Artist News

Álfheidur Erla Gudmundsdóttir

Innovation and versatility on and off stage
We are very pleased to welcome Álfheidur Erla Gudmundsdóttir, one of this time's most exciting, young artists to our "Emerging-Artists"-roster! In the season 2019/20, she joined the Thüringen Opera Studio (HfM "Franz Liszt"), and performed at major opera houses as well, including the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, where she took on the title role in "Schneewittchen" (Mitterer/Humperdinck).
With her broad and versatile Lied repertoire as well as innovative approaches, she likes building bridges between music and visual arts. 
In addition, she is a passionate photographer:
 www.alfheidurerla.com/... 

more about Álfheidur Erla Gudmundsdóttir 

Andreas Schager

Restart at the International May Festival
On the occasion of this year’s International May Festival, Andreas Schager will return to Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden on May 21 and 31. With certain restrictions, but with a strong voice as ever, he will perform excerpts from Tristan und Isolde accompanied by piano and along with i.a. Catherine Foster and René Pape.

For further information please follow the link: 
www.hessisches-staatstheater.de/... 

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Markus Suihkonen

The next step: Member of the ensemble at Staatsoper Hannover
Following educational seasons as a member of the young ensemble at Vlaamse Opera and of the Opera Studio at Bavarian State Opera Munich, Markus Suihkonen will make the next step. As of the upcoming season, he will be a member of th ensemble at Staatsoper Hannover, where he will perform i.a. as Lodovico/Otello, Eremit/Der Freischütz as well as in Poulenc's Dialogue des Carmélites in his first season.
Furthermore, Markus Suihkonen will make his role debut as Sarastro at the Israeli Opera (Tel Aviv).

more about Markus Suihkonen  

Virpi Räisänen

CD Release "Trasparente"
A one woman's chamber music ensemble: In search of new forms of musical expression, mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen accompanies herself on the violin and performs compositions that were written specifically for this unusual combination on her new CD "Trasparente" published by Alba Records. 
To get an impression: www.youtube.com/... 

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Robyn Allegra Parton

New season, new house: Member of the ensemble at TfN Hildesheim
As of the season 2020/21, Robyn Allegra Parton will be a member of the ensemble at Theater Hildesheim. Besides numerous concerts, she will perform as, among others, Violetta Valery/La Traviata, Adele in Die Fledermaus, as well as Princess Badr-al Budùr in Nino Rota's Aladin.

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Mika Kares

Building Bridges: Taking on the General Management for Mika Kares worldwide
Following years of successful collaboration we are delighted to announce that from now on we are representing Mika Kares in general management.
He is currently rehearsing Massimiliano in a new production of „I Masnadieri“ at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich which will premiere in March.
Performance dates: March 8/11/14/18/22/26/29

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Scott Hendricks

Returning to Opera Cologne as vicious Count di Luna
On the 1st of March, Tómas Tómasson will make his house debut at Washington National Opera performing in Camille Saint-Saëns‘ „Samson et Dalila“ under the baton of John Fiore and besides J’Nai Bridges as Dalila.
Further performance dates: March 4/7/13/16 and 21

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Julia Borchert

Ecstasy of Opera: Isolde debut in a new production
Following her last season’s brilliant debut as Brünnhilde, Julia Borchert is looking forward to another great highly dramatic Wagner-role. From November 16, she will take on the role of Isolde in the new production Tristan und Isolde (staged by Tobias Heyder) under the baton of Chief Conductor Florian Ziemen at Theater Hildesheim. This production is a special one for the house, as well, because it will be played for the first time and on the occasion of its reopening.
Performance dates: November 16/24; December 7/22; February 9; April 12/18; May 9; June 1

For further information and a trailer of this production click the link below: www.hfn-online.de/... 

more about Julia Borchert 

Meagan Miller

Versatility at the highest level: Welcome Meagan Miller to the General Management
Brünnhilde and Elsa, Minnie and Desdemona, Feldmarschallin, Ariadne and Donna Anna, Meagan Miller brings them all to the most prestigious institutions of the world at the highest level of singing and performing. Most recently, she enthused the audience of the Opera Leipzig as Minnie in La fanciulla del West and with her role debut as Isolde.
We are very pleased to work with this versatile as well as ambitious artist!

If you want to experience Meagan Miller live, you can visit one of the following performances at Opera Leipzig:
La fanciulla del West/Minnie: January 31
Tristan und Isolde/Isolde: March 14th and June 1st
Die Walküre/Sieglinde: May 21

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Vincent Wolfsteiner

New productopm "Tristan und Isolde" at Opera Frankfurt
Vincent Wolfsteiner conquers a peak of the Tenor repertoire once again, performing the title role in the new production Tristan und Isolde at Opera Frankfurt besides Rachel Nicholls as Isolde. Under the baton of Sebastian Weigle, the production’s premiere takes place on January 19.
Further performance dates: January 25; February 1/9/14/23/29; June 12/20/28; July 2

For further information: www.oper-frankfurt.de/... 
 
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Nadja Loschky

An important work for our time: "Die Passagierin" at Opera Graz
Unfortunately, cancelled due to Coronavirus.

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Bettina Ranch

Fratricide on the big stage: "Cain and Abel" at Theater Essen
Bettina Ranch will interpret the role of Cain in Dietrich Hilsdorf’s new production of Alessandro Scarlatti’s “Cain and Abel”/”Il Primo Omicidio” at Theater Essen under the baton of Rubén Dubrovsky. Remaining performances on these dates: January 30; February 20/29; March 4/8/13/20

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Yorck Felix Speer

Building Bridges: Taking on the General Management for Mika Kares worldwide
At the end of February, another concert highlight awaits Yorck Felix Speer. He will perform Mendelssohn’s „Die erste Walpurgisnacht“ with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig led by Andrés Orozco-Estrada on February 27 and 28 (8 PM) and 29 (4 PM)

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Doris Soffel

Looking back at a fantastic "Elektra" in Valencia
Doris Soffel has gained great success as Klytämnestra in Robert Carsens staging of "Elektra" at Valencia's Palau de les Arts led by Marc Albrecht:

"Doris Soffel as the malicious Klytämnestra is magnificent in a role which fits her like a glove." (Joaquin Guzmán für ABC)

"Doris Soffel gave a luxurious interpretation of Klytämnestra"
"Sin exageraciones, con un dominio absoluto del sprechgesang" 

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Hartmut Haenchen

Masterpiece of the 20th century: Zurich debut with "Wozzeck"
On February 9, Hartmut Haenchen will make his debut at Zurich Opera, conducting Andreas Homoki’s highly acclaimed production „Wozzeck“, including i.a. Christian Gerhaher performing the title role.
All performance dates: February 9/12/15/18

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Niina Keitel

Spanish heat in the cold North: "Carmen" in Tampere
Bizet’s masterpiece „Carmen“ with Niina Keitel performing the title role, will bring great moments full of  drama and desire to the frosty town of Tampere! The cast incldues i.a. Marjukka Tepponen as Micaela and Alberto Hold-Garrido at the conductor’s stand.
Performance dates: February 14/16/19/22/26/29

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Young Doo Park

"Basso Continuo": A challenging and versatile season in Wiesbaden
In the season 2019/20, Young Doo Park will take on a number of challenging roles at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. “Within these hallowed halls”, he will start the season as Sarastro, followed by Cesare Angelotti in Tosca. Furthermore, he will sing Ferrando in the new production of Il trovatore under the baton of Alexander Joel (the premiere takes place on March 28), and Orest in Strauss’ Elektra.
The season’s highlight will be his role debut as König Marke in the new production of Tristan und Isolde, staged by Uwe Eric Laufenberg. Performance dates: 11th of June and 5th of July.

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Niina Russi

"Götz-Friedrich-Prize 2019" and "Coraline" at Zurich Opera
We are delighted to announce that Swiss director, Nina Russi, has joined our General Management! On November 7, she will receive the prestigious “Götz-Friedrich-Preis” hosted by the German Opera Conference in Stuttgart for her Bernstein project “Trouble in Tahiti / A Quiet Place” at Theater Aachen.
Furthermore, we are looking forward to the premiere of the new production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline at Zurich Opera’s main stage on the 16th of November. This work will be performed in Switzerland for the first time:
www.opernhaus.ch/... 

Nina Russi’s work is characterized by differentiated psychological figure’s design, and energetic as well as highly visual realizations. Her focus lies on stripping down highly complex and individual behavioral patterns as well as social constellations – always with the goal of telling a story that appeals to today’s audience.

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Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

The new GMD at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile!
We are very pleased to announce that from January 2020, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli will be the new Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) of the renowned Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile and the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra!
During his first year in the new position he will conduct a versatile repertoire including Lucia di Lammermoor, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, as well as a concert featuring works by Haydn, Beethoven and Berlioz.

A preview of the productions of the new season can be found under following link:
www.municipal.cl/... 

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Raffaela Lintl

Magdeburg, China and back again: On Tour with Opera Fuoco and David Stern
In remembrance of Georg Friedrich Handel’s 260th day of death, Raffaela Lintl will go on tour with the ensemble Opera Fuoco and its founder as well as chief conductor, David Stern. They will perform Serse on the occasion of this year’s Beijing Music Festival on October 17, and at the Ping Shan Theater in Shenzhen on October 19.
Back at the Theater Magdeburg, she will take on the title role of Kálmán’s Gräfin Mariza, as well as Liù/Turandot, and Gretel/Hansel and Gretel.

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Arttu Kataja

With René Jacobs at Berlin's Barocktage Festival
On the Occasion of this year’s Barocktage Festival at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Arttu Kataja performs in two rarely played works with René Jacobs at the conductor’s stand. First, he sang the Bass in Purcell’s King Arthur staged by Sven-Eric Bechtolf and Julian Crouch, followed by Voce di Lucifero in Romeo Castellucci’s production of Scarlatti’s Il primo Omicidio together with the B’Rock Orchestra.
Remaining performance dates: November 15 and 17

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Virpi Räisänen

An "Evolution": Ligeti's Requiem at the Ruhrtriennale
Without question, Virpi Räisänen singing Ligeti’s Requiem under the baton of Steven Sloane at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, was a highlight at this year’s Ruhrtriennale. This exceptional work has been staged by the Hungarian director, Kornél Mundruczó, who already took on Henze’s Das Floß der Medusa last year.

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Christoph Gedschold

Waves of Sound along the Elbe River: "Tote Stadt" and "Freischütz" in Hamburg and Dresden
In December and January, Christoph Gedschold will conduct two great operas at two major houses. First he will take on Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s sonically powerful Die Tote Stadt at Hamburg’s State Opera including, among others, Klaus Florian Vogt as Paul: December 10 and 15
Afterwards he will travel along the Elbe river to Dresden, performing Der Freischütz at the famous Semperoper on December 11 and January 3 and 5.

Furthermore, numerous productions await Christoph Gedschold at Opera Leipzig, including Rusalka (December 13; February 9), La Bohème (staged by Peter Konwitschny) on December 20/26 and February 2, as well as Tosca on the 1st of February. 

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Anna Bonitatibus

"Il barbiere di Siviglia" in Tours
Finally, Anna Bonitatibus will interpret the role of Rosina again in Laurent Pelly’s staging of Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra de Tours. The production will be led Benjamin Pionnier, the General Music Director of the house.
Performance dates: January 29 and 31; February 2​

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Silvia Hauer, Marcel Reijans & Markus Huber

Performing together "Das Lied von der Erde"
On January 16 and 17, three of our artists will be together on a concert stage for the first time: Silvia Hauer, Marcel Reijans  and Markus Huber will perform Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” on the occasion of two symphony concerts with the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach:
January 16, 8 p.m., Kulturhaus Gotha
January 17, 7:30 p.m., Landestheater Eisenach

more about Silvia Hauer 
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Pinchas Steinberg

Variety all the Way. Concerts in Budapest, Vienna and Hamburg
In November and December, Maestro Pinchas Steinberg will conduct exciting concert at top institutions. Leading works by Liszt, Chopin and Dvořák, he gave a guest performance at the great hall of Budapest’s Liszt Academy Concert Centre with the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra.
Afterwards, he will return to the ORF Radio Symphonieorchester for a concert in Vienna’s Musikverein on November 27. Together with the soloist, Michael Barenboim, he will conduct works by Kabalewskij, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich.
Finally another come back arises. On the 15th and 16th of December Pinchas Steinberg will be at the conductor’s stand of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg conducting Dvořák and Smetana at Hamburg‘s Elbphilharmonie.

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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.

Guillermo García Calvo

A Cosmopolitan at the Conductor's Stand: Versatile operas in Vienna, Valencia and Chemnitz
In the first months of the new season, Guillermo García Calvo will prove his ability to conduct a multifaceted as well as challenging repertoire at great houses. First he will lead the premiere of the new production of Boito’s Mefistofele at Theater Chemnitz on September 28 (+ 5th of October), followed by Fidelio on October 20 (+ January 17 and February 21).
Afterwards, he will conduct Sorozábal’s La tabernara del Puerto at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia on these days: October 27/29/31; November 2 and 3.
Finally, Guillermo García Calvo will return to Vienna’s State Opera for Rossini’s Il barbiere de Siviglia. Performance on January 7 and 10​

more about Guillermo García Calvo

Tepponen, Katajala, Pursio, Karlström

Joint success: Das Rheingold with Salonen
This year’s season at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki began with the premiere of the first part of the new Ring Cycle production. Marjukka Tepponen will debut as Woglinde and Tuomas Katajala as Loge, Tuomas Pursio interprets Donner and Dan Karlström the role of Mime under the batton of Esa-Pekka Salonen,
On demand: www.areena.yle.fi/... 

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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. 

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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 

Andreas Schager / 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.

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