"Beethoven vs. Woelfl" is the motto of Luisa Imorde's album, "L'Affaire d'honneur", which was released in February. For her second CD, she refers to a competition between Ludwig van Beethoven and Joseph Woelfl.
What a spring season for Xavier Sabata! In February, the countertenor wowed both audience and press in the world premiere of Benet Casablanca's opera "L'enigma di Lea" at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
For the opening of the Offenbach Year 2019, the Palazzetto Bru Zane extended an invitation in January to Parisian Théâtre Marigny and to “Les P'tites Michu” in Reims as well. A very comical production of two one-act plays by Offenbach and Hervé had the audience in stitches.
In 2019 the Queen Sonja International Music Competition will take place in Oslo 13–23 August. The next round of applications will begin 15 February 2019, with a deadline of 1 April 2019. The competition is open for young singers (upper age limit is 32 years) from all over the world.
Sir George Benjamin is not only one of the most renowned composers of our times, but also a widely esteemed conductor. In March he conducts Ensemble Modern and the full-size Ensemble Modern Orchestra in seven performances.