Since she made her international debut in 2008, Anaïk Morel has distinguished herself on stages such as the Bayrische Staatsoper (Hänsel/Hänsel und Gretel, Fenena/Nabucco, Meg Page/Falstaff), the Staatsoper Stuttgart (Marguerite/La Damnation de Faust), the Salzburg Festival (Paulinka Bimbam/Charlotte Salomon), the Opéra national de Lorraine (Lazuli/L’Etoile, Boulotte/Barbe-Bleue) and the Opéra national de Lyon (Mère Marie/Dialogues des Carmélites).
I have never been a musician but a lover of music as far back as I can remember! I was 13 years old and singing in a boys' choir when a friend of mine got me raving about the music of David Bowie and Michael Jackson. Up till then, my musical universe had consisted of Josquin Desprez, Clément Janequin, Johann Sebastian Bach, François Couperin and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!
Every vocal artist does well to check the development and the displaying options of the own voice at any point of his or her career, to change the direction should the occasion arise or eventually to step forward to new shores of repertoire. Heidi Brunner, only few years ago a convincing interpret of the soprano part of the young Prioress Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s opera Dialogues des Carmélites at the Theater an der Wien, follows the way which her voice displays. And this way guides her to her role-debut as Mêre Marie, a role from the mezzo-soprano repertoire, where the Swiss singer’s career originally started from. This is, however, no step back, but a large step forward!
Francis Poulenc’s opera has its premiere at the Klagenfurt Stadttheater under the musical direction of principal conductor Alexander Soddy and in the staging of the French director Richard Brunel on February 12th, 2015.
Consecutive performances of the production with the same cast will follow on February 14th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 26th and on March 1st, 4th and 6th.
Kristiane Kaiser is by far not the only singer who returns intentionally to Mozartian roles on opera -stage and to singing Lied-repertory again and again. One of her greatest heroes, Lisa della Casa, called Mozart and the Lied-repertory the clean-up for voice and soul. The Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro has been a key-role within the soprano's repertory for a considerable time. Joining this season's performance series of the Vienna Volksoper she will be singing this role again on February 28th, March 6th and 21st, 2015. With the role of her unfaithful husband Mathias Hausmann is again her opponent, Yasushi Hirano (as Figaro) will get married to Julia Koci (Susanna) under Alfred Eschwé's competent conducting.
On Sunday, March 15th Kristiane Kaiser will give a recital with Lieder from the late romantic era singing music by Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. Felix Lemke, the second dean of studies at the Volksoper, recognized conductor and accompanist, will be joining Kristiane Kaiser at this concert. You can find a Lied-rarity performed by the artist among her audio-clips. Link
In 2007 Sébastien Rouland conducted Offenbach’s Paris Life at the Opéra national de Lyon staged by Laurent Pelly. This production was acclaimed and a DVD of it is still available (Virgin Classics). Video excerpts here.
Sébastien Rouland is making his Vienna debut with this opéra-bouffe, „one of Offenbach’s best scores“ according to the librettist Ludovic Halévy. Stage director is Michael Dijkema. Opening night at the Volksoper Vienna on February 21. All dates of performances
Delphine Galou is making her debut at la Monnaie (Brussels) in Handel’s Tamerlano, performing the role of Andronico which was premiered in 1724 by the famous castrato Senesino. This production will subsequently be revived by the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. Les Talens Lyriques are playing under the baton of Christophe Rousset. Staging by Pierre Audi. Opening night in Brussels on January 27, 2015. All dates of performances