A few months ago, the critic Laurent Bury made following comment on forumopera.com: "Julien Behr is the Mozart tenor that France has been awaiting." Julien Behr will show us soon that he will be up to this praise when performing the role of Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) at the Opéra Bastille. Before this event, he will start the season at the Opéra national du Rhin by taking part in the world premiere of Quai Ouest by Régis Campo, an opera based on a play by Bernard-Marie Koltès. The premiere will be on 27 September 2014. All dates of performances
Vincent Boussard is back at the Théâtre du Capitole. After his successful staging of the French version of La Favorite by Donizetti, he will stage his first Verdi with Un Ballo in maschera. This production will also be presented at the Staatstheater Nürnberg at the end of this season. In the meantime, Vincent Boussard will work in Strasbourg (L'amico Fritz), Hamburg (La Fanciulla del West) and Tokyo (La Traviata). The premiere of Un Ballo in maschera in Toulouse will take place on 30 September 2014. All dates of performances
A rich season is announcing itself for Reinoud Van Mechelen.
He will be debuting at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in a production of Castor et Pollux (roles of Mercure, a Spartan and an athlete). The stage director is Christan Schiarette and the musical director Hervé Niquet. Premiere on 13 October 2014.
Jan Schmidt-Garre first made his mark as film maker with topics in connection with music and art (his documentary "Opera Fanatic" for instance was acclaimed in the world of opera). Being a passionate adept of the opera and having received an education in stage direction as well as conducting, he has developed the idea to stage opera. It was the Director of the St Gall Opera who gave him this opportunity. A first success with Manon by Massenet was recently followed by Die tote Stadt by Korngold with Vincent Lemaire as a set designer.
In line with the times of the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss' birthday, the legendary Strauss singer Brigitte Fassbaender assembled a fine choice of singers who recorded the complete compositions of Richard Strauss for voice and piano on CD under her artistic guidance. Amongst the chosen singers of this large project is also Lucian Krasznec who had until then only sung the Italian Tenor in Rosenkavalier out of the Strauss repertoire. On the now available CD box, Strauss fans can listen to the complete Lieder by Strauss from his compositions of his early youth unto his last one, "Malven", that he composed at the age of 84. An artistic show of strength that Brigitte Fassbaender presents herself in a short documentary.
In its over six weeks ongoing programme, the Montenegrin KotorArt festival unites nearly all forms of art with a special consideration of the youth. It is conceived as presentation of art in all its diversity and at the same time wants to inspire artistic creativity and discuss special programmes with concrete topics. Homepage of the festival
Under this aspect, the title of the concert programme "Austrian Delights" could be misunderstood as culinary trifle. This, however, is not at all the intention of the festival direction and Elisabeth Attl, the conductor of the concert. It is, on the contrary, a thorough investigation of the primal "Austrianishness" both from the time of the Wiener Klassik and from the music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
At the festival's concert on 7 August 2014, Johanna Doderer's composition "Mondsee" in its version for strings as well as Hans Gál's string serenade, Joseph Haydn's violin concerto in G major (soloist: Lydia Baich) and Wolfgang A. Mozart's divertimento in B flat major will be played. An appealing parenthesis that symbolises both contrast and unity. In the last few years, Elisabeth Attl has established herself as ambassador of exigent concert programmes that exhibit and let discover the diversity and style of the Austrian repertoire. The Viennese Elisabeth Attl does not shy away from contrasts off the usual programmes and engages herself passionately for contemporary compositions and composers such as Johanna Doderer, the great-niece of the author of the same name, who is known as one of the main representatives of today's Austrian composer scene in various genres. Webpage of the composer Johanna Doderer
Likewise diverse was the work by Hans Gál two generations prior to Doderer . The serenade for strings of Hans Gál, born in Lower Austria, dates from the year 1937 and therefore stems from the time just before the annexation of Austria to Hilter-Germany. Gáls compositions are in their way a kind of commitment to the Austria of the 20th century whose destiny has also strongly affected Gál's personal history. Webpage of the composer Hans Gál
To listen to Haydn and Mozart in this surrounding, offers a special provocation of contrast, but also the awareness of historical succession.
Montenegro has a short but ambivalent historical bond with the ancient Austria, since after the occupation of the K&K army it belonged to the Habsburg monarchy during the last two years of the Great War. Today, Montenegro nourishes the cultural diversity of Europe in a cosmopolitan way and with special dedication, accordingly to its wish to become a member country of the European Union. The picturesque city of Kotor is one of the World Heritage Sites.