Miroslav Srnka has composed a concerto for the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and the Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne. François-Xavier Roth conducts the world premiere of "Standstill" on 11 September in Cologne. Three questions on his new work to the composer. »mehr«
The new edition of Antonín Dvoráks masterwork presents not a “new” Rusalka – conductors, performers, and audiences will find the same Czech masterpiece that has been enjoyed for over 100 years but the oprea in its definitive form, with all practical and musicological issues considered, well-documented, and clearly presented. »more«
Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” is probably the most frequently-performed Russian opera. But its success was not assured from the outset. Now this stagework is being published by Bärenreiter in an edition reflecting the latest state of research, taking into consideration the somewhat complicated history of its composition. The new edition finally clears up the many mistakes and inconsistencies in the previous editions of the score. It follows the 1885 St Petersburg version which can be regarded as the final authorised version since Tchaikovsky prepared it for the second edition of the score published by Jürgenson in 1891. »more«
It is hard to believe, but Gaetano Donizetti’s lyrical tragedy, premiered in 1844 in Naples, has never before been performed in a German opera house. The story deals with the Queen of Cyprus, who came from a noble Venetian family, and the work is full of entrancingly beautiful, almost soulful music. »more«
Ambroise Thomas initially conceived the role of Hamlet for high male voice, and wrote the first sketches in the tenor clef. When it became known that the charismatic singer-actor Jean-Baptiste Faure was to play the part of Hamlet, the composer adapted the existing music for bass-baritone. »more«
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Conquest opera - Gaspare Spontini’s “Fernand Cortez”
The Emperor Napoleon, like Hernán Cortés, saw himself as the conqueror of great empires. Gaspare Spontini was intended to bring the fame of Cortés to the operatic stage. Hence the genesis of the opera “Fernand Cortez”. But when the Emperor was defeated, a complicated series of reworkings of the opera began.
“Fernand Cortez” is thus the opera which occupied Spontini for an exceptionally long time: with interruptions, he worked on the score for a total of 24 years. In particular, the third and fourth versions document his struggles to find a satisfactory solution for the ending. It also seems typical of the composer’s artistic late phase, which was characterized by waning artistic inspiration but at the same time, an increased perfectionism taken to extremes.
The Theater Dortmund was staging on April, 7, 2022, the third version of 1824, conducted by Christoph JK Müller and staged by Eva-Maria Höckmayr.
Georg Friedrich Händel
Anna Dennis, Christopher Lowrey, Thomas Cooley, Franziska Gottwald, Julien van Mellaerts, Owen Willetts, Festspielorchester Göttingen, Laurence Cummings
Glagolitic Mass · Sinfonietta
Malin Bystroöm, Jennifer Johnson, Ladislav Elgr, Adam Plachetka, Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Marko Letonja
Rossini & Donizetti
French Bel Canto Arias
Lisette Oropesa, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Dresdner Philharmonie, Corrado Rovaris
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Franco Fagioli, Alessandro Liberatore, Olga Pudova, Chiara Skerath, Ilse Eerens, Le Jeune Choeur de Paris, Insula Orchestra, Conductor:Laurence Equilbey
Georg Philipp Telemann
Rahel Maas, Elvira Bill, Mirko Ludwig, Klaus Mertens, Mauro Borgioni, Andre Morsch, Die Kölner Akademie, Conductor: Michael Alexander Willens
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mitridate Re di Ponto
Michael Spyres, Julie Fuchs, Sabine Devieilhe, Elsa Dreisig, Paul-Antoine Benos-Dijan, Cyrille Dubois, Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Conductor: Marc Minkowski
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