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NEWS OF JULY-AUGUST 2021

Summer joinings to our rosters included exciting new artists as sopranos MONIKA KUCINSKA & SYNNE VINJE, mezzosoprano MATHILDA BRYNGELSSON and tenor TOMAS PAVILIONIS, and we give the warmest welcome to all of them.

Inspired by Monty Phyton's most famous film, the oratorio «Das Leben des Brian» was premiered at Gärtnerplatzteater in Munich. Featuring our comical mezzo ANNA AGATHONOS, it was a hilarious delight for the audience.

Once again, very proud and happy of the achievements of our phenomenal NICOLAI ELSBERG, who has been selected for Operalia Contest to take place in Moscow next October. Meanwhile, our young bass sang in one of the most awaited musical events this summer is the concert by the picturesque Roskilde Cathedral featuring the stars of Det Kongelige Teater, along with our amazing soprano TRINE MØLLER and baritone JENS SØNDERGAARD


Rousing tenor MOISÉS MARÍN embodied Normanno in «Lucia di Lammermoor»at Gran Teatre del Liceu within a top-class cast including Nadine Sierra and Javier Camarena under the baton of maestro Giacomo Sagripanti.

Sparkling tenor LIANGHUA GONG captivated the audience at Immling festival with a superb rendition of Don Ramiro in Rossini's «La Cenerentola» while brave fellow tenor JEFFREY HARTMANN made a last-minute jump-in for singing Verdi&Puccini arias at the Gala Concert in the same festival.

Role debut for tenor ANDERS KAMPMANN as Canio in «Pagliacci»at the beautiful stage of Søholm Opera. Congratulations to our talented tenor!

Den Ny Opera successfully premiered Verdi's last masterpiece, «Falstaff» with the participation of JENS SØNDERGAARD ,JONATHAN KOPPEL, PHILIPPA COLD and the onstage debut of SOFIE LUND-TONNESEN

Wagner, Mozart, Piazzola, Cher, Queen, David Lynch, RuPaul were mixed all in one for creating «Begærets mysterier» (The Mysteries of Desire), an extremely suggestive show that Det Kongelige Teater premiered this past August featuring bass-baritone SIMON DUUS as The secret lover

The moving art of Puccini was the leitmotif for «Viva Verismo», the annual gala concert at Tivoli featuring our charming soprano YANA KLEYN. In this edition, there was a double concert, as it also took place at Den Røde Plads some days later.

NEWS OF JUNE 2021
Opera XXI announced the winners of its 2020 edition and the award for the Best New Opera Production in cooperation with Ópera Latinoamérica went to Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile thanks to «L' Italiana in Algeri» with our bass-baritone RICARDO SEGUEL as Mustafá.
 
The multifaceted  artist OH LAND (aka Nanna Fabricius Øland), excellent as singer, composer, producer, dancer, actress and much more, joined our agency. She is about to take a big step forward for debuting as classical singer in Kurt Weill's «Seven Deadly Sins» next season at Det Kongelige Teater.
Another great Danish talent, baritone TEIT KANSTRUP also joined Ascolta Artists roster this month. We are absolutely sure that both collaborations will be long and fruitful.
 
NICOLAI ELSBERG was one of the contestants at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Though he did not get into the final round, our stunning young bass made a great impression with his expressive rendition of Osmin's aria from «Die Entführung aus dem Serail» 
 
Our boosting tenor FABIÁN LARA made a successful house debut at Ópera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as Macduff in Verdi's "Macbeth"  and once again reviews praised his silvery voice and eloquent phrasing.
 
Summer opera festivals are coming back: Immling festival opened its season with Puccini's «Madama Butterfly» in which our exquisite soprano YANA KLEYN embodied the ill-fated geisha with a superb interpretation that left no dry eye among the audience.
 
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NEWS OF MAY 2021
Brilliant role debut for SOFIE JENSEN as Rosalinde in Strauss' «Die Fledermaus». Once again, our dazzling soprano aroused the enthusiasm of the audience at Konzert Theater Bern.
 
Not only an outstanding baritone: our talented HRÓLFUR SAEMUNDSSON also proved to be a fabulous composer, having successfully premiered his piece «Corona» (for string orchestra) at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik.
 
 Our astounding mezzosoprano ANNA AGATHONOS reprised the role of Filipievna in "Yevgeni Onegin" at Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich with excellent reviews which described her performance as «perfect in every respect, reminiscent of altos from a past age, voice was full & evenly produced from top to bottom and sensitive acting and staging».
 
Just after its triumphal premiere past December and its subsequent suspension, «Maskarade» performances at Det Kongelige Teater resumed in May, with praise to all the artistic team including bariton SIMON DUUS. 
 
Our towering bass NICOLAI ELSBERG has been protagonist also this month: first with a last-minute jump-in as Jeronimus in «Maskarade» and then by being interviewed at Go' Morgen Danmark because of his inminent participation at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest.
 
About the idea of Arts&Opera as "a paradise" where to find shelter in times of desolation as leitmotiv, Gran Teatre del Liceu announced its new season 2021-22 featuring MOISÉS MARÍN. Our vibrant tenor also performed in much-awaited «Carmen» at Teatro de la Maestranza this month.
 
Still under restrictions of audiences in theatres, France 3 TV broadcasted Mozart's «Don Giovanni» from Opéra Grand Avignon with our amazing tenor LIANGHUA GONG as Don Ottavio.
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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).