Anna-Lena Elbert: Zerbinetta-Debut

On 28 and 30 June 2024 the soprano Anna-Lena Elbert will make her debut in the role of Zerbinetta in the musical and stage direction of Iván Fischer in Spoleto. Richard Strauss‘ opera Ariadne on Naxos will be performed on the stage of the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti at the invitation of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto (IT). Iván Fischer will lead the Budapest Festival Orchestra and further main roles will be sung by Emily Magee (Ariadne) and Andrew Staples (Bacchus). In September and October 2024 performances at MüPa (Béla Bartók National Concert Hall) in Budapest and at the Teatro Olimpico Vicenza will follow. Anna-Lena Elbert just performed successfully with Iván Fischer and the Konzerthausorchester at the Konzerthaus Berlin (works by Philip Glass and J. S. Bach).

(published on 10 June 2024)

Sarah Maria Sun: What a movie!

On 12 June 2024 the soprano Sarah Maria Sun will perform a very special Lied recital entitled What a movie! at the Liedfestival of the Heidelberger Frühling. Together with her genius musical partners Kilian Herold (clarinet) and Jan-Philip Schulze (piano) she will sing Lieder and songs by Franz Schubert, George Gershwin, Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein, Georges Aperghis, György Ligeti, Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler at the Aula der Alten Universität Heidelberg. The well attuned trio already were invited to the Klavierfestival Ruhr, Brucknerhaus Linz and the Hugo-Wolf-Academy Stuttgart. The first CD-release of this successful Lied programme is scheduled for this year.

(published on 3 June 2024)

Holger Falk: Eisler‘s „Ernste Gesänge“ 

On 8 June 2024 the baritone Holger Falk will perform with the Munich Chamber Orchestra in the context of Nachtmusik – A composer’s portrait of Hanns Eisler at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. In the course of this evening, he will sing Eisler‘s Ernste Gesänge for baritone and strings as well es his Five Hollywood-Elegies after lyrics by Bertold Brecht taken from the ›Hollywooder Liederbuch‹ (arrangement for chamber ensemble: Steffen Schleiermacher). Bas Wiegers will conduct the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Holger Falk has released four outstanding CD-recordings presenting Hanns Eisler’s Lieder together with pianist Steffen Schleiermacher; he is a very passionate interpreter of Eisler’s Lied oeuvre.
The critics were enthusiastic:

Falk’s Eisler discs (…) are an absolute revelation, with an incredible immediacy, authority, verbal clarity and breadth of stylistic nuance (…)., Sebastian Scotney, December 2023

(published on 24 May 2024)

Tora Augestad: Bergen International Festival

On 30 May 2024 the mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad will be returning to the Bergen International Festival in her hometown Bergen. At the Håkonshallen she will premiere Håkon Berge‘s The Telavåg Tragedy in the libretto by Lars Berge in a semi-staged performance. Ingar Bergby will conduct the Norwegian Naval Forces' Band and the Edvard Grieg vocal ensemble. Further soloists will be Julie Berg (mezzo-soprano), Thorbjørn Gulbrandsøy (tenor), Jonas Onarheim (baritone), Evan Roer Bakken (tenor) and Julius Jetne Edelmann (tenor).

On 21 and 22 June 2024, Tora Augestad will present Christoph Marthaler‘s King Size on stage at the Swiss Hotel Waldhaus in Sils-Maria. Further stage partners and “hotel guests” of this extraordinary Lied-recital are Michael von der Heide, Nikola Weisse and Bendix Dethleffsen. This production has been touring internationally in the last decade to great acclaim.

(published on 22 May 2024)