Since the start of his career in 1995, Sébastian Rouland has established himself on the international stage. Whether in Vienna, Paris, Lyon, Paris, Berlin, Essen, Stuttgart, Luzern, St. Gallen, Bern, Wiesbaden, Bergen, Tel Aviv or Mexico City, he has proved time and again to be an enthusiastic and genuine champion of the French repertoire, from Rameau to Poulenc through Händel, Offenbach, Massenet and, of course, Mozart.
The remembrance of World War I a hundred years ago and of the end of World War II seventy years ago picks War and Peace out as a central theme of most different artistic projects in many places. This years’s Festival at the Irish city of Clonmel presents its opening concert under the baton of Elisabeth Attl on July 3rd, 2015 intentionally unlimited in both geographic and stylistic sense.
Joined by local vocal soloists and the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, the Festival Choir performs a programme which includes music by Beethoven, Britten, Fauré and Shostakovitch next to songs by John Lennon, Irish and British war-songs and a world-premiere of the Austrian composer Wolfgang Sauseng. Elisabeth Attl, the de facto music director of Clonmel in Ireland, already conducted masses by Schubert and Haydn as well as a performance of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice there receiving thundering applause by audience and press. Irish choir tradition and Austrian musical accurateness - obviously a best possible match!
After having performed Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari and Siebel (Faust) for her debut at the Opéra national de Paris this season, Anaïk Morel will appear at the Staatsoper Stuttgart as Maddalena in a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Anaïk Morel already had the opportunity to get familiar with the Verdi-repertoire while performing roles such as Fenena and Meg Page at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Opening night of Rigoletto in Stuttgart on June 28, 2015. All dates of performances
Gabrielle Philiponet causes enthusiasm again and again
Referring to her Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Opéra de Toulon in March review clips: “The musically outstanding Gabrielle Philiponet portrays Antonia’s both passionate and melancholic seduction in a delightful way (Forumopera.com); “the marvellous French soprano Gabrielle Philiponet stands her ground – with her warm timbre and her perfect musicality – a ravishing Antonia” (opera-online.com).
In 2011 Julien Behr made his debut as Tamino at the Opéra de Rouen under the baton of Sébastien Rouland in a staging by William Kentridge. Meanwhile he has performed this role in St Gall, Bern, Bordeaux and Minneapolis (for his US-debut). He will soon perform this part, which suits him so well, in Paris in the revival of Robert Carsen’s production at the Opéra Bastille.
Performances from May 26, 2015. All dates of performances
Within the scope of Mons, European Capital of Culture, the company LOD musiektheater is presenting the world premiere of „Another winter“, an opera by Dominique Pauwels upon on a libretto by Normand Chaurette.