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Copenhagen Opera Festival is running at full speed from 30 of July to 09 of August under the leadership of Peter Lodahl

Ascolta Artists is proud to present a long row of upcomming- and top international singers at the festival such as Svetlana Moskalenko singing the title role in Lakme, Kristian Benedikt in the big gala concert singing Otello, Don Carlos and Manrico among others, Leif Jone Ølberg as Silvio, Teit Kanstrup as Tonio and Rasmus Jupin as Canio in Pagliacci.

Other singers at the festival include Sofie Elkjær Jensen and Yana Kleyn.
We enjoy 11 great festival days!!!!

Hanna Rantala has debut as Gilda in Savonlinna

Hanna Rantala just finished her role debut at the prestigious Savonlinna Festival as Gilda in Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto" singing 3 performances during July 2017 with Philippe Auguin as conductor and David McVicar as stage director.
In the fall 2017 she sings Cunning Little Vixen at Finish National Opera.

Miina-Liisa Värelä as Senta in Lübeck
On the 9th of June, Finnish soprano Miina-Liisa Värelä has house debut in the leading role of Senta in Wagner's "Fliegende Holländer" at Theater Lübeck in their new production of the opera.

GMD Ryusuke Numajiri is conducting Chor des Theater Lübeck and Philharmoniches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübecks and Aniara Amos is behind the stage direction.
Further performances on 09, 15, 24 of June and 09 of July 2017.
 
Balke conducts Lawrence Brownlee and Sarah Coburn
On June 3rd Michael Balke conducts one of the highlights of Tivoli Summer Festival in Copenhagen when he leads a belcanto-opera gala in Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen with the world opera stars Sarah Coburn and Lawrence Brownlee joining forces with Tivoli Symphony Orchestra and program presenter Henrik Engelbrecht.

Larence Brownlee was recently named "Male Singer of the Year" for the 2017 International Opera Awards
 
 
 
Mezzo Andrea Pellegrini joins Ascolta Artists

One of Denmark's most sought after and awarded mezzo-sopranos Andrea Pellegrini has joined Ascolta Artists as general management.

Her opera repertoire ranges from early baroque over bel-canto and Wiener classic to contemporary music and as oratorio singer she is in high demand all over Scandinavia.

Besides these activities she has an extensive repertoire as a lied singer and a keen interest in crossing genres, putting classical music into an alternative context and consequently bringing it to new audiences, thus adding to her diversity as an artist.

Among her awards can be mentioned the prestigious "Annual Prize of the Music Critics’ Association of Denmark".

 
Queen of Spades in Luzern
On the 26 of May 2017, Kristian Benedikt, Pavel Yankovsky and Tadas Girininkas will sing respectively Hermann, Prince Yeletsky and Surin in a concertant version of Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades" (Пиковая дама) with Luzerner Sinfonieorchester in Switzerland.
Tadas Girininkas continues on the 27 of May in Luzern with singing the bass part of Igor Stavinsky's "Les Noches".
 
Barbiere debut for Luthando Qave

On the 20th of May, Luthando Qave had his debut as Figaro in Rossini's Barbiere di Seviglia with Opera Zuid in the Netherlands with Per-Otto Johansson as conductor.


The performances is followed by 15 further performances all over the Netherlands, ending on 4th of July in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Møller and Duus in world premiere
Danish baritone Lars Møller sings the main role of Martin Luther, and Danish bass-baritone Simon Duus sings Spalatin, in thw world premiere of Bo Holten's new opera "Schlagt sie tot!".

The concertant version of the 1st act takes place in "Musikhuset Aarhus" on 20 of May 2017, with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Bo Holten himself as conductor, as part of Aarhus as European Cultural City of Europe and to celebrate 500 years of the reformation.
HRM Queen Margrethe II will attend the concert.
 
 
Stage- and movie director Johannes Schmid joins Ascolta Artists

Ascolta Artists is proud to announce the general management of German movie- and stage director Johannes Schmid.
He has directed more than 40 productions in houses such as Teatro alla Scala Milano, DOAR, Dortmund and Salzburger Festspiele as well as several feature films, latest the reviewer praised movie "Agnes" from 2016.
His recent and future engagments, besides feature film for the big screen in 2018, includes "Snow Queen" at Deutsche Oper am Rhein", "The abduction from... the Serail" in child version at Teatro alla Scala and L'italiana in Algeri in a re-written version at Baden Baden Festspiele as well as La Juive in Konstanz.

Swedish tenor Conny Thimander continues his success at Malmö Opera, with great reviews, in the short but very demanding part of "Sandon" in Karl-Birger Blomdahl's revolutionary science fiction opera "Aniara" from 1959.


The opera had premiere on 06/05, and can be heard again on 11,14,18,21,30/05 and 2,7/06 2017.