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Cenerentola at Danish National Opera with Christel Elisabeth Smith and Johanne Højlund
On the 07/10 2016 Christel Elisabeth Smith (as Clorinda) and Johanne Højlund (as Tisbe) have debuts in G. Rossini's Cenerentola with Danish National Opera at Alison Concert Hall in Sønderborg.
 

The tour continues all over Denmark with the 5 regional symphony orchestras all together 16 performances:
7,13,28,29/10; 4,5,8,9,10,12,13,21,22,24/11; 2,3/12 2016

 

Very important debut for Mo. Mastrangelo at Bolshoi Theatre
 On the 02/10 2016, Mo Fabio Mastrangelo conducts the final of the prestigious "Competitzione dell` Opera 2016"  at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and on the 05/10 he conducts the winners of the competition in Linzåat a gala concert with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz.
 
This also marks Mo. Mastrangelo's important debut at Bolshoi, the last of the big Opera Houses and Orchestras who will now enjoy his conducting skills.
The Competition also celebrates it's 20 years anniversary at this occasion.

 

Simon Duus becomes permanent member of the soloist ensemble Royal Opera in Copenhagen
It is with great pride that Ascolta Artists announces that Simon Duus becomes permanent member of the soloist ensemble Royal Opera in Copenhagen from the 17/18 season.
Already considered the biggest bass-baritone talent of his generation in Denmark, he is meant to cover a wide spectre of roles at the Royal Opera.
In this way Royal Opera Copenhagen continues it strategy to develope the biggest Danish talents who have been part of the Opera Academy in Copenhagen and strengthens their own ensemble at the same time.
Simon Duus is 32 years old and sing in this season Henrik in "Maskerade" and in "Il viaggio a Reims" at Royal Opera in Copenhagen.
 
More success for Conny Thimander
The Swedish tenor Conny Thimander enjoys more success after his Ferrando (Così van tutte) at Confidencen in Stockholm.
In the fall he will sing in "Schnee Königin" at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Lindoro (Italiana in Algeria) at Baden Baden and Min bror är Don Juan in Mannheim.
In the spring of 2017 he joins Malmö Opera as Sandon in Bolmdahl's "Aniara"
 
Hanna Rantala joins Ascolta Artists

 

We are happy to welcome our new sopran Hanna Rantala from Finland.
Already a very well established singer in Finland in roles such as Anne Trulove (Rake's progress), Susanna (Nozze di FIgaro), Adele (Fledermaus), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Pamina (Zauberflöte) in prestigious houses and festivals such as Savonlinna Opera Festival and Finnish National Opera we look forward to take her career to the next level in Europe.
 
 
Marc Heller sings Otello in Budapest
On 29 and 31 of July, the American tenor Marc Heller sings Otello at the prestigious Budapest Summer Festival, marking his debut at the festival.

He sings alongside Andrea Rost as Desdemona and Mihály Kálmándy as Jago. Conducor is Gergely Madaras leading Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and stage director is Sándor Palcsó.

 
 
Balke, Vigilius and Møller in Fliegende Holländer

On the 30th of July, Michael Balke conducts his first "Der Fliegende Holländer" at the summer festival "Opera på Skäret" in Kopparberg, Sweden. It also marks his debut as conductor in Sweden.

In the two casts of singers are Danish tenor Magnus Vigilius who has stage- and role debut as Eric, and Danish baritone Lars Møller singing his first Holländer and having stage debut at "Skäret", marking a new step in the dramatic repertoire he is starting to sing.
Further performances on 31/07; 4,6,7,11,13,14,20,21,27,28/08 2016
 
Conny Thimander sings Ferrando in Sweden
Swedish tenor Conny Thimander sings Ferrando in W. A. Mozart's "Così fan tutte" at Confidencen (Ulrikdals Slottstheater) in Stockholm with debut on 20 of July 2016.
This is followed by performances on 21,23,24,27,28,30,31 of July and 3,4,6,7,10,11,13,14 of August 2016
Savonlinna debut for Kristian Benedikt and Yana Kleyn in Otello

Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt and Yana Kleyn have debut at the prestigious Savonlinna Festival in Finland, as Otello and Desdemona.

The role of Desdemona marks the role debut of Yana Kleyn in the role where as the titel role is the 12th production of Mr. Benedikt.

Premiere is on 08 of July followed by performances on 12, 19, 21, 27 and 29 of July 2016.

 
Christel Elizabeth Smith at Bergen International Festival
On the 26 and 27 of May 2016, Christel Elizabeth Smith has her debut at the prestigious Bergen International Festival.
She sings the soprano part in a dramatised concert of Bach Cantatas "Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht".
 
World famous stage director Peter Konwitschny is behind the project, which continues on 1,2,3,4/06; 11,12,14,16,18,19/06 2016 at Theater Chur (Switzerland) and Teater Trier (Germany).
 
Re-premiere for Yana Kleyn as Liù
Danish/Russian soprano Yana Kleyn sings the re-premiere at Royal Opera in Stockholm as Liù in Turandot on the 25 of May 2016.
This is followed by performances on 28, 31 of May and 2, 7 and 10 of June.
 
Tadas Girininkas and Yana Kleyn sings Dvorak Requiem

Lithuanian bass Tadas Girinikas and Russian/Danish soprano Yana Kleyn sing Dvorak's Requiem with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra on the 12 of May 2016.

Pitrenas with Sct. Petersburg Philharmonic

On the 28 of April 2016, the Lithuanian conductor Modestas Pitrenas had his debut with St. Peterburg Philharmonic conducting Griegst "Im Herbst" and Piano Concerto, as well as Tchakovsky's "Hamlet" and 1812 Overture.

 
Turandot debut in Oslo
Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs has her long anticipated debut as Turandot at Oslo Opera on 30.04.2016.
 
This is followed by further performances on 04.05.2016, 09.05.2016, 13.05.2016, 16.05.2016, 24.05.2016, 29.05.2016 
 
Così in Stockholm.

On 24/04 2016 Luthando Qave sings Guglielmo and Khanyiso Gwenxane sings Ferrando in the re-premiere of Cosí van tutte at the Royal Opera in Stockholm.

This is followed by performances on 26, 29 of April, 3, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, 30 of May 2016.

 
Dmitry Bertman staging Golden Cockerel in DOAR

Russian renowned Stage Director, Dmitry Bertman, stages a new production of The Little Golden Cockerel (Золотой петушок) at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Germany.

Premiere is on 15/04 2016 followed by further performances on 17, 23, 27, 30/04; 04,08, 15/05 2016.


 
 
World premiere for Olga Heikkilä
The Finnish soprano Olga Heikkilä sings Kassandra in the world premiere of Steingrimur Rohloff's opera "Lysistrate" on 14/04 2016 at Den Fynske Opera (The Fuenen Opera) in Denmark.
 
Further performances on 15,19,20,21/4 2016.

 
Walküre in Odense

On 15/04 2016,  Finnish soprano Miina-Liisa Värelä sings Sieglinde, Kristian Benedikt sings Siegmund and Sandra Fechner sings Grimgerde in Richard Wagner's Walküre.

The concertant performance is in Odense, Denmark with Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Vedernikov.

 
Mastrangelo and Yankovsky with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra

Italian/Russian Conductor Fabio Mastrangelo and Russian baritone Pavel Yankovsky are the guest soloists with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark.

First concert is on 14/04 2016 in Musikhuset in Aarhus and second on 15/04 in "Alsion" in Sønderborg.

Program:
Respighi Fountains of Rome
Musorgskij Songs and Dances of Death
Glinka: Overture and Russlan and Ludmilla
Musorgskij Shaklovitjs aria from Khovanchina
Rimskij-Korsakov Griaznoijs aria from the Zar's bride
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

 
Donna Anna in Stockholm

On 07/04 2016, Yana Kleyn and Ola Eliasson sings the re-premiere of Don Giovanni as Donna Anna and Don Giovanni at Royal Opera in Stockholm.
Further performances on 16, 22 and 28 of April.