The Mariinsky Theatre has just invited Facundo Agudin to conduct Gounod's Faust at short notice on 30 October 2014. This is a well deserved recognition for this first-class conductor and hopefully the start of a long-term collaboration with this prestigious institution.
Arie van Beek has always had a strong interest in today's composed music and has been the initiator of numerous world premieres. It is therefore not a coincidence that the Opéra de Lausanne, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Opéra de Lille wished to entrust him to conduct Michaël Levinas' world premiere of Le Petit Prince.
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.
After having participated regularly in different roles at the Salzburg festival since her debut in 2006, Eva Liebau was engaged there in two key roles for concert programmes in the summer of 2014. On the one hand, she sung sacred music by Wolfgang A. Mozart for the festival opening with the Ouverture spirituelle; on the other hand, she had the role of Inès by the sides of Elina Garanča and Juan Diego Flórez in the concert version of La Favorite by Gaetano Donizetti.
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.