Excited to conduct Philipp Krenn‘s new production of Peter Grimes, which opens at the Wiesbaden State Theatre on 4 February! Toi Toi Toi to the wonderful cast, the fantastic State Theatre Opera Chorus and the Hessian State Orchestra!
Final “Falstaff” tonight, final “L’elisir d’amore” on Friday, and then our final “Boris Godunov” (which I’m conducting without a rehearsal!) on Saturday – which will be my 114th performance this season with my wonderful and amazing Opera Chorus! And then a well-deserved (and much-needed) 7-week holiday!
Toi-toi-toi to Hui He, Carlos Alvarez, Marina Prudenskaya, Richard Furman, Patrick Carfizzi, Young Doo Park, Benedikt Nawrath, Aldomir Mollov, Maestro Christoph Stiller and the Staatsorchester, and of course to my wonderful Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus!
Looking forward to tonight’s Maifestspiele performance of Così fan tutte, with Julia Lezhneva, Silvia Hauer, Ioan Hotea, Christopher Bolduc, Daniela Fally and William Shimell!!! It’s going to be amazing!!
Really excited to collaborate with Andrea Baker at the 2016 International May Festival on her award-winning show, “Sing Sistah Sing!” on 2 May at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden!
In “Sing Sistah Sing!”, British-American mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker celebrates the extraordinary sound of famous Afro-American female voices, accompanied by Albert Horne at the piano. While many of these legendary singers turned to Jazz and Blues to express their deepest emotions, some also became exceptional interpreters of opera and art song. Just like the famous protagonists, Andrea Baker has a special connection with the songs of the plantation workers – the music of her forefathers. Among them were many courageous pioneers, both in the civil rights movement and in the arts. As such, “Sing Sistah Sing!” is a monument to them: singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Leontyne Price, Donna Summer, Marian Anderson, Eleanora Fagan and Billie Holiday, who all rose to international fame.