Disappointing Mahler Eighth in Bregenz Despite Kirill Petrenko’s Best Efforts

21/05/2019

AustriaAustria Mahler: Sarah Wegener (soprano), Elza van den Heever (soprano), Letizia Scherrer (soprano), Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano), Diana Haller (mezzo-soprano), Norbert Ernst (tenor), Daniel Boaz (baritone), Kwangchul Youn (bass), Salzburger Bachchor, Bregenzer Festspielchor, Children’s Chorus of the Music Middle School of Bregenz, Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg / Kirill Petrenko (conductor). Festspielhaus, Bregenz, 18.5.2019. (JR)

Mahler and Kirill Petrenko

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Bregenz Festival 17 July – 18 August 2019

14/05/2019

Bregenz Festival 2019

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This year’s Bregenz Festival (the 74th in its history) brings us, as its main open-air opera, Verdi’s Rigoletto. There will be 25 performances starting on 17th July and ending on 18th August. Massenet’s Don Quichotte is also showcased, with just three performances inside the Festspielhaus, on 18th, 21st and 29th July.

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Entertaining Ragbag of a Concert from the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

10/05/2019

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Pintscher, Mendelssohn, Dvořák: Klaidi Sahatçi (violin), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich / Tomáš Netopil (conductor), Tonhalle Maag, Zurich 9.5.2019. (JR)

Tomáš Netopil (c) Marco Borggreve

Tomáš Netopil (c) Marco Borggreve

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Quality Performances in Zurich from Paul Lewis and François-Xavier Roth

06/05/2019

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Beethoven, Mahler: Isabelle Druet (mezzo-soprano), Eric Cutler (tenor), Paul Lewis (piano), Tonhalle Orchester Zurich / François-Xavier Roth (conductor), Tonhalle Maag, Zurich, 4.5.2019. (JR)

Paul Lewis © Eric Manas

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Theater Basel Visits Zurich Bringing Hauntingly Beautiful Music from Theresienstadt

01/05/2019

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Ullmann, Weber: Sarah Brady (soprano), Ena Pongrac (mezzo-soprano), Hyunjai Marco Lee (tenor), members of the Basel Sinfonietta (Mirka Scepanovic, Kirsten Harms [violins], Anne-Françoise Guezinger [viola], Aude Pivôt [cello], Stephen Delaney [musical arrangement, piano]), Katrin Hammerl (moderator), Johanneskirche Zurich, 29.4.2019. (JR)

Sachers Musikalische Wunderkammer_ Seelina1

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The Turk in Italy: A Clash of Cultures at Zurich Opera

29/04/2019

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Rossini, Il Turco in Italia: Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich / Enrique Mazzola (conductor), Zurich Opera, Zurich 28.4.2019. (JR)

Donna Fiorilla (Julie Fuchs), Selim (Nahuel Di Pierro), Don Narciso (Edgardo Rocha),
Don Geronio (Renato Girolami): © Hans Jörg Michel

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Oscar Straus’s Operetta Entertains the Zurich Opera Audience

28/04/2019

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Oscar Straus: Eine Frau, die weiss, was sie will!: Dagmar Manzel, Max Hopp (singing actors), musicians / Adam Benzwi (conductor), Zurich Opera, Zurich 27.4.2019. (JR)

Dagmar Manzel & Max Hopp (c) Iko Freese

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Lucerne Easter Festival: Haitink at 90 with Bruckner’s Sixth

15/04/2019

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Lucerne Easter Festival [2] – Mozart, Bruckner: Till Fellner (piano), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Bernard Haitink (conductor), Kultur- und Kongresszentrum (KKL) Lucerne, 14.4.2019. (JR)

Bernard Haitink (c) Zurich Tonhalle

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