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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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Aspern Suite by Salvatore Sciarrino in Paris

French premiere on May 11.
When May 11, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Paris
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On May 11 Aspern Suite for soprano and instruments by Salvatore Sciarrino will have its French premiere in Paris. The Ensemble 2e2m, under the direction of Pierre Roullier, and the soprano Élise Chauvin will perform the composition at the Marcel Landowski Auditorium.

 

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Encore Da capo for six instruments by Luca Francesconi

American premiere on May 11.
When May 11, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where New York
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Encore Da capo for six instruments by Luca Francesconi will take place in New York on May 11 at the Subculture. Musicians of the New York Philharmonic will perform the work as part of the concert “CONTACT!: New Music from Italy”.

 

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élet… fogytiglan by Marco Stroppa

World premiere of the complete version in Cologne.
When May 09, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Cologne
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The world premiere of the complete version of Marco Sroppa’s élet… fogytiglan for 15 performers will take place on May 9 in Cologne (Philharmonie), as part of the Acht Brücken.Musik für Köln festival. The work is performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado.

 

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Sergio Calligaris in Pistoia

World premiere of Concerto op.52 for two pianos.
When May 08, 2015
from 09:15 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Pistoia
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On May 8, the Duo Pianistico di Firenze (Sara Bartolucci e Rodolfo Alessandrini) will be performing the world premiere of Sergio Calligaris’ Concerto op.52 for two pianos, in Pistoia at the great hall of Episcopal Seminary. The piece was written in 2011 in the double version for 2 pianos and for piano 4 hands. In the same concert the pianists will also perform Parafrasi op. 16 by the same composer.

 

 

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Marco Stroppa in Badajoz

Spanish premiere for Zwielicht.
When May 08, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Badajoz
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Marco Stroppa’s Zwielicht for double bass, two percussionists and live electronic will have its Spanish premiere on May 8 in Badajoz. The Smash Ensemble will perform the composition at the Edificio Badajoz Siglo XXI, as part of the ’VIII ciclo de Música Contemporanea (Badajoz) 2015’.

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Giorgio Battistelli - Teatro dell’Opera in Rome

Giorgio Battistelli appointed artistic director at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.
When Apr 27, 2015
from 04:40 PM to 04:40 PM
Where Rome
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The Superintendent of the Teatro dell’Opera, Carlo Fuortes, in agreement with the President of the Foundation and Mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, has appointed composer Giorgio Battistelli and maestro Alessio Vlad as artistic directors. Within the context of this joint direction, Alessio Vlad will continue to coordinate the opera programming while Giorgio Battistelli will coordinate the programs on theatre and contemporary languages and on symphonic music.

 

Aureliano in Palmira by Gioachino Rossini

Aureliano in Palmira was awarded the prize for the best re-discovered opera.
When Apr 27, 2015
from 10:55 AM to 10:55 AM
Where London
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Aureliano in Palmira by Gioachino Rossini was awarded the prize for the best re-discovered opera at the International Opera Awards 2015, promoted by the English magazine OPERA.  The world premiere  of the critical edition, realized by Will Crutchfield,  was staged  by Rossini Opera Festival in 2014. The award ceremony took place on April 27 at Savoy Theatre  in London.

 

 

Luca Francesconi’s Quartett in Malmö

New production on April 25 (additional performances up until May 29).
When Apr 25, 2015 06:00 PM to
May 29, 2015 07:30 PM
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On April 25 (additional performances up until May 29)  the Swedish premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Quartett  will be staged at Malmö Opera in a new production directed by Stefan Johansson. The roles of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont have been entrusted to Kirstin Chavez and Christian Miedl. The Malmö Operaorkester will be conducted by Ralf Kircher. 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, and last June at Royal Opera House in the first new production after the world premiere.

 

 

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Golfi d'ombra in Zagreb

Croatian premiere of Fausto Romitelli’s composition on April 21.
When Apr 21, 2015
from 11:00 PM to 11:55 PM
Where Zagreb
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In Zagreb, Croatian premiere of Fausto Romitelli’s composition Golfi d’ombra, for one percussionist (1990-93), revised by Simone Beneventi (2012). The concert will take place on April 21 at the Music Biennale Zagreb, MM Centre, Simone Beneventi soloist.

 

 

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Colasanti and Francesconi in The Hague

Netherlands premieres for Silvia Colasanti and Luca Francesconi.
When Apr 17, 2015
from 08:15 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Den Haag
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Netherlands premieres for Silvia Colasanti’s In the earth and air for ensemble and Encore/Da capo for six instruments by Luca Francesconi. The concert will take place in The Hague on April 17 at the Royal Conservatory. The New European Ensemble will perform the works as part of the concert “Viva Italia”.

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