Very excited to be conducting our first Opera premiere for the Season tonight – the world premiere of Søren Nils Eichberg’s “Schönerland“, with a stellar cast, my amazing Opera Chorus, and the wonderfully supportive Hessisches Staatsorchester! Toi-Toi-Toi all!
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!
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!
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.
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!!!
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