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!
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!!!
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