He was supposed to make his role-debut as Don Giovanni within a staged production of the renowned Styriarte Festival this summer. The staged version can after all unfortunately not take place; Damien Gastl, nevertheless, finally appears there as Don Giovanni, now joining the concert-series under the title Don Giovanni in distress (Don Giovanni in Nöten).
Marie-Claude Chappuis is never running out of ideas, vigour or organisational spirit! The “Festival du Lied” which she created in 2001 in her hometown Fribourg will happen this summer - inspired by the American cinema of the 1960-ies – in a „covid-compatible“ version as “drive-in”! Top-class artists from all over Switzerland will be performing in a bucolic landscape above Fribourg between July 25th and 31st, 2020. Marie-Claude Chappuis herself will be heading the final-concert on July 31st sharing the musical programme with Luca Pianca (lute), Duilio Galfetti (mandolin and violin), Christel Sautaux (accordion), Christophe Sturzenegger (horn und alphorn) as well as with young baritone Simon Ruffieux.
We join the enthusiasm of Forumopera having awarded “the Palm d’or of smartness” to Marie-Claude Chappuis for this inventive resourcefulness!
The magazine GBopera appointed him as “best conductor of the year 2016“ in Italy and he emerged victoriously from the City of Granada Conducting Competition. It’s no wonder that Sergio Alapont is considered to be one of the leading conductors of his generation! The conductor from Spain is already pursuing a brilliant international career and we are delighted of his decision to join our artists’ roster.
Owing to the donation of the Danish king Christian VIII., an area at the former Copenhagen rampart could be reshaped as one of the worldwide first leisure parks in 1843. On August 15ththe „Kjobenhavns Tivoli“ was solemnly opened and since then this jubilee is being commemorated on August 15thevery year. In 2020, however, it is not only this anniversary which is being celebrated, but this day also means the musical re-start after the months of the performance-ban due to the worldwide covid-19-pandemic.
The Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra is giving its first concert after the lock-down playing a spirited program which also includes Danish rarities. Danish opera-star Bo Skovhus and Russian soprano Yana Kleyn are the vocal soloist and Alfred Eschwé is taking over the skilful musical direction of the concert which is being played even twice at the Tivoli Concert Hall on August 15th.
It is also for Maestro Eschwé a re-start after months of absence from stage and conductor’s stand. But whoever knows him, is certainly aware of fact that he did not bear to stay inactive even in times of the lock-down, which made him initiate a Blue-Danube-Waltz@home with his Vienna Volksoper Orchestra for the internet.
We are glad to welcome Margot Genet to our artists’ roster. Born in Limoges (France) in 1994 the soprano took vocal- and violoncello-lessons in her home-town before pursuing her studies at the Geneva Haute Ecole de Musique and at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Her first roles on stage were Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Elle in La Voix humaine. In 2019/20 she performed the roles of The Fire, The Princess and The Nightingale in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Opéra de Lyon. Next season she will be back to the Opera Studio of the Opéra de Lyon, taking part in a staged production of Dukas Ariane et Barbe-Bleue (role of Ygraine) as well as in an Offenbach-gala-concert. Concurrently she will also join the Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky.
Unfortunately and much to our regret it is presently unfeasable to attend live-performances in concert and opera. However, the shut-down also provides us with more time to listen to music-recordings devotedly. Therefore it meets well that a special rarity has just been released on CD. A masterpiece, written at the step from the classic to the romantic era, which could have been rediscovered with enthusiastic recognition in concert version in Budapest last autumn: Phèdre by Jean-Baptist Lemoyne, first-performed in 1786. Our tenor Julien Behr singing the part of the noble Hippolyte is part of the first-rate cast. At the conductor’s desk of his Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir the excellent György Vashegyi, an enthusiastic and unfailing explorer of the French repertory. A highly successful initiative of the Palazzetto Bru Zane!