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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.
Rani Calderon joins Ascolta Artists

The internationally renowned conductor and composer Rani Calderon has joined the roster of Ascolta Artists.

We are happy to welcome a very versatile conductor in both the opera and symphonic genres, with an extensive repertoire.

Mr. Calderon became the musical director of the Filarmonica de Santiago in 2010 and the music director at Opéra national de Lorrain in 2015, a position he currently maintains.
 
He has conducted  with the leading international oper houses and orchestras such as Semper Oper Dresden, Theater an der Wien, La Monnaie, The Royal Danish Opera, Monte-Carlo, Toulon and Bilbao
 
Brahms Requiem in Aalborg

On 12 of April 2017, soprano Sofie Jensen, baritone Lars Møller and conductor Michael Balke will perform Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem" at a sold out concert hall in "Musikkens Hus" in Aalborg with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.

 
Susanna Andersson joins Ascolta Artists
The well established Swedish coloratura soprano Susanna Andersson have joined the roster of Ascolta Artists.
Her international career has among others taken her to Opera Houses such as Oper Leipzig, Teatro Colon, ENO, Göteburg Opera, Opera Northe, Danish National Opera, Deutsches National Theater Weimar and Staatstheater Nürnberg as well as symphonic- and lied concerts all over Europe.
Her repertoire stretches from Adina, Gilda, Oscar and Lucia over Zerlina, Ilia, Blondchen and Susanna to Zerbinetta and Sophie as well as a wide range of modern operas.
 
Elena Mikhailenko as Gioconda
The Russian soprano Elena Mikhailenko has her role- country- and stage debut in the tItle role of Amilcare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" tonight (25/03) at Malmö Opera in Sweden.
 
Staffan Valdemar Holm is behind the staging and Alberto Hold Garrido conducts Malmö Opera's Choir and Orchestra.
Further performances of Ms. Mikhailenko on 29/3; 4,7,29/4;20,31/5; 03/06 2017.
 
Moskalenko debuts in France

 

Russian coloratura soprano Svetlana Moskalenko has her French debut as Queen Chemakha in Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Golden Cockerel" at Opéra National du Lorraine on 12 of March 2017, alongside a top international cast, conducted by Rani Calderon and staged by Laurent Pelly.
The opera is a co-production between Opéra national de Lorraine, La Monnaie / De Munt and Teatro Real de Madrid.
Further performances on 14, 16, 19 and 21 of March 2017.