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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.
 

Brangäne debut for Anne-Theresa Møller

 

 On the 08 of April 2016, Anne-Theresa Møller has her stage and role debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at Landestheater Niederbayern in Germany.
 
Further performances on 14, 30/04; 05, 26/05 (Landshut); 14,16/04; 20, 22/05 (Passau) and 26/04 in Straubing.
 
Sofie Jensen in "Powder Her Face"

Sofie Jensen has her debut in the very demanding role(s) of Maid, Confidante, Waitress, Mistress, Rubbernecker, Society Journalist, in Thomas Ades' "Powder her face".
Premiere at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen is on 19-03-2016, followed by performances on 22-03; 01, 03, 09, 16/04 2016.

Bertman in Helsinki
On the 18-03-2016 Dmitry Bertman's production of Stravinsky's "Rakes Progress" has premiere at the Finnish National Opera.Eivind Gullberg Jensen is conducting and among the soloists are Tom Rakewell sung by Steve Davislim, Anne sung by Hanna Rantala and Nick Shadow sung by Tuomas Pursio.This is followed by further performances on 19, 30/03; 01, 09, 16, 21, 27, 29/04 and 06/05 2016.
Breakthrough for Miina-Liisa Värela in Germany
Soprano Miina-Liisa Värela gets her breakthrough in Germany with role- and stage debut at Theater Bremen as Senta in R. Wagner's "Fliegende Holländer" on 06/03 2016.This is followed by performances on 6/3; 6,16/4; 7/5; 8/6 2016.In May 2016 she has her debut as Sieglinde with Odense Symphony Orchestra and Vedernikov followed by Rosalinde in Fledermaus at Finnish National Opera.
Otello in Libanon,
On 21-02-2016 international renowned tenor Kristian Benedikt sings Otello in Al Bustan festival in Lebanon, followed by performance on 23-02-2016.
Pinkerton and Danish National Opera
On the 5th of February tenor Magnus Vigilius sings Pinkerton at Danish National Opera. The performance is followed by 9 more performances on 12,16,18,29/2; 3,5,8,11,19/3 in all of Denmark.This is followed by Pinkerton in National Theatre in Bron in Czech Republic, the Theatre of Leoš Janáček, where he will also sing Boris Grigorievich in Kata Kabanova, and Siegmund in Walküre in Denmark.
Liceu debut to MarcHeller
Tonight on 26-01-2016 the American tenor Marc Heller has his debut as Otello at the legendary Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona singing one more performance of the 5th if February, before continuing to USA where he will sing Calaf in Turandot and Radames in Aida.
Mezzo soprano Francine Vis joins Ascolta Artists
Ascolta Artists is happy to announce general management of the Dutch Mezzo soprano Francine Vis.She had her debut at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen in 2012 as Flora in Traviata and is a treasured oratorio singer.The recent First Prize winner from Copenhagen Lied Duo Competition 2015, is equally at home in baroque- and modern music as well as a wide repertoire spanning from Charlotte and Octavian over Lucretia and Hermia to Rosina and Angelina.
Sofie Jensen in lots of New Year concerts
Soprano Sofie Jensen enjoys huge success in Denmark, singing 18 New Year concerts with South Jutland Symphony Orchestra, Randers Chamber Orchestra and Storstrøm's Chamber Ensemble all in January 2015.
Huge success for Michael Balke
Conductor Michael Balke is reaching international recognition with a big amount of new engagements in the last few months including:Magdeburg: Elektra: 22,31/10; 4,19/12 15; 9/1 16; Boheme 20,31/3; 24/4; 21,13,29/5 16; Verdi Requiem: 24,25/3 16;Tosca (Sct.Gallen): 30/1; 5,10,14,23/2; 6/3; 2,12/4; 14/5 20161 Fliegende Holländer – (Opera på Skäret): 30/07; 4,6,7,11,13,14,(18),20,21,(25),27,28/08 2016 L’heure Espagnol/Gianni Schicchi (Opera National de Lorraine): 30/9-6/10 2016Copenhagen Phil: New year concerts 6-13/01 17Aalborg Symphony Orchestra: Brahms Requiem 12/04 2017South Jutland Symph. Orchestra: Gala concerts June 2017Madama Butterfly (Tokyo): 22,26/01; 4,18,19/2 2017 Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra 24/2, 2017
Coloratura joins Ascolta Artists
The Russian Coloratura soprano Svetlana Moskalenko has joined Ascolta Artists.She is getting her big international breakthrough at the moment after her impressive 2nd prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015.Recent and future engagements of her include Eudoxie (La Juive) at Michailovsky Theatre and Königin der Nacht with Komische Oper Berlin, at Deutsche Oper am Rhein and at Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Debut at Oper Köln
On 13 of December 2015 Yana Kleyn will have her German debut as Mimì at Oper Köln; Further performances on 17/12 (19:30),27/12 (19:30) 2015; 1 (18), 3/01 (18) 2016
Conte in Nozze
Baritone Luthando Qave just had his debut on 9/12 2015 as Conte Almaviva at the Royal Opera in Stockholm.This will be followed by 12 more performances on 11,17,29/12 2015; 7,10,13,15,19,25/01; 04/02; 27/04; 02/05 2016
Messiah in Odense
Tonight on 9/12 and 10/12 2015, Vincent de Kort (conductor); Sofie Elkjær Jensen (Soprano); Niklas Engquist (Tenor), and Yorck Felix Speer (Basso), all from Ascolta Artists, perform Händel's Messiah in Odense Cathedral with Odense Symphony Orchestra.
The Scandinavian Boheme
On 21 of November 2015 there is premiere of José Cura's "Scandinavian Bohème" in Royal Opera Stockholm.Followed by 27 performances until June 2016. The performance is transmitted in Swedish Radio and on 28/11 send in cinemas all over SwedenJosé Cura has worked on every thinkable detail in this production, and besides his work as stage director he is behind lighting, scenography and costumes, transforming Paris to Stockholm, Rodolfo to Strindberg, Marcello to Munch, Colline to Kirkegaard, Schaunard to Grieg and Musetta to Tulla Larsen.Yana Kleyn sings Mimì and Daniel Johansson Rodolfo (StrindbergRest of cast is:Marcello (Edvard Munch) Linus Börjesson Schaunard (Edvard Grieg) Jens Persson Colline (Sören Kierkegaard) John Erik ElebyConductor: Daniele Callegari
Great bass joins Ascolta Artists
The top international Russian bass Alexey Tikhomirov have joined Ascolta Artists. With his towering physique and dramatic voice he fits well in the major parts of Russian music such as Boris Godunov, Aleko and Gremin to the big roles in Verdi including Filippo, Ramfis and Sparafucile.He has, despite his young age, already sung in important houses such as Bolshoi, Geneva, Staatsoper Berlin, Felmish Opera, Municipal in Chile, Rome Opera and the Salzburg Festival.