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UK premiere of Francesconi's Duende - The Dark Notes

It will be performed in London on July 27.
When Jul 27, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where London
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The UK premiere of Duende - The Dark Notes, the violin concerto by Luca Francesconi, will be performed by Leila Josefowics  and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London on July 27. The concert conducted by Susanna Mälkki will take place at  Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms season.
“Historically –  says Francesconi – duende is the demon of flamenco. As Federico Garcìa Lorca explains, it is a subterranean force of unheard-of power that escapes rational control. To recover a primitive force in the instrument that perhaps most embodies the history of the West it is necessary to make a perilous descent into the underworld of dark notes, or a flight beyond the orbit of the earth. Which amounts to the same thing. Extremely difficult. But without duende we remain bolted to the ground.”
The work is a joint commission of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and BBC Symphony Orchestra. We remind you the world premiere and the Italian premiere took place last year on February 20 (Stockholm) and on May 2 (Turin) respectively.

 

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Silvia Colasanti’s new composition Partita, for flute and strings

World premiere in Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna).
When Jul 18, 2015
from 09:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where Castel San Pietro Terme
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The world premiere of Partita, Silvia Colasanti’s new composition for flute and strings, will be performed on July 18 at the Emilia Romagna Festival in Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna), at the Teatro Arena. The soloist Massimo Mercelli and I Solisti Aquilani are  conducted by Michelangelo Galeati.
The composer recounts that Partita is the first work she has written for solo flute and ensemble. Commissioned to form part of a programme dedicated entirely to Bach, the piece is a rereading in a contemporary key of the Baroque form of the partita: a set of stylised dances, to which my composition alludes, faithful to the spirit of each dance, in the use of regular metres, fixed rhythms, repetitive structures, and ostinati, typical of Baroque rhythm.’  The composition is divided into an Aria and three movements. After the premiere the work will be performed at the Ravello Festival on August 5. Partita is a joint commission of Emilia Romagna Festival, Ravello Festival, I Solisti Aquilani and  Amiata Piano Festival.

 

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Bianca e Falliero by Gioachino Rossini in Germany

For the first time in Germany in the critical edition by Gabriele Dotto.
When Jul 18, 2015 07:40 PM to
Jul 26, 2015 10:00 PM
Where Bad Wildbad
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Bianca e Falliero, melodramma in two acts, by Gioachino Rossini will be staged for the first time in Germany in the critical edition by Gabriele Dotto. The Virtuosi Brunensis and the Bachchore Poznan, under the baton of Antonino Fogliani, will present the opera on July 18 (additional performances on July 24 and 26) at the Trinkhalle of Bad Wildbad.

 

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Finnish premiere for Ionisation by Edgard Varèse

The six percussion version in Kuhmo on July 12.
When Jul 12, 2015
from 04:15 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Kuhmo
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The six percussion version of Ionisation by Edgard Varèse, realized in the sixties by Georges Van Gucht (member of Percussions de Strasbourg), will have its Finnish premiere on July 12 in Kuhmo, Kuhmo Arts Centre.  The Osuma Ensemble will perform the composition as part of the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.

 

 

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Franco Alfano in Japan

The opera Risurrezione will be staged for the first time in Tokyo.
When Jul 11, 2015 08:00 PM to
Jul 12, 2015 09:00 PM
Where Tokyo
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Risurrezione, dramma in four acts by Franco Alfano, will be staged for the first time in Japan on July 11 (further performance on July 12). The Tokyo Opera Produce Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jun Iizaka, will stage the opera at the Playhouse of the New National Theater in Tokyo.

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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