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Three upcoming Scandinavian singers joins Ascolta
Three upcoming young Scandinavian singers joins the roster of Ascolta Artists.
 
The Danish lyric coloratura soprano Sybille Glosted is a promising young singer who impressed the Royal Opera in Stockholm so much during her Royal Academy time that they chose her as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro.
 
Johanne Højlund is a lyric Danish mezzo soprano who enjoys her first season at Norwegian National Opera and then continues her 18/19 season with major roles at Danish National Opera.
 
Norwegian baritone Leif Jone Ølberg sings his first Figaro in Barbiere this season at Royal Danish Opera and continues with major roles at Danish National Opera in the 18/19 season.
 
Lars Møller as Holländer in Detmold

Lars Møller has his German debut as Holländer in R. Wagner's "Fliegende Holländer" at Landestheater Detmold on the 10th of September 2017.

Further performances on the17 and 24/09; 08, 22/10; 06/12 2017 and on 20/01; 03 and 20/03 2018.

 
Top reviews for Marc Heller

American tenor Marc Heller's noted success in New York City Opera's "La Campana Sommersa" has yielded great notices, and led him further down his path into dramatic repertoire in the next several seasons, with role debuts on the horizon such as Edrisi in Symanowski's "Krol Roger"  at Dallas Opera, and as Tristan in in Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde".

New York Times' Anthony Tommasini wrote:

"The role of Enrico combines wistful, sometimes befuddled lyricism with feisty bursts that seem modeled on Wagner’s Siegfried. The muscular-voiced tenor Marc Heller met the demands impressively"

OpernWelt's David Shengold wrote:

“Schließlich sang Heller auch die Premiere – und demonstrierte eindrucksvoll, dass er der heiklen Partie in jedem Takt gewachsen war. Er teilte die Kräfte für diese schier unmöglich klingende Aufgabe vorbildlich ein, zog in so klar wie sinngenau artikuliertem Italienisch souverän gestaltete Linien mit weitem dynamischen Radius”

 

Siegmund debut for Magnus Vigilius
Magnus Vigilius has his long awaited debut as Siegmund in Esbjerg, Denmark on the 25th of August 2017 alongside a strong cast of singers such as Cornelia Beskow as Sieglinde and James Johnson as Wotan, under the direction of Kasper Wilton and baton of Lars Ole Mathiasen.
Further performances on 27th and 29th of August.
 
Mr. Vigilius follows a strong tradition of Wagner tenors from Denmark dating back more than 130 years from Vilhelm Herold over Lauritrz Melchior and Helge Rosvaenge to Poul Elming, Stig Fogh Andersen and David Danholt.

Among his future engagements ar roles in prestigious houses such as Royal Opera Stockholm, Danish National Opera, Teatro Regio Torino and Opéra de Dijon.
 
Busy Festival

Copenhagen Opera Festival is running at full speed from 30 of July to 09 of August under the leadership of Peter Lodahl

Ascolta Artists is proud to present a long row of upcomming- and top international singers at the festival such as Svetlana Moskalenko singing the title role in Lakme, Kristian Benedikt in the big gala concert singing Otello, Don Carlos and Manrico among others, Leif Jone Ølberg as Silvio, Teit Kanstrup as Tonio and Rasmus Jupin as Canio in Pagliacci.

Other singers at the festival include Sofie Elkjær Jensen and Yana Kleyn.
We enjoy 11 great festival days!!!!

Hanna Rantala has debut as Gilda in Savonlinna

Hanna Rantala just finished her role debut at the prestigious Savonlinna Festival as Gilda in Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto" singing 3 performances during July 2017 with Philippe Auguin as conductor and David McVicar as stage director.
In the fall 2017 she sings Cunning Little Vixen at Finish National Opera.

Miina-Liisa Värelä as Senta in Lübeck
On the 9th of June, Finnish soprano Miina-Liisa Värelä has house debut in the leading role of Senta in Wagner's "Fliegende Holländer" at Theater Lübeck in their new production of the opera.

GMD Ryusuke Numajiri is conducting Chor des Theater Lübeck and Philharmoniches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübecks and Aniara Amos is behind the stage direction.
Further performances on 09, 15, 24 of June and 09 of July 2017.
 
Balke conducts Lawrence Brownlee and Sarah Coburn
On June 3rd Michael Balke conducts one of the highlights of Tivoli Summer Festival in Copenhagen when he leads a belcanto-opera gala in Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen with the world opera stars Sarah Coburn and Lawrence Brownlee joining forces with Tivoli Symphony Orchestra and program presenter Henrik Engelbrecht.

Larence Brownlee was recently named "Male Singer of the Year" for the 2017 International Opera Awards
 
 
 
Mezzo Andrea Pellegrini joins Ascolta Artists

One of Denmark's most sought after and awarded mezzo-sopranos Andrea Pellegrini has joined Ascolta Artists as general management.

Her opera repertoire ranges from early baroque over bel-canto and Wiener classic to contemporary music and as oratorio singer she is in high demand all over Scandinavia.

Besides these activities she has an extensive repertoire as a lied singer and a keen interest in crossing genres, putting classical music into an alternative context and consequently bringing it to new audiences, thus adding to her diversity as an artist.

Among her awards can be mentioned the prestigious "Annual Prize of the Music Critics’ Association of Denmark".

 
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".