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!
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.
is coming to Staatstheater Wiesbaden during the 2016/17 theatre season, in the staging by the theatre’s Artistic Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg. Three cycles will be offered in total, with one divided over the duration of the theatre season, and two during the International May Festival.