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NEWS OF SEPTEMBER 2020
Season opening at the Royal Danish Opera with Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" spellbinding production created by Barrie Kosky featuring our promising bass NICOLAI ELSBERG as Sarastro while our exquisite soprano SOFIE JENSEN embodied Pamina along with charismatic bass-baritone SIMON DUUS as Papageno.
 
Also Staatsoper Hannover was back to activity with Mozart, but in its case the chosen opera was "Don Giovanni" with our irresistible baritone GERMÁN OLVERA in the title role, who won excited applauses.
 
Sadly due to COVID19 restrictions imposed by local authorities, only 60 people could finally attend the Opera Gala at Amigos de la Ópera de A Coruña featuring our powerful tenor ALEJANDRO ROY along with star singers Sondra Radvanovsky, Carlos Álvarez & Simón Orfila.
Thanks to the organizers of the festival, their concert "Great voices for great operas" celebrated at Teatro Colón past September 3 can be enjoyed free in streaming via https://youtu.be/NPGWfq7EeMk
 
Great triumph for our stunning soprano TRINE MØLLER and bass-baritone SIMON DUUS, as audience and reviews unanimously praised their powerful stage presence and thundering vocal skills in Rued Langgaard's "Antikrist" shown at Langgaard Festival in Ribe (Denmark).
 
Ascending tenor FABIÁN LARA made his role debut as Macduff in Verdi's "Macbeth" at the National Theather in Prague, luckily operating at its full capacity.
 
Safe Culture movement spreads everywhere and our astonishing mezzosopranos ANNA AGATHONOS and EMMA SVENTELIUS know it for sure as they are back to work with Tchaikovski's "Eugene Onegin" at Munich Gärtnerplatztheater, always keeping the safety measures.
 
Our impressive bass MATTIA DENTI successfully reprised Verdi's "La Traviata" at Teatro della Fenice in Venice (Italy).
 
 

 

NEWS OF AUGUST 2020
Still under severe pandemic effects but musical activities are gradually recovering their strength all around the world during this August.
 
Our emerging mezzo EMMA SVENTELIUS received her Birgit Nilsson scholarship during a recital at Västra Karup church which was broadcasted live and can be enjoyed at https://youtu.be/alUFSpu79z0
 
Despite the crisis, music keeps breaking through with new ideas as Henrik Engelbrecht´s rearrangement of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" in a completely new 90-minute version of highlights which was presented past August 27 in Copenhagen, featuring our impressive mezzo TRINE MØLLER as Brünnhilde
 
Tivoli Gardens celebrated their 77th anniversary on August 15 with a brilliant concert dedicated to the golden age of waltzes, polkas and gallops in the amazing voices of our delicious soprano YANA KLEYN and star baritone Bo Skovhus along with Tivoli Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by maestro Alfred Eschwé
 
ASCOLTA ARTISTS keeps growing as we welcomed splendorous American soprano SHELLEY JACKSON to our roster. We are sure that this is going to be a long and successful combination.
 
The Wilhelm Hansen Fonden awarded 20 Danish artists for their inspiring roles in cultural life. One of these well-deserved honorary grants went to our all-round mezzo ANDREA PELLEGRINI
 
Our astonishing mezzo MARINA COMPARATO graced the cover of Italian magazine Pura Cultura as she and guitarist Marco Minà offered a recital dedicated to celebrated Spanish writer Federico García Lorca at Maiori Music Festival in the Amalfi Coast.
 
 
NEWS OF MARCH - JULY 2020
COVID19 outbreak in March meant a sudden freeze of musical events worldwide. Despite this lack of activity due to mandatory lockdowns, ASCOLTA ARTISTS has kept on working since then, with an eye on the new normality yet to definitely arrive.
 
So proudly we received the news that our bass NICOLAI ELSBERG had been awarded the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize 2020 in April as well as the The Queen Ingrid's Honorary Grant later in June. These two accolades are just a further confirmation of the talent of this young artist, endowed with an astonishing deep voice.
 
And also speaking of young talent, prestigious BBC Music Magazine recognized our dazzling mezzosoprano EMMA SVENTELIUS as "Rising Star" in July, naming her as "Someone to look out for".
 
But these were not the only trophies received by an ASCOLTA ARTISTS, as International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) announced its "Recording of the Year" in May, a relevant award that went to Beethoven's Complete Symphonies played by the Danish Chamber Orchestra under the baton of maestro Adam Fischer, with the participation of our fantastic baritone LARS MØLLER
 
Opera on stage was finally back in Europe on June 27 and this meaningful milestone featured one of our singers as the star of the show. Italian Festival Puccini Torre del Lago presented "Gianni Schicchi" conducted by maestro John Axelrod and a pandemic-inspired staging by Valentina Carrasco, with our amazing baritone BRUNO TADDIA in the title role. His portrayal of cunning Schicchi was much celebrated by audience and praised afterwards by reviews as "of great histrionic versatility and perfect control of the vocal technique".
 
After several months of daily massive cancellations, new seasons have begun to be released, with stimulating artistic commitments for our artists.
More details will be revealed soon.
 
NEWS OF FEBRUARY 2020
 
Last minute jump-in for tenor ANGELO VILLARI as "Gustavo" in the Swedish version of "Un Ballo in Maschera" at Teatro Calderón in Valladolid (Spain), which resulted in overall success, being widely cheered by the audience.
 
Also baritone JENS SØNDEGAARD thrivingly  jumped in for playing "Eugen Onegin" at Den Norske Opera in Oslo in a new production by Christof Loy and conducted by Lothar Koenigs.
 
Witty baritone GERMÁN OLVERA reprised his iconic role of Figaro in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" at Staatsoper Hannover in a new production created by Nicola Hümpel. Later this month, he change tack to incarnate "Escamillo" in Bizet's "Carmen" at Teatre Principal de Palma de Mallorca under the baton of maestro Manuel Coves and the staging by Calixto Bieito.
 
Top-class Italian mezzosoprano MARINA COMPARATO joined our roster this month and we could celebrate her amazing success as "Carmen" in a tour through Japan along with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by prominent maestro Myung-Whun Chung.
 
We also welcomed  Argentinian baritone FABIÁN VELOZ to our team. Future (and exciting) engagements will take him to Lyric Opera of Chicago for singing Scarpia in a star cast "Tosca" with Sondra Radvanovsky, Joseph Calleja and maestro Giampaolo Bisanti conducting.
 
A new accolade for our young and extremely talented mezzosoprano EMMA SVENTELIUS, awarded with prestigious Birgit Nilsson Scholarship 2020.
 
Feeling like a real cowboy, our baritone MANEL ESTEVE played "Sonora" in Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" at ABAO Ópera de Bilbao (Spain) in a colourful production by Hugo de Ana conducted by maestro Josep Caballé-Domenech
 
Opera Bałtycka w Gdańsku (Poland) replicated its production of "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" where Count Almaviva was played by our talented tenor LIANGHUA GONG.
 
Our splendid young singers SVETLANA MOSKALENKO and FABIÁN LARA triumphed as Gilda and Duca di Mantova in "Rigoletto" at Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck. 
 
World premiere of "L'Opera Minima" at Fondazione Teatri PIacenza with the participation of our superb soprano RENATA CAMPANELLA. This opera has been composed by Joe Schittino & Claudio Saltarelli as a tribute to Luigi Illica.
 
Festival Puccini Torre del Lago announced its next season with the participation of 2 of our artists: after his big success in "La Fanciulla del West" and "Tosca" last summer, tenor ALEJANDRO ROY will be singing Calaf in "Turandot" while BRUNO TADDIAwill make a double debut (house&role) as Sharpless in "Madama Butterfly".
 
Our baritone LUIS CANSINO succeeded again as Giorgio Germont in "La Traviata" performances at Amics de l'Opera de Sabadell
 
Embodying a playful Adina, our soprano GABRIELLE PHILIPONET shined in "L'Elisir d'amor" at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse with rising maestro Sesto Quatrini conducting and an elegant staging by Arnaud Bernard.
NEWS OF JANUARY 2020

 

Our powerful bass LUIZ OTTAVIO FARIA started the new year singing Sarastro in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" at Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, conducted by Diego Fasolis and staged by Davide Livermore. 

Mozartian jump-in for EMMA SVENTELIUS as Cherubino in Stockholm (Sweden) Our talented mezzosoprano will be really busy this winter, sharing her time between Theater Bonn and Kungliga Operan.
 
Two new joining to our roster: Italian baritones BRUNO TADDIA and ANGELO VECCIA have become part of Ascolta Artist this month.
 
Dramatic tenor KRISTIAN BENEDIKT sang Erik in Wagner’s “Der fliegende Holländer “ at ABAO Ópera de Bilbao (Spain) along with Sir Bryn Terfel in the title role and Manuela Uhl as Senta.
 
Big success for our dazzling soprano GABRIELLE PHILIPONET as priestess Leïla in “Les Pêcheurs de perles” at Opéra de Lille (France) in an original production by FC Bergman.
 
Badisches Staatsteater Karlsruhe presented a colourful “Turandot” by Fabio Cherstich where our energetic soprano ELENA MIKHAILENKO starred as the “principessa di gelo”
 
Our young tenor MOISÉS MARÍN shined as insidious Normanno in the stellar-cast “Lucia di Lammermoor” at Ópera de Oviedo along with Jessica Pratt and Celso Albelo, with maestro Giacomo Sagripanti conducting.
 
Unanimous applause for the sumptuous staging and the vivacious musical version of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari (Italy) with our superb bass DEYAN VATCHKOV among the cast.
 
One of Mozart’s most beloved works, “Die Zauberflöte” premiered at Teatro Villamarta in Jerez (Spain) where our baritone MANEL ESTEVE won the audience over with his bubbling portrait of Papageno.
 
Our fantastic bass MATTIA DENTI played Dottor Grenvil in “La Traviata” at Teatro La Fenice in Venice (Italy)
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Antonio Cagnoni's "Don Bucefalo" was presented at Opera Bałtycka Gdańsku , an unmissable opportunity of enjoying this rare opera, with our gifted tenor LIANGHUA GONG leading as jealous Carlino.

 

News of December 2019
 
Exciting joinings in December: sopranos RENATA CAMPANELLA and GABRIELLE PHILIPONET, tenor ANGELO VILLARI, 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.