Concert: Johannes Wildner and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra – May 5th

On May 5th, Johannes Wildner, praised for his authentic, captivating and elegant interpretation of the works of the Vienna Classical period, will conduct the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra with Brahms’ “Variations on Theme by Haydn” op. 56a, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C with Liwei Qin as soloist, and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Gala concert: Oscar Marín with star soprano Hui He in Xi’an – May 6th

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Spanish tenor Oscar Marín will sing alongside famous soprano Hui He in a gala concert, “The Night of Italian Opera”, presenting works by Verdi, Giordani, Catalani and Puccini. Johannes Fritzsch will conduct the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra.

Recital: Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger with "Hommage à Heine" - May 17th and 19th

  The Austrian baritone Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger, presently very successful as Ping in Puccini's Turandot at the Opera of Cologne,   will sing two recitals together with pianist Barabara Moser under the motto "Hommage à Heine", on 17th May in Eppan and on 19th May   in Marchtrenk. The programme features Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Liszt on texts by Heinrich Heine.

Recording: Johannes Wildner extends the Braunfels-series – May 15th–17th

Johannes Wildner returns to London to continue Dutton Records’ successful series of recordings of Walter Braunfels’s music. As with the preceding instalments, Wildner will conduct the excellent BBC Concert Orchestra. Volumes 1-3 are already available.

Tenor of many parts: Maximilian Mayer to sing Simon Zelotes in “Jesus Christ Superstar” – from May 18th

Maximilian Mayer, the young tenor from Germany who is still in his first season at Munich’s Gärtnerplatztheater and who has already impressed his audiences in parts across the spectrum – baroque to present era, musical to operetta to opera  – is cast as Simon Zelotes in Andre Lloyd-Webber’s musical classic “Jesus Christ Superstar”. The production premieres on May 18th and runs through June 3rd.

Baroque opera: Sophie Rennert as Lotario at the Handel Festival Göttingen – from May 19th

Starting May 19th, mezzo-soprano Sophie Rennert will take the stage at the International Handel Festival Göttingen as Lotario, title role of the eponymous opera by Georg Frederick Handel. The production under the musical direction of Laurence Cummings is scheduled to run till May 28th and has been staged by Carlos Wagner.

Contemporary opera: Matthias Hoffmann cast in La Fura dels Baus’ latest work – from May 20th


Bass-baritone Matthias Hoffmann, just back from his successful stint as Masetto with the Nederlandse Reisopera, is cast to perform in the latest production staged by Catalan directing team La Fura dels Baus, premiering on May 20th. Howard Arman conducts “Das Lied der Frauen vom Fluss” at the Oper Köln.

World premiere! Johannes Wildner presents Friedemann Katt’s “De rerum natura” – May 28th


To celebrate a hundred years of Lions Club International, the Lions Club Ried is causing a stir with a noteworthy world premiere: “De Rerum Natura – Of the Nature of Things”, Franz Xaver Frenzel’s broadest work so far, and his most comprehensive. The composer describes the work as “philosophical – romantic – modern; yet, just like a baroque-era painted ceiling, entertaining.” The Festival-Sinfonietta Orchestra Linz, with Johannes Wildner conducting, will present this world premiere on May 28th at Ried im Innkreis.