Venice – Teatro La Fenice and La Regatta 2020.

Venice – Teatro La Fenice and La Regatta 2020.

 I find the subject of this week’s blog really magical.  Venice is one of the must-see cities in Italy that every traveller should visit. Every  single nook and cranny of the city spells romance. Venice in Summer is a truly wonderful place to beColourful flower boxes add a splash of red while the gondolas ply their way up sparkling aquamarine canals in the summer sunshine. The light of Venice in summer is unlike anywhere else I have ever been, soft yet brilliant too – completely enchanting. There is much going on in the city that keeps it vibrant and appealing  all year round too!

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Venice at Night – photo by Francisco Anzola

 

I am going to write about two great Venetian institutions in this week’s blog – the fabulous Teatro La Fenice and the amazing sporting event La Regatta

Teatro La Fenice

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Teatro La Fenice photo Andreas Praefcke

One of the most visited places in Venice is Teatro La Fenice, home of the wold famous opera company.Destroyed by fire in 1996, the Fenice Opera House reopened in 2003, beautifully restored to its former glory. This historic theatre is one of the greatest Italian temples of bel canto, attracting national and international audiences.The rococo decor, glittering with gold leaf and huge chandeliers make this an essential place to visit on your trip to the city.  La Fenice Opera House’s rich programme of events includes performances of opera, classical ballet, symphony and theatre.

The Teatro La Fenice in Venice is one of the most important landmarks in the history of Italian theatre – and in the entire history of opera and well worth a visit to one of these amazing performances. Your breath will  be taken away. Here are just some of the 2019 highlights.

Carmen

Bizet’s classic tale of love, jealousy and revenge opens the season. Carmen is a seductive, free-spirited femme fatale who declares that any person she loves should beware. However, even she is unprepared for what will happen when she decides to seduce Don José, an army corporal who initially appears uninterested in her charms. Conducted by Myung-Whun Chung.

Dates: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29(m), 31 Mar 2020, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5(m) Apr 2020

Farnace

Like all of Vivaldi’s operas Farnace is a combination of beauty and brilliance. This rarely performed opera is a passionate drama of political and dynastic intrigue: in the ultimate test of family loyalties, Farnace and his mother-in-law Berenice are pitted against each other for political gain and control of the kingdom.

Held at Teatro Malibran.  Dates: 30 Apr 2020, 3(m), 5, 7, 9(m) May 2020.

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Interior of Teatro La Fenice photo by Pavel Krok

Aida

Another of Verdi’s classics! Egypt is at war with Ethiopia. Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian king, has been captured by the Egyptians. Secretly, she loves an Egyptian general, Radamès, who returns her love. When Radamès is selected to lead a renewed assault against the enemy, Aida is forced to choose between betraying her country and betraying her heart.

Dates: 23, 28, 30 Aug 2020, 1, 2, 5, 9, 13(m) Sep 2020.

La Cambiale Di Matrimonio

This was Rossini’s first opera and is based on on the play by Camillo Federici. The quality he produced at this young age still astonishes.  Sir Tobias Mill, an English merchant, receives a letter from Slook, his agent in Canada, asking him to look out for a suitable wife for him. Mill decides that his daughter Fanny is the ideal candidate. But Fanny is already in love with Edoardo.

Dates: 11, 15, 17, 20, Oct 2020.

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Auditorium of Teatro La Fenice form the stage photo by Pietro Tessarin

If you are visiting Venice, the Teatro La Fenice is definitely a must for making your stay extra special. In addition, the Theatre hosts a Maria Callas exhibition, focused on her Venetian years.

La Regatta

If you are  already planning a trip to Italy or if you want to come and witness something special , make a note of  Sunday  6th September on your calendar: the Venice Regatta 2020! The city on the water is ready to repeat one of its most charming and colourful  traditional festivals! The Historical Regatta, programme  does not change. Occurring, according to a well-established tradition, on the first Sunday of September, la Regata Storica Venice is one of the most anticipated annual calendar events in Venice, a unique and exciting way to get in touch with the spirit of this ancient city and one of its best known traditions: Venetian rowing.

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Nineteenth Century photo of the historic regatta by Carlo Naya

The start time  is at 4.00pm, and this amazing spectacle starts with the traditional Historical Parade. This is one of the most anticipated moments of this intense day especially for tourists, eager to evoke the true history behind this event. The extraordinary water parade is  formed by traditional colourful boats, some of which are used only for events such as this.  Participants appear in lavish costumes meant to represent  the upper echelon of the Venetian society  including the Doge and the Duchess. During the day there are  four exciting  boat races , which are arranged  according to the age of the participants and the boats they use, this is  followed by  huge celebrations.

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Venice Regatta photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

 

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Florence – Operas, Concerts and Culture

Florence – Operas, Concerts and Culture

Florence is famous for its wealth of culture. From its breath-taking Renaissance art to its delicious cuisine, or from its long history to its glorious Tuscan landscapes there is more than enough to fill a lifetime.  Today the city is home to some wonderful music, concerts and venues.

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Ponte Vecchio , Florence at dusk photo . y Martin Falbisoner

 

Florence

Ask Italophiles to name their favourite city and more than a few will cite Florence. It seems to exert considerable fascination for foreigners and garners respect among many Italians. Florence has made excellence and innovation its hallmark. Most people think of it as the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, the place where almost every great Italian writer and artist, including Dante, Petrarch, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Leonardo and Michelangelo, left ample evidence of their genius. The capital of Tuscany is also the birthplace of opera. A group called the Camerata Fiorentina, a collection of aesthetes, created a new art form in 1597: opera lirica, or lyric work. They reasoned that if they combined the ancient arts–poetry, music, dance, instrumental music, visual arts, stagecraft, costuming, etc.–they could produce something new. This new music form took some time to catch on though It took the arrival of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) from Cremona to ignite opera lirica. Using a libretto by Alessandro Striggio (1573-1630), Monteverdi composed the first opera that is still performed  with any frequency,  La favola di Orfeo(1607).

Since then music, and particularly opera, has played a large part in Florence’s history and today the city has a thriving music scene with several concert venues. I have previously written about the wonderful Maggio Musicale Florentino so will be focussing on a few of the other institution in this marvellous city.

Amici Della Musica

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Teatro Della Pergola by Duncano, re di Scozia

Teatro Della Pergola  by Duncano, re di Scozia

Founded in 1920, theAmici della Musica or Friends of Music is one of the oldest and most prestigious concert groups in Florence. The group presents some of the best works and performers on the international scene. And its home is the beautiful Teatro della PergolaFlorence’s oldest theatre built in in 1656, so you can enjoy a wonderful Florentine evening from boxes once maintained for the private entertainment of the city’s aristocracy and social elite.  This year their programme, at Teatro della Pergola ais packed with some of the most accomplished musicians around. Here are just some of the highlights of a wide and diverse programme for 2020.

Jordi Savall

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Jordi Savall photo by G.Garitan

A master player of the cello-like gamba, world class conductor  and researcher of early music , Savall has been one of the world’s most beloved figures in early music for 50 years. He has shown us how early music can be enthralling and relevant in the 21st Century. The performance takes place at the Teatro della Pergola on 16 Feb 2020 at 21.00h.

Alexander Malofeev

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Alexander Malofeev in 2017 photo by Liumir

Nineteen year-old Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev is already a celebrity. Thanks to YouTube and social media, the former child prodigy who won the Tchaikovsky International Youth Piano Competition at 13 has a universal following now. A remarkable talent, Malofeev performs solo recitals and plays as a soloist with major orchestras, cooperating with leading conductors such as Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Spivakov. This performance takes place on 7 March 2020 at Teatro della Pergolla at 16.00h

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

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Pierre Laurent Aimard in 2014 photo by A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons · WikiPhotoSpace)

Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career. Aimard is currently Artisit Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. This performance takes place on 16 March 2020 at Teatro della Pergolla at 21.00h

Hagen Quartett

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Hargen Quartett in 2018 photo by Ellywa

Austrian Hagen Quartett has been at the pinnacle of the classical music world for more than 35 years. The quartet has won pretty much every prize and competition going. The group’s concert repertoire and discography feature attractive and intelligently arranged programmes embracing the entire history of the string quartet, from its pre-Haydn beginnings right through to Kurtág. The Hagen Quartett also works closely with composers of its own generation, whether by reviving existing works or by commissioning and premiering new pieces. his performance takes place on 28 March 2020 at Teatro della Pergolla at 16.00h

St. Mark’s Anglican Church

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Saint Mark’s Church photo by Roundabout at Russian Wikipedia

For a truly intimate setting why not try St Mark’s Anglican Church. Founded in 1877 the church is a beautiful architectural gem built originally as part of a palace owned by the Medicis and then the infamous Renaissance strategist and philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli. Now in its 14th season of “opera at St Mark’s” the church has been delighting visitors with critically acclaimed performances for years. And the best part is that you’re seated only a few meters away from the performers so can enjoy full immersion in the dramatic stories and soaring sopranos’ singing. This year’s programme offers a plethora of the best-loved operas in Italy. This season’s operas: La Bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly , La Traviata, Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Fille du Regiment, Elisir d’Amore.  There is so much to chose from! Please contact us for more details.

Chiesa di Santa Monaca

Chiesa Santa Monica is tucked in an ally a few blocks south of the Arno. Built in the 15th century, the building features simple but beautiful sculptures and paintings. It is a small but intimate venue that creates a wonderful acoustic venue for opera performances.

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Chiesa Di Santa Monica photo by Sailko

Chiesa Di Santa Monica photo by Sailko

 

From 1st March  to 31st October 2020 there is a concert every day which starts at 9.15pm and finishes at 10.30pm , including arias and duets from popular operas such as Tosca, La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro and more.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Opera Gala on 31st December

9.00pm: Admission time
9.30pm:
  Buffet  Dinner (with Tuscan specialties)
10.45pm: 
The best arias and duets from:
La Traviata, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Barber of Seville,  and traditional Italian songs

12.00pm: Midnight toast 

Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte

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Santo Stefano Al Ponte, Florence photo by :Mattes

Santo Stefano Al Ponte, Florence photo by :Mattes

 

Santo Stefano al Ponte is one of the first churches that arose in Florence inside the Roman walls. Originally built around 1100, it owes its name to the immediate adjacency of the bridge (not the Ponte Vecchio, which in the twelfth century was not yet there, but of the Roman precedent). The beautiful church makes  for an intimate setting to listen to concerts and opera performances.

One of the most popular evenings here is the performance by;

The Three Tenors

In the Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, the soloists are accompanied by a chamber ensemble of mandolin, cello, and piano. Famous arias from ‘La Traviata’, ‘Rigoletto’, and ‘Tosca’ share the program with Neopolitan favorites like ‘O sole mio’, ‘Funiculì Funiculà’, and ‘Torna a Surriento’. Often the night is preceded  by a delicious  dinner  and sometimes with ballet which just adds the the enjoyment of the evening.  The Three Tenors are  Mattia Nebbiai, Claudio Sassetti, Leonardo Sgroi.

Performances are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the year, at 20.30h.

Music is a constant companion on Florence,  with the live music scene  picking up more momentum as the year goes on. This year’s operas, festivals and concerts in and around Florence span all manner of genres, generations and venues.

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Ponte Vecchio by day photo by D. Gayo

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Staatsoper Hamburg 2020

Staatsoper Hamburg 2020

Founded over 300 years ago, Hamburg’s State Opera is one of the world’s leading opera houses. It is a centre of social, cultural and daily life for the people of Hamburg and for visitors from all over the world. 2020 showcases some major talents in the operatic world and these performances are sure to delight!

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Hamburg Staatsoper photo by Andreas Praefcke

Brief History

The history of the Hamburg State Opera goes back to the distant past and began in 1678 when Germany’s first public opera house opened in Hamburg. Thanks to the Enlightenment, the art and culture of operatic song would also be accessible to ordinary citizens from this point onward.

From the end of the 17th to the mid-18th century, the Hanseatic city was known throughout Europe for its musical output. During the Second World War, the auditorium was completely destroyed by a bombing raid in 1943, but it was quickly rebuilt a few years later. Even today one of the main motivations of the Hamburg State Opera is to make its productions accessible to the broadest possible audience. Its repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary opera and ballet performances.

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Culture and entertainment at the same time is what the Hamburg State Opera has to offer. Classical legends such as George Frederick Handel as violinist and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing as playwright were part of the Hamburg State Opera, along with contemporary stars like Plácido Domingo and Pavarotti, who have also had great performances in the Hanseatic city. It continues to present operas, ballet performances and concerts by the Hamburg Philharmonic orchestra. In addition to the many works for adults, younger people also get their money’s work with a range of children’s operas. As a part of the children’s opera programme, works such as Hansel and Gretel and The Robber Hotzenplotz are performed. The General Manager of the opera and Hamburg Music Director present grand productions from the classical to contemporary operatic repertoire – simply enthralling musical theatre. With the Hamburg Ballet, which was formed in 1973 as the result of a ballet workshop, the city is also home to a world-renowned ballet company. At the very heart of this opera house is the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra: It has characterised the sound of Hamburg for more than 175 years;  the orchestra  plays at almost all the opera and ballet evenings and also gives the philharmonic concerts in the Laeiszhalle.

 

Every concert season it offers the public various chamber concerts, as well as special concerts including the annual New Year’s Eve concert. The programme of the Hamburg State Opera is published every spring for the following season. An opera season starts with a grand opening ceremony in August and continues for one year. Here are some of the remaining highlights for the upcoming season.

2020 Highlights

Falstaff

In Verdi’s comic opera which is based on the Shakesperian character, Old, large and lecherous, Sir John Falstaff can’t resist the ladies. But they can resist him, and three of them plot to put an end to his advances once and for all.  Italian baritone, Ambrogio Maestri is Falstaff which is his signature role! Performed at the Main Stage.

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Ambrogio Maestri as Falstaff photo by Christian Michelides

Dates: 28 Feb 2020, 25, 28 Mar 2020 all at 19.30h

Norma

Written by Romantic-era Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini in the spring of 1831 and premiering at La Scala in Milan in December of that year, Norma is a tragedy in two acts that take place in 50 B.C. Gaul. It features Bellini’s signature long melodies and is considered a masterpiece of the bel canto genre. Talented Korean theatre librettist, Yona Kim directs. Performed at the Main Stage.

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Yona Kim photo by Carlotta1999

Dates: 8(18.00h), 11, 14, 17, 20, 24 Mar 2020 all at 19.30h.

Elektra

Richard Strauss’ one act opera takes place in ancient Greece. The story revolves around what may be the most dysfunctional family in all of literature. The head of this disturbing household is King Agamemnon, who gets the emotional ruckus started by sacrificing one of his daughters, Iphigeneia. And this is just the beginning of the chilling and poignant opera.  Famed Russian soprano Elena Pankratova stars in the title role.Performed at the Main Stage.

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Elana Pankrato in Turandot photo by Lorenzo Gaudenzi

Dates: 26(18.00h) 29(19.30h) Apr 2020, 2,5,9,12 May 2020 all at 19.30h.

Saint François d’Assise

In a composing career full of magnum opuses, this is  Messiaen’s only opera, eight years in the writing, and it occupies a special place! Messiaen’s ecstatic tableaux  ab be experienced like  you would the stained-glass windows of a great cathedral. Saint Francois d’Assise c exerts a uniquely hypnotic spell. Distinguished Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska stars as the angel. Performed at Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

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Anna Prohaska photo by Amadalvarez

Dates: 16, 21, 23 May 2020 all at 17.00h.

Otello

Verdi’s Otello is a grand  masterpiece, it  boils down Shakespeare’s play to its essentials and what it lacks in poetry it more than makes up for in music. Otello is based on Shakespeare’s play of 1603. Verdi pares down Shakespeare to four scenes cutting characters (no Brabantio or Bianca) and adding lovely operatic flourishes such as flower-ladies singing to Desdemona. He already had plenty to work with because with its malevolent evil, sexual jealousy, murder and suicide, Othello has all the ingredients of a music drama! World famous Argentinian tenor, José Cura stars in the title role. Performed on the Main Stage.

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José Cura in 2013 photo by Cuibar source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/91777436@N04/8597532723

Dates: 12, 15 Mar 2020 both at 19.00h.

Tosca

Set in the period of the Napoleonic wars, Tosca is based on true events which unfolded in Rome during a period of great turmoil. Puccini put his heart and soul into this story of political intrigue and doomed love. The three principal characters, Tosca, a famous singer, Cavaradossi, an artist and her lover, and Baron Scarpia, head of the secret police who is one of the most evil of operatic villains, are all finely drawn in Puccini’s sublime score. Highly sought after Latvian soprano, Kristine Opolais stars in the title role!  Performed on the Main Stage.

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Kristīne Opolais photo by Aivis Freidenfelds, Valsts kanceleja, cropped by Maliepa

Dates: 18, 21 Mar 2020 both at 19.30h.

Simon Boccanegra

Simon Boccanegra A Verdi masterpiece about the pirate who becomes a Doge in a world full of cruel revenge side by side with hope for a peaceful future. Simon Boccanegra is one of Verdi’s most subtly powerful works, in which large-scale choral episodes, such as the Council Chamber scene, contrast with passages of tender intimacy. The inimitable Plácido Domingo stars in the title role. Performed on the Main Stage.

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Domingo photo by Mónica Martinez/Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Dates: 22(17.00h), 26(19.00h) Mar 2020, 2(19.00h) April 2020.

We think that  this is an extremely impressive season, breathtaking performances from a really star studded selection of talent .

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Photo by Jacob B�tter

 

 

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Aix–en–Provence Festival 2020

Aix–en–Provence Festival 2020

The Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix–en–Provence is an annual international music festival which takes place each summer in Aix–en–Provence, principally in the month of July. Devoted mainly to opera, it also includes concerts of orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo instrumental music. Aix en Provence Festival is one of the cultural highlights of the year and its open-air performances in the balmy midsummer nights are magical occasions. Every year since 1948, the Festival d’Aix–en–Provence has been boasting a programme of great variety: opera productions, Mozart works, major creations, rediscovery of Baroque masterpieces, chamber orchestra operas and exceptional series of concerts. With this diversity, it caters for an ever growing enthusiastic audience and was  quite rightly awarded “Best festival of the year” by the International opera awards 2014.

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Place De la Rotunda in Aix-En Provence photo by Daniel Arnold

Place De la Rotunda in Aix-En Provence photo by Daniel Arnold

The 2020 edition of the Festival will be the second  of Pierre Audi ‘s term, as Director. The celebrated opera director and arts programmer, wrapped up an impressive  30-year tenure at the Dutch National Opera, last year successfully  took charge of  of the monthlong Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, one of Europe’s oldest and most respected summer music festivals. Ticket sales commenced  on 24th January, so contact us soon with all of your booking needs

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Pierre Audi IN 1988 photo by Author Rob Bogaerts / Anefo

 

The 2020 festival runs from 30th June until 18th July and here are the opera highlights

Festival Programme 2020

Wozzeck

Alban Berg’s chilling autopsy of a tragedy, a piercing examination of abysmal despair, Wozzeck is an emblematic opera of the 1920s, a harbinger of the unease and aching void of the 20th century, haunted by war and death, the misery of the human condition set to a music that is economical in its effects and carefully composed, yet whose emotional power grabs the listener by the throat. Christian Gerhaher stars in the title role, supported by Anja Kampe. The conductor is Sir Simon Rattle.  Performed at the Grand Théâtre De Provence.

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Sir Simon Rattle photo by Monika Rittershaus / per OTRS

30 June 2020, 3, 7, 10, 13 July 2020 all at 20.00h.

Così Fan Tutte

In Mozart’s opera, two soldiers are persuaded into a bet that the sisters they love will remain faithful, then lose said bet when they seduce each other’s partners in disguise, somehow unrecognised by the women until the grand reveal in the final scene. This well loved and farcical opera is a perennial favourite. Véronique Gens stars as Fiordiligi. Performed at the Théâtre De  L’ Archevêché.

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Veronique Gens photo by Geneva Camerata (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFNiNtB9y7sTYLSz06kqf0w)

Dates: 1 3 6 8 10 13 15 17 July 2020 all at 21.30h.

The Golden Cockerel

Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel is based on Pushkin’s 1834 poem, “The Tale of the Golden Cockerel” and was completed in 1907. The Tsar Dodon thinks that his country is in danger and reaches out for the advice of an astrologer who supplies a magic Golden Cockerel to protect him. The cockerel confirms the Tsar’s fears and the leader pre-emptively attacks a neighbouring country with an army led by his sons. The opera stars Sabine Devieilhe. and is being performed at the Théâtre De  L’ Archevêché.

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Sabine Devielhe photo by Librairie Mollat
Dates: 2 4 7 9 11 14 July 2020 all at 22.00h.

L’incoronazione di Poppea

In Claudio Monteverdi’s opera, a tyrant falls in love with an attractive woman. Together they eliminate everything that might in any way impede their desire: their former marital partners, and also the voice of reason. Passion claims victims. In these golden years of streaming, this could be the plot of a popular series, but as an opera the subject has already been around for almost 375 years! Performed at Théâtre Jeu de Paume.

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Seating in Grand Théâtre de Provence photo by Ddeveze
Dates: 3 5(m)  8 10 12 14(m) 16 18 July 2020 aside form 5 and 14 all at 19.00h.

Innocence

Kaija Saariaho is a prominent member of a group of Finnish composers and performers … Her fifth opera, Innocence, will be premiered at this festival  with Susanna Malkki conducting. This is a ravishing new  opera that takes place in two parallel periods of time. It deals with the wounds of the past, the passing of time, and the act of letting go. Performed at the Grand Théâtre De Provence.

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Susanna Mälkki photo by MITO SettembreMusica
Dates: 4 8 11 14 July 2020 all at 20.00h.

L’Orfeo

In this 1607 masterpiece, Orfeo, Monteverdi created the first opera that both survived the centuries and stuck in the repertory — a work of music and theatre that displayed a brand new sort of artistic alchemy. The performance takes place at Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, and is conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón.

Date: 15 July 2020 at 20.00h.

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Montagne Sainte-Victoire towards roofs of Aix-en-Provence photo by Nicolas Brignol
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Plácido Domingo 2020 Schedule

Plácido Domingo 2020 Schedule

Known as “the King of Opera,” Plácido Domingo is one of the most famous tenors of all time. At home on the world’s stages for over half a century, he has sung more than 4000 performances of 147 roles, in addition to having conducted well over 500 performances and made hundreds of audio and video recordings and films. He is a legend in his own life time. This week’s blog highlights his 2020 schedule.

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Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo is a Spanish tenor and conductor best known for his powerful and versatile voice. Born on January 21, 1941, in Madrid, Spain, Plácido Domingo grew up in a musical family. After moving to Mexico City at 18, Domingo landed a bit part in a National Opera production and the rest is, as they say, history. In the mid-1960s, Domingo made his New York debut with the New York City Opera and this is what really kick started his career. Before long, Domingo was also taking the stage at the Metropolitan Opera and at other leading opera houses around the world. In 1990, he sang alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras for the first time. The recording of that concert proved to be a big hit and earned the trio a Grammy Award for best classical vocal performance and the “three tenors” as an opera phenomena were born.

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Domingo photo by Ralf Roletschek

Domingo made another impressive debut in 1973 as a conductor for the New York City Opera’s production of La Traviata. He soon added movie star to his list of credits, appearing as Alfredo in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1983 film adaptation of La Traviata. Domingo won a Grammy Award that same year for best opera recording.  During his distinguished career, Domingo has taken in more than 147 operatic parts. Now in his seventies, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Domingo’s 2020 Schedule

Tokyo International Forum 

Concert – 28 January 2020

Suntory Hall -Tokyo 

Concert  – 31 January 2020.

Mariinsky Theatre – St Petersburg

Simon Boccanegra A Verdi masterpiece about the pirate who becomes a Doge in a world full of cruel revenge side by side with hope for a peaceful future. Simon Boccanegra is one of Verdi’s most subtly powerful works, in which large-scale choral episodes, such as the Council Chamber scene, contrast with passages of tender intimacy.

Opera – 16 February 2020 at 19.30h

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Domingo photo by Klaus Dolle

Staatsoper Hamburg

Simon Boccanegra. Guiseppe Verdi

Opera –  22( 17.00h) 26( 19.00h) March 2020, 2 ( 19.00h) April 2020.

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Concert – 30 March 2020 at 19.30h.

Palace of the Republic –  Minsk Belarus

Concert – 19 April at 18.00h.

Bolshoi Theatre – Moscow

La Traviata. Guiseppe Verdi

A tale of two young lovers separated by the cruelty of society and fate,  Verdi’s  La Traviata is one of opera’s most powerful and enduring romancesLa Traviata is the story of a lively Parisian courtesan who gives up the man she loves to save his family’s reputation. Perhaps self sacrifice is the greatest theme if this powerful opera. The story is touching not just because it is a story people can believe in but because it is  a story people want to believe in.

Opera – 23, 26 April 2020 at 19.00h.

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Domingo photo by Chrisa Hickey at https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisahickey/

Zaryade Hall – Moscow

Domingo is here conducting Verdi’s Messa Da Requiem. This is is a conductor’s dream come true. Few pieces in the repertoire offer the drama of opera and the thrill of wonderful symphonic writing combined with stellar, virtuosic solo moments. But Verdi’s Requiem does all that and more.

Conducting – 28 April 2020 at 19.00h.

Festival De Úbeda

Concert – 3 May 2020 at 21.00h.

Teatro Real – Madrid

Verdi’s  La Traviata

Opera – 9, 12, 17, 20, 23 May

Teatro De La Zarzuela – Madrid

Luisa Fernanda. Federico Moreno Torroba.

Luisa Fernanda is one of the last great Romantic zarzuelas, the lyric-dramatic genre that dominated Spanish musical life from the 1860s to the Civil War of the 1930s. Torroba’s ingredients were love, politics, popular characters and a music that reflects Spanish nationalism and folk rhythm, with traces of Northern classical music and Caribbean dance music such as habaneras and bombas.

Conducting first date and singing in final – 10, 14 May 2020 at 18.00h.

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Domingo photo by Russell Hirshon

Wiener Staatoper – Vienna.

Nabucco. Guiseppe Verdi.

Verdi’s Nabucco could be conceptualized as the protest opera for all seasons. It premiered in 1842, when Giuseppe Verdi was 28 years old. Nabucco” is the story of the Assyrian King, Nebuchadnezzar, who came in 587 B.C. with his armies to desecrate Jerusalem, kill the Israelites, and destroy the Temple of Solomon. The most familiar theme from “Nabucco” is the chorus of the Hebrew slaves at the end of Part IV, “Va, Pensiero” – Go Thoughts, or Hasten Thoughts.

Opera – 14, 17 June 2020.

La Traviata. Guiseppe Verdi

Opera – 20,23, 27 June 2020.

Galakonzert Des Jungen Ensembles 

Conducting – 28 June 2020.

Arena Di Verona

Aida. Guiseppe Verdi

This opera is one  of  Verdi’s classics! Egypt is at war with Ethiopia. Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian king, has been captured by the Egyptians. Secretly, she loves an Egyptian general, Radamès, who returns her love. When Radamès is selected to lead a renewed assault against the enemy, Aida is forced to choose between betraying her country and betraying her heart.

Conducting – 25 June 2020 at 21.00h.

Gala Domingo Opera Night.

Concert – 7 July at 21.30h.

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Plácido Domingo photo by ProtoplasmaKid

Royal Opera House- London

Don Carlo. Guiseppe Verdi.

Spain in 1560: life on the brink of the abyss. A land ruled by church and state! Will the mighty – the grand inquisitor and the king – succeed in killing love? Will they manage to extinguish the blazing flame of liberty? Verdi’s darkest opera causes us to tremble, but the composer’s musical genius does it in a fascinating and deeply moving way. This production also stars Michael Fabiano and Elina Garanca.

Opera – 13, 16 ( both at 18.00h) 19 ( 15.00h) July 2020.

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La Traviata. Guiseppe Verdi

Opera – 22 July 2020 at 20.00h.

Bayerische Staatsoper – Munich

Nabucco. Guiseppe Verdi.

Opera – 27, 29 July 2020 at 19.00h.

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Domingo photo by Mónica Martinez/Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Salzburger Festspiele

I Vespri Siciliana. Guiseppe Verdi

Verdi had a chance to write a new opera for Paris, where he came up with Les Vepres Siciliennes — The Sicilian Vespers. At the time, though, it was impossible to perform the new drama iItaly, where Verdi’s previous three operas had all premiered. Vespri tells a story of revolution in Sicily, and until the Italian unification in 1861, politics made that a forbidden subject iItalian opera houses.

Opera – 16 ( 15.00h) 19 (19.00h) August 2020.

Lanxess Arena – Cologne

Concert – 26 September 2020 at 20.00h.

Teatro Alla Scala – Milan

La Traviata. Guiseppe Verdi

Opera – 12, 14 November 2020 at 20.00h.

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Domingo photo by Alexander Zetlitz

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Bregenzer Festspiele 2020

Bregenzer Festspiele 2020

The Bregenzer Festspiele has announced its 2020 season, featuring a lineup of opera and vocal performances.  For four weeks in summer audiences can experience monumental open-air opera productions in an unknown intensity. Running from July 22, to August 23, 2020, the festival will be celebrating its 75th anniversary with a diverse and ambitious program.

About Bregenzer Festspiele

Voralberg  is a mountainous state in western Austria.and it’s capital is beautifully located at Lake Constance, Central Europe’s third largest lake. It offers a diverse cultural experience  coupled with a wide range of outdoor activities. The centerpiece of the 2000 year old city at the eastern shores of Lake Constance is the bulbous, Baroque Martinsturm (St. Martin’s Tower) located in the medieval center of town. In recent years, exceptional architects like Hans Hollein, Jean Nouvel and Peter Zumthor as well as the “Vorarlberger Baukünstler” group have played an important role in shaping the city’s appearance.

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Photo of Voralberg mountains by Daniel VILLAFRUELA.

Lake Constance also provides the setting for the annual Bregenzer Festspiele, a renowned summer music festival. The concerts are performed by the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra on the vast, open-air floating stage at the edge of the lake. Each summer, in the middle of an enchanting landscape in the westernmost Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg, the Bregenz Festival presents high-calibre opera al fresco with the theatre on the lake. In addition, the festival attracts approximately 200,000 visitors to the border triangle between the Alps and Lake Constance with unforgettable debut opera performances and concertante treasures in the Festival House, unheard material as part of “Kunst aus der Zeit” at the studio theatre, as well as touching gems of operatic literature at the Theater am Kornmarkt in the months of July and August, with more than 80 performances in total.

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Lake Constance photo by Andreas Praefcke

 

The Bregenz Festival can be described as a success story that began in 1946, when it was founded. First competition of ideas for planning a Festival Hall occurred in 1955, although approval of the construction project happened not until 1974  and new construction of the Festspielhaus started in  1977/78. A long-cherished dream of the Festival management came true with the opening of the Festival and Congress Hall on  18th of July 1980, with its  first orchestra concert Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven (and a new Sea stage in 1979), according the design by Wilhelm Braun. The festival is simply an integral part of Bregenz. This view is shared by the many guests, who come specially for the opera performances and are then able to discover a great deal more, and the locals. Many also walk over the lake stage outside the summer months to admire the stage designs currently in construction, which are made suitable for the winter and, above all, then stand there in all their splendour.

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Bregenz Festspielhaus photo by Andreas Praefcke

Bregenz Festspielhaus photo by Andreas Praefcke

Bregenzer Festspiele 2020 Highlights.

Rigoletto

Rigoletto hates his job, his boss and his colleagues. He feels trapped by his disability. He can’t get over his wife’s death. The only things that keep him going are his love for his only child Gilda and his hate for the rest of the world. But how long can he keep his child safe in the poisoned world that he has helped to create? Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful  is a dark, knife-twisting tragedy. Verdi considered it his best opera.

Performance dates are as follows at Seebühne ( the floating stage)

23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st July 2020 all at 21.15h

2nd, 4th, 5th,  6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd August  all at 21.00h.

Nerone

Arrigo Boito spent more than a half-century writing this opera, poured his whole mind and heart into it. The work is a series of scenes from Imperial Rome at the time of Emperor Nero  Boito’s libretto is a remarkable piece of work that tantalizes at many philosophical and theatrical levels.  Directed by Olivier Tambosi.

Performance dates are as follows at the  Festspielhaus:

22nd July 2020 at 19.30h 26th July at 11.00h and 3rd August 2020 at 19.30h.

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Bregenz Festsielhaus photo by MatzeTrier

ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS featuring  the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Voralberg Symphony Orchestra.

Wiener Symphoniker – with Karina Karina Canellakis

Conductor Karina Canellakis
Siegfried Brandon Jovanovich
Wanderer Greer Grimsley
Erda Nadine Weissmann
Brünnhilde Ricarda Merbeth

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Leonore-Overture No. 3
  • Richard Wagner Siegfried, third act

At Festpielhaus on 27 July 2020 at 19.30h

Wiener Symphoniker – with Enrique Mazzola

Conductor Enrique Mazzola
Mezzosoprano Annalisa Stroppa

  • Gioachino Rossini Ouverture to Armida  
  • Ľubica Čekovská Palingenia — Austrian premiere
  • Gioachino Rossini Giovanna d’Arco for mezzosoprano and orchestra
  • Ottorino Respighi Il tramonto for mezzosoprano and string orchestra, Feste romane

At Festspielhaus on 2 August 2020 at 11.00h

Wiener Symphoniker – with Philippe Jordan

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Philippe Jordan photo by Christian Michelides

Conductor Philippe Jordan
Piano Piotr Anderszewski

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 C major Op.15
  • Richard Strauss Don Juan Op. 20
  • Richard Strauss ​Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose), Suite Op. 59

At Festpielhaus on 10 August 2020 at 19.30h

Symphony Orchestra Voralberg – with Leo Mcfall

Conductor Leo McFall

Violin Paweł Zalejski
Cello Mathias Johansen
Oboe Viola Wilmsen
Bassoon Heidrun Wirth-Metzler 

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Ouverture to Egmont op. 84
  • Joseph Haydn Sinfonia concertante Hob. I:105
  • Thomas Larcher Symphonie No. 3 — Austrian premiere

At Festpielhaus on 23 August 2020 at 11.00h.

 

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Bregenz Festspielhaus photo by Edda Praefcke

In addition to the highlights above the festival  also features three shows at the Kornmarkt. The first is a new opera from composer Ľubica Čekovská titled Impresario Dotcom.  (24 & 25 July) It will be directed by Elisabeth Stöppler.The second programme at Kornmarkt is Beethoven goes Africa, a concert featuring theatre and puppetry. Bochabela String Orchestra & Friends will perform works by Soweto String Quartet, Mango Groove, Zuko Samela and of course Beethoven (30 July). Finally, the Kornmarkt programme is completed by Bregenz Opera Studio’s staging of Joseph Haydn’s Armida. ( 17 Aug). This is a really exciting and impressive programme to 2020!

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 Musikfestival Grafenegg  2020

 Musikfestival Grafenegg  2020

The Musikfestival Grafenegg offers  a most amazing historical backdrop for all of  musical masterpieces from past centuries. Since 2007, Grafenegg has presented a top-class programme of concerts as part of the Music Summer and Music Festival. Under the artistic direction of Rudolf Buchbinder, the world’s most renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists come to perform on the Wolkenturm open-air stage and in the beautifully Gothic Auditorium concert hall. The highlight is the Musikfestival Grafenegg  which runs annually from mid-August until mid-September. To make this festival even more amazing, it is celebrating 250th birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven!

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Grafenegg Schloss photo by Uoaei1

Grafenegg Festival will be held 20 Aug to 16 Sep 2020

Brief History of the Festival

The Grafenegg Festival, taking place annually in the beautiful Danube valley of Wachau is perhaps the most romantic setting for a festival imaginable. The castle of Schloss Grafenegg’s origins may be sixteenth-century, but it was the nineteenth-century that transformed it into what it is today.  The castle was reimagined and  built in the style of romantic historicism, surrounded by 32 hectares of revitalized landscaped gardens, is one of the most important buildings of the 19th century in AustriaThe castle itself is at the centre of the Grafenegg estate which has been home to the festival since 2007. As audiences have grown so has the festival, building the futuristic outdoor amphitheatre the Wolkenturm (“Cloud-Tower”), a new indoor auditorium, and converting the original stables into yet another concert-hall. Part of the festival’s appeal is the variety of its programme, reflecting the eclectic interests of the castle’s original founder in the breadth of the programming.

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Grafenegg Schloss photo by Uoaei1

Highlights from the 2020 Programme

Festival Opening

This is a star studded event to celebrate not only the opening of the festival but also Beethoven’s 250th birthday . The programme includes Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.  Also to include a world premiere especially commissioned by the festival by Konstantía Gourzí. Yutaka Sado conducts with Pretty Yende as soprano and Klaus Florian Vogt as tenor.   A truly magnificent opening event!

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Pretty Yende cropped photo by Neil Barry Moss

Date: 14 August 2020 at 19.30h.

Fidelio

Fidelio  tells the story of strong and courageous Leonore, who insinuates herself into a state prison disguised as a man by the name of Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan. Beethoven’s only opera was written over a ten-year period as a work in progress. It combines Singspiel elements with those of dramatic opera, and ends with a piece of music that not only lends prodigious expression to the idea of liberation, but also already anticipates the Ninth Symphony’s Ode to Joy. This production stars Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan.

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Jonas Kaufmann at La Scala 2015 photo by AmandaFitton

Date: 16 August 2020 at 19.30h

Rudolf Buchbinder and the St Petersburg Philharmonic

Rudolf Buchbinder is one of the  most legendary artists of our time. His piano playing is an unparalleled fusion of the authority of a career spanning more than sixty years with spirit and spontaneity. His renditions of Ludwig van Beethoven’s works are considered to be exemplary. And on this night you are in luck as he is preforming Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Piano in addition to work by Rachmaninoff.

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Rudolph Buchbinder photo by Franz Johann Morgenbesser

 

Date: 21 August 2020 at 19.30h

Sir Simon Rattle and The London Symphony Orchestra Parts I and II

Sir Simon Rattle really needs no introduction. He was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.For some years Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, in 1980 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, stepping up to Music Director from September 1990 until August 1998.  He is also Founding Patron of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and since the early 1990s, has been a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.In September 2002 Sir Simon became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he remained until June 2018. In September 2017, Simon took up the position of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. In this pairing with the London Symphony Orchestra for two performances playing Mahler, Wagner and Brahms the nights will be electric!

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Sir Simon Rattle photo by Monika Rittershaus / per OTRS

Dates 29, 30 August 2020 at 19.15h

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel is defined by his untiring advocacy of access to music for all. As a symphonic and operatic conductor, his music making on four continents continues to inspire audiences of all ages. Currently serving as Music Director of both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the impact of his musical leadership is felt internationally.  The fantastic programme includes works by Beethoven and Prokofiev.

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Gustavo Dudamel photo by Anyul Rivas

Date: 3 September 2020 at 19.00h.

Camilla Nylund and Helmut Deutsch

Ever since  her operatic debut in 1995, Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund has won acclaim in Europe’s great opera houses, including La Scala, Milan and the Vienna State Opera. Nylund has established herself as one of the world’s leading lyric-dramatic sopranos. Helmut Deutsch, pianist and musicologist, is one of the most  internationally respected accompanists. He plays on the most prestigious stages

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Camilla Nylund photo by Markus Hoffmann, Köln

Date: 6 September 2020 at 11.00h.

We are exceptionally excited  about this extraordinary festival of Musikfestival Grafenegg 2020 and are sure that you will feel the same. Tickets will sell very quickly so be sure to contact us soon.

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Grafenegg Schloss photo by Uoaei1

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