Monday, August 29, 2016
Muziektheater, Amsterdam Despite excellent performances from the leads Philippe Jaroussky and Davone Tines, Peter Sellars’ staging of Kaija Saariaho’s opera is inert and undramaticThe Dutch National Opera has marked its 50th anniversary with a new annual festival. As the name indicates, Opera Forward is very much concerned with the future; it features up-and-coming performers, directors and designers, and there are new operas too. Michel van der Aa’s Blank Out, reviewed yesterday, was one of two works premiered this year, while the other was the latest stage work from Kaija Saariaho, Only the Sound Remains.Requiring two solo singers, a dancer and a digitally enhanced ensemble of seven instrumentalists and four further singers, it is an adaptation of two Noh plays. Always Strong and Feather Mantle, as they become in the English versions by Ezra Pound that Saariaho uses, share the theme of disappearance. In the first, a priest’s prayers summon the ghost of a fallen warrior, only for the latter to reveal that he is still haunted by memories of the battle in which he died, and he asks to be allowed to vanish into the shadows again. In Feather Mantle a fisherman finds a feather robe that belongs to an angel; he only agrees to return it to her when she performs a celestial dance for him. Continue reading...
It’s hall happening on Wigmore Street this week. Reading backwards, on Friday night a pianist of advanced years will make his belated debut. Simon Rattle, the name is. There has been a late programme change here. Thursday evening, the guvnor John Gilhooly will go live online to break the new season, including – for the first time – live streaming. And more. Twice as many £5 tickets for under-35s. Apparently, parts of the Wigmore Hall have undergone a demographic metamorphosis. A woman composer in residence. Cecilia Bartoli. Brigitte Fassbender. An Igor Levitt Beethoven cycle. Debuts by Barbara Hannigan and Emmanuelle Haïm. The Wigmore just carries on reinventing itself. Don’t miss the launch. Selections from the press release below. Artistic Director, John Gilhooly doubles the number of £5 tickets for under 35s for 2016/17 Wigmore Hall season announced today Doubling of number of £5 tickets offered to under 35s New digital capability of Wigmore Hall further extended internationally with new partnership with medici.tv Helen Grime becomes Wigmore Hall’s first female Composer in Residence Major artist residencies and series from trumpeter Alison Balsom, pianists Angela Hewitt, Igor Levit & Francesco Piemontesi; violinists Janine Jansen & Patricia Kopatchinskaja; harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and Takács Quartet Vibrant Early Music & Baroque Series includes Arcangelo with Jonathan Cohen as first Baroque Ensemble in Residence, plus performances by Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Les Arts Florissants, Collegium Vocale Gent, Le Poème Harmonique, The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars, La Venexiana, Vox Luminis Major contemporary music with Thomas Adès Day ‘Arcadiana’, Ensemble 360: Music in the Round weekend and 52 major premieres including 25 world premieres of Wigmore Hall co-commissions Return concerts for Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Sir András Schiff, and Violeta Urmana Masterclasses by Brigitte Fassbaender and Sir András Schiff Wigmore debut recitals from René Pape and Barbara Hannigan. Emmanuelle Haïm makes her debut as a conductor Christian McBride returns and celebrated pianist Vijay Iyer becomes Jazz Artist in Residence Schubert: The Complete Songs continues with outstanding and compelling visions of the composer’s late song-cycles, as well as the songs in English as part of Wigmore Hall’s Learning programme Wigmore Hall’s rich legacy of great performances, artistic revelations and creative daring is set to grow throughout the 2016/17 season. The Hall’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director John Gilhooly was last Sunday named as one of Britain’s 500 most influential people in Debrett’s 2016 People of Today list, published in The Sunday Times. He announces his bold new 2016/17 programme on Thursday 28 January, shortly before a performance given by an ensemble of remarkable young artists. The season launch and subsequent concert is the first event to be streamed live from Wigmore Hall, inaugurating an online series designed to broaden international access to Europe’s leading venue for chamber music, early music and song. It was also announced that Wigmore Hall’s 115th Anniversary Gala Concerts on 31 May, 1 & 2 June 2016 will be streamed live in partnership with medici.tv . Wigmore Hall now attracts capacity audiences to many of its 488 concerts each year,’ observes John Gilhooly. ‘We want to share the experience of great music-making with the greatest possible number of people. This is why we created a world-class digital studio as part of our £2.1 million building infrastructure upgrade last year. I am also delighted to announce that, as a result of its overwhelming success, we will increase our £5 ticket scheme for Under-35s from 10,000 tickets this season to 20,000 tickets in 2016/17. Our digital capability and work to attract new and younger audiences belong to the Hall’s vitally important investment in its future.’ Wigmore Hall’s complete survey of Schubert’s 600-plus songs, launched in September 2015 and presented in partnership with Austria’s Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Hohenems festival, unfolds with 20 concerts across the new season. The series offers the chance to hear many of the world’s finest Schubert interpreters and a carefully chosen group of exceptional young talent. This season’s roster of distinguished Schubertians – singers and pianists – includes Florian Boesch, Robert Holl, Graham Johnson, Simon Keenlyside,Elisabeth Kulman, Stephan Loges, Malcolm Martineau, Georg Nigl, Mauro Peter, Christoph Prégardien, Anna Lucia Richter, Dorothea Röschmann, Markus Schäfer, Sir András Schiff, Violeta Urmana and Elizabeth Watts. The series contains complete performances ofWinterreise with Matthew Rose and Gary Matthewman (15 February), Die schöne Müllerin with Henk Neven and Imogen Cooper (11 April), and Schwanengesang with Ian Bostridge and Lars Vogt (10 May). The song-cycles can also be heard in new English translations by Jeremy Sams, performed under the umbrella of Wigmore Hall’s Learning programme by Toby Spence, Roderick Williams, Sir John Tomlinson and Christopher Glynn. Several substantial new series come to Wigmore Hall in 2016/17. Igor Levit starts his first complete survey of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in a major concert hall, comprising a total of eight concerts. Beethoven Cycle: Igor Levit opens on 28 September with four works, including the early Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 2 No. 1 and the dramatic ‘Waldstein’ Sonata. Takács Quartet: Beethoven String Quartet Cycle presents a prominent platform for Wigmore Hall’s internationally acclaimed Associate Artists to explore some of the greatest works in the chamber music canon. The Takács Quartet’s series starts on 3 February 2017 and unfolds with five further concerts. Angela Hewitt: The Bach Odyssey, devised by John Gilhooly to run over several seasons, starts on 25 September and continues on 20 January and 10 June. The divinely-inspired composer’s keyboard fantasies, inventions and sinfonias provide the creative launch pad for this landmark series, which will grow in 2016/17 to include a complete survey of the French Suites. Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, also at John’s request, begins a long-term survey of Bach’s keyboard works on 21 December with theGoldberg Variations.
The French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky has pulled out of a major tour of Handel’s Partenope with Il Pomo d’Oro after the death of his father. The tour was to have visited Paris, Ferrol, Coruña, Pamplona and Madrid. Lawrence Zazzo will replace Philippe in Paris. The first two Spanish dates are cancelled and it remains to be seen whether Pamplona and Madrid will go ahead. This was to have been the opera’s belated Spanish premiere. We send Philippe warm condolences.
September 11-12 2015: National Circus of the People's Republic of China September 18 2015: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra September 24-25 2015: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela October 1-4 2015: Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra October 9 2015: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club October 11 2015: Takács Quartet October 11 2015: Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India October 16-18 2015: Twyla Tharp October 23 2015: eco ensemble October 24 2015: Bach Collegium Japan October 29-30 2015: Circa November 6-7 2015: Ensemble Intercontemporain November 7 2015: Youssou N'Dour November 8 2015: Leila Josefowicz, violin and John Novacek, piano November 13-14 2015: Compañia Flamenca José Porcel November 19-22 2015: Rude Mechanicals November 22 2015: Danish String Quartet November 27-29 2015: Mummenschanz December 6 2015: Garrick Ohlsson, piano December 12-13 2015: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host January 22-23 2016: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan January 24 2016: Yefim Bronfman, piano January 24 2016: Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour January 29-30 2016: St. Louis Symphony February 14 2016: eighth blackbird February 21 2016: Takács Quartet February 26 2016: Jordi Savall, viol and Frank McGuire, bodhrán February 27-28 2016: Chitresh Das Dance Company February 28 2016: Danish String Quartet March 5 2016: Renée Fleming, soprano March 6 2016: Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder of SERIAL March 6 2016: Yefim Bronfman, piano March 11-13 2016: Mark Morris Dance Group and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale March 18-19 2016: Trajal Harrell March 19 2016: Buika March 19 2016: L'Arpeggiata March 20 2016: Savion Glover with the Jack DeJohnette Quartet March 26 2016: Montreal Symphony Orchestra March 29- April 3 2016: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater April 2 2016: Musicians from Marlboro April 9 2016: The Tallis Scholars April 10 2016: Brentano String Quartet April 14 2016: Gil Shaham, violin April 17 2016: Murray Perahia, piano April 26 2016: Matthias Goerne, baritone and Alexander Schmalcz, piano May 1 2016: Kronos Quartet May 5-8 2016: Edgar Oliver May 7 2016: David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano May 12 2016: Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor and Jérôme Ducros, piano Cal Performances announced the 2015-2016 season on April 20, 2015. The Koret Recital Series includes Renée Fleming, Matthias Goerne, and Philippe Jaroussky. Official Site | Brochure
From Shostakovich and Perlman to Bernstein and Lady Gaga - the countertenor shares his musical passions on and off the stageHow do you mostly listen to music? I listen to music when I’m travelling, which means my iPhone becomes one of my travel companions, and also on my computer with headphones. YouTube is also a fantastic way to discover music and to listen to repertoire I don’t know. Continue reading...
An essay in Die Welt argues that the likes of Franco Fagioli – presently in Covent Garden’s Idomeneo – Philippe Jaroussky and Sony’s fast-rising Romanian Valer Sabadus (pictured) are getting all the best girl roles. Who’d be a mezzo in 2014? Your views, please.
Philippe Jaroussky (13 February 1978) is a French sopranist countertenor. He began his musical career with the violin, winning an award at the Versailles conservatory and then took up the piano before turning to singing. He is noted for a virtuosic coloratura technique and for compelling and enlivened interpretations of baroque cantatas and operas. Jaroussky was inspired to sing by the Martinique-born countertenor Fabrice di Falco. He received his diploma from the Early Music Faculty of the Conservatoire de Paris. Since 1996, he has studied singing with Nicole Fallien. He has formed his own ensemble called Artaserse, and also often performs with the Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi and with L'Arpeggiata under Christina Pluhar.
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