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Ensemble Modern at the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main

A highlight at the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main Dance: Ensemble Modern and the French dance company, Emanuel Gat Dance, join forces for the production, "Story Water".

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Palazzetto Bru Zane's autumn festival with light music and "acqua alta"

Just recently drawing to its close in Venice, the Palazzetto Bru Zane's festival, "L'amour à la française", featured typical Offenbach 'roulade' sopranos, charm, esprit - and stormy 'acqua alta'.

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Münchner Rundfunkorchester with Rossini's “Sigismondo” in Munich

In honour of the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester performed a forgotten jewel of Italian belcanto: a concertante version of his opera “Sigismondo” was heard for the first time in Munich on the 15th of October.

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The Munich Chamber Opera performs Mozart

With the premiere of “Così fan tutte” in August, a Mozart cycle was launched at the Kammeroper München that continued with the family concert, „Wolferl hat keine Zeit“ (Wolferl doesn't have time), and the concert, “MOZART – Genie zwischen Freiheit und Leidenschaft (Genius amidst Freedom and Passion)”.

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Lucerne Festival

With “Childhood” as a theme, this year's summer edition of the Lucerne Festival drew approximately 80,000 listeners to its concerts. On three weekends, we attended to the journalists traveling from Germany on location in Lucerne.

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Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

September was an exciting (and busy) month for the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie: while the multidisciplinary format, “Freispiel”, led one part of the orchestra to Frankfurt and Hanau, the other musicians were on a South America tour with Jonathan Nott in Argentina, Brazil and Columbia.

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Thomas Larcher

It must have been a lot of pressure on Thomas Larcher as he prepared for the Bregenz Festival on the 15th of August! As his first ever opera - commissioned by the festival - premiered on the fateful date.

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Herrenchiemsee Festspiele

The "inspiring power of modernity" was the focus of this year's Kissinger Sommer from 15 June to 15 July. A total of 63 concerts under the motto "1918 – Traveling into the Modern Age" created a wide musical spectrum of classics from the early 20th century to new concert formats in Germany's most famous health resort.

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Kissinger Sommer

The "inspiring power of modernity" was the focus of this year's Kissinger Sommer from 15 June to 15 July. A total of 63 concerts under the motto "1918 – Traveling into the Modern Age" created a wide musical spectrum of classics from the early 20th century to new concert formats in Germany's most famous health resort.

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Klassik am Odeonsplatz

The second week of July saw Odeonsplatz transform into Munich's most beautiful open-air stage. In the best summer weather, together with 16,000 visitors, we enjoyed musical highlights in this unique atmosphere.

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Sensational success of “La Venezia di Anna Maria” with Concerto Köln and Midori Seiler

“Commissario, an album was released that sheds an entirely new light on the composer.” Even the main characters from Donna Leon's crime novels were preoccupied in an extraordinary, fictitiously narrated CD review in the Rheinischen Post with the new album, “La Venezia di 'Anna Maria” by Midori Seiler and Concerto Köln.

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Palazzetto Bru Zane celebrates Gounod's bicentennial anniversary

Bon annversaire Charles! The Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice in March 2018 and currently the sixth Paris Festival from June 1st to 29th 2018, were devoted to the countless and often unknown compositions by the French romanticist.

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Concerto Copenhagen toured with Handel's “Brockes Passion”

With the “Brockes Passion”, Georg Friedrich Handel composed his only sacred work in the German language - stylistically more Italian opera than passion. During the Holy Week, Concerto Copenhagen performed the work in sold-out halls in Copenhagen, Hamburg and in the Netherlands.

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Thomas Ebenstein

The spring of 2018 was eventful for tenor Thomas Ebenstein: his debut album was released, he played a convincing Robespierre in “Danton's Death” at the Wiener Staatsoper and in April, stepped in at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

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Max Emanuel Cencic honours Nicola Antonio Porpora

Max Emanuel Cencic chose to dedicate two albums to the great vocal pedagogue of the 18th century, Nicola Antonio Porpora, for Porpora's 250th anniversary year: “Germanico in Germania” and a solo album featuring arias by Porpora.

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Houston Symphony on tour in Europe

“A moment of glory” summarizes the Süddeutsche Zeitung in the wake of the Houston Symphony's last concert that took place in Munich. Under its chief conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the Texan orchestra undertook an extensive European tour for the first time in roughly 20 years.

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Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège: „Le Domino noir“

For the first opera premiere in 2018, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège showcased an audience favourite from the 19th century. Nowadays all but forgotten, Auber's comic opera, “Le Domino noir”, was also new to us and on February 23rd, its premiere in Liège was a tremendous success.

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The King’s Singers on their anniversary tour “Gold”

At the beginning of February, the large King's Singers fan base in Germany was finally able to witness the anniversary program, “Gold”, live. Both audience and critics alike were ecstatic.

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Palazzetto Bru Zane - Mam'zelle Nitouche

Up until the middle of the 20th century, entertaining music genres such as operetta, opera buffa and chanson were an indispensable part of the French music scene and enjoyed immense popularity with the public. And thus in this season, the Palazzetto Bru Zane will also explore the genre of “light entertainment” that not uncommonly caused quite a stir at the time.

 

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2018 - the year of anniversaries

We would like to pitch in three of these already at the beginning of the year and will start off, quite immodestly, with ourselves: this year, Ophelias Culture PR “comes of age”.

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The King’s Singers celebrate their 50th anniversary

15 interviews in two days! Johnny and Julian from the King's Singers were ready to drop right after that. The two of them managed almost all interviews in German and took the time to answer questions from broadcast and print journalists in Hamburg and Munich.

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Francesco Piemontesi: Autumn Concerts

In his autumn concerts, Francesco Piemontesi devoted himself in particular to Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 which he performed with e.g. the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester in Munich. Both audience and critics alike were ecstatic.

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Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

For ten years now under the general and artistic direction of Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, the tradition-steeped Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège has established itself as a cultural beacon with the highest standards of quality and of international prominence. With Speranza Scappucci as new chief conductor, the opera house joins the ranks of those who back a steadily growing development.

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Francesco Piemontesi: Mozart CD

This fall we are listening to the new Mozart CD by Francesco Piemontesi: the most renowned Swiss pianist of the younger generation. Together with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Andrew Manze, he recorded the Piano Concertos Nos. 25 and 26  – and in such a sensitive and scintillating way that we highly recommend it to everyone!

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Queen Sonja International Music Competition

The winners of the Queen Sonja International Music Competition were selected already this August. In cooperation with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, two major gala concerts with this year's winners but also winners from previous years will take place in November.

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Simone Rubino – CD “Immortal Bach”

Since winning the ARD International Music Competition, Simone Rubino's career has skyrocketed: soon thereafter he was honoured with the Credit Young Artist Award and appeared as soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – and that at the young age of 23! Simone has now recorded his first CD, “Immortal Bach”.

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Concerto Köln and Kent Nagano: Wagner Readings

For the first time, Wagner's monumental work, “The Ring of the Nibelung”, will be researched and performed from a historically-informed performance practice perspective. Never before has the tetralogy been the center of focus of the early music movement; Concerto Köln and Kent Nagano wish to change that.

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150 Psalms – Nederlands Kamerkoor

150 Psalms set to music by 150 composers in two days – for its 80th anniversary, the Nederlands Kamerkoor (Netherlands Chamber Choir) tackles an extraordinary project.

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Daniel Behle: Successful Debut at the Bayreuth Festival

For several years we have thoroughly enjoyed worked together with Daniel Behle. He is primarily known as a highly gifted Lieder performer and Schubert singer. With his debut at the Bayreuth Festival, he ventured into new territory.

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Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane 2017

We have helped support the Palazzetto Bru Zane since 2012 and the collaboration – this we can affirm after so many years – always remains exciting!

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The Bergen International Festival 2017

For over 50 years, the Bergen International Festival has taken place in one of the most beautiful cities in Norway. This year's festival ran from May 24th to June 7th, 2017, under the motto “Identities”.

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Thomas Larcher: "A Padmore Cycle"

Our ongoing collaboration with the Tyrolean composer Thomas Larcher dates back several years. We constantly follow his innovative work, be it as a composer, pianist or as festival director, with great pleasure and anticipation.

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Terry Wey: Album "Pace e guerra"

A few years ago at the Händelfestspielen Karlsruhe we saw Terry Wey perform live for the first time and the young countertenor made an immediate and lasting impression on us.

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Goldmund Quartett: Debut album Haydn

 For their debut album the musicians have recorded three quartets by Joseph Haydn, the “father of the string quartet”.

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Daniel Behle: Album „Mein Hamburg“

For this recording Daniel Behle reveals a very personal view of “his city” and ponders upon the North with great emphasis.

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Concerto Köln: Album Vivaldi „Die vier Jahreszeiten“

The latest album release of Concerto Köln is dedicated to a brilliant recording of Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”.

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Junge Deutsche Philharmonie: The autumn tour 2016

In September 2016, the self-governed orchestra and its chief conductor and artistic advisor Jonathan Nott together with the Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto went on a tour under the motto “Eroica” that led them across Germany and to the South of France.

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Franco Fagioli: Album Rossini

The release of his first album on the renowned label Deutsche Grammophon with arias by Rossini was yet another highlight for Franco Fagioli

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