Summer Festivals Part V - Opera Special
As I am writing this
is getting ready to conduct Delibes’
at the Holland Park Opera festival.
Set in one of the most beautiful parks in
West London, Opera has been happening in the
open air every summer since the mid 90ies.
Lakmé is only one of 5 productions this year,
but you need to hurry if you’d like to go
- it all comes to an end August 1st.
Holly has been the associated conductor
for this production and her performance
is part of the Christine Collins Young Artist Programme.
The Savanna Voice Festival
is opening it’s doors on Aug 2nd.
Founded by opera legend Sherrill Milnes
it also has a Young Aritist programme
under it’s wing: the VOICExperience Foundation
which gives emerging professionals
many performance opportunities and high level training -
all alongside of the festival programme.
Highlight of this year’s festival is the new production of
by director Edwin Cahill
( founder of the Fire Island Festival
) - as it is yet to open, no secrets
of the production have been revealed.
But, last year he placed Don Giovanni
in the local church (see our cover photo),
so my guess is that we will again witness the unusual!
The jOPERA jennersdorf festivalsommer
is happening in
Schloss Tabor in Neuhaus am Klausenbach
- right in the triangle between Austria,
Slovenia and Hungary.
This year’s opera is Carl Maria von Weber’s Freischütz
The stage director is none less
than KS Brigitte Fassbaender.
In the pit we find the Junge Philharmonie Brandenburg
led by both Georg Fritzsch
and the young conductor Matija Fortuna
About 450 km (300 miles ) from Calais we find
the Opér de Baugé
which - despite being situated in France - is
a rather British affair (just like in Glyndebourne, the
audience has a 90 min interval for their picnic).
It was founded by the principals of the
leading UK opera houses who were nearing the end
of their careers and wanted
to pass on their knowledge to younger players.
Now their focus has shifted from the very young
to undiscovered singers of great talent
(according to their website).
Greek Mezzosoprano Elsa Giannoulidou
is singing Dorabella in this year's Cosi fan tutte
and we are hoping for photos from this great place.
For more Mozart you should visit the
Donaufestwochen im Strudengau
(that’s in Upper Austria and beautiful! I have been .. )
where his dramma giocoso La finta giardiniera
is being performed.
In the role of Ritter Ramiro we find
Other HELLO STAGERs involved are the
L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
(who’s chief conductor Michi Gaigg
the Festival’s Intendant!) and
. After having performed Mozart’s Singspiel 5
times in August Maria is off to Graz to indulge in some Bach!
From Upper Austria to Lower Austria…
will give her role debut as
Rosalinde in an exciting summer production of
with Oper-rund-um in Bad Aschbach.
The mis-en-scene will be happening
in the local outdoor Swimming pool!
What an amazing place for an opera party!
Not an opera festival as such but worth a mention
is last week’s performance of La Bohème
with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra
in Caracas under the baton of
As Colline no other than
Álvaro Carrillo Rodríguez.
Bettina Mehne manages
the relationships with Artists, Ensembles,
their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE.
She toured Orchestras around the world,
worked for London and Germany based Managements,
took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
as their Artistic Manager and headed
the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons.
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