Congratulations to marvelous heldentenor ANDREAS SCHAGER for his triumphant return to the METROPOLITAN OPERA as TANNHÄUSER last Thursday!
“Schager is a true heldentenor, with power and stamina. He made his Met debut in 2019 as a fine Siegfried, and this night he sang with superb intonation and a shapeliness to his phrasing. The passion was there in his voice, his artistry ran the gamut from joy to despair.” (Financial Times, Dec. 4, 2023)
“Andreas Schager proved a brilliant interpreter of the title role … Schager’s interpretation would bring – a booming voice full of bright and pointed high notes full of intensity, directness, confidence, and vibrancy … Schager dominated the stage every single time he was there. There aren’t many modern-day tenors, Wagnerian or not, who have the vocal power and poise that Schager does. Fewer still that can sustain that intensity for four hours … and sound just as fresh, if not more so, at the end of the night as they did at the beginning.” (David Salazar, OperaWire, Dec. 1, 2023)
Andreas was surrounded by a splendid cast conducted by Donald Runnicles with Ekaterina Gubanova as Venus, Elza van den Heever as Elisabeth, Georg Zeppenfeld as Landgraf Hermann, and Christian Gerhaher as Wolfram in his MET debut.
“With Marin Blazevic's ominous and inspiring production of Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes", the season got off to a promising start…” “Whether it was a nightmare or reality and whether he was a murderer or a merely driven man, Britten's first work and the clever direction leave it open - long, loud cheers in the Erfurt theatre.” (Opern News, 1-Oct-23)
“Erfurt has started the new season with a musically convincing and aesthetically very unique production. It was celebrated extensively by the premiere audience.” (Neue Musikzeitung, 1-Oct-23)
Following his appearances in the acclaimed new production of "Die Frau ohne Schatten" at the Cologne Opera's season opening our wonderful tenor BRYAN LOPEZ GONZALEZ will be returning to the National Theater Ljubljana as LINDORO in Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeri" in November and December 2023. February 2024 will see his debut at the Zagreb National Opera as FERRANDO in Mozart's "Così fan tutte”.
TOI TOI TOI to our wonderful DAVIDE DAMIANI as SCARPIA in tonight's premiere of TOSCA at Staatstheater Braunschweig - open air on the Burgplatz!! Subsequent performances on: Aug. 29, Sept. 1, 3, 6, 9, 12 !
Three of Canada's finest pianists united at Ontario's "Festival of the Sound" - our marvelous JANINA FIALKOWSKA together with her longtime friends and colleagues, ANGELA HEWITT and MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN! Last Thursday they performed Mozart's Concerto for three pianos K242. What an amazing event!
To all UK friends - you are kindly invited to this wonderful concert of our brilliant young conductor HENRY KENNEDY with his Resonate Chamber Orchestra at St. George's in Deal this Friday, July 7! The theme of the evening is "Rebels and Royals"! Sounds intriguing...
Bravissimo DAVIDE DAMIANI!! Congratulations on a huge success as Padre Paolo in Giorgio Battistelli's world opera premiere of "Il Teorema di Pasolini" at Deutsche Oper Berlin!
A short excerpt from the numerous raving reviews: "A sparkling ensemble of singers - outstanding: Davide Damiani as father Paolo. ... the astonishingly young audience goes wild at the end." Tagesspiegel, June 11,2023
A renowned bass-baritone and former member of the Wiener Staatsoper, Davide performs at many of the most important opera houses and concert venues worldwide and has worked with distinguished conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Riccardo Chailly, and Fabio Luisi.
Congratulations on another fantastic triumph for Maestro MYRON MICHAILIDIS conducting the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra and the Heraklion choir ensemble as well as the children of the Heraklion youth choir in Karl Orff's epic masterpiece "CARMINA BURANA" at the Cultural Conference Center Heraklion in Crete! Bravo also to the wonderful soloists!
After serving as jury chairman of the International van Cliburn Junior Piano Competition, the young generation of pianists will now be able to profit and learn from Janina Fialkowska 's long time experience and thus from one of pianos' legends and her mentor - Arthur Rubinstein. Toi Toi Toi for your masterclass dear Janina!! 🤗🌺🎶 ... See MoreSee Less
Just announced officially: our brilliant young violinist Mira Foron Violin will perform Shostakovitch's Violin Concerto no. 1 with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart under conductor Cornelius Meister on June 16 and 17, 2024! In bocca al lupo Mira! 🍀🎶🌺 ... See MoreSee Less
We are delighted to present our exceptionally talented 20 year old violinist MIRA FORON! Mira will be performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Dortmund Philharmonic tonight at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, Germany!
Watch Mira's full-length recording of the Sibelius Violin Concerto: youtu.be/5jBdOXNuaVs (video produced by our agency)
With the beginning of spring - feel uplifted and also musically "recharged" with this great performance by our wonderful young tenor GEORGE VIRBAN singing "Die Bajadere" by Emmerich Kálmán in Rumanian! Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less
Streaming available worldwide now! Our wonderful JANINA FIALKOWSKA's latest recording with ATMA Classique - Chopin Recital No. 4! This recording concludes her series of four recitals around all Ballades and Scherzos with now the first Ballade and the third Scherzo, along with a selection of other wonderful works by Chopin. Stay tuned for the CD release in the spring or stream now: 🎧 JaninaFialkowska.lnk.tt/ChopinRecital4SZ 🎧
TOI TOI TOI to our brilliant pianist - “Grande Dame of the Piano” - JANINA FIALKOWSKA who will tonight be performing Beethoven's 4th piano concerto at the beautiful Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka (opened in 1805)! Arthur Rubinstein’s last protégé will be accompanied by the Rijeka Symphony Orchestra led by their young Chief Music Director, Valentin Egel (who happens to be the great grandson of another piano legend, Wilhelm Kempff).
Bravissimo George!! Congratulations to our wonderful young tenor George Vîrban who this summer concluded the prestigious "International Meistersinger Academy" in Bavaria with, amongst others, this beautiful aria of Roméo from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette - "Ah! Lève toi soleil!"
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