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UK premiere for Marco Stroppa

Le marteau fantôme in Aldeburgh.
When Jun 24, 2016
from 08:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Aldeburgh
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UK premiere for Marco Stroppa’s Le marteau fantôme for piano on 24 June in Aldeburgh. Pierre-Laurent Aimard will perform the composition as part of the Aldeburgh Festival, Britten Studio, Snape.

 

 

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Salvatore Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici in a new production

From 14 to 17 June at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna
When Jun 14, 2016 08:00 PM to
Jun 17, 2016 10:00 PM
Where Bologna
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From 14 to 17 June the Teatro Comunale in Bologna will present Salvatore Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici in a new production under the direction of Jürgen Flimm. The production has been realised in collaboration with the StaatsOper in Berlin, where it has been programmed for July (from 10 to 16). The Orchestra of Teatro Comunale , the singers  (Katharina Kammerloher , soprano - Lena Haselmann, alto - Christian Oldenburg , tenor - Otto Katzameier, baritone) are conducted by Marco Angius.
Since its première at the Schwetzingen Festival in 1998 the opera, in two acts, on a libretto by the composer himself and drawn from Giacinto Andrea Cicognini’s Il tradimento per l’onore (1964), has been performed more than a hundred times.
Below is a list of the venues it has been performed in:
Schwetzingen,  Rokokotheather Schwetzinger Festpiele (19 May 1998, world première)
Wien, Wiener Festwochen Teatro Odeon (29 May 1998)
Luzern, (5 November 1999)
Paris, Festival d’Automne (20 November 2000)
Bruxelles, Festival Ars Musica ( 16 March 2001)
New York, Lincoln Center (10 July 2001)
Wuppertal, Operhaus (15 February 2002)
Madrid, Festival Musica de Hoy (5 March 2002)
Kufstein, Tiroler Festspiele (21 July 2002)
Turin, Settembre Musica Festival (4 September 2002)
Berlin, Berliner Festpiele (17 October 2002)
Koblenz, Theater der Stadt (11 October 2003)
Warsaw, Warsaw Autumn Festival (16 September 2006)
Lyon, Festival Amour Soupçon (17 April 2007)
Salzburg, Salzburg Festival  (3 August 2008)
Wien, Theater an der Wien (14 December 2008)
Madrid, Teatro de la Zarzuela (6 June 2009)
Poznan, Festival Nostalgia (10 October 2009)
Berlin, MaerzMusik (19 March 2010)
Montepulciano, Co-production Festival Internazionale Cantiere d’arte/Oper Frankfurt  (31 July 2010)
Frankfurt, Oper (14 May 2011)
Buenos Aires, Teatro San Martín (5 November 2011)
Passau, Landestheater (17 December 2011)
Moscow, Na Strastnom (26 November 2012)
Buxton, Music Wales Theater, tour in UK - Libretto in English (July-November 2013)
Tongyeong (South Korea), International Music Festival (28 March 2014)
Göteborg, Opera Musikteater Verket (14 August 2014)
Wien, Wiener Festwochen (16 May 2015)
Bologna, Co-production Teatro Comunale/Staatsoper Unter den Linden (14 June 2016)
Berlin, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater (10 July 2016)

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Marcello Panni in Paris on 8 June

World premiere for Mishima Trio.
When Jun 08, 2016
from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Paris
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Marcello Panni’s new composition Mishima Trio, for clarinet, violin and piano will have its world premiere in Paris on 8 June. The Carbonare Trio, to which this piece is devoted, will perform the composition at the Italian Cultural Institute, as part of the Festival de Musique Italienne.

 

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Marco Betta in Auckland and Christchurch

First performance in New Zealand for Tre mari.
When Jun 07, 2016 06:00 PM to
Jun 08, 2016 07:00 PM
Where Auckland and Christchurch
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On 7 and 8 June Marco Betta’s Tre mari (Sonata No. 1) for violin and piano, will have its New Zealand premiere. Francesco D'Orazio and Giampaolo Nuti will perform the composition in Auckland, Auckland Town Hall, Concert Chamber, on 7 June and in Christchurch, the day after. The concert has been organized  by the Italian Embassy in Wellington and by the IIC in Sydney, in cooperation with The Dante Alighieri Society in Auckland and the Com.IT.Es in Wellington, to celebrate the Italian National Day.

 

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Ottetto by Niccolò Castiglioni

Austrian premiere in Innsbruck on 4 June.
When Jun 04, 2016
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Innsbruck
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Niccolò Castiglioni ‘s Ottetto for wind instruments, will have its Austrian premiere in Innsbruck on 4 June. Kasper de Roo will conduct the Windkraft  Kapelle für Neue Musik at the VIERundEINZIG (Grosser Saal).

 

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...tra la carne e il cielo... by Azio Corghi

Release of the Decca CD.
When May 31, 2016
from 12:25 PM to 12:25 PM
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Tra la carne e il cielo, Azio Corghi’s composition in honour of Pier Paolo Pasolini, written on a libretto by Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis, is now available on CD (Decca). The piece, commissioned by the Teatro Comunale G. Verdi in Pordenone for the 40th anniversary of the poet’s death, was recorded on the occasion of its world premiere on 2nd November last year. The interpreters are the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Tito Ceccherini, Silvia Chiesa (concertante cello and dedicatee of the piece), Maurizio Baglini (piano), Valentina Coladonato (soprano), and Omero Antonutti (reciting voice). The CD also features other compositions by Corghi: Filigrane Bachiane (it too a world first recording) for piano and string orchestra, and D’après cinq chansons d’élite, a suite for cello and piano dedicated to the duo Chiesa/Baglini.

 

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World premiere for Corghi’s …respiro il tuo respiro…

Tarcento (Udine) 30 May.
When May 30, 2016
from 08:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Tarcento
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Azio Corghi’s …respiro il tuo respiro…, lyrics by Saffo,  for mezzosoprano and piano, will have its world premiere in Tarcento (Udine), at the De Rubeis Florit Villa, on 30 May.  Akiko Kozato, mezzosoprano and Adele D’Aronzo, piano, will perform the composition as part of the Risuonanze 2016 Festival.

 

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Franceschini: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

World premiere in Paris on 28 May.
When May 28, 2016
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Paris
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Alice au pays des merveilles (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Matteo Franceschini’s latest opera for 5 singers, boys’ choir, actors and orchestra, will be premiered on May 28 at the Philharmonie in Paris. The adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novel has been realised by Edouard Signolet, who will also direct the production. Jean Deroyer will conduct the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, which, with the Philharmonie, co-commissioned the opera. The singers (2 sopranos, a contralto, a tenor, and a baritone) interpret a range of roles. The boys’ choir, which has a substantial part to play, is made up of young boys coming from the schools in Paris, all carefully selected during the school year, in line with a process which was already in place by the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France’.

 

 

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Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo (Milo and Maya around the world) by Franceschini

On 28 May the German premiere.
When May 28, 2016 11:00 AM to
Jun 02, 2016 12:10 PM
Where Magdeburg
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On 28 May (additional performances until 2 June), the Opernhaus of Magdeburg will host the German premiere (with libretto into German) of the Expo Opera Milo, Maya und die Reise um die Welt (Milo and Maya around the world), a contemporary opera for young audiences (ages 6 to 14) written by Matteo Franceschini on a libretto by Lisa Capaccioli. The opera tells the story of an imaginary round-the-world trip that two 13-year-olds undertake by way of the ethnic restaurants of a large city. Through the dishes they encounter the young protagonists get to know the tastes and customs of various cultures.
The world premiere of Milo, Maya e il giro del mondo (which took place on February 2015 in Como with libretto into Italian) has been developed through the European project Interactive Opera where specially tailored education initiatives prepare students to engage with the piece and the performers. Directed by Caroline Leboutte, the opera is a coproduction of several European institutions (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana di Como-AsLiCo; Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liége (BE); Theater Magdeburg (GER); and the Opéra de Rouen – Haute Normandie (FRA). After the French premiere on January 15, Milo and Maya around the world had its Belgian premiere in Liège on 17 February and now its German premiere.

 

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Il giornale della necropoli by Sciarrino in Florence

Italian premiere on 26 May.
When May 26, 2016
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Florence
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Salvatore Scirrino’s Il giornale della necropoli for accordion and orchestra, will have its Italian premiere in Florence, Opera Theatre, on 26 May. The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra will be conducted by Alexander Mayr, accordion Geir Draugsvoll. The concert is part of the 79th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

 

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La sabbia del tempo by Romitelli in Ljubljana

Slovenian premiere on 25 May.
When May 25, 2016
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
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Fausto Romitelli’s La sabbia del tempo, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and keyboard, will be performed  for the first time in Slovenia, Ljubljana, Cankar Hall, on 25 May by the Neofonia Ensemble conducted by Stevan Loy.

 

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World premiere for Alberto Colla in Milan

Notturno IX "Rope Bridge".
When May 21, 2016
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Milan
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Alberto Colla’s  Notturno IX "Rope Bridge", for piano, will be premiered by Gianluca Cascioli on May 21 in Milan, at the Edison Building, as part of the ‘Piano City Milano’ cycle.
During the concert, Cascioli will perform another Colla’s piano work: Notturno VII "Mosarc”.

 

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Greek premiere of Nono’s, La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura

Athens, 17 May.
When May 17, 2016
from 09:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where Athens
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Greek premiere of Luigi Nono’s, La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura. ‘Madrigale a più “caminantes” con Gidon Kremer’, for solo violin and 8 tapes. The composition will be performed  in Athens (at the Onassis Cultural Centre)  on May 17, as part of the “Talks and Thoughts” cycle. Tania Sikelianou is the violinist and  Thomas Pouliasis the sound director.

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Professor Bad Trip: Lesson I, II, III by Fausto Romitelli

Dutch premiere for the complete cycle.
When May 14, 2016
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where The Hague
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The complete cycle of Fausto Romitelli’s  Professor Bad Trip: Lesson I, II, III will be performed for the first time in the Netherlands on May 14. The trilogy will be played  by the Klang XL Ensemble, conductor Christian Karlsen, in The Hague (Theater aan het Spui), as part of the Voor Nieuwe Muziek Festival.

 

 

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RPS Music Award to Luca Francesconi

When May 12, 2016
from 10:40 AM to 10:40 AM
Where London
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Luca Francesconi, has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Large-Scale Composition for his violin concerto, Duende: The Dark Notes, a work described by the RPS jury as a “white-knuckle ride of dramatic intent.”

He is the first Italian to have won the award.

In making the prestigious RPS Music Award to Luca Francesconi, the jury commented: “Drawing on the world of flamenco, this work is a febrile proliferation of gripping ideas driven with unceasing energy by the solo protagonist. The composer has created a white-knuckle ride of dramatic intent, which never loses its focus even through captivating moments of calm within the turmoil".
The RPS Music Awards, marking outstanding musical achievement in the UK in 2015, are chosen by distinguished, independent juries. Duende: the Dark Notes received its UK premiere in July 2015 at the BBC Proms in London, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, with violin soloist Leila Josefowicz.
Luca Francesconi joins an illustrious list of outstanding composers who have previously won the RPS Music Award for Large-Scale Composition, including Michael Tippett, Olivier Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux, Thomas Adès and George Benjamin.
The RPS Music Awards ceremony took place on May 10 at The Brewery in the City of London.

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Adelson e Salvini by Vincenzo Bellini

London 11 May.
When May 11, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where London
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The world premiere of  the Vincenzo Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini (in the critical edition)  will take place on 11 May in London, Barbican Centre. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Rara Chorus, will be conducted by Daniele Rustioni, Kenneth Richardson, director.

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Lo specchio magico new opera by Fabio Vacchi

On May 7 in Florence.
When May 07, 2016
from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Florence
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On  May 7 in Florence the Orchestra and Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by John Axelrod, will perform the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi’s Lo specchio magico (Urban Art Dance Opera), libretto by Aldo Nove. The direction is entrusted  to the video-maker Edoardo Zucchetti.
The main theme of the opera is pacifism, and it is shown in various historical episodes ranging  from Ancient Greece to today. On the stage, along with the singers,  the storyteller, interpreted by the rapper Millelemmi, and an “urban dancer”, interweave hip hop culture with age-old musical traditions: madrigals, lyric arias and choruses. This way, they guide the listener through each historical episode.
While listening to the live performance of Vacchi’s music, the artist Marco Tarascio (alias Moby Dick) paints graffiti on a wall outside of the opera house. Simultaneously, this graffiti is projected on a screen on stage.
Lo specchio magico, the magic mirror, is a mysterious instrument through which a little boy shows to four ferocious tyrants the dramatic future awaiting the planet as a consequence of their actions… The opera is a journey that  travels through time and unites countries that lie thousands of kilometres apart. It is also a reflection of the beauty of life and a moving parable of hope.

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Venus by Francesco Antonioni

World premiere in Rome on May 5.
When May 05, 2016
from 09:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Rome
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In the course of a recital she will be giving at the Teatro Olimpico in Rome on 5 May as part of the concert season of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana the great percussionist Evelyn Glennie will perform the world premiere of Venus, a piece specially written for her by Francesco Antonioni.
Fascinated by Evelyn Glennie’s virtuosity and stage presence, the composer explains the reason for the title: …seeing and hearing Evelyn Glennie play her instruments, you understand that… through percussion it’s possible to put into gentle movement membranes, resonances, to make the air vibrate and produce sonorous waves capable of radiating wide and far, in their ethereal and rarefied, yet always plastic and concrete dimension. Hence the image of Venus, as she rises up from the depths of the sea, converses with aquatic creatures, gracefully touches and instils life into every object, and sets in motion the resonances of bodies.
Venus has been commissioned by the Accademia Filarmonica Romana.

 

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Afterthought by Battistelli in Monaco

On April 30 premiere in Montecarlo.
When Apr 30, 2016
from 08:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Montecarlo
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The    Monegasque premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Afterthought (about a Shakespearean tragedy), for orchestra, will take place on April 30 in Montecarlo. Daniele Rustioni will conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Montecarlo at the Ranieri III Auditorium.

 

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Leone d'oro to Salvatore Sciarrino

Salvatore Sciarrino: Leone d’oro for lifetime contribution to music.
When Apr 28, 2016
from 10:25 AM to 10:25 AM
Where Venice
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“Consummate artist and refined teacher, Salvatore Sciarrino is universally recognised as one of the most original and influential voices of our time” – so reads the motivation for the award pronounced by Ivan Fedele, Director of the Venice Biennale, who goes on: “Sciarrino has dedicated his existence to the art of composing with a spirit of incessant inquiry and invention that have led him to uncover an extraordinary world of sound thereby giving a decisive impulse to the renewal of contemporary music and demonstrating how music, in order for it to be renewed and rediscovered, has to step outside its historicised form and become a listening experience in which the spectator is at the centre of mysterious and almost ancestral phenomena”.

 

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