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2023/2024 SEASON ENGAGEMENTS
© Ali Wright
PAŽAISLIO MUZIKOS FESTIVALIS, LITHUANIA
ROXANA / AUG 27 2023
At the final concert of the Pažaislis Music Festival, listeners will be transported to the mystical world of medieval Sicily by the Lithuanian premiere of King Roger, the opera by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.
The work is characterised by great dramatic force and rich orchestral and vocal colour, where Gregorian chant melodies, medieval mysticism and poetic oriental sensuality intertwine. With its impressive, dense and subtle orchestration, The Guardian called King Roger “the perfect opera for those who’ve never experienced one in the flesh.”
GUTRUNE / NOV 2023 - MAY 2024
Richard Wagner began work on the text and composition of the Ring des Nibelungen in Zurich in 1849, under the influence of revolution. Some 26 years later – after interrupting work on Siegfried for 12 years – he completed his magnum opus and premiered it at the newly-founded Bayreuther Festspiele. Here at the Opernhaus, Intendant and stage director Andreas Homoki and General Music Director Gianandrea Noseda complete their Zurich Ring cycle with the premiere of Götterdämmerung.
Hansel and Gretel
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
GRETEL / DEC 23 - JAN 2024
Antony McDonald’s exquisite production of Humperdinck’s fairytale masterpiece returns in time for Christmas, sung in a lively new English translation by Kelley Rourke. A fabulous cast including Anna Stéphany and Hanna Hipp (Hansel) and Anna Devin and Lauren Fagan (Gretel) under conductor Mark Wigglesworth presents this gorgeous opera – the perfect treat for families and operatic newcomers.
Written on Skin
ORCHESTRE DE NATIONAL LILLE
AGNÈS / JAN 25 2024
According to 155 composers who responded to a survey conducted by France Musique, Written on Skin is the “most striking contemporary work of the beginning of the 21st century”. Inspired by a 12th century legend from Provence, Martin Crimp’s libretto paints unforgettable characters enflamed with passion. A faithful interpreter of Benjamin’s music, Alexandre Bloch will conduct a concert performance of the opera with a magnificent vocal cast, including Lauren Fagan and Evan Hughesse who form a brilliant central duo.
5th Maid / MAR 2024
Berlin Philharmonic and Kirill Petrenko; New production: Philipp Stölz.
"Elektra" by Richard Strauss is the bang that introduced modernism while at the same time popularizing it. Heroes on the verge of madness, that's what the audience loves! The world collapses on you, or in this specific case: the Strauss orchestra. A total of 111 musicians perform magical things to carry and push the singers: in our case, the legendary Wagner voices Nina Stemme in the title role and Michaela Schuster as Klytämnestra, who deliver mother-daughter psychodramas to each other. The wild duo is complemented and grounded by Elza van den Heever as Elektra's love-craving sister.
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