Anaïk Morel made her successful and most auspicious role-debut as Carmen at the Stuttgart State Opera in 2016, followed by further appearances with Bizet’s title-role in Zurich and Montpellier. Now this legendary role enables our mezzo-soprano from Lyon to make her debut with a legendary opera-company, the Royal Opera House London Covent Garden in London. First performance on June 22, 2019
Second role-debut for Gabrielle Philiponet within the current season! After having successfully sung her first Leïla in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles at the Nice Opera (a role which she will be performing again in Lille next season) and after making her debut with the Paris Opera (Frasquita in Carmen) she is now performing the role of Micaëla (Carmen) at the Metz Opera.
A logical extension of her repertoire which includes next to roles such as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Violetta (La Traviata) and Mimi (La Bohème) also roles of the French repertoire like Marguerite (Faust) and henceforth Leïla and Micaëla. Opening-night in Metz on June 16, 2019
Rating the production of Le Postillon de Lonjumeau at the Opéra Comique in Paris as “successful” would be an understatement – to put it mildly. In fact this was a real triumph which Sébastien Rouland’s superior direction was a significant part of. Some press-cuts referring to this production:
„Here is a conductor who does not treat this music lightly, because this would eventually be “light” music. On the contrary, he reveals its lineage from the classic with harmonious accurateness.“ (Le Figaro)
„The Orchestra of the Rouen Opera follows Sébastien Rouland’s both animated and subtle direction with vivid spirit and brilliancy.“ (La Croix)
„Like a martial postillon Sébastien Rouland commands the Choeur Accentus and the Orchestra of the Rouen Opera with flowing ease and all requested brio, litheness and self-assuredness “. (Les Echos)
„From the conductor’s desk Sébastien Rouland elicits the best out of the Orchestra of the Rouen Opera, carving and enchasing the numerous jewels of the score like a goldsmith does.“ (Diapason)
Many more reviews could be quoted since Sébastien Rouland received cascading accolades!
Before reviving this marvellous production at the Rouen Opera in December of this year, Sébastien Rouland is presently back to the Saarbrucken Theater conducting his sixth and last opera production of the current season:
Charles Gounod’s Faust. Opening night on May 31, 2019.
During the last weeks Elsa Dreisig was shining at the Zurich Opera when making her overwhelming debut with the very difficult and demanding role of Manon (Massenet). Among many excellent reviews one could find the following one which expresses exquisite enthusiasm:
“This role-debut cannot be reported with the common verbiage “successful” only. Elsa Dreisig - not yet 30 years old – as Manon was downright sensational, outstanding and superior - simply to kneel down. Her vocal and musical interpretation of captivating easiness, commands over a wide range of dynamic facets with a timbre which is neither too bright nor too dark. Crystal clear is her vocal line, intonation and intervallic leaps. Thanks to her French-Danish parentage her phrasing is stupendously natural. Moreover her compliance in performing the young Manon Lescaut as a stage-character gives proof of the artist Elsa Dreisig’s enormous maturity and touching empathy“. (Oper Aktuell, Kaspar Sannemann, 07.04.2019)
Elsa Dreisig is now Zerlina within a new-production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Paris Opera (Palais Garnier). Conductor is Philippe Jordan, stage-director Ivo van Hove. Opening-night on June 11, 2019.
Julien Behr’s season opened at the Palais Garnier in Paris with the world- premiere of Bérénice by Michael Jarrell. He is now back to the Opéra de Paris as a guest again, however this time at the Opéra Bastille, performing once more his Mozartian signature-role Tamino (The Magic Flute), a part which he performed 51 times in 6 different productions already.
Revival on April 27, 2019
The Vienna Musikverein does not only at New Year prove to be the perfect performance-venue for the precious works by the Strauß-brothers! The Vienna Johann Strauß Orchestra has its own appointed days within every year’s concert schedule including a spring-concert at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein to which the orchestra under the masterly conducting of Alfred Eschwé is inviting on May 1st 2019 in a matinee-concert at 11 a.m.
The Vienna Johann Strauß Orchestra strongly emphasizes a genuine performance by referring to the instrumentation as having been mandatory at the time when this music was written. The first half of the programme is dedicated to the soulful oeuvre by Josef Strauß and after the intermission exclusively music by the waltz-king Johann Strauß II will be played. It does perhaps not need to be explicitly said that the all-round maestro Alfred Eschwé is, of course, the ideal authority at the conductor’s stand within this musical genre.