metaphor for the aura of sound created in Matthias Pintscher’s Violin Concerto Mar’eh. The chamber music-like transparency is now further unfolded in a version for violin and ensemble. The Ensemble intercontemporain gives the premiere of this version on 23 March 2016 in the Paris Philharmonie with Hae-Sun Kang (violin). The orchestral version can be heard before on 10–11 March in Geneva with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, also conducted here by the composer. The soloist is Renaud Capuçon. ›more‹
26.01.2016Beat Furrer’s choral works often allow a glance into dimensions which go beyond the individual, beyond time and space. “On the nature of things” deals with a book by Lucretius, from which the text for Furrer’s new work for chorus and percussion is taken. This receives its premiere at the Festival "Eclat" in Stuttgart. The SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble conducted by Marcus Creed premieres the work on 6 February 2016 in Stuttgart.
10.01.2016A journey into the unknown: a hundred years ago the Norwegian Roald Amundsen and the Briton Robert Falcon Scott set out to conquer the South Pole. This immense undertaking is the theme of Miroslav Srnka’s opera South Pole, written in collaboration with the Australian librettist Tom Holloway. The premiere production on 31 January 2016 is by Hans Neuenfels. ›more‹