Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Stemme to debut as Minnie

Operalovers in Sweden and the capital Stockholm can be lucky. Nina Stemme will debut as Minne in Puccini's "La Fanciulla del west" just before Christmas. Performances run from December 17 to January 31.
On stage is also John Lundgren/Lucio Gallo as Jack Rance and Aleksandrs Antonenko/Torsten Kerl as Dick Johnson. The rest of the cowboys are sung mainly of in-house singers. Italian opera specialist Pier Giorgio Morandi will conduct.
Creative team is headed by Christopf Loy, for the first time at Royal opera in Stockholm. Loy has done several works in Gothenburgh and we can only congratulate Royal Opera that they at last has got him to Stockholm. This will surely raise the level of opera in Stockholm. Stellar cast, stellar creative team!
Hey ho boys, let's play some cards!

More info on Royal Opera homepage:

Thursday, 24 November 2011

La Fille from down under...

From fellow blogger Intermezzo Classicalify hear the rumour that Dame Edna Everage will enter the stage as La Duchesse de Crackentorp in the wonderful "La Fille du régiment" at Covent Garden. IF this is true, Classicalify will do whatever is needed to secure tickets!

Performances 19 April to 10 May. General tickets on sale 7 February.

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Rosenblatt Recitals London

If you, like Classicalify, travel to London now and then to attend world class performances, Classicalify guess you would like the Rosenblatt Recitals.

Ian Rosenblatt started the concerts in 1999 and today it's one of the prestigious platforms of music in London, most of the concerts taking place at St John's at Smith Square.

Read more on the website, where you can also book tickets. The spring season highlight is of course the concert with star tenor Juan Diego Flórez at Royal Albert Hall. Enjoy!

Picture: Ian Rosenblatt

"The idea for the Rosenblatt Recitals first took shape in 1999, when my law firm sponsored a concert by José Cura and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. It seemed to me that British audiences deserved more frequent opportunities to experience truly great voices, generally only heard at the Royal Opera House or the occasional one-off concert.
My plan was to present recitals by singers of international stature at regular intervals throughout the year. The programmes, each performer's own selection of arias and songs, would showcase vocal talent to the full. The idea took off and over the past nine seasons, Helga Schmidt, former Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, has brought dozens of exceptional artists to the Rosenblatt Recital Series, some already world-renowned, others in the early days of a major career.
People often say that the golden age of singing is dead. The Rosenblatt Recital Series is devoted to proving that bel canto - in its broadest sense - is very much alive!"

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Riga - Wagner city...

Richard Wagner spent the years 1837-1839 in Riga before he had to escape from his creditors, as usual his financial situation was chaotic.

If you visit Riga today, you can see the traces of the grand master. In Rigas Old town you find the Richard Wagner street and the Richard Wagner concert hall.

So, with this history it's strange that the Latvian opera had to wait untill 2011 to complete the four parts of the Ring. Classicalify went to see the opening night of Götterdämmerung, and are looking forward to complete Ring Cycles in 2013 (of course!).

And at last, Classicalify got to see a performance where the slightly neurotic Gunther and Gutrune show what they really are... two lovers, enjoying themself in a sex relationship with Hagen. The scen with all three of them in bed was hilarious and very funny.

The singing was overall good, though Brünnhilde seemed to have a bad night and Siegfried maybe was a little to cautios.

So if you enjouy crazy and funny stagings of Wagner operas, go to Riga and check out for the complete cycles in 2013.

Classicalify also noted that five of the main roles was sung by Swedes. Good Wagner singing tradition in that country!

Music Director and Conductor
Cornelius Meister
Joana Mallwitz
Viesturs Kairišs
Set and Costume Designer
Ieva Jurjāne
Lighting Designer
Christophe Forey
Jochen Breiholz
Agris Daņiļēvičs

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Norwegian soprano star.

From artist manager friends in Oslo we got this press release:

The young Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen has been named the Classical Music Talent of the year for 2011, receiving a grant by Statoil worth NOK 1 million (130.000 EUR).

Mari Eriksmoen graduated from the Opera Academy in Copenhagen in the summer of 2010. Already in October the same year she had her international breakthrough when she took over Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos from the pregnant Diana Damrau at Theater an der Wien.

Other recent opera and concert engagements have brought her to Oper Frankfurt, Royal Swedish Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Norwegian National Opera, Opéra de Lille, Theatre de ville Luxembourg, Festival d'Aix en Provence, Lucerne Festival and Festival La Coruña.

Upcoming highlights include Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann at Theater an der Wien, Fiakermilli in Arabella at Oper Frankfurt as well as at Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Adele in Die Fledermaus at the Norwegian National Opera and concerts with Orchestre de Paris/Paavo Järvi, Lucerne Festival/Daniel Harding, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra/Louis Langrée, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Marc Soustrot.

Former receivers of the Classical Music Award include the current chair of the judging panel, Leif Ove Andsnes. The award ceremony is taking place in Oslo today; November 14, 2011.

Artefact Artists Management
St. Olavs Plass 3
0165 Oslo, Norway

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Atomic bomb in Helsinki

Classicalify flew to Helsinki to see John Adam's horrifying opera "Dr Atomic". Classicalify went back home more than satiesfied. We strongly recommend this performance. Performances run until December 9.

Doctor Atomic
John Adams

The contemporary opera Doctor Atomic transports us back to July 15, 1945, when preparations for the first test of an atomic bomb are underway. Scientists aren't quite sure what will happen - only one thing is certain: the world will never be the same again.

This stirring opera by the American composer John Adams focuses on the thoughts and fears of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his colleagues at a crucial moment in history. In the fine line between genius and lunacy, a silent voice persists in its query: Was constructing the atom bomb the right course of action? The moments leading up to the test prove to be a moment of truth for everyone involved.

Adams has composed an impressive, melodic and rhythmically persuasive opera on a topical subject, delving into questions people who choose to confront the forces of nature are obliged to consider.
A production of Saarländisches Staatstheater.

Conductor Stuart Stratford
Director Immo Karaman
Choreography Fabian Posca
Sets Johann Jörg
Costumes Nicola Reichert
Lighting design Immo Karaman, Johann Jörg

Oppenheimer: Lee Poulis / Jaakko Kortekangas
Kitty: Jessica Rivera / Sabina Cvilak
Wilson: Per Håkan Precht
Teller: Mika Kares / Rolf Broman
Pasqualita: Sari Nordqvist
Hubbart: Hannu Forsberg
Groves: Nicholas Söderlund / Olafur Sigurdarson
Nolan: Jyrki Anttila / Joonas Eloranta