David Philip Hefti as Composer in Residence (April 2021)

As Composer in Residence David Philip Hefti developed the concept of the next concert of the Camerata Bern. On April 6, the livestream concert “Antiphon I Wecheselgesang” will feature works by Hefti and Bach performed alternately by members of the orchestra. Here you can watch the concert. READ MORE

Kent Nagano at the Hamburg State Opera – Digital Easter Program 2021 (April 2021)

The Hamburg State Opera is offering a digital Easter program on their homepage. From 2 April to 5 April 2021, selected productions from the repertoire of the State Opera will be available free of charge as video-on-demand. In addition, the Hamburg production La Passione, the St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach under the musical direction of Kent Nagano, will be shown on ARTE on 3 April 2021 and will be available in the Mediathek.

More information can be found here.

Richard Wagner Parsifal
Recording from 16 September 2017 from State Opera Hamburg
Musical direction: Kent Nagano
Production, stage, costumes and lighting: Achim Freyer
With: Wolfgang Koch, Tigran Martirossian, Kwangchul Youn, Andreas Schager, Vladimir Baykov, Claudia Mahnke, and others, Choir of the Hamburg State Opera, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach La Passione
Recording from 21 April 2016 from the Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Musical direction: Kent Nagano
Concept, staging, stage, costumes and lighting: Romeo Castellucci
With: Ian Bostridge, Hayoung Lee, Christina Gansch, Dorottya Láng, Bernard Richter, Philippe Sly, Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, Audi Youth Choir Academy.
A production of the Hamburg State Opera in cooperation with the Deichtorhallen Hamburg as part of the International Music Festival Hamburg 2016.

Omer Meir Wellber receives the “Cielo D’Alcamo” literary prize (March 2021)

Omer Meir Wellber receives the literary prize “Cielo D’Alcamo” in the category “Premio Speciale Internazionale” for his novel “Storia vera e non vera di Chaim Birkner”, which was published in January 2021 by the Italian publishing house Sellerio Editore. On 25 March, the award ceremony of the literary prize took place.

The novel was published under the title “Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner” by BerlinVerlag in 2019.

Kent Nagano in conversation – Krzysztof Penderecki’s St. Lukes Passion on DLF Chormusik (March 2021)

“When the St. Lukes Passion had its world premiere in Münster in 1966, it was reported in feature articles all over the world. The work was discussed quite controversially. But it was soon clear: it is a milestone in 20th century music.”

Listen to DLF’s Chormusik program here, including a conversation with Kent Nagano.

In June 2020, BIS-Records released the recording of Krzysztof Penderecki’s St. Lukes Passion, which was recorded with Kent Nagano and the OSM on the opening night of the prestigious Salzburg Festival at the Felsenreitschule Salzburg in July 2018.


Omer Meir Wellber with the Filarmonica Toscanini and Avi Avital (March 2021)

On Friday, 19 March at 20:30 Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma with a program of works by Beethoven, Dorman and Strauss.

With mandolinist Avi Avital and himself on the harpsichord, he will present Dorman’s Concerto for Mandolin and and Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052, adapted for mandolin and orchestra.

19 March at 20:30
Bach: Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052 (Version for mandolin and orchestra)
Dorman: Concerto for Mandolin
Strauss: Tanzsuite aus Klavierstücken von François Couperin

The concert will be streamed live on the website www.fondazionetoscanini.it and on the Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube pages of La Toscanini. The concert stream will be available on the website and vimeo for one month and on Facebook for 48 hours.

Nightly Met Opera Streams by the Metropolitan Opera in New York (March 2021)

The Met has announced a special program of Nightly Met Opera Streams for the coming week. The viewers choice program will feature outstanding productions from the last 14 years of Live in HD and television broadcasts, starring the greatest opera singers.

Each production is available for 23 hours, from 13:30 CET (19:30 CET) to 0:30 the following day. The streams are available on metopera.com and all Met Opera on Demand apps.

More information can be found here and the program below:

Monday, March 15 – Offenbachs Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Starring Anna Netrebko, Kathleen Kim, Ekaterina Gubanova, Kate Lindsey, Joseph Calleja, and Alan Held, conducted by James Levine. Production by Bartlett Sher. From December 19, 2009.

Tuesday, March 16 – Puccinis La Fanciulla del West: Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jonas Kaufmann, and Željko Lučić, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Giancarlo Del Monaco. From October 27, 2018.

Wednesday, March 17 – DonizettiAnna Bolena: Starring Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Gubanova, Tamara Mumford, Stephen Costello, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Sir David McVicar. From October 15, 2011.

Thursday, March 18 – Philip Glasss Akhnaten: Starring Dísella Lárusdóttir, J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Aaron Blake, Will Liverman, Richard Bernstein, and Zachary James, conducted by Karen Kamensek. Production by Phelim McDermott. From November 23, 2019.

Friday, March 19 – RossiniIl Barbiere di Siviglia: Starring Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo, and John Relyea, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Bartlett Sher. From March 24, 2007.

Saturday, March 20 – TchaikovskyEugene Onegin: Starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by Robert Carsen. From February 24, 2007.

Sunday, March 21 – HandelAgrippina: Starring Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Harry Bicket. Production by Sir David McVicar. From February 29, 2020.