More success for Conny Thimander
The Swedish tenor Conny Thimander enjoys more success after his Ferrando (Così van tutte) at Confidencen in Stockholm.
In the fall he will sing in "Schnee Königin" at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Lindoro (Italiana in Algeria) at Baden Baden and Min bror är Don Juan in Mannheim.
In the spring of 2017 he joins Malmö Opera as Sandon in Bolmdahl's "Aniara"
Hanna Rantala joins Ascolta Artists


We are happy to welcome our new sopran Hanna Rantala from Finland.
Already a very well established singer in Finland in roles such as Anne Trulove (Rake's progress), Susanna (Nozze di FIgaro), Adele (Fledermaus), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Pamina (Zauberflöte) in prestigious houses and festivals such as Savonlinna Opera Festival and Finnish National Opera we look forward to take her career to the next level in Europe.
Marc Heller sings Otello in Budapest
On 29 and 31 of July, the American tenor Marc Heller sings Otello at the prestigious Budapest Summer Festival, marking his debut at the festival.

He sings alongside Andrea Rost as Desdemona and Mihály Kálmándy as Jago. Conducor is Gergely Madaras leading Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and stage director is Sándor Palcsó.

Balke, Vigilius and Møller in Fliegende Holländer

On the 30th of July, Michael Balke conducts his first "Der Fliegende Holländer" at the summer festival "Opera på Skäret" in Kopparberg, Sweden. It also marks his debut as conductor in Sweden.

In the two casts of singers are Danish tenor Magnus Vigilius who has stage- and role debut as Eric, and Danish baritone Lars Møller singing his first Holländer and having stage debut at "Skäret", marking a new step in the dramatic repertoire he is starting to sing.
Further performances on 31/07; 4,6,7,11,13,14,20,21,27,28/08 2016
Conny Thimander sings Ferrando in Sweden
Swedish tenor Conny Thimander sings Ferrando in W. A. Mozart's "Così fan tutte" at Confidencen (Ulrikdals Slottstheater) in Stockholm with debut on 20 of July 2016.
This is followed by performances on 21,23,24,27,28,30,31 of July and 3,4,6,7,10,11,13,14 of August 2016
Savonlinna debut for Kristian Benedikt and Yana Kleyn in Otello

Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt and Yana Kleyn have debut at the prestigious Savonlinna Festival in Finland, as Otello and Desdemona.

The role of Desdemona marks the role debut of Yana Kleyn in the role where as the titel role is the 12th production of Mr. Benedikt.

Premiere is on 08 of July followed by performances on 12, 19, 21, 27 and 29 of July 2016.

Christel Elizabeth Smith at Bergen International Festival
On the 26 and 27 of May 2016, Christel Elizabeth Smith has her debut at the prestigious Bergen International Festival.
She sings the soprano part in a dramatised concert of Bach Cantatas "Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht".
World famous stage director Peter Konwitschny is behind the project, which continues on 1,2,3,4/06; 11,12,14,16,18,19/06 2016 at Theater Chur (Switzerland) and Teater Trier (Germany).
Re-premiere for Yana Kleyn as Liù
Danish/Russian soprano Yana Kleyn sings the re-premiere at Royal Opera in Stockholm as Liù in Turandot on the 25 of May 2016.
This is followed by performances on 28, 31 of May and 2, 7 and 10 of June.
Tadas Girininkas and Yana Kleyn sings Dvorak Requiem

Lithuanian bass Tadas Girinikas and Russian/Danish soprano Yana Kleyn sing Dvorak's Requiem with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra on the 12 of May 2016.

Pitrenas with Sct. Petersburg Philharmonic

On the 28 of April 2016, the Lithuanian conductor Modestas Pitrenas had his debut with St. Peterburg Philharmonic conducting Griegst "Im Herbst" and Piano Concerto, as well as Tchakovsky's "Hamlet" and 1812 Overture.