For the official opening of the Rameau year, a true event took place on 13 February at the Opéra Royal de Versailles: the rediscovery of one of the last unknown treasures of the French master, Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (1747). Reinoud Van Mechelen participated in this concert performance alongside with the Concert Spirituel under the baton of Hervé Niquet. The recorded concert can be attended until 14 August 2014 on the website Culturebox of France Télévision.
Heather Newhouse was an acclaimed Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) last season at the Opéra national de Lyon. Now she is back under Jean Nouvel's cupola in a new production of The turn of the screw by Benjamin Britten (role of the governess) conducted by Kazushi Ono and staged by Valentina Carrasco. Opening night on 11 April 2014
There is nothing unusual when an opera is turned into a movie; the other way round, however, is the absolute exception: Ang Lee's filmic soul drama of two cowboys, released in the cinemas in 2005, now finds its way to the opera stage. The world premiere of the operatic version for which Charles Wuorinen composed the music and Annie Proulx wrote the libretto after her own short-story of 1997 will be performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid on 28 January 2014. Following dates of representation: 30 January, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 1 February 2014
When speaking of the central repertoire of a coloratura soprano, besides the roles of the Queen of the night, Konstanze, Olympia and Zerbinetta, also Fiakermilli of Richard Strauss's "Arabella" is to be considered. It is this last role that until now had been missing in the spectrum of record-breaking Cornelia Götz who occupies a special position amongst the singers with her over 800 performances as Mozart's flaming Queen. This is the reason why the artist, born near Stuttgart, celebrates her long time overdue debut at the "Arabella" premiere in Nürnberg. The general musical director Marcus Bosch will conduct, Andreas Baesler is the stage director and Ekaterina Godovanets will sing the title role. After the premiere on 1 February 2014, there will be further representations until 7 May 2014 at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.
Fiakermilli is a historical figure from the monarchic Vienna of the 19th century. Her trill and vocal cascades were a sensation at numerous events. Richard Strauss made a virtuosic jewel out of this real character and destined it for an outstanding singer – such as Cornelia Götz is one.
Sébastien Rouland is being acclaimed at the Aalto Theatre in Essen conducting the new production of Massenet's Werther (stage director: Carlos Wagner). Here are some extracts of the first reviews.
In spring 2013 Sophie Marilley made sensation at the Staatsoper Stuttgart in the role of Komponist in the new production of Ariadne of Naxos staged by Jossi Wieler et Sergio Morabito. Press reviews