“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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Staatstheater Wiesbaden releases 2016/17 season schedule

Staatstheater Wiesbaden’s 2016/2017 season has been announced! Very excited to be conducting a new production of Peter Grimes (with Lance Ryan and Johanni van Oostrum), some La Bohème performances, as well as the final Symphony Concert of the Season (featuring the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story). Also looking forward to preparing the Opera Chorus for La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Die Zauberflöte, Verdi Requiem, La Bohème, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Peter Grimes, Eugene Onegin and Der Ring des Nibelungen (including an Anja Harteros Sieglinde and Evelyn Herlitzius Brünnhilde!), as well as Le Nozze di Figaro and Tosca (at least I don’t have to worry about Scarlatti’s La Giuditta and Hänsel & Gretel!). Busy times ahead!!!

Check out the Opera season booklet below:

Opening night of Alcina

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!

(Photos by Paul Leclaire)