News of December 2019
Exciting joinings in December: sopranos RENATA CAMPANELLA and GABRIELLE PHILIPONET, tenor ANGELO VILLARI V, baritone JENS SONDERGAARD, bass-baritone GIORGI MTCHEDLISHVILI and basses MATTIA DENTI, NICOLAI ELSBERG and DEYAN VATCHKOV have been welcomed to Ascolta Artist roster.
Our young tenor CONNY THIMANDER played wicked Spoletta in Puccini's "Tosca" at  Malmö Opera.
Big double success for our tenor ANGELO VILLARI playing both Turiddu and Canio in "Cavalleria Rusticana+Pagliacci" at  Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by Frédéric Chaslin and staged by Emma Dante.
Puccinian dream-role debut for our rising Mexican baritone GERMÁN OLVERA as he embodied Marcello in "La Bohéme" at Staatsoper Hannover conducted by Jordan de Souza and staged by Chris Alexander.
Also a great success for our dazzling soprano ELENA MIKHAILENKO playing Lisa in Tchaikovsky's" Pikovaya Dama" at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duisburg.
Audience and reviews have praised tenor ALEJANDRO ROY’s performance in “Il Tabarro” at Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck , because of his vocality, with a burnished middle range and a very strong squillo, which seemed ideal for the part of Luigi.
Disguised as a Disney witch look-a-like, our mezzosoprano ANNA AGATHONOS stole the show in Humperdink's "Hänsel und Gretel" at Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich.
Brilliant jump-in for our soprano LANA KOS as Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata" at Kungliga Operan in Stockholm.
Our powerful bass MATS ALMGREN sang Hunding in Wagner's "Die Walküre" being presented at  Göteborgs Operan.  
News of November 2019

Our tenor YAROSLAV ABAIMOV played the young and passionate poet Lensky in the touring production of Tchaikovsky's great work "Eugene Onegin" by the Nederlandse Reisopera, showing at Schouwurg Odeon. 

Successful role debut for our wonderful soprano MIINA-LIISA VÄRELÄ as Ortrud in Wagner's "Lohengrin" at Salzburger Landestheater. 
International reviews praised our light soprano SOFIE JENSEN as Gerda in he world premiere of Hans Abrahamsen's "Snedronningen" at Det Kongelige Teater, describing her performance as "vocally very worth listening to and beautiful sound role portrait".
Also high acclaims for the intense solo performance of our mezzosoprano DOROTHEA SPILGER in "Twice through the heart" at Staatstheater Braunschweig, thanks to her piercing notes as well as her wonderfully calm and lyrically coloured passages.
Double role debut this month for our promising mezzosoprano EMMA SVENTELIUS at Theater Bonn: first as Cherubino in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" and later as Kate Pinkerton in Puccini's "Madama Butterly".
Our bass ALEJANDRO LÓPEZ played Abimélech in Saint-Saëns' "Samson et Dalilah" at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville in a touching co-production with Mérida Classical Theater Festival (staged by Paco Azorín) which presented more that hundred members of groups with different capacities of several full-inclusion associations in Andalusia.
ABAO Opera Bilbao presented "Jérusalem", one of Verdi's lesser known operas, staged by Francisco Negrin and conducted by Francesco Ivan Ciampa. As Raimond, our tenor MOISÉS MARÍN received unanimous appreciation from both audience and critics.
Our talented soprano YANA KLEYN incarnated Mimì in Puccini's "La Bohéme" at CPH Opera Festival. Audience dedicated her a standing ovation after the premiere and critics eulogized the perfect combination of despondently sweetness and powerful voice, exciting, creamy and dark, with surprising expansion.
Congratulations to our young tenor FABIÁN LARA, winner of the Audience Prize ("Premio del Pubblico") at the XVIII Concorso Lirico Internazionale Ottavio Ziino. Also this month, he sang Verdi´s "Requiem" in Aarhus with soprano LANA KOS, mezzosoprano NORA SOUROUZIAN and bass GIORGI KIROF.
LUIS CANSINO offered a brilliant rendition of  "Rigoletto" at Ópera de Tenerife, under the baton of Giuseppe Finzi and staging by Mario Pontiggia having replaced Leo Nucci after his withdrawal.
Soprano CASSANDRA LEMOINE and bass-baritone SIMON DUUS  have triumphantly participated in Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd" premiering at Det Kongelige Teater.
Tenor CONNY THIMANDER jumped in as Tamino in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" at Kungliga Operan in Stockholm, where he last performed the role 6 years ago.
After his success as Calaf at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, ALEJANDRO ROY adds a new Puccini role to his repertoire as Luigi in "Il Tabarro" within "Il Trittico" premiering at Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck. This has been also a house debut for the Spanish tenor.
News of October 2019
Tenor ALEJANDRO ROY will be making his debut at The Metropolitan Opera in New York next October 31 as Calaf in Puccini's "Turandot" under the baton of maestro Marco Armiliato and the legendary production by Franco Zeffirelli.
Our young mezzosoprano EMMA SVENTELIUS has made her debut as Octavian in Strauss masterpiece "Der Rosenkavalier" at Theater Bonn, having been unanimously acclaimed by reviews because of her tender lyrical singing and absolutely convincing body language in this trouser role.
Audience and critics have praised the powerful voice, flexibility and timbre shown by LUIS CANSINO as Giorgio Germont in Verdi's "La Traviata" at Staatsoper Stuttgart. Also during this October, the Spanish baritone has embodied Amonasro in Verdi's "Aida" at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor conducted by maestra Oksana Lyniv.

Chilean bass-baritone RICARDO SEGUEL has taken over the hilarious role of Mustafá in Rossini's "L'italiana in Algeri" at the Municipal de Santiago (Chile) with maestro José Miguel Pérez-Sierra conducting.

Our baritone HRÓLFUR SAEMUNDSSON portrays Alberich in "Hagen // Die Ring-Trilogie – Teil 1" (a very interesting work based on Wagner's monumental Gesamtkunstwerk) at Theater Aachen this month.
Dream role debut also for our young baritone LEIF JONE ØLBERG in Tchaikovsky's "Eugen Onegin" at Den Jyske Opera. 
Soprano SVETLANA MOSKALENKO has become La Contessa di Folleville in Rossini's "Il Viaggio a Reims" at the historical stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow with maestro Tugan Sokhiev conducting and staging by Damiano Michieletto.
Mezzosoprano ANNA AGATHONOS has achieved a great success as Teresa in Bellini's "La Sonnambula" at Greek National Opera thanks to her impeccable singing as well as her impressive acting skills.
New theatre & role debut for promising tenor FABIÁN LARA as Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's "Tosca" at Národní Divadlo Opera in Prague, conducted by Andreas Sebastian Weiser and a staging by Arnaud Bernard inspired by the Academy-awarded film "The Lives of Others".

The so long-expected world premiere of Hans Abrahamsen's first opera "Snedronningen" (The Snow Queen) based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale in a visually impressive staging by Francisco Negrin has featured our singers SOFIE JENSEN, JOHANNE BOCK and SIBYLLE GLOSTED.This piece will also be enjoyed within the current season at Bayerische Staatsoper.
Dramatic tenor KRISTIAN BENEDIKT has starred as Don Alvaro in Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" at Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon and Porto.
Bass TADAS GIRININKAS successfully tackled the role of devilish Méphistophélès in Gounod's "Faust" at Theater St. Gallen.
Brilliant baritone MANEL ESTEVE portrayed an evil Enrico Ashton in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" for Opera Berri at ABAO Opera in Bilbao under the baton of maestro Riccardo Frizza.
Along with ensemble MusicAeterna conducted by maestro Teodor Currentzis, bass EVGENY STAVINSKIY participated in Mozart's "Requiem in D minor"(KW626) at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Heldentenor TORSTEN KERL sung Schoenberg's titanic "Gurrelieder" at Philharmonie Essen 
Mezzosoprano DOROTHEA SPILGER triumphantly featured in extremely dramatic and demanding Turnage's "Twice through the heart" at Staatstheater Braunschweig.
Baritone GERMÁN OLVERA plays Figaro in Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" producted by Nederlandse Reiseopera in Enschede and Amsterdam
News of September 2019

Croatian soprano MARIGONA QERKEZI makes her debut as Matilde in Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell at Teatro Sociale di Como Aslico.  Future performances in Cremona, Brescia, Pavia, Bergamo and Pisa.

Spanish baritone LUIS CANSINO sings Germont in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata at Staatsoper Stuttgart conducted by Friedrich Haider.
MOISES MARIN sings the Lerma and Herald in this season’s opening Don Carlo at Teatro Real de Madrid conducted by Nicola Luisotti and directed by David McVicar.
Dramatic soprano MIINA-LIISA VÄRELÄ debuts with Vier Letzte Lieder by R. Strauss with Odense Symphony Orchestra on 5th of September in Denmark.
Mezzo soprano ANDREA PELLEGRINI sings concert on the 5th and 6th with "Rued Langaard Selskabet" in Denmark.

Tenor CHRIS LYSACK sings the title role in "Les Contes du Hoffmann" by Offenbach at Deutsche National Theater in Weimar on 8th of September, followed by 11 performances over the season. He is doubled in the role by American tenor ERIC FENNELL.
South African baritone LUTHANDO QAVE stars again as Figaro in Rossini's "Barbiere di Siviglia" at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen on the 21st of September followed by 10 performances until 21st of November 2019. SIMON DUUS sings Bartolo in the same production.
SIMON DUUS sings Songs of Travel with the "Danish Song Society" on 29th of September.
American dramatic tenor JEFFREY HARTMAN has his debut in the very demanding role as Jean in Le Prophéte by Meyerbeer at Landestheater Linz on 22nd of September. 12 more performances follows over the season until 3rd of March 2020.
Danish soprano SOFIE JENSEN has her role debut as Micaëla at the Royal Opera of Copenhagen together with Danish bass STEFFEN BRUUN as Zuniga on 18 of September. Production is directed by Barrie Kosky under the baton of maestro Alexander Vedernikov.
Swedish bass MATS ALMGREN sings Verdi Requiem at the Gothenburg Opera on 27 and 29 of September.

Armenian/Canadian mezzo soprano NORA SOUROUZIAN sings Jezibaba in Dvorak's "Rusalka" at Theater Sankt Gallen in Switzerland with premiere on 29. 10 further performances until 15 of February 2020.
News of August 2019


Baritone LEIF-JONE ØLBERG sings Schaunard and Canadian/Portugese soprano CASSANDRA LEMOINE sings Musetta in Puccini's "La Bohème" at Copenhagen Opera Festival.
Outdoor arena Opera Hedeland in Denmark presents a sold out "Carmen" with 3.500 tickets a night on 09, 16 and 17 of August, starring ANDREA PELLEGRINI as Carmen, MAGNUS VIGILIUS as Don José, LARS MØLLER as Escamillo, YANA KLEYN as Micaëla, SIBYLLE GLOSTED as Frasquita, WILLIAM PEDERSEN as Dancaïre and JONATHAN KOPPEL as Remendado.
As part of the Richard Wagner's Ring, Den Ny Opera in Esbjerg, Denmark, stages "Das Rheingold" on 25, 28 and 31 of August with JOHANNE HØJLUND as Flosshilde and Erda, TRINE MØLLER as Wellgunde, MAGNUS VIGILIUS as Froh and LARS MØLLER as Donner.
Mezzo soprano FRANCINE VIS has her house- and role debut as Tisbe in Rossini's "Cenerentola" at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Premiere on 24 of August followed by 9 performances until first of October.
ALEJANDRO ROY celebrated another success in the role of Cavaradossi in the last performance of this year’s Torre del Lago Festival on August 24. This was the best possible ending for Alejandro Roy’s engagement in this summer’s edition of the most renowned Puccini Festival in the world.
FABIÁN LARA made his debut at Torre del Lago as the main tenor role, Roberto, in the first opera written by Puccini, Le Villi. The reviews praised and highlighted the beautiful dark baritone color of his voice and the boldness and quality of his high register. A tenor to keep an eye on.
Huge talented young Danish tenor ANDERS CHRISTENSEN has his role debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" on 24 of August at Aarhus Sommeropera, Denmark followed by 10 further performances until 14 of September.

German mezzo soprano DOROTHEA SPILGER sings Fenena at Braunschweig Staatstheater. Premiere on 17 of August with 9 more performances until 4th of September.

News of July 2019


ALEJANDRO ROY performs at this season’s prémiere of the prestigious Puccini Torre del Lago Festival  as Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West next to the Minnie of Maria Guleghina conducted by the Festival’s president Alberto Veronesi. He got excellent and unanimous praise for his rendition of this repentant bandit.
RICARDO SEGUEL sings the role of Ginardo in Matilde di Shabran at the prestigious Wildbad Rossini Festival.
Spanish tenor MOISÉS MARÍN joins Plácido Domingo at Teatro Real singing Delil in a concert version of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco.
FABIÁN LARA sings Ruiz in Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore at Teatro Real de Madrid under Maurizo Benini’s baton in a stellar cast with Francesco Meli, Ludovic Tézier, Maria Agresta and Ekaterina Semenchuk in the leading roles.
Promising young bass ALEJANDRO LÓPEZ sings Lodovico in Verdi’s Otello at Mexico’s Ópera de Bellas Artes.
Danish bass baritone SIMON DUUS has his debut as Masetto at the Immling Festival on 19 of July.
Dramatic soprano MIINA-LIISA VÄRELÄ jumps in at the Verbier Festival as Färberin on the 22nd of July in a stellar cast under the baton of Maestro Gergiev.
Canadian tenor CHRIS LYSACK sings Monostatos in Mozart's Zauberflöte in the new production at Opera on Skäret in Sweden. Premiere on 27th of July followed by 13 performances.
News of June 2019


Danish soprano SIBYLLE GLOSTED has concert tour in Denmark with Nordic Opera.
Tenor MAGNUS VIGILIUS sings Michel in Juliette at the Opera in Brno with performances on 14,16, 25 and 27 of June.
Mezzo soprano TRINE MØLLER sings Gala Concert at Tivoli Concert Hall on 21st of June.
Dramatic soprano TRINE MØLLER has her long awaited debut as Turandot at the Immling Festival in Germany with premiere on 22nd of June followed by 6 performances. LUTHANDO QAVE joins the production as Ping.
Lithuanian conductor MODESTAS PITRENAS has his house debut at Opéra National de Lorraine in the new production of Madama Butterfly that premieres on 23rd of June.
ALEJANDRO ROY in the title role and DAMIÁN DEL CASTILLO as Abimelech take part in open air production of Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns at Teatro Romano de Mérida staged and directed by renowned Spanish regisseur Paco Azorín.
MOISÉS MARIN joins Teatro de la Maestranza production of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier in Seville as Incredibile, next to the most acclaimed Spanish soprano nowadays Ainhoa Arteta.

Mezzo soprano NORA SOUROUZIAN sings Azucena in Sct Gallen on 29 og June.
News of May 2019


Tenor Conny Thimander sings Philip van Hessen at the world premiere of Bo Holten's new opera "Schlagt sie tot" at Malmö Opera. Premiere 11 of May with 6 performances until 1st of June.
Kroatian soprano Lana Kos has her house debut at Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Juliette in Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" at 11 of May and 1 more performance on 25 of May.
Conductor Per-Otto Johansson conducts Kristianssand Symphony Orchestra on 17 of May.
Tenor Alejandro Roy covers Andrea Chenier at Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Soprano Marigona Qerkezi sings Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the New National Theatre Tokyo in a cast with renowned Italian bass Nicola Ulivieri in the title role.
Simon Duus the Danish bass baritone sings Mandarin at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen.
News of April 2019


Star tenor Kristian Benedikt joins the Lithuanian National Opera as Calaf in Turandot in the new production of Robert Wilson with premiere 6th of April.
Baritone Teit Kanstrup sings Herold and baritone Lars Møller covers Erik in the new production of  Heises "Drot og Marsk" at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen. Premiere on 23rd of March followed by 7 performances until 28 of April 2019.
Baritone Leif-Jone Ølberg sings in the newly written opera "Hjertelyd" at Danish National Opera with premiere 3rd of April and baritone in Bach's H-minor mass at Bodø Cathedral on 11th.
Soprano Ewa Tracz sings the soprano part of Szymanowski's Stabat Mater with Asturias Symphonics on 11 and 12 of April.
Mezzo Soprano Francine Vis sings lied concert at the prestigious Stockholm Concert Hall on the 24th.
Soprano Svetlana Moskalenko return to the Bolshoi Opera to sing in "Il viaggio a Rheims" as Contessa di Folleville.
Chilean bass-baritone Ricardo Seguel gets unanimous praise for his rendition of Melitone in Verdi’s La forza del destino in Teatro Municipal de Santiago.
News of March 2019

Kristian Benedikt sings Calaf in the new Robert Wilson production of Turandot at Lithuanian National Opera on 01, 02/03 and 06/04. Later in the month he sings Samson at the renowned MET Opera in New York on 29 of March.

Magnus Vigilius sings Hamarki and Lars Møller sings Sepa in the rediscovery of August Enna's "Cleopatra" at Danish National Opera. The whole production tours Denmark with 12 performances from 1st of March until 12 of April.

Steffen Bruun sings Hayden's Schöpfung on 16 of March with Odense SO.

Sofie Jensen sings Aase, Simon Duus sings Jens Grand and Teit Kanstrup sings Herold in the new production of the Danish National Opera "Drot og Marsk" at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen. Premiere is on the 23 of March with the last of 10 performances on 25 of May.

Svetlana Moskalenko sing Lakmé in her house debut at the spectacular Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman on 29 of March. Alejandro Lopez covers the role of Nilakantha and Eric Fennell covers the role of Gérald.