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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".
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.
Duus and Kanstrup in Viaggio

Danish bass baritone and baritone Simon Duus and Teit Kanstrup sings Don Prudenzio and Antonio in G. Rossini's "Il viaggio a Reims" at Royal Opera in Copenhagen.

Premiere is on 12 of March followed by further performances on 16, 19, 26, 29 of March and 02, 05, 08, 11, 25 of April 2017.
International top mezzo soprano joins Ascolta Artists

The international top mezzo Oksana Volkova has joined Ascolta Artists.

Despite her young age she has already appeared in top opera houses such as La Scala (Milano), The Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Tearo Colón (Buenos Aires), Teatro di San Carlo (Napoli), Opéra Nice (Côte d'Azur) and NCPA in Beijing,

Among her highly recognized roles are Carmen, Santuzza, Marguerite (La damnation du Faust), Dalila, Amneris and Fenena.

Hermann and Otello for Benedikt in Budapest

The international top tenor Kristian Benedikt had his role- and house debut as Hermann at Hungarian National Opera (Magyar Állami Operaház) on 3rd of March 2017. Further performances on 5 and 9 of March.

Mr. Benedikt continues at Hungarian National Opera with performances as Otello on 24/03, 30/03 and 01/04 2017.

Danish premiere for Sofie Jensen and Johanne Thisted Højlund in "Nothing"
On the 4th of February, Sofie Jensen and Johanne Thisted Højlund sings the roles of Agnes and Ursula at Danish National Opera in Aarhus, in the Danish premier David Bruce's opera "Nothing" based on Janes Teller's youth novel in a coproduction with Glyndebourne and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Further performances on 5th and 8th of February 2017.
Busy concert January for the Artists of Ascolta Artists
January 2017, is a very busy month for the artists of Ascolta Artist.
Engagements include:
Opening of Aarhus as Cultural City of Europe with Beethoven 9 and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra on 05, 06 and 08 with Elena-Batoukova Kerl as mezzo, Torsten Kerl as Tenor and Simon Duus as bass-baritone.
Norman Reinhardt (Tenor) stars as guest soloist with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra in 9 New year concerts from 05-14,
Michael Balke (Conductor) safely guides Copenhagen Philharmonic through 6 New Year concerts until 13 of January.
Simon Duus (Bass Baritone) is the host and singer alongside Sofie Elkjær Jensen (Soprano) at the New Year concerts at Royal Opera Copenhagen.
Luthando Qave has his debut as Marcello in "La Bohème" at Royal Opera Stockholm alongside Yana Kleyn as Mimì, who also debuts as Mimì at Royal Opera in Copenhagen.
Sofie Jensen sings New Year concerts with Jysk Musikteater in Silkeborg.
Miina-Liisa Värelä finish her production of Rosalinde in "Fledermaus" at Finnish National Opera, and Magnus Vigilius sings Alfred 8 times from 12-20 with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
Teit Kanstrup has his role- and house debut at Royal Opera in Copenhagen on 24/01 as Owen Heart in the modern opera "Dead Man Walking"

Toi toi to all!!!