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Conny Thimander as Tanzmeister and Scaramuccio

Huge toi toi to Conny Thimander who has his debut on 03.02.2018 as Tanzmeister and Scaramuccio in Richard Strauss' "Aridane auf Naxos" on Gothenburg Opera (Göteborgs Operan)

The opera has been directed by Rodula Gaitanou and conductor is Patrik Ringborg.
Further performances on 07, 11, 15, 18,21, 24 of February and 01 and 04 of March 2018.
Qave, Ølberg and Duus in Barbiere in Copenhagen
Luthando Qave in his house and role debut as Figaro and superb Simon Duus in his role debut as Basilio in G. Rossini's "Il barbiere di Sevilla" tonight on the 27 of January at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen.

Alternating with Luthando Qave as Figaro is Leif Jone Ølberg in later shows.

Stage director is Reumert awarded dramatic stage director Martin Lyngbo in his first production as opera director and conductor is Vincenzo Milletarì.

Further performances:
3/2; 10,17/3; 6,13/4; 15,25,29,31/5; 6,8/6 2018 (Qave)
09/02;14/03; 22/03; 18/04 2018 (Ølberg)
Trovatore with Lana Kos in Bern
Tonight on the 27 of January 2018, Lana Kos has her house debut at Konzert Theater Bern as Leonora in G. Verdi's "Il Trovatore".
Conductor is Jochem Highest Bach and stage director is Markus Bothe.
 
This marks her second production of Trovatore in the 17/18 season together with Graz and is followed by further performances on 31/1; 16,18,23/02; 6,14,23/3; 11,20/4 2018.

 

On the 19 and 20 of January 2018, Arnold Schöberg's huge cantata "Gurrelieder" can be heard in Aalborg and Aarhus in Denmark as a cooperation between Aarhus Symph. Orchestra and Aalborg Symph. Orchestra and Jutland Music Conservatory.

The composition is extremely rarely done in Denmark due to the enormous amounts of musicians and choir involved so Ascolta Artists is extremely proud to present Miina-Liisa Värelä as the soprano, Elena Kerl as Mezzo and Torsten Kerl and Arnold Bezuyen as tenors in these two epic concerts.

All under the baton of Marc Soustrot.

 

Austrian debut for Elena Mikhailenko

The Russian dramatic soprano, Elena Mikhailenko, has her Austrian debut on 25.11.2017 in the title role of Amilvare Ponchielli's "Gioconda" at Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck.

This marks her second production of "Gioconda in 2017 after her big success at Malmö Opera.
Further performances on 1,3,17,21,28/12 2017 ; 5,11,21,27,31/1; 7,16/2 2018

 
Fabio Mastrangelo continues his international success

Maestro Fabio Mastrangelo was the pillar of an amazing opera gala concert with Hamilton Symphony Orchestra in Canada on the 22nd of October with American soprano Shelley Jackson and Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt. He arrived, with only a few days in between in Russia, after huge success conducting Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" at Brucknerhaus Linz at the 10th of October.

 
Gilda jump in and Cunning Little Vixen

Finnish soprano Hanna Rantala made a great jump in as Gilda in Rigoletto on the 5th of October 2017 at Royal Opera Copenhagen on top of her rehearsals as Cunning Little Vixen at Finish National Opera where she sang the Vixen again on 14th of October with further performances at 20,28/10; 7,9/11 2017.

 
International top conductor to Ascolta Artists

Ascolta Artists is proud to announce cooperation with the Italian international top conductor GIAMPAOLO BISANTI for Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Most recently he has been appointed General Music Director of the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari.

Recent seasons include major opera productions in houses such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Liceo in Barcelona, Oper Zürich, New National Theatre in Tokyo, Semperoper Dresden and Wiener Staatsoper.

Future seasons his international demand is underlined by top houses and festivals such as Choregies d’Orange, Zürich, Tokyo, Dresden, Zürich and Wien.

 
Lakmé debut for Moskalenko in Sweden

On the of October 2017 at Malmö Opera, the Russian rising star soprano Svetlana Moskalenko will have her long awaited role- stage- and country debut as the Indian priestess Lakmé, in Léo Delibes opera.

Stage director is Nicola Raab and the orchestra is conducted by Philippe Auguin....

Mrs. Moskalenko can be heard on further performances on 12,19,24/10; 4,9/11 2017.

Belcore at Danish National Opera

Danish baritone Lars Møller has premiere on 06.10 2017 as Belcore in Odense, Denmark with Danish National Opera
The production is touring all of Denmark over the next two months and Mr. Møller sings further performances on 6,26,29/10; 3,15,18,20,29/11; 1/12 2017.

Per-Otto Johansson is conducting and stage director is Harry Fehr.

 
Two house- and role debuts

 

Two sopranos in Ascolta Artists have house- and role debut on the 30th of September 2017.

Miina-Liisa Värelä sings her first Fäberin in Richard Strauss' "Frau ohne Schatten" in Landestheater Linz.
Hermann Schneider is stage director and Markus Poschner
Further performances on 4,8,11,16,28/10; 11,15,22/11; 15,26/12 2017 and 13/1; 17/2 2018.

Lana Kos has her debut as Leonora in G. Verdi's "Trovatore" at Oper Graz with Ben Baur as stage director and Andrea Sanguineti conduucts.
Further performances on 5,8,18,25,29/10; 3,18/11; 1/12 2017 and 15/4;24,27/5; 3,7,13/6 2018

 

 
House debuts for Yana Kleyn and Magnus Vigilius
On the 29th of September Yana Kleyn has her house debut at Théâtre de Metz Métropole singing her 66th performance of Mimì in "La Bohème" a la Moulin Rouge.
Stage director is Paul-Émile Fourny and Roberto Rizzi Brignoli conducts. Further performances on 1st and 3rd of October 2017.
 
On the same day Magnus Vigilius has house debut at Stockholm Royal Opera singing Steva in Leoš Janáček's "Jenufa" in the staging of Annilese Miskimmon and under the baton of Jonathan Darlington. Further performances on 5,11,23,25,30/10 2017.
 
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