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Donizetti’s Betly, for the first time in Germany

Critical edition by Julia and Ellen Lockhart.
When Nov 17, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where Berlin
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On 17 November, in Berlin,  Gaetano Donizetti’s dramma giocoso in two acts Betly, will be staged for the first time in Germany in the critical edition by Julia and Ellen Lockhart. The Orchestra and Choir of the Berliner Operngruppe, conducted by Felix Frieger, will present the opera at the Konzerthaus, Grosser Saal. Isabel Ostermann is the director.

 

 

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Canadian premiere for Julie by Philippe Boesmans

8 performances from 17 to 29 November in Toronto.
When Nov 17, 2015 08:00 PM to
Nov 29, 2015 09:45 PM
Where Toronto
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The opera Julie by Philippe Boesmans will have its Canadian premiere in Toronto, at Bluma Appel Theatre, on 17 November  (7 additional performances from 19 to 29 November).  It's a production of the Canadian Stage. Based on the Strindberg’s drama Fröken Julie the opera was composed in 2004 on a libretto by Luc Bondy and Marie-Louise Bischofberger. Since the premiere (Bruxelles, Théâtre la Monnaie 2005) the opera was performed a lot of times in Europe.  The cast of this production includes Lucia Cervoni (Julie), Clarence Frazer (Jean) and Sharleen Joynt (Kristin). The orchestra is conducted by Leslie Dala and the direction is by Matthew Jocelyn. The Canadian Stage has produced the opera in association with Soundstreams, with additional support from the Théâtre d’Orléans, France.

 

 

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Zodiac by Marcello Panni in Celaya

The new version for voice and guitar in Mexico.
When Nov 16, 2015
from 08:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Celaya
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The new version for voice and guitar of Zodiac - twelve songs  for voice and orchestra, upon Gaia Servadio’s poems - by Marcello Panni will be performed for the first time in Mexico on 16 November in Celaya, as part of the Festival Internacional de Celaya-Mexico. The soprano Gabriela Herrera and the guitarist Stefano Cardi will interpret three songs out of the twelve.

 

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Romitelli in Sydney

An index of Metals at the Sydney Chamber Opera.
When Nov 16, 2015 08:00 PM to
Nov 19, 2015 09:00 PM
Where Sydney
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An index of Metals  video opera for soprano, ensemble, electronics and  multiprojection by Fausto Romitelli, will have its Australian premiere on 16 November (further performances on 17, 18 and 19 November) in Sydney. The composition will be performed by Jane Sheldon, soprano and by the Offspring Ensemble conducted by Jack Symonds, at the Sydney Chamber Opera, Carriageworks Bay. The direction is by Kip Williams, set and costumes by Elizabeth Gadsby, lighting design by Ross Graham.

 

 

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Spanish premier for Love’s geometries by Fabio Vacchi

Two performances in Seville.
When Nov 12, 2015 08:30 PM to
Nov 13, 2015 10:00 PM
Where Seville
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Fabio Vacchi’s Love’s geometries, for string orchestra, will have its Spanish premiere on November 12 (further performance on November 13). The concert will take place in Seville, La Maestranza Theater, by the Real Orquesta Sinfónica conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti.

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Axelrod conducts Boccadoro’s Orbis tertius

World premiere in Milan.
When Nov 12, 2015 08:30 PM to
Nov 15, 2015 10:00 PM
Where Milan
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The world premiere of Carlo Boccadoro’s composition Orbis Tertius, commissioned by the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan, will be performed on 12 November under the direction of John Axelrod. The piece, as the composer writes, is made up of five brief movements, a formal tribute to the famous orchestral works of Webern (even if the language is very different). …I was attracted by the idea of writing some aphorisms each with its own distinctive expressive character…
The concert, which will be repeated on the 13 and 15 November, will take place in the Auditorium in Milan.

 

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Maria Stuarda by Donizetti in Cape Town

Two performances for the critical edition on November 7 and 8.
When Nov 07, 2015 06:00 PM to
Nov 08, 2015 08:45 PM
Where Cape Town
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On November 7 (additional performance on November 8) Gaetano Donizetti’s lyric tragedy in 2 acts Maria Stuarda, will be staged for the first time in South Africa in the critical edition by Anders Wiklund. The  Cape Town Opera Chorus and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra  will be conducted by Kamal Khan, stage director Matthew Wild, scenery Michael Mitchell, costumes Maritha Visagie,  lighting  Kobus Rossouw. The opera will be presented in Cape Town, Artscape Opera House, Main Hall.

 

 

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Gérard Grisey's Partiels in Kiev

Ukrainian premiere on November 4.
When Nov 04, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Kiev
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Partiels for 16 or 18 performers by Gérard Grisey will have its Ukrainian  premier next November 4. The Ensemble Ukho will be conducted by Luigi Gaggero in Kiev.

 

 

Corghi: a tribute to Pasolini ‘…tra la carne e il cielo…’

On November 2 at Teatro Verdi in Pordenone.
When Nov 02, 2015
from 08:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Pordenone
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For the 40th anniversary of the death of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the Teatro Verdi in Pordenone has commissioned from Azio Corghi ‘ ..tra la carne e il cielo...’ (between flesh and heaven) for concertante cello, male reciting voice, soprano, piano and orchestra. The libretto by Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis was based upon texts by Pasolini. The interpreters Silvia Chiesa (cello), Omero Antonutti (actor), Valentina Coladonato (soprano), Maurizio Baglini (piano) and the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Tito Ceccherini. The composition will be performed at Teatro Verdi in Pordenone on November 2. “…tra la Carne e il Cielo…” is a work based on the echoes of a struggle between the “carne” of Pasolini’s poetry  and the “cielo” of Bach’s music.
“The creative idea for the composition arose out of my reading of an essay by Giuseppe Magaletta entitled ‘Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Studi sullo stile di Bach’… The artist interprets his own dramatic personal life through the music of Bach, rendering it a key for interpreting life itself. In his early formative years in Friuli during the war, in a period that was particularly difficult, Pasolini listened to Bach for the first time performed by a violinist friend of the family, Pina Kalc. …Out of this experience came one of his writings:‘In those months Bach represented for me an extremely powerful and complete distraction […] Every time that I listened to it again, with all its tenderness and anguish, it placed me before that content: a struggle, sung ad infinitum, between flesh and heaven, between certain low, veiled, warm notes and other shrill, terse, abstract notes… How much I used to side with the flesh![…] Pasolini’s work is permeated by a concept of the body that marks off life and death; this because the paths of thought and existence are as if traced in fire on flesh, and flesh stands at the basis of experience. Pasolini’s end was at one and the same time similar to his work and dissimilar from him. Similar because he had already described in his work its squalid and atrocious form, dissimilar because he himself was not one of his own characters but rather a central figure in our culture, a poet that had marked an epoch, a brilliant director, an inexhaustible essayist. (Azio Corghi)

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Pappano conducts Fabio Nieder’s Danza lenta

On November 1 in Rome.
When Nov 01, 2015 06:00 PM to
Nov 03, 2015 09:00 PM
Where Rome
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On November 1 in Rome (additional performances on 2 and 3), the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia with conductor Antonio Pappano will perform the world premiere of Fabio Nieder’s Danza lenta di C.S. fra gli specchi (C.S.’s slow dance between mirrors). The piece, commissioned by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - Candido Speroni -  for its symphonic cycle dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven, will accompany the First and Third Symphonies.
Commenting on the work, Fabio Nieder writes ‘it’s a slow and heavy dance in 9 impulses: a triple waltz in canonical form that the mysterious character C.S. dances for us. What’s involved are cycles that repeat and that return like those of Nietzsche. The listener finds again in the repetition of the cycles situations already heard in previous cycles, but each time they are immersed in a different light. In fact, what repeats are temporal matrices that recall the passing of the months and the seasons: springs repeat in a similar manner but at the same time they are always different from one another. About half way through the piece,three fluttering piccolos pop out standing in contrast to the heaviness of the orchestra. These also act as a mirror of the orchestra.
Calls of the piccolos are repeated by the orchestra but much more slowly and gropingly. The piccolos seem to be unhappy with the outcome of the repetition of their calls so they try to “talk” to the orchestra and teach it the correct way to perform them. The orchestra repeats the calls again, ever faster… Finally, in the course of the long arch of this dance the heaviness and the timbric obscurity of the orchestra attenuates and becomes more and more transparent… The long compositional process of the ‘Danza lenta’ concludes in a marbled “wall” of sounds with extremely potent dynamics. This “wall” represents the last cycle where we can still recognise the signals of the preceding cycles. The enigmatic presence of a bell marking the hours is constant: nine chimes of a bell coming from some invisible bell-tower tell us “the precise time”. What does the bell mean? And what do the nine chimes mean?
There are many enigmas in this score. But music, in its usual abstract manner, furnishes us with the solutions to the enigmas; solutions that, however, elude any verbal expression. Words here fall silent. The music instead continues to dance the DANZA LENTA di CS FRA GLI SPECCHI’.

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Marcello Panni in Fez on October 31

Zodiac for voice and guitar version.
When Oct 31, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Fez
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The new version for voice and guitar of Zodiac - twelve songs  for voice and orchestra, upon Gaia Servadio’s poems - by Marcello Panni will be performed for the first time on October 31, in Fez. The soprano Lorna Windsor and the guitarist Elena Casoli will interpret nine songs out of the twelve.

 

 

World premiere for Fabio Nieder’s 27 Haidenburger Vogellaute

On 24 October in Milan, Coro di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.
When Oct 24, 2015
from 08:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Milan
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World premiere for Fabio Nieder’s 27 Haidenburger Vogellaute
On 24 October in Milan, Coro di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.
Fabio Nieder’s 27 Haidenburger Vogellaute for piccolo live and three piccolos on tape (2015 version), will have its world premiere on 24 October. Zinajda Kodrič, flute and Alvise Vidolin, sound direction, will perform the composition in Milan, as part of the 24th Milano Musica Festival, Coro di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.

 

 

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Riccardo Nova and Fausto Romitelli in Vilnius

Yagé Howl and Professor Bad Trip: Lesson I, II, III at the 2015 Gaida Festival.
When Oct 24, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Vilnius
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On 24 October Riccardo Nova’s Yagé Howl for ensemble and Fausto Romitelli’s Professor Bad Trip: Lesson I, II, III for ensemble will have their Lithuanian premiere in Vilnius. The concert will take place at the Contemporary Art Centre by the Ensemble Repertorio Zero, as part of the 2015 Gaida Festival, 25th Festival of Contemporary Music.

 

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Salvatore Sciarrino’s Il silenzio degli oracoli

On 23 October the Slovenian premiere in Ljubljana.
When Oct 23, 2015
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Ljubljana
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Salvatore Sciarrino’s Il silenzio degli oracoli for wind quintet, will have its Slovenian Premiere in Ljubljana on 23 October.  The Slowind Pihalni Qvintet will perform the composition at the  Slovenian Philharmonic, Marjan Kozina Hall, as part of the 17th  Slowind Festival 2015.

 

 

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Luca Francesconi’s Controcanto in the United States

On 22 October in Bloomington
When Oct 22, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Indiana University
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Luca Francesconi's Controcanto, for ensemble, will have its first premiere in the Unites States on 22 October. The composition will be performed in Bloomington, Indiana University, Auer Hall Bloomington, by the New Music Ensemble under the baton of David Dzubay

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The Amadeus Award 2015 for the classic CD

Franco Donatoni, Orchestral works (NEOS) – for the ‘Contemporary’ section.
When Oct 14, 2015 11:40 AM to
Oct 21, 2015 11:40 AM
Where Milan
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The “Amadeus Award for the classic CD” 2015 (for the contemporary section) has been assigned, to  ‘Franco Donatoni, Orchestral works’ (NEOS) with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yoichi Sugiyama. The works included in the CD are: In cauda II - In Cauda III - Esa (In Cauda V) - Prom and Duo pour Bruno.
This award is organized every year by the Amadeus magazine for recommending the most interesting CDs released the previous year by the international labels distributed in Italy. The Jury was made up by the Director of Amadeus and by his expert collaborators, together with critics of the most important Italian magazines specialized in this field.

 

 

The skin of the onion by Lanza

First performance in Switzerland on 12 October.
When Oct 12, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where ern
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Mauro Lanza’s The skin of the onion for 6 instruments will be performed for the first time in Switzerland on 12 October. The Proton Bern Ensemble, conducted by Matthias Kuhn, will perform the composition in Bern, Dampfzentrale.

 

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Russian premiere for Dead City Radio. Audiodrome by Romitelli

On 7 October in Yekaterinburg.
When Oct 07, 2015
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Yekaterinburg
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The Russian premiere of Dead City Radio. Audiodrome for orchestra by Fausto Romitelli will be performed on 7 October in Yekaterinburg, Filarmonica Sverdlovsk, as part of the International Music Festival Eurasia. The Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI will be conducted by Marco Angius.

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Vacchi: Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra performs world premiere

Fabio Vacchi’s new composition in Milan on 3 October.
When Oct 03, 2015
from 08:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Milan
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Fabio Vacchi’s new composition Sull'acqua (Sotto di noi il diluvio): l'acqua che illumina Milano for speaker and orchestra will be performed in Milan on 3 October by the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Claire Gibault. Lella Costa will recite the text written by Michele Serra.

Commenting on the composition, which was commissioned by the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra for EXPO, Fabio Vacchi writes:

Water has a history in Milan. And the history of Milan is entrusted to water. Michele Serra unleashes its memories: delightful and unexpected, like the city’s popular quarters, where in the evening the inhabitants used to meet to tell stories about industrious folk, of entrepreneurs and labourers…

Water that flows down from the mountains in which the marble of the Duomo had formed, the same mountains on which the Italian resistance fought and founded the Republic of Ossola… Milan, hell-bent on business and fashion, covered over its canals, its stories, and its factories. But the water did not fall silent, it percolated up and re-surfaced, it surged forth and broke through into the basements and the underground. Composed of sounds, water is part and parcel of a primitive force that is placing us with our backs against the wall. Either we listen to the music of man and the environment, either we understand that we must live with and respect other animals on this earth that we all inhabit, or nature will perish, dragging us with it into nothingness, emptiness, and – well before that - into horror… A musical score born out of the words of Michele Serra, destined for the voice of Lella Costa, and overflowing with corporeality. The stuff on which my writing has always been based… music that believes in the body, in the healthy and sustainable food that nourishes it and in the water that suckles it. From the bowels of the earth water must flow again to the surface, and not just through the canals… As if it were a font of thought… Let us immerse ourselves in water and its sounds, so that that which is not solid might envelop us, spur us on, caress us, amuse us, purify us, give us energy.

Let us tell stories with words and with sounds. Let us distrust those who think that telling stories is useless or out-of-date. In art and in life. Let us listen to the story of Milan’s water and work together so that it might enlighten us.

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Pappano, Rundel and Storgårds conduct Francesconi

World premieres in Cologne and Rome.
When Oct 02, 2015 08:30 PM to
Oct 14, 2015 10:00 PM
Where Cologne, Strasbourg, Rome, Milan, Gothenburg
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On October 2, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne will perform the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Macchine in eco at the Philharmonie in Cologne under the direction of Peter Rundel in collaboration with the piano duo GrauSchumacher. The piece was commissioned by the WDR, the Strasbourg MUSICA festival, and Wiener Konzerthaus. (The Strasbourg MUSICA festival will present the French premiere on 3 October at the closing concert of the festival’s 33rd edition.)

In his presentation of Macchine in Echo Francesconi explained how he has always been fascinated by the piano because of the wide range of frequencies the percussive action of its strings offers, and because of the instrument’s sophisticated technical mechanisms that allow for speed and delicate subtleties. For Francesconi the piano’s sounds hang in the air in a state of tension between natural forces and the structured sounds. When two pianos are involved, we can imagine them as two, frighteningly powerful, fiendish machines. With this piece, in addition to the two pianos, there’s also a symphonic orchestra. Francesconi writes: I love the play of mirrors and the spell-binding multiplications of two pianos in unison with an orchestra. It’s an infinite source of meanings: meanings that I need to find, in spite of the deconstruction of reality all around us. In a small gesture towards this powerful resistance, I have incorporated a brief homage to Luciano Berio’s Concerto for Two Pianos, one of the pieces that have left a profound mark on my life.

On October 3 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Sir Antonio Pappano together with the soprano Pumeza Matshikiza and the Orchestra and Choir of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, will perform the world premiere of Bread, water and salt on texts by Nelson Mandela. This piece by Francesconi has been chosen to inaugurate the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia’s 2015-16 concert season and will be dedicated by the orchestra to Ludwig van Beethoven. Presenting Bread, water and salt for soprano, choir and orchestra the composer writes: … the piece was commissioned and programmed together with the 9th Symphony. I was asked to draw a parallel between Beethoven and Schiller’s idea of fraternity and what that might mean today. I chose Mandela because of his simple adherence to the profound spirituality of the body, of bread, and of suffering that can be overcome… to defeat the livid cynicism that corrodes our relations. And that’s where fraternity comes in: words that in politics and in the media make people scoff.  But in fact, from there you can arrive at joy.

These world premieres will be followed by a performance of Fresco, a piece for five orchestras of wind instruments in movement (October 4 in Milan), and a performance of Hard Pace, a concerto for trumpet and orchestra (October 14 in Gothenburg), to be performed by the Göteborg Symfoniker conducted by of John Storgårds with the soloist Hakan Hardenberger.

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