Final stretch of 2015/16

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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!

“Sing Sistah Sing!” at the 2016 Internationale Maifestspiele

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!trenner

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. baker__fotograf_john_needAmong 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.

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