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NEWS OF MARCH-APRIL 2021

 Other of our most promising singers, NICOLAI ELSBERG was announced as one of the contestants at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021 whose 20th edition will take place from June 12 to 19. We wish all the best to our young Danish bass.

Our impressive tenor FABIÁN LARA, another of our rising artists, featured at Bellini's "Norma" at Teatro Real in Madrid as Flavio with the unanimous applause of audience and critics.
 
Also our female artist are getting more prominent, as our soprano SOFIE JENSEN whose performance at DaCapo recording of Heise's "Drot og Marsk" was widely praised by reviews thanks to her crystal diction and lyric-coloratura voice. 
 
After having interrupted the rehearsals for some months, Menotti's rare gem "The Medium" was resumed and successfully premiered at Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. Because of Covid19 restrictions, the first performance was available in live streaming and leading the cast was our amazing mezzosoprano ANNA AGATHONOS as Madame Flora.
 
Copenhagen Phil - hele Sjællands Symfoniorkester returned to the stage with a live-broadcast all-Verdi concert featuring our exquisite soprano YANA KLEYN along with tenor Jonathan Tetelman and baritone Christopher Maltman under the baton of master conductor Audrey Saint-Gil .
 
Our outstanding baritone GERMÁN OLVERA embodied Belcore in "L'elisir d'amor" at Staatsoper Hannover, where one of the performances was livestreamed. 
 

 ABAO Bilbao Opera went on with its brilliant cycle "ABAO on stage" with a gala concert featuring our exciting tenor MOISÉS MARÍN along with other leading Spanish singers, orchestra Bilbao Sinfonietta and maestro Óliver Díaz conducting. 

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NEWS OF FEBRUARY 2021
February brought a new arrival as young and talented DAVID DANVING joined our roster.
 
Before each premiere, Teatro Real presents «Enfoques» («Approaches»), an informal talk with the artistic team including some musical excerpts. Two of our bosting tenors were featured this month as MOISÉS MARÍN participated in the edition about "Siegfried"  while FABIÁN LARA was one of the singers for the edition dedicated to "Norma" .
 
Peter Heise's The Song Edition was released by Dacapo Records.This full collection of his 272 exquisite songs for piano and 18 singers featuring some of our great artists as soprano SOFIE JENSEN, mezzosoprano FRANCINE VIS, baritones JENS SØNDERGAARD and LARS MØLLER and bass-baritone SIMON DUUS. Available for sale or streaming at https://lnk.to/HeiseSongEditionFA
 
«Help! I'm going to the opera» is the new programme by the Royal Swedish Opera (Kungliga Operan) where celebrities discover all the secrets "behind the curtain" guided by Rickard Söderberg. The first episode featured our delicious mezzosoprano EMMA SVENTELIUS as Cherubino in «Le nozze di Figaro» past March.
 
As audience restrictions are still in force in Germany, Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich offered a live-stream gala concert with opera and operetta including pieces from Verdi, Léhar, Mozart, Tauber, Rossini, among others featuring our amazing mezzo ANNA AGATHONOS.
 
Just one year after the closure due to Covid19, many Italian theaters and opera houses joined the initiative launched by Associazione Unita by keeping their doors open and the lights turned on as a symbol of solidarity with furloughed workers and frustrated audiences. The motto for this initiative was FACCIAMO LUCE SUL TEATRO!! Further info at https://www.associazioneunita.it/facciamo-luce-sul-teatro/ .
 
Brand new website for our imposing bass NICOLAI ELSBERG at www.nicolaielsberg.com where his best photos & videos, next appointments as well as news can be found.
 
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NEWS OF JANUARY 2021
The new year started with a joining as we welcomed rising young soprano ÅSA JÄGER to our roster.
 
Baritone CÉSAR MENDEZ SILVAGNOLI was awarded with the Special Prize to the Best Zarzuela Performer at the prestigious international singing contest "Tenor Viñas" at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
 
10 months after the dress rehearsal, baritone BRUNO TADDIA reprised the title role of "Falstaff" (G. Verdi) at Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie which will be shown in streaming on dates to be informed soon.
 
Most of theaters are closed as some governments restrictions prevented audiences inside the halls so opera houses are looking for solutions for keeping up with their activities. Fondazione Teatri Piacenza offered a live streaming of Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" featuring our soprano RENATA CAMPANELLA and bass MATTTIA DENTI.
 
NEWS OF DECEMBER 2020

 Det Kongelige Teater successfully premiered Carl Nielsen's "Maskerade" featuring bass-baritone SIMON DUUS and bass NICOLAI ELSBERG, two of our most promising voices.

With most theaters closed because of pandemic, streamings are being offered worldwide.Bass-baritone RICARDO SEGUEL led the cast of Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeri" broadcast from Teatro Colón while mezzosoprano MARINA COMPARATO performed in a solo concert from Teatro Cucinelli Solomeo.Also Rossini was the composer chosen by Fondazione Teatri Piacenza, with "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" featuring our bass MATTIA DENTI.

Soprano RENATA CAMPANELLA took part in a fundraising concert for Piccole Figlie Hospital along with Fabio Armiliato and Anna Maria Chiuri.

Tenor MOISÉS MARÍN made his debut as Jaquino in Beethoven's "Fidelio" at Ópera de Oviedo, where he also made a last minute jump-in as Goro in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", a hard challenge of singing two different roles in seven days in a row. He was accompanied by fellow tenor FABIÁN LARA, making a very applauded house&role debut as B.F. Pinkerton.

A must in Christmas time: our amazing SIBYLLE GLOSTED, SIDSEL ERIKSEN, JONATHAN KOPPEL and DEYAN VATCHKOV sang Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" along with Aalborg Symfoniorkester

 

NEWS OF NOVEMBER 2020
Our peerless mezzosoprano MARINA COMPARATO participated in  “Regreso a la Pasión” («Return to passion»), a dramatized gala at Amigos de la Ópera de Vigo along with tenor Ismael Jordi, baritone Javier Franco, soprano Sonia de Munck, bass Felipe Bou,pianist Javier Carmena and actress Isabel Naveira. The gala was broadcasted live from Teatro Afundacion Vigo.
 
All our support to Ópera de Oviedo, forced to stop rehearsals & reschedule "Madama Butterfly" performances to the end of this month because of Covid19 closures just imposed by authorities. This production features our rising tenor FABIÁN LARA making his house&role debut.
 
"Prima Donna" by Rufus Wainwright is available for streaming on Opera Vision until May 2021. This striking production currently on stage at the Royal Swedish Opera features our magnetic tenor CONNY THIMANDER.
 
Another must-see on OperaVision is Bizet's "Carmen" from Staatsoper Hannover with our sensational baritone GERMÁN OLVERA embodying bold matador Escamillo. Tune in here from November 10 on:  https://operavision.eu/de/bibliothek/auffuehrungen/opern/carmen-staatsoper-hannover
 
More opera streamings this November included our mezzosoprano ANNA AGATHONOS as The Witch in Humperdinck's "Hänsel&Gretel" from Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich,versatile baritono BRUNO TADDIA as Taddeo in Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeri" from Hungarian National Opera in Budapest as well as brilliant tenor ANGELO VILLARI in Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" at Opera Lombardia.
 
Huge success for our delicious soprano YANA KLEYN who jumped in as Amelia in Verdi's «Simon Boccanegra" at Royal Danish Opera. This production featured also our exciting baritone JENS SØNDERGAARD as evil Paolo Albiani.
 
Commemorating the death centenary of prominent Spanish writer Benito Pérez Galdós, Teatro de la Zarzuela presented Jaume Pahissa's "Marianela" in concert on November 27&29. This rare opera featured our astonishing tenor ALEJANDRO ROY, who received the unanimous applause of audience and critics in the extremely demanding role of "Pablo".
 
And we said goodbye to November by saying hello to emerging coloratura soprano GINA GLORIA TRONEL, who enrolled in our agency.
 
 
 

 

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NEWS OF OCTOBER 2020
October came with new arrivals: Italian SUSANNA BRANCHINI and Swedish-American KRISTINE NOWLAIN, two exceptional sopranos that we warmly welcomed to our team.
 
Inspired by Maria Callas story, Rufus Wainwright's "Prima Donna" arrived to the Royal Swedish Opera -Kungliga Operan with our versatile tenor CONNY THIMANDER in the role of André and all the shows sold out.
 
Record label Naïve released Vivaldi's "Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet)" with an excellent cast led by our regal baritone BRUNO TADDIA as Bajazet and the Accademia Bizantina under the baton of maestro Ottavio Dantone. 

Den Jyske Opera started its season with Verdi's "Rigoletto" where our stunning mezzo DOROTHEA SPILGER embodied Maddalena

Our incredible mezzo ANNA AGATHONOS played Filipievna in Tchaikovski's "Evgeni Onegin" performed at Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich .

Congratulations to our fantastic bass TADAS GIRININKAS, maestro Sesto Quatrini and all the personnel at Lithuania National Opera for their tenacity, hope and hard work to overcome the virus and ring the curtain up again with "Anna Bolena" .

Our soaring tenor MOISÉS MARÍN sung Albazar in Rossini's "Il Turco in Italia" at ABAO Bilbao Opera. Despite the hard restrictions imposed due by local authorities to COVID19, the artistic and technical team managed to go on with the shows, reaping a great sucess.
 
Role debut for our sensational ANDERS KAMPMANN  as Sándor Barinkay in Johann Strauss' «Der Zigeunerbaron» presented at Theater Magdeburg. 

 

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.
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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.