New on our roster: baritone David Pershall: Marcello in Salzburg – from Feb. 26th

Pershall  c Arthur Cohen smWe are more than pleased to announce that David Pershall, has tasked us with representing him in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. He has already sung Figaro, Belcore, Sharpless and Lescaut at the Wiener Staatsoper, Figaro, Schaunard and Lord Cecil (“Maria Stuarda”)at the New York Metropolitan Opera, Rodrigo Posa in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at the Oper Burg Gars and, most recently, Escamillo at the Greensboro opera. 
Critics offer him accolades: “movie-star charisma” (Miami Herald); “David Pershall, with his vast and forceful voice, lends credence and shape to the flat, one-dimensional role of Belcore” (Kronen-Zeitung) and even “David Pershall turns the death scene of Marquis Posa to one of the most beautiful moments of this performance of Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’ at Castle Gars” (Kurier). 
Starting on February 26th, David Pershall will perform as Marcello in Puccini’s "La bohème" in a production of the Landestheater Salzburg; Mirga Grazinyte-Tyle is conducting, with Andreas Gergen directing.

Johannes Wildner in Maribor and Palermo – Feb. 16th resp. Feb. 24th and 25th

 
Johannes Wildner 0490 SMOn February 16th, the Maribor Symphony is hosting Johannes Wildner; the programme comprises Rossini’s Wilhelm Tell Overture, the Concerto for orchestra and string quartet by Daniel Schnyder, Slovenian composer, and Sibelius’ Second Symphony. 
On February 24th and 25th, Wildner returns to the rostrum of the Orchestra Sinfonia Siciliana in Palermo to conduct Haydn’s Symphony No. 86 and Beethoven’s “The Creatures of Prometheus” op. 43.

Première: The Nederlandse Reisopera showing “Don Giovanni” with Matthias Hoffmann as Masetto – from March 3rd

 

As of next season, Matthias Hoffmann will become a member of the permanent cast of the Cologne Opera, having already been under contract to the Opera Studio in Cologne. In the meantime, the young Austrian bass-baritone celebrates his role debut as Masetto in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with the Nederlandse Reisopera. The production, staged by Joanne Davies and conducted by Julia Jones, premieres on March 4th in Enschede before touring the country with another fifteen performances.

 

 

 

Back on stage: Erika Miklosa in Erkel’s “Hunyadi László” at the Budapest State Opera – from March 10th

 

In 1844, Ferenc Erkel wrote the first grand opera in Hungarian, “Hunyadi László”, about the Hungarian 1456 victory over the Turks. And this work, extremely popular in Hungary, now reopens at the Budapest Erkel Theatre with Erika Miklosa as Maria Gara. Performances begin on March 3rd.

 

 

 

World première: Thomas Morse’s “Frau Schindler” with Maximilian Mayer, Christoph Seidl and Christoph Filler in Munich – from March 9th

 
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"Frau Schindler" is a bespoke work created for the Gärtnerplatztheater Munich; its creator Thomas Morse sheds light on Emilie Schindler’s contribution to saving the lives of 1300 Jews, a tale brought to life some years ago in Spielberg’s movie “Schindler’s List”. Katarina Hebelkova and Matthias Hausmann sing the leading roles, while ensemble members Maximilian Mayer, tenor, Christoph Seidl, bass and Christoph Filler, baritone each have multiple smaller parts. The première is scheduled for March 9th.

 

 

 

Blast from the past: Ruth Berghaus’s legendary “Elektra” staging at the Lyon Opera – from March 17th

 

“Elektra”, the famous Dresden production by Ruth Berghaus in 1986, is returning to the stage – in Lyon, with Hartmut Haenchen as conductor and musical director. Bernd Hofmann joins a solid cast as Orest’s tutor.

 

 

 

German première: Phillippe Boesmans’ “Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne” in Oldenburg – from March 25th

 

Philipp Kapeller, extremely successful this year also as Tonio in "La fille du régiment", is cast as Prince Philippe in Boesmans’ opera “Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne” for which Luc Bondy wrote the libretto based on a play by Witold Gombrowicz. The tragicomedy, a major success at its 2009 world première in Vienna, is staged by Andrea Schwalbach and conducted by Vito Cristofaro.

 

 

 

Children’s opera: Christoph Filler as “Ritter Odilo” – from March 30th

 

Baritone Christoph Filler and “Ritter Odilo und der strenge Herr Winter”, the children’s opera produced by the Gärtnerplatztheater Munich, are touring elementary Munich’s schools in April. The opera was written by Mareike Zimmermann using music from Purcell’s “King Arthur”.