Sébastien Rouland is being acclaimed at the Aalto Theatre in Essen conducting the new production of Massenet's Werther (stage director: Carlos Wagner). Here are some extracts of the first reviews.
After having added the title-role of Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata" to her repertoire in 2008 with huge success, Kristiane Kaiser is now taking a further step singing Leonora in "Il Trovatore". The Austrian soprano is performing this role for the first time within the Vienna Volksoper new production series of the this opera on 27 and 30 November as well as on 13 December 2013 under the baton of Enrico Dovico and in the staging by Dietrich W. Hilsdorf.
After having dedicated their first CD recording to Vivaldi and to the "most beautiful orchestra in the world", l'Orchestra di Dresda, Les Ambassadeurs now celebrate Rameau (his 250th anniversary of death being commemorated in 2014) together with the soprano Sabine Devieilhe. The disc named "Le grand théâtre de l'amour" will be released on 2 November 2013 on the reborn label Erato ! Link to the videos of the CD presentation.
After having staged Adriana Lecouvreur at the Oper Frankfurt in 2011, Vincent Boussard now approached Gluck's Ezio, a drama per musica that was premiered in Prague in 1750. "The word becomes the meeting point and the weapon", Vincent Boussard writes in his introduction to Metastasio's libretto. Vincent Boussard's staging became an absorbing and imaginative piece of work in which (as always with Boussard) the singers are in the centre of the concept and where music and text are ever supported with devotion. The opening night on 10 November 2013 also inspired the critics who reported abundantly on this production. Here are the highlights.
A few weeks ago, Anaïk Morel debuted in the difficult role of Mère Marie de l'Incarnation in the production of "Dialogues des Carmélites" at the Opéra national de Lyon with Christophe Honoré staging and Kazushi Ono conducting. The reviews were abundant and eulogistic. Excerpts.
With his role debut as Filippo in Giuseppe Verdi's "Don Carlo", Christian Sist enters the "kings' class" of his repertoire. Having desired this for a long time, he will sing the demanding part of the Spanish king for the first time on 12 October 2013 at the Opera in Dortmund. Following performances in this role will be on 25 October, 3 November and 8 December 2013. Furthermore, Christian Sist will sing the role of Grande Inquisitore in the same production under the stage direction of the artistic director Jens-Daniel Herzog on 20 October as well as on 8 and 16 November 2013.
After this Verdi-production, Christian Sist's first Wagner premiere in Dortmund will follow on 1 December. Also Landgraf Hermann in "Tannhäuser" will be a role debut for the artist. Both productions will be directed by the new general music director of the Dortmund Opera, Gabriel Feltz. Following the premiere, "Tannhäuser" can be seen until May 2014 in Dortmund.