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Almost Nowhere by Marco Momi

Almost Nowhere will be performed for the first time in Finland.
When Jul 01, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Viitasaari
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Almost Nowhere by Marco Momi will be performed for the first time in Finland in Viitassari as part of Time of Music Festival on July 1. The piece written for sax, piano, percussion, electric guitar and electronics will be played by the Nikel Ensemble, Timo Kurkikanga and Anders Pohjola, electronics.

 

 

 

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Fabio Luisi conducts critical edition of I Capuleti e i Montecchi

From 21 June to 12 July the Bellini's opera will be performed at the Zurich Opera House.
When Jun 21, 2015 07:00 PM to
Jul 12, 2015 09:00 PM
Where Zurich
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From 21 June to 12 July, the critical edition of Vincenzo Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, edited by Claudio Toscani, will be performed at the Zurich Opera House under the baton of Fabio Luisi. Performed for the first time in November 2000 at the Teatro Massimo in Catania, this edition of I Capuleti e i Montecchi was also staged in Hannover, London, Leipzig, Munich, Rome, Salzburg and Tokyo, among others.
This is the first volume of the series the Edizione Critica delle Opere di Vincenzo Bellini launched in 1999 by Casa Ricordi with the contribution and collaboration of the Teatro Massimo V. Bellini in Catania. The first great composer of Italian Romanticism, Vincenzo Bellini, with his highly original style, was a key figure in the early 19th century. Until recently, his works have been performed from so-called “traditional” scores: editions derived from decades of performances with limited critical musicological attention and, as a consequence, characterised by significant errors and distorted readings bearing little resemblance to the original sources.
Begun in 1999, work on the edition has been underway ever since: the critical edition of I Capuleti e i Montecchi was followed by La Sonnambula, the collections Musica strumentale and Musica vocale da camera and, in 2014, by the monumental edition of I Puritani which included both the original version of the opera performed in Paris in 1835 and, in the appendix, the sections modified for a performance that was supposed to have taken place at the Teatro S. Carlo in Naples but that never happened. Currently, editions of La straniera, Adelson e Salvini and Norma are being prepared for release.
The Edizione Critica delle Opere di Vincenzo Bellini aims to restore the original dramatic and musical character of the Bellini's scores. Following the editorial philosophy established for all critical editions, the Bellini edition will produce scores that meet the exacting requirements of both performers and scholars. By offering reliable editions, the series aims to restore great works in versions written or sanctioned by the composer, and also stimulate the circulation of lesser known works.

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Sergio Rendine in Pilsen

Czech Republic premiere for Un segreto d’importanza.
When Jun 20, 2015
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Pilsen
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Czech Republic premiere  on June 20 for Un segreto d’importanza, opera in one act by Sergio Rendine, based on the libretto by Lorenzo Arruga. The opera will be staged at the Divadlo J.K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, as part of the events taking place in the city during the ‘European Capital of Culture 2015’.

 

 

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Blanquette by Azio Corghi in Paris

French premiere on June 19.
When Jun 19, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Paris
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The French premiere of Azio Corghi’s Blanquette will take place on June 19, at the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris. The work, for reciting voice and Chamber Orchestra, will be interpreted by Chiara Muti and the musicians of the Orchestra della Toscana under the direction of Marco Angius.
Commissioned in 2014 by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Blanquette was  premiered by the same performers on July 10, 2014,  at the Settimane Musicali  in Siena.
In Blanquette, Corghi uses the text of Alphonse Daudet’s famous short story La chèvre de M. Seguin, which is part of the children’s collection Lettres de mon moulin. The story, written with a didactic intent, tells of  Blanquette, a little white goat that escapes from her stall where she is kept by Monsieur Seguin for her protection and heads towards a mountain that she sees in the distance. She passes a happy day amidst nature, but when evening falls she encounters the wolf, who, after a strenuous and cruel struggle, devours her. Corghi explains that the feel of the French text led him to re-propose in an updated form the musical language he had learned in the course of his formal training.

 

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Luca Francesconi’s Quartett in Buenos Aires

Argentinian premiere on June 16.
When Jun 16, 2015 08:00 PM to
Jun 23, 2015 09:30 PM
Where Buenos Aires
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On June 16 (additional performances up until June 23)  the Argentinian premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Quartett  will be staged in Buenos Aires, Colón Theatre. The roles of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont have been entrusted to Allison Cook and  Robin Adams. The Colón Theatre Orchestra will be conducted by Brad Lubman, the stage direction is by Alex Ollé.
After the world premiere of the opera (Teatro alla Scala April 2011 – direction Fura dels Baus), Quartett has been performed in Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Oporto, Strasburg, Lille,  Lisbon, London and in Malmö last April.

 

 

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Alberto Colla in Japan

World premiere of Notturno VII - Mosarc.
When Jun 12, 2015
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Tokyo
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The world premiere of Alberto Colla’s piano piece Notturno VII - Mosarc will be performed by Gianluca Cascioli in Tokyo, Kioi Hall, on June 12.

 

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Marco Stroppa's premiere

Il peso di un respiro will be performed in Venice.
When Jun 08, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Venice
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On June 8, Michele Marelli will perform the world premiere of Marco Stroppa’s  Il peso di un respiro. Riflessioni for horn basset. The concert will take place at Teatro la Fenice in Venice, as part of the 2014-2015 Società Veneziana di Concerti chamber season.

 

 

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Afterthought (about a Shakespearean tragedy) by Giorgio Battistelli

Spanish premiere on June 2.
When Jun 02, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Madrid
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The Spanish premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Afterthought (about a Shakespearean tragedy), for orchestra, will take place on June 2 in Madrid at the Auditorio Nacional. The Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, will be performed by José Ramón Encinar.

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Quando stanno morendo.Diario polacco N. 2 by Luigi Nono

The composition will be premiered in Belgium on May 28.
When May 28, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where Gand
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Quando stanno morendo.Diario polacco N. 2, for female voices, flute, cello and live electronics by Luigi Nono will be premiered in Belgium on May 28. The composition will be performed in Gand, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, by the Hyoid Ensemble and the Aton’&Armide Ensemble, live electronics Centre Henri Pousseur, sound direction Daan Janssens.

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An “quasi una serenata” con la complicità di Schubert by Stefano Gervasoni

South Korean premiere on May 28.
When May 28, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Seoul
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South Korean premiere for Stefano Gervasoni’s An “quasi una serenata” con la complicità di Schubert for alto flute, clarinet and string trio on May 28. The Contemporary Music Ensemble Sori, under the baton of  Jooho Song, will perform the composition in Seoul, Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall.

La verità in cimento by Antonio Vivaldi

The revision by Enrico Careri, will be staged for the first time in Switzerland on May 25.
When May 25, 2015 07:00 PM to
Jun 16, 2015 09:15 PM
Where Zurich
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La verità in cimento, dramma per musica by Antonio Vivaldi, revision by Enrico Careri, will be staged for the first time in Switzerland on May 25  (additional performances up until June 16). The opera will be staged in Zurich, Opernhaus, in Italian language with German and English surtitles. La Scintilla Orchestra will be conducted by Ottavio Dantone, stage direction by Jan Philipp Gloger, scenery by Ben Baur, costumes by Karin Jud.

 

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Luca Francesconi Vertical Invader - Concerto grosso for reed quintet and orchestra

On May 23 world premiere in Amsterdam.
When May 23, 2015
from 02:15 PM to 03:15 PM
Where Amsterdam
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On May 23 in Amsterdam, the Calefax Rietkwintet together with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest under the direction of Osmo Vänskä will perform the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Vertical Invader. With this new concerto Francesconi continues his exploration of language, immitating familiar sounds of from our daily life. The piece moves from noise to consonance, and from variable meters and rhythms to a regular pulse. It explores all ideas without taboo. The composer explains that his music is a “quest for transparency and the elimination of the mass of redundancy that is present today both in contemporary music and in commercial music’. The ‘vertical invader’ to which the title refers is a metaphor for a connection that is true and profoundly desired - as opposed to the false relationships presented by mass media - a synchronicity that in music is as perennially elusive as it is in the world’. The concert will take place in the Het Concertgebouw as part of the NTR ZaterdagMatinee. The piece has been commissioned jointly by the Stichting Omroep Muziek/NTR ZaterdagMatinee and the Royal Concertgebouw.

 

 

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Poliuto in Glyndebourne

UK premiere for the critical edition.
When May 21, 2015 05:15 PM to
Jul 15, 2015 08:45 PM
Where Glyndebourne
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The critical edition of  Gaetano Donizetti’s Poliuto (lyric tragedy in 3 acts), edited by William Ashbrook and Roger Parker, will take place for the first time in UK on May 21. The opera will be staged at the Glyndebourne Opera House, as part of the Glyndebourne Festival, by the Glyndebourne Chorus and  the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Enrique Mazzola. Director Mariame Clément, designer Julia Hansen, lighting designer Bernd Purkrabek. Additional performances up until July 15.

 

 

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Zodiac by Marcello Panni

Twelve Lieder for voice and orchestra (2015) on poems by Gaia Servadio.
When May 20, 2015 09:00 PM to
May 22, 2015 10:00 PM
Where Florence
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Zodiac, twelve Lieder for voice and orchestra, a new composition by Marcello Panni on poems by Gaia Servadio, will be premiered in Florence on May 20 by the mezzo-soprano Alda Caiello and the Orchestra della Toscana, conducted by Garry Walker. The central theme of this group of poems is the falsehood of astrology: no illusion, no lasting happiness is conceded to us, even if we pretend to believe in deceitful star signs.
Talking of Zodiac, the composer explains: ‘I wanted to call these pieces Lieder both because of my love for Schubert’s and Schumann’s masterpieces and because I have made use of the extremely simple form typical of the binary (ABAB) or ternary (ABA) Lied in almost all the star signs. As Schubert composed his songs, every star sign is a brief, self-contained and independent form, but they are linked together by similar motives. Moreover, as in Bach’s and Chopin’s preludes, every star sign has a different tonal centre: one for each of the twelve pitches in an octave from the C of Pisces to the B of Aquarius.’ The orchestra is used as an ensemble of soloists who punctuate and accompany the voice creating transparency and lightness.
Zodiac has been commissioned by the Orchestra della Toscana.

 

 

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Patoussalafoi! by Matteo Franceschini

Matteo Franceschini’s new work for the theatre will be premiered on May 20.
When May 20, 2015 03:00 PM to
May 23, 2015 04:00 PM
Where Saint-Étienne
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Patoussalafoi! is the title of Matteo Franceschini’s new work for the theatre. Written on a libretto by Philippe Dorin, it will be premiered on May 20 at the Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne. Patoussalafoi! is a choral work for four voices - a kind of opera a cappella in which the singers perform duets, trios and quartets. The plot is a simple comedy: the protagonists all want to tell a story at the same time (an interesting set of intersecting voices and sounds), but in the general confusion the story never gets told. Patoussalafoi!, written for young audiences (age 3 and up), is a co-production of the Opéra Théâtre Saint-Étienne and the Centre dramatique national de Montluçon.
for young audiences (age 3 and up), is a co-production of the Opéra Théâtre Saint-Étienne and the Centre dramatique national de Montluçon.

 

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Carlo Boccadoro Concerto for cello and orchestra

Premiered in Turin on May 18.
When May 18, 2015
from 08:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Turin
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Written for soloist Enrico Dindo and conductor Gianandrea Noseda, Carlo Boccadoro’s Concerto for cello and orchestra will be premiered by the Orchestra del Teatro Regio in Turin on May 18.
‘The piece – as the composer explains – is through-composed and lasts about 25 minutes without interruption but internally divided into three parts. The first ‘movement’ alternates between moments of unfettered cantabilità and more rhythmic and virtuosic sections. The slower central movement presents the solo cello interacting with the brass section in a marked harmonic tension. A third and final movement has a lively, jazz-like character and uses the whole orchestra as a big band with virtuosic interjections from the solo cello. The piece has been commissioned by the Teatro Regio’.

 

 

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Giorgio Battistelli’s new opera, CO2

Commissioned by the Teatro alla Scala and on stage from May 16 to 29 in Milan.
When May 16, 2015 08:00 PM to
May 29, 2015 09:35 PM
Where Milan
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The theme of Giorgio Battistelli’s new opera, CO2 – commissioned by the Teatro alla Scala and on stage from May 16 to 29 in Milan – is climate change. With a libretto in English entrusted to Ian Burton and stage direction by Robert Carsen, the opera promises to be the most important event in La Scala’s EXPO season. The house orchestra and chorus will be conducted by Cornelius Meister.
Here we interview the composer:

CO2 (the chemical formula for carbon dioxide) confronts the most hotly debated issue in recent years: the survival of the planet. Can you tell us how the idea came to you to write an opera on a theme so crucial for humanity?
The idea for the opera came to me after reading Al Gore’s book “An inconvenient truth”. The book struck me because it deals with problems that concern the whole of humanity and not just a single country or continent. While I was reading the book, I received an invitation from Stephane Lissner to write an opera for La Scala. When we met for the first time, I proposed this subject and he enthusiastically supported the idea. Later, as time went by, I decided to abandon Al Gore’s text but not the subject of climate and so Ian Burton wrote an original libretto.
The opera is divided into nine scenes with a prologue and an epilogue. How many characters are there and what is the story?
It’s an opera with a symbolic narrative line. It starts from Shiva’s dance and ends with the Kyoto Convention on global warming. It includes a scene in which Adam and Eve meet and one of the tsunami. There’s a scene set in a chaotic airport with passengers waiting to depart and another inside a supermarket concerning the globalisation of food production. In a key moment, Gaia, the earth, appears and warns man that he is lacerating her from within and that if he destroys her, he will also be destroyed.
Do you think that CO2 will be able to help in any way to stir the conscience of governments, or of ordinary people, to safeguard our planet? Doesn’t each of us, in our own small way, bear some responsibility?
My hope is that through a work of music theatre - through an artistic and musical viewpoint - it is possible to touch the consciences of people and to look at this very serious problem from an aesthetic, rather than scientific, angle.
With CO2 you once again collaborate with the writer and playwright Ian Burton and with the director Robert Carsen, with whom you worked on the opera Richard III, produced in 2005 at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp. Can you tell us how you worked as a team?
With Carsen and Burton there was an excellent artistic empathy right from the start. We worked to develop certain key dramaturgic features of the text, creating a synchronicity between the musical score and the visual aspects that emerge from it.
After CO2 what projects are you going to work on?
After CO2 I have a very strong desire to continue writing operas.

 

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Fausto Romitelli’s An Index of Metals

Luxembourg premiere on May 13.
When May 13, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Luxembourg
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Luxembourg  premiere on May 13, for Fausto Romitelli’s  An Index of Metals, video-opera for soprano, ensemble, multiprojection and electronics. The composition will be performed by Donatienne Michel-Dansac, soprano and by the Ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin under the baton of Julien Leroy, at the Luxembourg Philharmonie, as part of the Musiques d’aujourd’hui Festival.

 

 

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Francesco Antonioni’s Da cosa nasce cosa "Un omaggio a Bruno Munari"

World premiere on May 11 in Milan.
When May 11, 2015
from 09:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where Milan
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On May 11 at the Teatro dell’Elfo in Milan the ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi will perform the world premiere of Francesco Antonioni’s Da cosa nasce cosa. "Un omaggio a Bruno Munari".  under the direction of Carlo Boccadoro as part of the group’s current concert season. Da cosa nasce cosa – a programmatic title (Things come from things) borrowed from the designer Bruno Munari’s manual for creative design – is made up of three pieces that draw inspiration from certain design problems dealt with in the book. The composition, commissioned by the ensemble, has given Francesco Antonioni the opportunity to link the thought of Bruno Munari to the theme of sustainability promoted in Milan’s Expo 2015. The musical ideas, mirroring the maxim that gives the piece its title, develop continually throughout the composition gradually revealing the musical form through repetition and variation.

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Francesco Antonioni’s Da cosa nasce cosa "Un omaggio a Bruno Munari"

World premiere on May 11 in Milan.
When May 11, 2015
from 09:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where Milan
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On May 11 at the Teatro dell’Elfo in Milan the ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi will perform the world premiere of Francesco Antonioni’s Da cosa nasce cosa. "Un omaggio a Bruno Munari".  under the direction of Carlo Boccadoro as part of the group’s current concert season. Da cosa nasce cosa – a programmatic title (Things come from things) borrowed from the designer Bruno Munari’s manual for creative design – is made up of three pieces that draw inspiration from certain design problems dealt with in the book. The composition, commissioned by the ensemble, has given Francesco Antonioni the opportunity to link the thought of Bruno Munari to the theme of sustainability promoted in Milan’s Expo 2015. The musical ideas, mirroring the maxim that gives the piece its title, develop continually throughout the composition gradually revealing the musical form through repetition and variation.

 

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