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New artist: Vanessa Porter
We are delighted to welcome versatile percussionist Vanessa Porter as our new artist! In her programmes, she combines current works with improvisation, electronics and performing arts, working with big-name composers such as Georges Aperghis, Zeynep Gedizlioglu and Jennifer Walshe. Whether voice, body percussion, bells or vibraphone, in her current programme Folie à deux, she designs hypnotic soundscapes caught between delicate beauty and eruptive violence. Within the framework of the ECHO-Rising Star, she can be heard in the season 2022/23 in Europe’s most renowned concert halls.
New CD launch: Holger Falk interprets songs by Arthur Honegger
With his new album, Holger Falk along with pianist Steffen Schleiermacher is once again placing a seldom-seen repertoire in the spotlight: 46 songs by composer Arthur Honeggers, a member of Groupe des Six. The “Mélodies et Chansons” CD, published by MDG, is Holger Falks’ fourth album on the composers of Groupe des Six. Four further albums are set to be recorded. The Kölnische Rundschau enthusiastically summarises: “Compact impressions, constantly-repeating figures in line with the ostinato principle and simple, haunting sound images convey the wild charm of both lullabies and siren sounds”.
Salome Kammer interprets Aperghis’ Zeugen and Zender’s Hölderlin lesen III in Switzerland
Salome Kammer is a guest in Switzerland at the start of the season: on 17 September 2021, she will interpret the world première of the new concert version of Georges Aperghis’ Zeugen at the Festival Neue Musik Rümlingen. On 29 September 2021, the work will then also be on the programme at Kunsthaus Muerz (AT).
At the Kunsthaus Zürich, Salome Kammer will interpret Hans Zender’s Hölderlin lesen III together with the Arditti Quartet on 26 September 2021. The artists released the work on CD back in 1999 and have performed it successfully several times.
Sarah Maria Sun with KILLER INSTINCTS as a guest at the Niedersächsische Musiktage 2021
Following the successful release concerts in Stuttgart in July at the invitation of the International Hugo Wolf Academy, the extraordinary KILLER INSTINCTS programme can now also be experienced in its entirety in Lower Saxony: on 16 September 2021 in Celle (CD Kaserne) and on 17 September 2021 in Alfeld (UNESCO World Heritage Fagus-Werk). Together with Paul Kleber (bass), Bernd Oezsevim (drums), Jan Philip Schulze (piano/electric organ) and Hubert Steiner (guitar), Sarah Maria Sun treads new pathways and roads spanning all genre boundaries.
Sarah Maria Sun presents her début at the Salzburger Festspiele 2021
On 15 August 2021, soprano Sarah Maria Sun will be performing at the Salzburger Festspiele for the first time, an event that will also mark her début at the Vienna Philharmonic. She will be singing the part of Compagna in the new production of Luigi Nono’s Intolleranza 1960 at the Felsenreitschule. Ingo Metzmacher will take on the musical direction with Jan Lauwers as the director overseeing stage, choreography and video design. Other partners on the stage include Anna Maria Chiuri (Una donna), Musa Ngqungwana (Un torturato), Sean Panikkar (Un emigrante) and Antonio Yang (Un algerino).
Further performances are scheduled on: 20 August 2021, 20:30 and 26/29 August 2021, 18:00 – Felsenreitschule Salzburg, Salzburger Festspiele.
Premières in June: Christina Daletska as a guest of the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Klangforum Wien
On 11 June 2021, the mezzo-soprano will be singing the world première of Raphaël Cendo’s Double Cheese Passions as part of the Festival ManiFeste-2021 at the Philharmonie de Paris – Cité de la Musique. The IRCAM’s production was brought about by Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of conductor Bastien Stil, and marks the second collaboration between Christina Daletska and the renowned Parisian ensemble.
The première of the music-theatre production, Das Lied von der Erde, is set to follow on 26 June 2021 and is based on Mahler’s song cycle in the chamber music version by Reinbert de Leeuw at the Wiener Festwochen. Emilio Pomárico conducts the Klangforum Wien while Michael Pflumm takes on the tenor part.
Salome Kammer and Teodoro Anzellotti bring to life a new Hölderlin programme
Salome Kammer uses her new programme, Wie mein Glück, ist mein Lied… to work with accordionist Teodoro Anzellotti, marking the anniversaries of Friedrich Hölderlin and Ludwig van Beethoven (both born in 1770). The duo are set to perform live on stage at the Gare du Nord Basel on 6 June 2021 and in the online stream of the Internationale Hugo-Wolf-Akademie Stuttgart (7 March 2021).
Nominations: Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik [German Record Critics’ Award] and International Classical Music Award
We are delighted that the recently-released DVD of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music La Dori by Pietro Antonio Cesti with Rupert Enticknap has been nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. The opera production was performed and recorded in summer 2019 at the Tiroler Landestheater as part of the Festival Weeks, under the direction of Stefano Vizioli.
In addition, we would like to congratulate Holger Falk on the nomination for the International Classical Music Award for his current CD recording Il Gondoliere Veneziano, which has also already been nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
A new face at Doreen Lutz Artists: Sara Hershkowitz (coloratura soprano)
We are delighted to welcome American coloratura soprano Sara Hershkowitz and look forward to collaborating with her. She was recently nominated Singer of the Year for the third time by the Opernwelt magazine for her outstanding interpretation of Soprano 1 in Luigi Nono’s Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore at the Theater Basel. Sara Hershkowitz made a strong impression as Claire in Michael Wertmüller’s world première Diodati. Unendlich in early 2019 at the Theater Basel: Sara Hershkowitz as Claire shines as a virtuoso modern coloratura, rising to stratospheric heights in a spectacularly celebrated drum solo on stage according to enthusiastic reports by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
New at Doreen Lutz Artists: THE PRESENT vocal ensemble
We are looking forward to our new collaboration with newly-formed vocal ensemble THE PRESENT! The flexible ensemble for five to eight soloists, made up of Hanna Herfurtner, Olivia Stahn, Ida Aldrian, Amélie Saadia, Mirko Ludwig, Tim Karweick, Hiroshi Amako, Felix Schwandtke and Martin Gerke combines early and contemporary music in a special way through its extraordinary programmes. THE PRESENT brings unexpected links between the traditional and the contemporary to your ears.
Upcoming concert date:
18 October 2020, 7.30pm, Künstlerhaus Salzburg
Programme: Luciano Berio’s A-Ronne along with music of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods
Salome Kammer sings world premières at the Impuls Festival
Audiences can experience Salome Kammer at three concerts this year, at the Impuls Festival für Neue Musik Sachsen-Anhalt:
on 14 October 2020, she will be singing the German première of Sarah Wéry’s Bukkake for voice, percussion, piano and violoncello at the Steintor-Varieté in Halle. Bukkake features shells, buzzing ears, sudden breaths, songs, objects at the table and motionlessness.
The première of the new work by the Verworner Krause Kammerorchester, which was composed for Salome Kammer, will follow on 22 / 24 October 2020 at the Blitz Club Munich / Prinz Charles Berlin.
Sarah Maria Sun interprets Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments for the first time
A triple première for soprano Sarah Maria Sun: on 8 October 2020, she will interpret the challenging Kafka Fragments op. 24 for soprano and violin by György Kurtág for the first time, collaborating with the violinist Oswald Sallaberger in a completely new way. This work will also mark the soprano’s debut in the Haus der Musik, Innsbruck.
New artist: Eva Resch (soprano)
We are greatly looking forward to our new collaboration with soprano Eva Resch. Her current recording, Eden, with pianist Eric Schneider earned her the recent nomination as Singer of the Year for the Opus Klassik 2020, and she was also nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award. Eva Resch will make her debut for the 2020/21 season with the Israel Contemporary Players at Mason’s Chaplin Operas in Tel Aviv. She has also appeared with the Chaplin Operas in concerts with the Ensemble Modern and the Collegium Novum, Zurich.
Upcoming concert date:
27 September 2020, Radialsystem, Berlin
Arnold Schönberg Pierrot Lunaire op. 21
Hanns Eisler Palmström op. 5
Zafraan Ensemble, Miguel Pérez Iñesta (conductor), Eva Resch (soprano)
New CD Il Gondoliere Veneziano with Holger Falk
We are delighted about the newly released CD Il Gondoliere Veneziano with baritone Holger Falk, ensemble nuovo aspetto and the sound art duo Merzouga. The programme combines gondolier songs from the 18th century with the Venetian soundscape of the present. The Canzoni da Battello are interspersed by the contrasting electro-acoustic Venice pieces by the duo Merzouga, who use baroque fragments as motifs, transposing melodic elements into the contemporary sound language, while preserving the integrity of the baroque music. The combination of these two approaches creates a Venice soundtrack as an overall, through-composed work. The production was recorded by WDR in 2018 and now appears on the newly founded Prospero label.
Sarah Maria Sun releases outstanding new CD KILLER INSTINCTS
The soprano breaks new ground and crosses all genre boundaries on her new album KILLER INSTINCTS, which was recorded at the Bayerischer Rundfunk München 2019 and will be released on Mode Records New York in April 2020. Following Sarah Maria Sun the result is “a politically incorrect perpetrators’ study. And it is satirizing the new generation of fascist politicians, who swagger about clear enemy images and simple solutions and became a horrible new fashion. For this purpose, I assembled cynical, black-humorous monologues.” KILLER INSTINCTS is a collection of stylistically different songs, from classics, contemporary music, musicals, pop and rock, including songs such as Tom Waits’ Just the right bullets, John Kander’s When you’re good to Mama, Stefan Wolpe’s Hitler, Alan Price’s Justice, Leonard Bernstein’s There’s a law about men.
New Artist: mezzo-soprano Kate Howden
We are very delighted to announce the new cooperation with the young Australian mezzo-soprano Kate Howden. She is an inaugural member of the Hannigan’s Equilibrium Artists mentorship scheme. Having been chosen out of 350 applicants from 39 countries for Equilibrium, Kate sang Baba the Turk in Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Anthony Turnage’s Twice Through the Heart and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella at Ojai Festival in California i.a.. Further engagements have taken her to the Royal Opera House London Aldeburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall, Canberra International Music Festival among others.
Holger Falk premières new opera by Manfred Trojahn in Bonn
We are looking forward to the première of the monodrama Ein Brief by composer Manfred Trojahn, which will be performed on 8th February 2020 with baritone Holger Falk in the main role at the Theater Bonn. This world première will be combined with Ludwig von Beethoven’s oratorio Christus am Ölberge to create a scenic evening, directed by choreographer Reinhild Hoffmann. The Beethoven Orchester Bonn will be conducted by general music director Dirk Kaftan. Other performance dates in Bonn include: 14th February 2020, 12th/28th March 2020, 5th/11th April 2020 as well as at the Theater an der Wien: 29th February 2020.
Tora Augestad: Extraordinary Schubert Lounge celebrates première in Norway
Following the successful première of Eivind Buene’s Schubert Lounge as part of the Eclat Festival 2019, the outstanding project will also be going to Norway this winter. Mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad and baritone Halvor Festervoll Melien complement this extraordinary winter trip with their impressive interpretations of Schubert’s songs in German. The performances will take place on 30th January 2020 at the Nordlysfestivalen in Tromsø and on 1st February 2020 at the Ilios Festival in Harstad with the Oslo Sinfonietta and conductor and pianist Christian Eggen.
Winter in Schwetzingen: Rupert Enticknap performing with Christina Pluhar at the Rokokotheater
300 years after the world première of Georg Casper Schürmann’s opera Die getreue Alceste the work will be performed on the opera stage once again since its rediscovery in Hamburg three years ago. On 1st December 2019, Rupert Enticknap will be making his début in the role of Admetus at the Winter in Schwetzingen, which is presented every year by the Theater Heidelberg. Renowned lutenist Christina Pluhar will be the musical director and the production will be staged by Jan Esslinger. Additional dates for the production are: 5th/15th/17th/21st/23rd/27th December 2019 and 11th/16th/26th/31st January 2020.
New Year at the Elbphilharmonie: Sarah Maria Sun as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”
We are particularly looking forward to this special turn of the year with Sarah Maria Sun, who will be singing the role of Eliza Doolittle in Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady on 30th/31st December 2019 and 1st January 2020 at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. She will be performing with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, under the baton of its principal conductor Alan Gilbert. The semi-staged production will be directed by Michael Sturminger, who has already directed Sarah Maria Sun’s celebrated performance of Elsa in Sciarrino’s Lohengrin at the Salzburg Easter Festival 2017.
On 10th January 2020, the versatile soprano will then be interpreting Jörg Widmann’s Versuch über die Fuge for soprano and orchestra at the WDR Funkhaus in Cologne with the WDR Sinfonieorchester, conducted by the composer himself. The concert will be recorded and broadcast live by WDR 3.
Autumn sounds: Holger Falk & Tora Augestad to release new solo CDs
With Hanns Eisler Lieder Vol. 4, baritone Holger Falk and pianist Steffen Schleiermacher will have completed their already award-winning series of Eisler Lieder with MDG. This final CD will be available in November 2019 and explores Eisler’s Lieder from the years 1917-1929 and his working period in Vienna and Berlin, including the exceptional song cycle Zeitungsausschnitte op.11, in which Eisler consciously moves away from bourgeois concert lyrics.
On 23rd November 2019, Tora Augestad will release her new CD DIALOGUES on the label Grappa. Recorded in the Rainbow Studios in Oslo, it presents her favourite duets with fellow musicians she has been friends with for a long time, including Trygve Brøske (piano), Stian Carstensen (accordion), Mathias Eick (trumpet & piano), Christian Eggen (piano), Trygve Seim (saxophone) and many others. On 10th December 2019 the singer and her fellow musicians will celebrate the occasion with a Release Concert in the Parkteatret Oslo.
Bekannte Gefühle, Gemischte Gesichter: Tora Augestad at the Festival d’Automne Paris
After Christoph Marthaler’s celebrated Volksbühne production was recently performed at the Ruhrtriennale Bochum, de Singel in Antwerp, in Montpellier, Oslo and Moscow, Bekannte Gefühle, Gemischte Gesichter is now making its last appearance at the renowned Festival d’Automne in Paris. On 21st/22nd/23rd/24th November 2019, Tora Augestad will be performing on the stage of the Grande Halle de la Villette Paris together with Hildegard Alex, Marc Bodnar, Magne Håvard Brekke, Raphael Clamer, Altea Garrido, Olivia Grigolli, Ueli Jäggi, Jürg Kienberger, Sophie Rois, Lilith Stangenberg, Ulrich Voss and Nikola Weisse.
Sarah Maria Sun to sing Iris ter Schiphorst première in Amsterdam
After Sarah Maria Sun’s successful performance of The Seven Deadly Sins by Weill and Pierrot Lunaire by Schönberg at the Beethovenfest Bonn, her next joint project with Ensemble Modern will be on 7th November 2019: the world première of Assange by Iris ter Schiphorst at the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ in Amsterdam. There will be another performance on 8th November 2019 at the November Music festival in the Verkadefabriek ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Daniel Gloger to appear with Ensemble Musikfabrik in Essen and Cologne
As part of the NOW! Transit festival at the Philharmonie Essen, the countertenor Daniel Gloger will be performing Stephan Winkler’s music theatre work Schweres tragend on 31st October 2019 in Essen. This will be followed by another concert in the WDR Funkhaus in Cologne on 3rd November 2019. The work for two singers, five instrumentalists and electronics will be interpreted by Ensemble Musikfabrik, conductor Bas Wiegers and soprano Sachika Ito.
Tora Augestad in operetta fever in Lucerne
On 26th October 2019, mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad will perform at the Luzerner Theater for the first time and will sing the role of Mary Lou in Paul Abraham’s Märchen im Grand Hotel. The new production is staged by Bram Jansen and the Luzerner Sinfonieorchestra will be conducted by William Kelley. Tora Augestad has worked together with Christoph Marthaler for years and specialises in exceptional productions and is now performing in another starring role in Lucerne.
Sarah Maria Sun takes Arturo Fuentes’ monodrama La habitación de Carlota to Mexico
After the successful première at Klangspuren Schwaz, soprano Sarah Maria Sun will be interpreting Arturo Fuentes’ monodrama La habitación de Carlota (Carlota’s room) on 19th and 20th October 2019 as part of the Vertice festival in Mexico City. The work is based on Fernando del Paso’s novel Noticias del imperio. The Ensamble Vértice will be playing under the baton of Christian Ghomer. On 25th October 2019, Sarah Maria Sun will also be singing a recital with works by John Cage, Wolfgang Rihm, Fausto Romitelli, Salvatore Sciarrino, Georges Aperghis, among others, at the festival at the Casa Del Lago Juan José Arreola in Mexico City.
Début at the Festival d’Automne Paris: Holger Falk to perform Mason’s Chaplin Operas at the Cité de la musique
After his performance of the Chaplin Operas at the Tonhalle Maag in Zurich in September, with the Collegium Novum Zurich, Holger Falk will be interpreting the work again on 11th October 2019 with Ensemble Modern and Johannes Kalitzke at the Cité de la musique in Paris. The concert will take place as part of the renowned Festival d’Automne à Paris and will be Holger Falk’s début at the festival. Together with soprano Eva Resch, baritone Holger Falk will bring the various crazy and lovable characters in Chaplin’s films to life.
Début at the Ópera de Oviedo: Rupert Enticknap in G. F. Handel’s Rinaldo
We are looking forward to Rupert Enticknap’s début on 6th October 2019 at the Ópera de Oviedo as Eustazio in George Frideric Handel’s Rinaldo. The Orquesta Oviedo Filarmonía will be conducted by Aarón Zapico, with stage and video direction by Kobie Van Rensburg. Staged using a blue screen, the singers are incorporated into live videos, creating an astounding visual world. The other soloists are Lenneke Ruiten as Almirena/Sirena, Xavier Sabata as Rinaldo and Matthew Brook as Argante i.a..
Other dates include: 8th, 10th, 13th October 2019.
Holger Falk: Performing at the Eroica music festival at the Alte Oper Frankfurt
Baritone Holger Falk will be performing Georges Aperghis’ monodrama Le soldat inconnu together with the Ensemble Modern under the baton of Pablo Rus Broseta in Frankfurt on 26th September 2019. The concert is taking place as part of the Eroica music festival at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, which is dedicated to works from the 20th/21st centuries and always marks the start of the new season each year. Holger Falk has already performed the Greek première in 2014 in the Megaron Athens Concert Hall, and recently successfully performed Aperghis’ oratorio Hamletmaschine at the Eight Bridges Festival at the Kölner Philharmonie.
New season start for Sarah Maria Sun: Revival of 4.48 Psychose at the Semperoper Dresden and Schönberg & Weill at the Beethovenfest in Bonn
On 7th September 2019 soprano Sarah Maria Sun will reprise the role of Gwen in the revival ofPhilip Venables’ (1979) 4.48 Psychose at the Semperoper Dresden. The German production of the music theatre work was successfully premièred in the 18/19 season in Dresden (directed by Tobias Heyder).
On 21st September 2019 Sarah Maria will then sing Arnold Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Kurt Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. HK Gruber will be conducting the Ensemble Modern and Amarcord.
Daniel Gloger to sing Gordon Kampe première at the Ruhrtriennale
On 4th and 5th September 2019, countertenor Daniel Gloger will perform the première of Gordon Kampe’s Gefährliche Operette. Eine Wiederbelebung in the Maschinenhaus Essen as part of the Ruhrtriennale. The composer is marking Jacques Offenbach’s 200th birthday by focussing on the genre of Operetta and contrasting its myth with an absurd revue-like deconstruction, constantly referring to the original format.
Rupert Enticknap returns to the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music & makes his début at the Kölner Philharmonie
The new production of Pietro Antonio’s Cesti La Dori directed by Stefano Vizioli will be performed at the Tiroler Landestheater on 24th & 26th August 2019 as part of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Rupert Enticknap will sing the role of Oronte with the Accademia Bizantina under the baton of Ottavio Dantone.
On 30th August 2019, Rupert Enticknap will then make his début at the Kölner Philharmonie in a concert performance of Giovanni Legrenzi’s opera La Divisione Del Mondo (1675), which was premièred in the spring of 2019 at the Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg.
New production for the RuhrTriennale: Tora Augestad returns to Bochum with Marthaler’s Nach den letzten Tagen. Ein Spätabend
In a new version of Letzte Tage. Ein Vorabend, which was critically acclaimed at the Wiener Festwochen in 2013, Christoph Marthaler and Stephanie Carp are once again addressing the loss of democracy against a backdrop of rising national chauvinism in many countries in Europe and beyond. The world première of Nach den letzten Tagen. Ein Spätabend will take place on 21st August 2019 in the newly opened Auditorium Audimax at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Additional dates include: 22nd/24th/25th/28th/29th/30th/31st August 2019 and 1st September 2019. Last summer, mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad appeared in the successful homage to Charles Ives’ Universe, Incomplete at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum and in Bekannte Gefühle, Gemischte Gesichter.
Salome Kammer makes her début at the Helsinki Festival 2019 with Schönberg’s epochal Gurre-Lieder
On 16th & 17th August 2019, Salome Kammer will be performing at the Helsinki Music Centre as the narrator in Gurre-Lieder. It is her first cooperation with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and conductor Susanna Mälkki. Other soloists include: Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Klaus Narr), Katharina Karnéus (Waldtaube), Emily Magee (Tove), Gidon Saks (Bauer) and Torsten Kerl (Waldemar).
Rupert Enticknap: Opening concert with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra at the Olavsfest Trondheim
On 28th July 2019, countertenor Rupert Enticknap will sing in James MacMillan’s A European Requiem in the great Nidarosdom cathedral in Trondheim as part of the Olavsfest opening concert. The Trondheim Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by the composer himself and will be joined by the Trondheim Symphony Choir, the Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir and the Trondheim vocal ensemble.
World première in Munich: Salome Kammer to sing the première of Felix Leuschner’s Requiem für einen Lebenden at the Munich Opera Festival
On 21st July 2019, Salome Kammer will interpret the première of the new opera by Felix Leuschner at the Bayerische Staatsoper/Munich Opera Festival in the Reithalle Munich. Composer Leuschner, librettist Reto Finger and director Manuel Schmitt are basing the work around the uncertain situation of a death row inmate, who does not know the date of his execution. The Requiem is also being performed on 22nd/23rd/24th July 2019.
In the vocal spotlight: Holger Falk to appear at the Ludwigsburg Festival and the Wiener Konzerthaus
After recitals at Heidelberger Frühling festival and the Rathauskonzerte Regensburg, Holger Falk will be appearing at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele twice this summer: First in the Liederoper Himmelerde at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart on 4th/5th June 2019. Then he will be singing a Hanns Eisler Lieder recital with his pianist Steffen Schleiermacher in the Musikhalle Ludwigsburg on 10th July 2019.
On 15th June 2019, he will make his début at the Wiener Konzerthaus as part of the Nouvelles Aventures series with Sofia Gubaidulina’s Perception.
Christina Daletska to sing Michael Pelzel’s première at the Zurich Opera House
Swiss composer Michael Pelzel’s (* 1978) first music theatre work, titled Last Call, will première at the Zurich Opera House on 28th June 2019. Mezzo-soprano Christina Daletska will sing the role of Johnny, returning to the venue after interpreting the role of Lucilla in La scala di seta by Gioachino Rossini. Conductor Jonathan Stockhammer will be drawing on his years of experience with contemporary music repertoire as he conducts the ensemble Opera Nova (made up of musicians from the Philharmonia Zürich), and the work will be directed by Chris Kondek.
Additional dates include: 29th June 2019 and 4th/6th July 2019, at 7 pm.
Tora Augestad to sing new oratorio by Philippe Manoury in Cologne, Paris and Hamburg
It will be her début with the Gürzenich-Orchestra of Cologne and her first collaboration with conductor François-Xavier Roth and director Nicolas Stemann: on 19th May 2019, the mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad will interpret the première of Lab.oratorium by French composer Philippe Manoury in the Kölner Philharmonie. After additional concerts there on 20th and 21st May, the partially-staged piece will be performed on 27th May 2019 in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and on 3rd June 2019 in the Philharmonie de Paris.
World premières at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik festival 2019 with Sarah Maria Sun
On 12th May 2019, Sarah Maria Sun, together with the musicians Marco Blaauw (trumpet), Carl Rosman (clarinet) and Dirk Rothbrust (percussion), will première three new works at the Rudolf Steiner Schule Witten: Sasha J. Blondeau’s Atlas I: In principio, Sara Glojnarić’s Artefacts #2 and Mikel Urquiza’s Alfabet. Sarah Maria Sun has been a guest at the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik several times before, most recently with the WDR Symphony Orchestra and the Diotima Quartet.
Holger Falk to open the Elbphilharmonie Easter Festival with Venice programme, as well as the Eight Bridges Festival in Cologne with Aperghis’ Hamletmaschine
On 17th April 2019, baritone Holger Falk will open the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg’s Easter Festival with the Il Gondoliere Veneziano programme. Together with the baroque ensemble nuovo aspetto and the sound art duo Merzouga, he will perform the première of Gondolier songs of the 18th Century in Venetian sound landscape. On 30th April 2019 the opening of the Eight Bridges Festival / Music for Cologne will take place with Georges Aperghis’ Hamletmaschine in the Kölner Philharmonie. Before that, the piece will be performed at the Muziekgebouw Aan’t IJ in Amsterdam on 25th April 2019.
Sarah Maria Sun showcases her outstanding versatility in Innsbruck, Stuttgart and Dresden
The Soprano is heralding the start of an intense musical spring: Her interpretation of Heinz Holliger’s Dämmerlicht and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 on 11th/12th April 2019 with the Tiroler Symphonieorchester under the baton of Heinz Holliger in Innsbruck will be followed right away on the 14th April 2019 by a special Lieder recital: at the invitation of the Internationale Hugo-Wolf-Akademie Stuttgart Sarah Maria Sun, accompanied by her like-minded pianist Jan Philip Schulze, will sing songs by John Cage, Wolfgang Rihm, Georges Aperghis, as well as a première by Rolf Riehm. On 26th April 2019 the singer will then interpret the role of Gwen in the German première of Philip Venables’ (1979) 4.48 Psychosis at the Semperoper Dresden.
Daniel Gloger to sing in a new production of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Opera Koma in Klagenfurt and Dijon
After the successful première of Koma, the final opera in the trilogy by Georg Friedrich Haas and Händl Klaus, which was performed at the Schwetzinger SWR Festival 2016, Daniel Gloger is now singing in the new reworked production at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt as well as at the Opéra de Dijon. The première will take place on 28th March 2019 in Klagenfurt. Bas Wiegers will be conducting the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester. The production is directed by Immo Karaman with stage and costume design by Nicola Reichert.
Holger Falk: Professorship at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
From the summer semester of 2019, Holger Falk will start his professorship for Lied Interpretation and Performance Practice for Contemporary Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. We are delighted about his appointment to this renowned university. This is a completely new professorship for lied singing, extended to include the interpretation of contemporary music, making it unique in this form. The “Performance Practice for Contemporary Music” master’s programme was previously only available to instrumentalists. Now it will also be available to vocal students.
Tora Augestad is presented Performer of the Year 2018 prize and sings Première with Bergen Philharmonic
Mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad has been awarded the “Performer of the Year 2018” prize by the Norwegian Society of Composers, which is presented once a year. The Society of Composers paid tribute to her national and international activities spanning nearly two decades as a versatile artist and her constant dedication to Norwegian contemporary repertoire. The première of Henrik Hellstenius’ Dichterliebe, based on Robert Schumann’s cycle, as well as songs by Jean Sibelius and Gustav Mahler will be performed on 6th March 2019 in Bergen together with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. It is the continuation of a series of concerts with her hometown’s renowned orchestra. The concert will be conducted by Risto Joost.
Daniel Gloger with Olga Neuwirth’s “The Outcast” in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
After the dialogue concert on 19th February 2019 at the Oper Frankfurt, in which Daniel Gloger interpreted Olga Neuwirth’s Nomi Songs together with the Ensemble Modern, the countertenor is making his début on 4th March 2019 in the great hall of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with Neuwirth’s The Outcast. Hommage to Herman Melville. It is also the first collaboration with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov.
World première at the Theater Basel: Holger Falk sings Lord Byron in Michael Wertmüller’s new music-theatre work
On 21st February 2019 the curtain will go up on the première of Wertmüller’s Diodati. Unendlich at the Theater Basel. The libretto was written by Dea Loher. The Sinfonieorchester Basel will be playing, joined by the Chor des Theater Basels and conducted by Titus Engel. Baritone Holger Falk has already successfully premièred Michael Wertmüller’s Weine nicht, singe! at the Hamburgische Staatsoper in 2015 with the Swiss conductor. This is the first time he has worked together with director Lydia Steier who recently caused a sensation at the Salzburg Festival.
Countertenor Rupert Enticknap to make his début at the Opéra National du Rhin
Rupert Enticknap is appearing as Mercurio in Giovanni Legrenzis La Divisione del Mondo (1675) for the first time at the Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg. The première will take place on 8th February 2019 at 20:00. In this context, the countertenor will also be working together with Les Talens Lyriques, conductor Christophe Rousset and director Jetske Mijn for the first time.
Sarah Maria Sun sings solo recital at the Konzerthaus Dortmund
The soprano and vocal artist Sarah Maria Sun will be showcasing her wide-ranging repertoire on 18th January 2019 and her skillful vocal expression in solo recital at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. The programme includes John Cage’s The wonderful widow of eighteen springs, Rebecca Saunders’ O for solo soprano, Georges Aperghis’ Récitations 8, 9 and 11, Luciano Berio’s Sequenza III for female voice as well as Luigi Nono’s La Fabbrica Illuminata.
Beginning the year in Norway: Tora Augestad to sing New Year’s Concerts in the Stavanger & premiere of Marcus Paus in Asker
We are looking forward to Tora Augestad’s new year concerts in her home country, Norway: The mezzo-soprano will be heralding the start of the new year with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Nick Davies and the Moderator Espen Beranek Holm. The concerts will take place on 9th / 10th / 11th / 12th January 2019, in the Stavanger Konserthus. The singer is interpreting Leonard Bernstein’s Somewhere, Kurt Weill’s Speak Low and Youkali as well as Marcus Paus’ Hate Songs.
Return to the Komische Oper in Berlin: Fredrika Brillembourg in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide
From 12th December 2018 the American mezzo-soprano Fredrika Brillembourg will be returning to the stage of the Komische Oper once again, this time as Old Lady in Bernstein’s Candide. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birthday, Barrie Kosky is bringing a hotly-anticipated new German version to the stage.
Allison Bell: Début concert in Seoul
After her successful collaboration with the conductor Shinik Ham in Shanghai last year, Allison Bell will be making her début in Seoul on 6th December 2018 with the Symphony S.O.N.G. (Symphony Orchestra of the Next Generation) under the baton of Shinik Ham.
Portraying Passion – Tora Augestad releases solo CD with Oslo Philharmonic
We are looking forward to Tora Augestad’s new CD recording Portraying Passion, which will be released on 12th November 2018 by LAWO Classics. Together with the Oslo Philharmonic and the conductors Joshua Weilerstein and Christian Eggen she is showcasing the wide range of her repertoire: Charles Ives’ Five Songs, Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and the song cycle Hate Songs based on Dorothy Parker’s poems, which Marcus Paus has dedicated to the mezzo-soprano.
Sarah Maria Sun and Salome Kammer invited to the Wien Modern festival
There are two concerts with our artists on the programme at this year’s Wien Modern festival:
On 24th November 2018, 19:30 pm, Sarah Maria Sun will perform the Austrian première of Peter Ruzicka’s Mnemosyne. Erinnerung und Vergessen in the Mozart Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus.
On 25th November 2018, 11:00 am, Salome Kammer is appearing in a solo concert at the University of Vienna. She will be interpreting a vocally versatile repertoire. At the same time, the matinee is the opening for a two-day symposium with Salome Kammer, in cooperation with the University of Vienna, focussing on the topic Word – Sound – Shape.
Concerts in Amsterdam and Luxembourg: Christina Daletska with Ensemble Resonanz
After the successful concerts in the Berlin Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Wiener Konzerthaus in the spring of 2018, the mezzo-soprano Christina Daletska will be performing again with the Ensemble Resonanz. Upcoming dates are:
15th November 2018, 20:15, Musikgebouw aan’t IJ Amsterdam
16th November 2018, 20:00, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Rainy Days
World premières with Salome Kammer @ Impuls Festival / Festival Neue Musik Rockenhausen / Milano Musica
Salome Kammer can be seen performing two world premières in autumn:
At the invitation of the Impuls Festival – New Music for Saxony-Anhalt, she will première the works of five young composers from five countries on 30th October 2018, 20:00 in the Steintor-Varieté hall. She will then interpret the première and first performance of This is the Game for voice and electronics by the young Italian composer Daniele Ghisi: On 4th November 2018, 19:00 at the Donnersberghalle Rockenhausen in the first year of the Festival Neue Musik Rockenhausen and on 23rd November 2018, 20:30 in the Pirelli HangarBicocca at the Festival Milano Musica.
Holger Falk makes his USA début with lieder recital tour
Together with the pianist Julius Drake Holger Falk will perform three concerts –his débuts in New York City, Cleveland and Washington. The programme includes songs by Franz Schubert, Hanns Eisler, Erik Satie and Francis Poulenc.
Sarah Maria Sun: Première in Basel and début at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico
In October there are two exciting projects in Sarah Maria Sun’s calendar: The world première of Rainald Goetz’s Kolik at Gare du Nord Basel and her début at the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico with Dieter Schnebel’s Yes I will Yes. Kolik is a music theatre project from Jannik Giger, Leo Hofmann and Benjamin Van Bebber premièring on 18th October 2018, 20:00 at the Gare du Nord. The Mexican première of Dieter Schnebel’s extraordinary Molly Bloom soliloquy (from James Joyce’s Ulysses) Yes I Will Yes with percussionist Johannes Fischer in Guanajuata, Mexico is scheduled on 27th October 2018, 19:00.
Philharmonia Orchestra début: Salome Kammer invited to perform at the South Bank Centre
We are looking forward to Salome Kammer’s début with the Philharmonia Orchestra for the British première of Hans Zender’s Cabaret Voltaire for soprano and orchestra. The concert will take place on 27th September 2018 at 6 pm in the Purcell Room of the Southbank Centre in London. Pierre-André Valade will be conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Rupert Enticknap with Neuwirth’s The Lost Highway at the Oper Frankfurt
After his success in Gluck’s Ezio, the countertenor is returning to the Oper Frankfurt on 12th September 2018. This time he is demonstrating his versatility in the German premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s The Lost Highway in the role of the Mystery Man. It is the first collaboration with the Ensemble Modern under the baton of Karsten Januschke. Additional performance dates are: 16th/17th/19th/21st/23rd September 2018 (Bockenheimer Depot).
Carlotas Zimmer: Sarah Maria Sun with première at the Klangspuren Schwaz Festival
The Mexican composer, director and photographer Arturo Fuentes is dedicating the monodrama Carlotas Zimmerto the versatile singer Sarah Maria Sun, and the work will be premièred on 8th/9th September 2018 in Schwaz. At the centre of the drama is Princess Carlota, who for 60 years has imagined the return of her husband Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, and has been driven mad by this.
Holger Falk to make his début at the RuhrTriennale with H. W. Henze’s Das Floß der Medusa
The baritone will take over the role of Jean-Charles in Hans Werner Henze’s oratorio on 31st August 2018 in a scenic arrangement by Kornél Mundruczó and with production design by Márton Ágh in the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum. Steven Sloane conducts the Bochum Symphony, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie, the ChorWerk Ruhr and the Boy’s Choir of the Choir Academy Dortmund. More performances will take place on 1st/2nd September 2018.
Tora Augestad to give her début with Christoph Marthaler première at the RuhrTriennale
The Norwegian mezzo-soprano and actress Tora Augestad will appear at the RuhrTriennale 2018 for the first time in two productions by director Christoph Marthaler: Universe, Incomplete with music by Charles Ives and Bekannte Gefühle, Gemischte Gesichter. As artiste associé of the RuhrTriennale 2018-2020 Christoph Marthaler will be represented by various works he is directing. Universe, Incomplete will have its première on 17th August 2018 in the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum.
New Artist: The British Countertenor Rupert Enticknap
We are very pleased to announce the new cooperation with Rupert Enticknap, one of Britain’s leading young countertenors. He has performed with renown Early Music ensembles and conductors and also brings along a great passion for modern and contemporary music repertoire. In the 2018/19 season, Rupert Enticknap will return to the Frankfurt Opera for Olga Neuwirth’s The Lost Highway together with the Ensemble Modern.
Sarah Maria Sun to début with a Brass première at the Munich Opera Festival
On 13th July 2018, the soprano will sing the première of Nikolaus Brass’ new music theatre work The Passers-Byat the Munich Opera Festival. Her working relationship with the composer goes back a long way and she has already premièred several works by him, including Sommertag, Der Goldene Steig, Stimme und Tod.
Debut at the Kissinger Sommer: Tora Augestad & Music for a while
The Norwegian singer and her long-standing jazz ensemble Music for a while will be performing for the first time in Bad Kissingen. In a Late Night Concert on 12th July 2018, the artists will showcase their musical spectrum ranging from a baroque repertoire of John Dowland, G.F. Handel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Franz Schubert to Kurt Weill and Franz Bruinier.
Fredrika Brillembourg back at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
In this season, the American mezzo-soprano will perform at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the role of Marthe Schwerdtlein in Charles Gounod’s Faust. Philip Stölzl’s acclaimed production will resume on 23rd June 2018, with more performance dates including: 26th/29th June 2018, 19:00 and 3rd/6th July 2018, 19:00.
As on a Sunshine Summer’s Day in Halle
On 30th May 2018 the Handel Festival Halle will be hosting the new programme with Tora Augestad and the Lautten Compagney Berlin. With Georg Friedrich Handel’s English songs from HWV, the mezzo-soprano is showing her musical scope and joy of improvisation once again and will continue the successful collaboration with the Lautten Compagney.
Salome Kammer as Elsa in Sciarrino’s Lohengrin in Geneva
The vocal artist is slipping into the role of Elsa, abandoned by Lohengrin in Sciarrino’s musical monodrama. Together with the Ensemble Contrechamps and the conductor Michael Wendeberg, the work will be performed in concert on 25th May 2018 in the Victoria Hall Geneva. It is the continuation of a long-standing cooperation between the soloist and the Swiss ensemble.
Malmö Opera presents a new production of Hans Gefors’ Opera Der Park with Zoltán Nyári
Tenor Zoltán Nyári will make his début in the role of Cyprian on 5th May 2018 at the Malmö Opera. Der Park by the Swedish composer Hans Gefors was premièred in 1992 in Wiesbaden, with the libretto by Botho Strauss.
Allison Bell Down Under: Premiere in Auckland and debut at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
On 19th April 2018, Australian soprano Allison Bell will première the new work Face by New Zealand composer Ross Harris with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, tenor Henry Choo, baritone Joel Amosa and conductor Anthony Hermus in Auckland.
Christina Daletska: Concerts with the Ensemble Resonanz
For the first time, the mezzo-soprano will be performing with the Ensemble Resonanz in spring and making her debut at the new Elbphilharmonie. Under the baton of Emilio Pomárico she sings the world première of migrants by Georges Aperghis as well as The Diary of One Who Disappeared (arranged by Johannes Schöllhorn) by Leos Janacek.
Zoltán Nyári in Hunding’s hut
On March 24, 2018, the tenor will make his début at the Theater Chemnitz as Siegmund and will encounter his twin sister Sieglinde in Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre. It will be directed by Monique Wagemakers. Zoltán Nyári has already successfully sung the role a first time at the Staatstheater Oldenburg.
Sarah Maria Sun to sing première of Heinz Holliger at the Zurich Opera House
Soprano Sarah Maria Sun will make her début on 4th March 2018 at the Zurich Opera House with the première of LUNEA by Heinz Holliger. She has been collaborating with the composer for some time now, and has already premièred several of his works.
Berlin début: Allison Bell with the RSB in the Berlin Philharmonie
We are looking forward to soprano Allison Bell’s début on 4th March 2018 with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder at the Casa da Música in Porto
The epochal work is being interpreted by Salome Kammer (Speaker) and Christina Daletska (Waldtaube) on 24th February 2018 at the Casa da Música in Porto. Stefan Blunier is conducting the Coro and the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música.
Baritone Holger Falk at the Oper Frankfurt with Manfred Trojahn
Holger Falk will be performing at the Oper Frankfurt once again in a new production playing the main part in Manfred Trojahn’s opera Enrico from the 21st January. Tobias Heyder is staging the opera (which premièred in 1990) in the Bockenheimer Depot, and Roland Böer will conduct the musicians of the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester. Other dates include: 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th, 31st January, 2nd and 4th February 2018.
Reunited with Christoph Marthaler: Tora Augestad in Zurich
On 14th December 2017, the curtain goes up at the Schauspielhaus Zürich on the new production of Mir nämeds uf öis (We take it upon ourselves) with Tora Augestad. This is the tenth joint Christoph Marthaler production that the singer is involved with.
Salome Kammer to make a guest appearance in Christmas melodrama with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
As part of a children’s concert on the 17th December 2017 in the Kölner Philharmonie, the vocal artist Salome Kammer will be interpreting a story from Author Andrea Karimé, which has been set to music for a small orchestra for the first time.
Holger Falk: Elias debut in Potsdam
We are very much looking forward to the debut of baritone Holger Falk as Elias in Mendelssohn’s eponymous oratorio performed during the annual winter opera Potsdam. The director Andreas Bode will stage Elias in the Friedenskirche Potsdam and Titus Engel will conduct the Kammerakademie Potsdam.
Tora Augestad’s debut at the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with a world premiere of Henrik Hellstenius
Bergen born singer Tora Augestad will make her debut with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and principal conductor Edward Gardner at the Grieghallen on 23 November 2017.
Salome Kammer with premiere at Wien Modern and the Impuls Festival
On 4 November 2017 Salome Kammer will sing the premiere of Iris ter Schiphorst’s Das Imaginäre nach Lacan at the festival Wien Modern. The singer has already premiered several works by Iris ter Schiphorst in the past years.
Holger Falk awarded the Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2017
We are delighted that the CD Hanns Eisler Lieder Vol. 1 by baritone Holger Falk and pianist Steffen Schleiermacher received the award. The jury for the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik chose the duo from 91 productions to be among the 12 winners of the Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2017.
Celebrated new CD modern lied with Sarah Maria Sun
The new CD production modern lied by soprano Sarah Maria Sun and pianist Jan Philip Schulze is being praised by critics for its exceptional choice of repertoire and successful interpretation.
Daniel Gloger at the Berliner Festspiele with Moonparsifal
After the successful world premiere during the Wiener Festwochen 2017 the celebrated production of Moonparsifal Beta 9-23 by composer Bernhard Lang can be seen on stage on 15 / 16 / 18 October 2017 at the Berliner Festspiele. The experienced countertenor Daniel Gloger has been widely celebrated for his performance of the leading role.
World premiere Kein Licht by Philippe Manoury at the Ruhrtriennale
Tora Augestad to perform at the Lower Saxony Music Festival
Together with the Lautten Compagney Berlin the Norwegian mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad presents her new programme Wistful dream of times at the Lower Saxony Music Festival. The concerts will take place on 27 September 2017 in Obernkirchen and on 28 September 2017 in Bad Grund.
Zoltán Nyári: Debut as Siegmund in Oldenburg
ECHO-Klassik laureate Holger Falk releases first Hanns Eisler CD (04.07.2017)
The recently released CD Hanns Eisler Lieder Vol. 1 has been nominated for the Award of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik on its Longlist. In a four-part CD edition, Holger Falk and Steffen Schleiermacher present the lied œuvre by Hanns Eisler.