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All Summer Long: Festival summer with our artists
The season is coming to an end, but do not worry, our artists will accompany you through summer:

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Summer News 

Edith Haller

Fresh on the list!
A welcome guest at the most renowned houses and festivals worldwide, a highly dramatic voice, an expressive and versatile performer: Welcome, Edith Haller! With great success and passion, Edith Haller dedicates herself to the German repertoire. Most recently, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Gutrune/Götterdämmerung under the baton of Philippe Jordan ("the gleaming soprano Edith Haller", NY Times).
In addition, Edith Haller is very sought after as a concert singer and collaborated with orchestras, such as, the Munich Philharmonics, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

more about Edith Haller 

Nadja Loschky

Visually nuanced, oriented to the music and with a fine sense for the human psyche
These traits and skills have made Nadja Loschky one of the most sought after and most innovative opera directors of her generation, whose productions have already been performed at great houses. She celebrated successes at the Opera Zurich (Die Schatzinsel), Komische Oper Berlin (Mikropolis), Opera Graz (Ariane et Barbe-Bleue) and most recently at the Opera Cologne (Rusalka).
For her first staging of a Puccini opera, Madama Butterfly at the Theater Bielefeld, she was awarded the Götz Friedrich Prize in 2015. There she will take over the artistic direction of the theater from the season 2019/20.
 
In order to gain an impression of Nadja Loschky’s work, feel free to watch the trailer for the staging of Rusalka at the Opera Cologne via the following link:
www.youtube.com/... 

more about Nadja Loschky 

Scott Hendricks

From Texas to the great opera houses of the world
Real Texan Scott Hendricks is new in our General Management: From the Met to Komische Oper Berlin, followed by Royal Opera House Covent Garden, from the Washington National Opera to Opera Zurich and on to the Bregenz Festival - Not only, does Scott Hendricks celebrate great success on both sides of the Atlantic, he also has a broad repertoire and is in demand as a baritone of Italian style, as well as a renowned interpreter of contemporary works and partner of the most important conductors and directors of our time. In the season 18/19 he sang i.a. Scarpia/Tosca at the San Francisco Opera, Barnaba/La Gioconda at La Monnaie in Brussels, the title role in the world premiere of M-Eine Stadt sucht sucht einen Mörder at the Komische Oper Berlin (staged by Barrie Kosky).
At this year's Bregenz Festival, he will take on the title role in Philipp Stölzl's production of Rigoletto under Enrique Mazzola.
Upcoming engagements include, among others, Janácek‘s The Makropulos Affaire/Jaroslav Prus under Jakub Hrůša at Opera Zurich, Il trovatore (staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov) at Opera Cologne, as well as Il trovatore at Opéra National du Rhin and Ruprecht/The Fiery Angel in Warsaw.

more about Scott Hendricks 

Christoph Gedschold

Kickoff: Christoph Gedschold
TDie Zauberflöte at Semperoper Dresden, Manon Lescaut at Staatsoper Hamburg, Der fliegende Holländer in Leipzig, Ariadne auf Naxos in Frankfurt and Rusalka in Cologne are just a few of the recent opera highlights conducted by Christoph Gedschold with a secure hand and a fine musical sense.
We are delighted to welcome a conductor, who is a welcome guest at renowned houses in Germany. At this point, we would like to mention two upcoming engagements: On June 15, the new production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride will be performed for the first time at Opera Leipzig (further performances: June 23; August 25). On the occasion of the MDR-Musiksommer, Christoph Gedschold will be on the conductor’s stand of the MDR-Sinfonieorchester on July 06. The programme includes Orff’s Carmina burana, as well as the ouvertures to Tannhäuser and Meistersinger.  

more about Christoph Gedschold 

Mika Kares

Devilishly good: New Mefistofele in Stuttgart
The tragedy of Faust have inspired numerous composers including Arrigo Boito whose opera Mefistofele will be staged in an innovative way by Àlex Ollé („La Fura dels Baus“) and with Mika Kares in the title role at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. The premiere with Daniele Callegari at the conductor’s stand takes place on the 16th of June.
Further performance dates: June 19/22/24/29; July 04/07/12

more about Mika Kares

Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

Great Italian opera in Marseille and Mannheim
A brief look back. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli led the new production Turandot at the Opéra de Marseille with great success:
"Excellemment dirigé qu'il est par le maestro italien. Une interprétation qui ne manque ni de couleours, ni de puissance, où les nuances sont respectées; que demander de mieux?" (destimed.fr) 
From Puccini to Verdi. At the same house he will conduct Rigoletto staring Nicola Alaimo in the title role on the following evenings: 01./04./06./09. and 11th of June.
From Marseille to Mannheim. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli will be at the conductor’s stand of the Nationaltheater Mannheim and will take over the musical direction of Roger Vontobel's new production Il Trovatore starting on July 13.
Further performance dates: 18./21./25. July and in the upcoming season: 15./22. September and October 11th  

more about Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

Marina Prudenskaya

Viva Verdi!
Marina Prudenskaya is looking forward to two highly complex and dramatic roles in the upcoming months. Within the scope of the Mannheim Music Week, Marina Prudenskaya will embody the Princess Eboli/Don Carlos at the Nationaltheater Mannheim under the baton of Benjamin Reiners and besides Ludovic Tézier as Posa. This festive opera evening takes place on the 18th of May.
In addition, she will make her role debut as Lady Macbeth besides Thomas J. Mayer as her spouse in Michael Thalheimer’s staging of Verdi’s Macbeth at the Vlaamse Opera under the musical direction of Paolo Carignani.
Performance dates: June 21/23/27/30; July 02/04/06

more about Marina Prudenskaya 

Tuomas Katajala

Start into the news repertoire
Tuomas Katajala’s start into the new repertoire was a complete success! His debut as Max in Der Freischütz (staged by “Cie 14:20”) together with the Insula Orchestra and Accensus under the baton of Laurence Equilbey, was praised praised by the audience and the press, as well.
Upcoming  performances, not to be missed:
Theater an der Wien: March 22 (concert version)
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele: July 12/14
Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg: October 06/08

As well coming up:
Tamino/Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra de Lille: April 30; May 02/05/07/09/11/14/16/18
 
Debut as Loge/Das Rheingold at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen: August 30; September 03/07/10/14/18

more about Tuomas Katajala  

Julia Borchert

Drama at the Blue Danube: Penthesilea in Linz 
Julia Borchert embodies the Protoe, the princess of the Amazons, in Peter Konwitschny's production of Othmar Schoeck's Penthesilea, which will be performed for the first time at the Landestheater Linz on March 2nd under the baton of Leslie Suganandarajah.
All performance dates: 12./14./23. March; 08./21. April; May 18; June 13th; 02./05. July​​

more about Julia Borchert 

Doris Soffel

A great singer's outstanding success! Oceane world premiere at Deutsche Oper Berlin
Doris Soffel will take on the role of Madame Louise in the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Oceane at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Robert Carsen’s staging, including a high class cast (i.a. Maria Bengtsson, Albert Pesendorfer, Nikolai Schukoff, Christoph Pohl) and Donald Runnicles at the conductor’s stand, will be performed on the following dates: April 28; May 03/15/17/24​

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Vincent Wolfsteiner

Vocal power is required! Wozzeck in Frankfurt and the debut in Vienna
Currently, Vincent Wolfsteiner is performing the Tambourmajor under the baton of Gabriel Feltz in the revival of Christoph Loy’s staging of Wozzeck at the Oper Frankfurt. Upcoming performances: March 17/28; April 07/12
At this point, we would like to make you aware of last year’s released recording of this opera, on which he sings the same role under the baton of Sebastian Weigle.
Furthermore, Vincent Wolfsteiner is looking forward to his debut in the city of music. From the 13th of May, he will embody Hüon in Weber’s fairy tale opera at the Theater an der Wien.
Performance dates: May 15/17/19 (7 PM)   

more about Vincent Wolfsteiner

Hartmut Haenchen

Welcome to the General Management!
We are delighted to welcome Hartmut Haenchen to the General Management and look forward to the upcoming cooperation!

Hartmut Haenchen is one of the most versatile conductors of our time and highly successful both in opera and concert. The stages of his career speak for themselves: he has been at the conductor’s stand of the most renowned orchestras worldwide, including the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and Orchestre de Paris; he has appeared at major houses, such as the Staatsoper in Munich and Berlin, the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Teatro alla Scala, as well as at the Bayreuth Festival. Numerous recordings, books and awards, including the Federal Cross of Merit, complete the image of an extraordinary artist personality.

more about Hartmut Haenchen

Havemann, Hesse, Tómasson, Brattaberg

Hotspot Naples: Quartet of protagonists in Die Walküre
Naples has called – and many came. A group of our artists will join the production of Die Walküre at the Teatro di San Carlo. On May 12 and 17, Barbara Haveman as Sieglinde, Tómas Tómasson as Wotan and Rúni Brattaberg as Hunding will be on stage and on May 17, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen will embody Fricka. Furthermore, Raffaela Lintl (Gerhilde), Alexandra Ionis (Roßweiße), Niina Keitel (Grimgerde), as well as Robyn Allegra Parton (Helmwige) and Ivonne Fuchs (Siegrune) will sing the Valkyries under the baton of Juraj Valčuha on these evenings: May 11/12/16/17 and 18

more about Barbara Haveman
more about Ursula Hesse von den Steinen 
more about Tómas Tómasson 
more about Rúni Brattaberg 

Anna Bonitatibus & Markus Suihkonen

La Clemenza di Tito New production in Liège
Cécile Roussat's new production of La Clemenza di Tito will feature Anna Bonitatibus as Sesto, one of her favorite roles, and Markus Suihkonen as Publio at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège. At the conductor’s stand will be Thomas Rösner.
Performance dates: May 15/17/19/21 and 24

more about Anna Bonitatibus  
more about Markus Suihkonen  

Martina Welschenbach

As Senta through Brittany
Wagner roles, one after the other. Following her role debut as Senta and the Irene in Rienzi at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Martina Welschenbach will embody Senta in Der fliegende Holländer in Rennes, Angers and Nantes, each under the baton of Rudolf Piehlmayer.

Performance dates:
Rennes: May 03/05/07/09
Angers: May 21/23/25
Nantes: June 05/07/09/11/13

more about Martina Welschenbach

Attilio Cremonesi

Return to Santiago de Chile with Così fan tutte
All good things come in threes. Following highly acclaimed performances of Le nozze di Figaro (2017) and Don Giovanni (2018), Attilio Cremonesi will conduct Così fan tutte at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile this year. To be experienced on these days: 19./22./25. and 27th of July

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Silvia Hauer

Shining echo in Titus premiere in Wiesbaden
On May 1st, Uwe Eric Laufenberg's production of La Clemenza di Tito with Silvia Hauer as Sesto premiered at the International Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden. The euphoric press echo was not long in coming. See here a selection:

"With her securely guided, beautiful mezzo-soprano and her touching stage presence, Silvia Hauer performed the complex role of Sesto with outstanding success" (Frankfurter Presse)
"Silvia Hauer sings with a dark timbred mezzo-soprano in a concentrated and beautiful sound, increasingly flaming and makes her figure the focal point of the opera" (onlinemerker.com /  translated) 
"Silvia Hauer managed to present a complex character study of Sesto" (wormser-zeitung.de / translated) 
"Emphasizing Sesto, a breeches role sung and played by the outstanding Silvia Hauer" (hboscaiolo.blogspot.com / translated) 

Upcoming performances: June 10/22/27

more about Silvia Hauer 

Dagmar Manzel

Awakening of spring in Heidelberg and the MENSCHENsKIND in Zurich
On the occasion of the "Heidelberger Frühling", Dagmar Manzel will perform together with the ensemble "Franui" in the local town hall on March 22nd. They will take on texts and songs from i.a. Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler in their own way.
Subsequently, Dagmar Manzel will travel to the Zurich Opera House. On April 27, Barrie Kosky's iconic staging of “Eine Frau, die weiß was sie will” will be performed under the baton of Adam Benzwi. 20 different roles - 2 actors: fun guaranteed!
In addition, she returns to the house on May 28 and will perform her program "MENSCHENsKIND" with songs by Friedrich Hollaender together with her band.

more about Dagmar Manzel 

Horne, Bork, Ionis, Keitel

Godfather and Valkyries in Bari!
Hojotoho! Betsy Horne/Gerhilde, Alexandra Ionis/Rossweisse and Niina Keitel/Grimgerde embodied the Valkyries in Wagner’s eponymous opera pugnaciously and with vocal power at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari. Furthermore, Robert Bork sang Wotan under the baton of Stefan Anton Reck.
 
At this point, we would like to mention some of the upcoming engagements including our artists:

Betsy Horne will perform two great Wagner roles on the occassion of the Internationale Maifestspiele at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, each under the baton of GMD Patrick Lange:
Elisabeth/Tannhäuser on May 26 (with Andreas Schager as Tannhäuser); Eva/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg on May 30 and June 30

On April 28, Robert Bork will perform the Wotan in Die Walküre at the Staatstheater Kassel under the baton of Francesco Angelico and besides Yorck Felix Speer as Hunding.

As from May 11, Alexandra Ionis and Niina Keitel will once again take on the roles of Rossweisse and Grimgerde. This time at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and together with Juraj Valčuha at the conductor’s stand, Tómas Tómasson as Wotan, Runi Brattaberg as Hunding, Barbara Haveman as Sieglinde, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen as Fricka, as well as Raffaela Lintl and Robyn Allegra Parton as Valkyries. (Further performance dates: May 12/16/17/18)

more about Betsy Horne 
more about Alexandra Ionis 
more about Niina Keitel 
more about Robert Bork 

Karin Strobos

Hartelijk welkom!
We would like to warmly welcome Karin Strobos to our agency – we are looking very much forward to the cooperation! In the same breath, we would like to thank Pieter Alferink, who represented Karin up to this point and now entrusted us with the management of the artist, for the many years of great work and hope that he will provide us with advice also in the future.
Karin, who is a steady member of the ensemble at the Aalto-Theater in Essen, can look forward to an exciting season. To begin the season she will be singing Karolka in the new production of Janáček‘s Jenufa at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam in the staging by Katie Mitchell and under the musical direction of Tomáš Netopil. In addition, she will be on stage at her parent house in Essen in the new production Così fan tutte/Dorabella (Con.: Tomáš Netopil ) as well as in the revivals of Hansel and Gretel/Hansel and Don Giovanni/Donna Elvira.

more about Karin Strobos 

Guillermo García Calvo

Bienvenido Maestro!
With Guillermo García Calvo we welcome a high profile, versatile and several times awarded artist to our Agency! His broad opera and concert repertoire led him to renowned institutions within and outside of Europe. He is a regular guest at the State Opera of Vienna, where he conducted more than 200 performances and well known at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Palau de les Arts in Valencia and the Romanian National Opera in Bukarest.
Since the Season 2017/18 Guillermo García Calvo has been appointed as Generalmusikdirektor of the Theater Chemnitz, where he recently led with great success Wagners Ring.
Upcoming engagements for this season include Der Rosenkavalier and Fidelio in Chemnitz, La Gioconda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona as well as Don Giovanni at the Opéra National de Paris.

more about Guillermo García Calvo

Fascination Wagner

Fascination Wagner // Wiesbaden 05/29/19
is a completely innovative concert format with Andreas Schager! 

„Fascination Wagner“ presents highlights of the operas of Richard Wagner in combination with specially produced music videos in a new dimension. The story of each opera is thus comprehensively and directly accessible to the audience.

As part of the Internationale Maifestspiele, this unique concert event will take place at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden on 29th of May 2019. 

For further information about this exciting project please visit:
www.faszination-wagner.com 

For inquiries about the project please contact Boris Orlob under boris@orlob.net or on tel. 0049 30 20 45 08 39.

more about Andreas Schager 

Markus Huber

Out of the night, up to the peak and back again: A symphonic trip through the Alps in Munich, Stuttgart and Pforzheim
Richard Strauss’ monumental Alpensinfonie will be performed by the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Markus Huber. Besides this exceptional work, they will play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 at the Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich (April 02), Liederhalle Stuttgart (April 06), as well as at the Congresszentrum Pforzheim (April 07).

more about Markus Huber 

Barbara Haveman

Tosca meets Ariadne meets Sieglinde
We are very pleased to be able to inform you about our new arrival, Dutch soprano Barbara Haveman. For years, Barbara has celebrated triumphs in the great roles of the German and Italian repertoire, most recently performing the roles of Tosca in Stuttgart, Elsa in Marseille and Minnie at the Scala with great success. We want to further expand this repertoire with her and are pleased that she will walk this path with us as general management.
In this season, already one role debut is waiting: Sieglinde in Teatro di San Carlo’s Walküre.  

more about Barbara Haveman 

Yorck Felix Speer

Role debut in Kassel's new Wildschütz
Within the scope of the premiere of Albert Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz on May 25, Yorck Felix Speer will perform the role of Baculus for the first time. The premiere with Alexander Hannemann at the conductor’s stand will be broadcast live on Deutschlandfunk Kultur (19h30) and be available on demand on hr2-Kultur from June 01.
Further performance dates: May 31; June 01/07

more about Yorck Felix Speer 

Lied23

BOM artists come together as ensemble Lied23
The special concept of the programme, which consists only of works by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann, is constituted in a novel performance form located between classical-concertante recital and scenic performance: After the Brahmsian opening quartet, the concert approach dissolves and a continuous shift of the pairs and situations begins, leading the thoughts to the garden scene in Goethe’s Faust and consistently offering new surprises and not letting go of the listener until the end of the evening. The evident concatenation of duets and quartets in closely related keys allows for the seamless, intertwining and ever-increasing playing by the protagonists.
To direct the singers, renowned opera stage director Hinrich Horstkotte was acquired.   

With Carine Tinney, Bettina Ranch, Lothar Odinius, Sebastian Noack, and Manuel Lange as the ensemble Lied23, five musicians have come together, who for years passionately devoted themselves to the Lied genre, but who also possess the substantial experience within the field of opera needed for such high intensity Lied interpretation.

Matija Meic

Continuing very lively following Dantons Tod. Versatile roles at Gärtnerplatztheater Munich
In his role debut as Danton in Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod at Gärtnerplatztheater Munich, Matija Meic was able to impress the audience as well as the press.
But there is no time for resting, because Matija Meic will take over a number of exciting roles at Gärtnerplatztheater Munich including i.a. the title role of Don Giovanni (November 30 and December 27/29), Peter/Hansel and Gretel (November 28/29; December 06/07/11/12/23/25; January 02), Marcello in the new production of La bohème (Premiere at March 28) as well as Ramiro/L’Heure espagnole (Premiere at April 28).

more about Matija Meic 

David Oštrek

Important role debut at Staatsoper Berlin
In his first season as a permanent member of the ensemble, David Oštrek already took on numerous exciting roles at the Staatsoper Berlin. Now another highlight is on the horizon. In Claus Guth’s staging of Don Giovanni and under the baton of Lahav Shani, he will be on stage as Leporello for the first time.
Performance dates: January 20/25/30; February 08/10/12​

more about David Ostrek 

Dan Karlström

Busy busy
Dan Karlström has a busy season ahead of him. Higlights include his return to Semperoper Dresden as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, The 4 Valets in The Tales of Hoffmann at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, his debut at Grand Théatre de Genève as Mime in the Ring revival, as well as Mime in the new Ring-cycle in Helsinki under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, starting in September 2019.
At his parent house, Oper Leipzig, he will perform in a number of roles; including Steuermann and Wenzel in the new productions of Der fliegende Holländer and The Bartered Bride, Knusperhexe in Hansel and Gretel, Mime in the Ring-Cycle, Pong in Turandot and the Tenor-arias in the ballet-version of Bach´s St. John Passion.

more about Dan Karlström 

Ursula Hesse von den Steinen

2in1 in Klagenfurt
Right at the beginning of the new season lies a true season highlight, when Ursula Hesse von den Steinen will be on stage in Stadttheater Klagenfurt’s new production Rusalka, performing not just one, but two roles. With premiere on September 13th and alongside Pumeza Matshikiza in the title role as well as Robert Watson as Prince, she can be seen and heard in the roles of Foreign Princess and the witch Jezibaba. The production is staged by Eva-Marie Höckmayr and conducted by Nicholas Carter.
Further performance dates: 15/18/20/22/26/28.09. and
05/10/13/20.10.

more about Ursula Hesse von den Steinen 

Christoph Seidl

Wolfgang Wagner-Award in the finale of "Wagnerstimmen" in Karlsruhe
We are very pleased and congratulate Christoph Seidl for winning the “Wolfgang-Wagner-Award” at this year’s prestigious competition “Wagnerstimmen”!
Furthermore, we would like to mention some of the roles, that Christoph Seidl will take over at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich: Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte, Commendatore/Don Giovanni, Baculus/Der Wildschütz, Colline/La bohème as well as Giorgio Talbot/Maria Stuarda.   

more about Christoph Seidl 








 
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