Opening night of Ingo Kerkhof’s production of Alcina. Toi toi toi to the wonderful cast – Heather Engebretson, Franziska Gottwald, Katharina Konradi, Silvia Hauer, Benedikt Nawrath and Wolf Matthias Friedrich! Also to the orchestra, expertly conducted by Konrad Junghänel, as well as to my beautiful Chorus!
Really excited to be conducting Opening Night of Madama Butterfly tonight!! Toi-toi-toi to the gorgeous cast (Sun Hyung Cho, Ric Furman, Chris Bolduc, Marta Wryk, Benedikt Nawrath, YoungDoo Park, Frederik Bak, Celeste Haworth & John Holyoke), my beautiful Opera Chorus, as well as to the wonderful Orchestra of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden!!!
(Photos: Sven-Helge Czichy)
OPERA, n. A play representing life in another world, whose inhabitants have no speech but song, no motions but gestures and no postures but attitudes. – Ambrose Bierce
A gigantic Toi-Toi-Toi to my beautiful Staatstheater Wiesbaden Opera Chorus, as well as to the cast and production team, for tonight’s Opening Night of Der Graf von Luxemburg! I’ll be there with you in spirit, while we do the 2nd performance of Lohengrin in South Korea!
Cape Town Opera’s Mandela Trilogy: A musical Tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela. Mandela Trilogy employs a unique fusion of traditional Xhosa songs, jazz tunes and modern music in honour of one of the worlds most inspiring leaders. Three composers collaborated to musically identify and compliment different phases of Mandela’s life, providing three singers with an opportunity to portray the complex aspects of his personality.
George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Sir Willard White, bass-baritone
Latonia Moore, soprano
Tichina Vaughn, mezzo-soprano
Sir Simon Rattle Conductor · Berliner Philharmoniker
Albert Horne, chorus master · Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation Chorus
Recorded at the Berlin Philharmonie, 15 September 2012