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26 Jun

 Monday, June 26, 2017 at 8.30pm 
Bayerische Staatsoper
Max-Joseph-Platz 2 D-80539 Munich
+49.(0)89.21 85 01

Mom/ Waitress 2/ Sphinx 1 Miranda Keys Wife/ Waitress 1/ Sphinx 2 Okka von der Damerau
Eddy Tim Kuypers
Dad/ Café Manager/ Chief of Police Robert Bork

Orchester Bayerisches Staatsorchester

An opera in two acts based on the play of the same name Steven Berkoff Composer: Mark-Anthony Turnage

Fate could not be more cruel: fulfilling a prophecy, Oedipus unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother. Since ancient times, this myth about the Theban ruler has been adapted by countless authors, unleashing its power on the stage and counteracted the idea of free will. The London actor and playwright Steven Berkoff locates his version of the tale in the socially deprived areas of his home city, letting the social pressures and cruelties of the present flow into the myth. Marc Anthony Turnage's operatic version is based on Berkoff's drama. It plays freely with the musical styles of the 20th Century, thereby unleashing its very own power. The work was first performed in 1988 at the Munich Biennale and was the composer's international breakthrough. Almost thirty years later, a young production team once again take on the piece's timeless questions as part of the Festival Workshop.

Mark-Anthony Turnage : Greek

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3 Jul

 Monday, July 03, 2017 at  
'Aix En Provence Festival
Palais de l'Ancien Archevêché 13100 Aix-en-Provence - France

ON 3, 7, 11 AND 14 JULY AT 8:00PM
ON 9 AND 16 JULY AT 5:00PM

Since writer Carlo Collodi unleashed him from his imagination and Geppetto fashioned him from a piece of wood, the puppet Pinocchio has been constantly transformed, adapted and revisited. Now playright and director Joël Pommerat has made an opera character of him, in an ideal collaboration with composer Philippe Boesmans, whose richly coloured musical universe, seems tailor-made for the small wooden figure. He presents the character as a rude and insolent person, eschewing all sentimentality to reconnect with the harsh world that Collodi portrays in his book. Reflecting his conception of theatre as a company endeavour, Joël Pommerat entrusts all the roles in this lyrical tale to six singers in disparate costumes – cabaret fairy, circus director, bad guy – all brought to life by a director who also narrates this story that speaks to everyone, both young and old alike.

Phillippe Boesmans : PINOCCHIO

4 Jul 
5 Jul

 Wednesday, July 05, 2017 at 8pm 
'Aix En Provence Festival
Palais de l'Ancien Archevêché 13100 Aix-en-Provence - France


For one night only, the excellent Viennese Klangforum ensemble – which we can hear from the orchestra pit for the creation of Philippe Boesmans’ Pinocchio – will be on stage to perform some contemporary music gems in a fusion of virtuosity and expressiveness. The programme includes solo works by the older and younger generations, alternating between solo and ensemble pieces, as well as a rendition of Berio’s irresistible Sequenza II.

Giacinto Scelsi : Okanagon for harp, amplified doublebass and tom-tom
Franco Donatoni : Argot two pieces for solo violin
Beat Furrer : Ira-Arca
Luciano Berio : Sequenza II for harp
Simone Movio : Logos II

6 Jul 
7 Jul

United Kingdom
 Friday, July 07, 2017 at 8pm 
Matthew Herbert Requiem Live Premiere
Festival d'Aix en Provence

United Kingdom

Quartet Quatuor Van Kuijk
Electronic Music Matthew Herbert

The Van Kuijk Quartet steps up to play electronic music as it delivers one of the most iconic works of the genre into the hands of the unmissable British electronic musician, Matthew Herbert. First heard in a BBC Radio 3 broadcast, Requiem reveals all the modernity of the string quartet of yesterday and today through the prism of electronics.

Matthew Herbert : Requiem

8 Jul

United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 08, 2017 at 2.30pm 
Piano 4 Hands
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Waka Hasegawa & Joseph Tong piano

This ‘mixed bill’ of music for piano duet – four hands at one keyboard – has a certain neo-classical flavour, with a new arrangement of Prokofiev’s exuberant ‘Classical Symphony’ and David Matthews’ new Haydn variations. The other commission in this concert is from Daniel Kidane, a rising star alumnus of our first Cheltenham Composer Academy in 2013.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Andante with Variations in G, K 501
Franz Schubert : Fantasie in F minor D 940
David Matthews : Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 144
Daniel Kidane : New work
Sergei Prokofiev : Classical Symphony (arr. Piano 4 Hands)

9 Jul

United Kingdom
 Sunday, July 09, 2017 at 3pm 
Kokoschka's Doll
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Rozanna Madylus mezzo-soprano
John Tomlinson bass

For Alma Mahler, the painter Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) was just one of a string of eminent lovers, but for Kokoschka his brief affair with the widow of Mahler was to haunt the rest of his life. Shortly after the liaison ended, in 1914, he commissioned a life-size doll of Alma, which he took to concerts and other public events, finally destroying it at a party to which all his friends were invited. The Counterpoise ensemble explores their tempestuous affair and subsequent obsession through a sequence of music and text featuring the work of Gustav and Alma Mahler, Wagner, Webern and Zemlinsky, followed by the premiere of John Casken’s Kokoschka’s Doll.

As seen through the eyes of Kokoschka as an older man, world-renowned bass John Tomlinson evokes the passions unleashed by the affair against the background of the physical and psychological traumas the artist suffered in the First World War.

David Matthews : The Art of Love: Alma Mahler’s Life and Music
John Casken : Kokoschka’s Doll

9 Jul

 Sunday, July 09, 2017 at 8pm 
Philip Glass' 80th birthday
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

0431-23 70 70

Daniel Hope, Violin
hr Symphony Orchestra
Hugh Wolff, Conductor

There is hardly anyone in the Western world who doesn’t know his music, as he wrote the film music to popular movies such as “The Hours” and “Kundun.” Philip Glass is like no other contemporary composer. With his radical reductions to repetitive motifs and rhythms, he creates a kind of trance-like effect that only a few can escape. His music has long been familiar to everyone - especially when Glass, as in the case of his first symphony, used three songs by David Bowie from his album “Low.” At the time, Glass was already 55 years old, and his first instrumental concerto, the Violin Concerto No. 1, had also been written just a few years earlier. But “age” is quite relative, and Philip Glass, who is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2017, still composes music that attracts old and young, establishment and underground alike.

Maurice Ravel : Une barque sur l’océan
Philip Glass : Violin Concerto no.1
Philip Glass : Symphony no.1 "Low Symphony“

10 Jul 
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12 Jul

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 12pm 
Brett Dean Gertrude Fragments
Buxton Festival
3 The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AZ
United Kingdom
01298 70395

Andrey Lebedev, guitar; Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano

Both these exciting artists are already much travelled, and not only because they hail from Australia but have now settled in London, although Andrey moved there shortly after his birth in Moscow. The pairing of Mezzo-Soprano with Guitar has produced a programme full of exquisite delicacy, combining music from 4 composers all of whom had an exceptional innate sympathy with both guitar and the voice. Both artists share a passion for breaking boundaries across repertoire, which is both refreshing and inspirational. They have found connections such as between Britten and Dowland, and Brett Dean is without doubt one of the most successful and accessible of today’s composers.

John Dowland : Selection of lute songs arranged for voice and guitar
Benjamin Britten : Folksong Arrangements for voice and guitar
Brett Dean : Gertrude Fragments
Manuel de Falla : Canciones Populares Espanolas

13 Jul 
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15 Jul

United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 6pm 
Ryan Wigglesworth Premiere
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

The Hallé
Roderick Williams baritone
Jonathon Heyward conductor

Hailed by Mark Elder as ‘a bright rising star’, American conductor Jonathon Heyward takes to the Town Hall stage with one of the Music Festival’s long-standing favourites, The Hallé.

Alongside one of the most beloved of romantic symphonies, and Mahler’s ‘songs of a wayfarer’ performed by captivating baritone Roderick Williams, Ryan Wigglesworth’s new work is inspired by themes from his 2017 opera for ENO, The Winter’s Tale, and is a co-commission with The Hallé, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic.

Ryan Wigglesworth : Clocks from a Winter’s Tale
Gustav Mahler : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Symphony No 4

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19 Jul

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7.30pm 
John Casken Kokoschka’s Doll
Buxton Festival
3 The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AZ
United Kingdom
01298 70395

Sir John Tomlinson, bass-baritone/ speaker; Rozanna Madylus, mezzo-soprano

The Art of Love Alma Mahler’s Life and Music: a sequence incorporating music by Alma and Gustav Mahler, Zemlinsky, Webern and Wagner

John Casken Kokoschka’s Doll (text by John Casken and Barry Millington)

From the middle of the 20th century onwards a fascination with Gustav Mahler’s music has gone hand in hand with exploration of his unique tortured sensibilities, and been coloured by his emotionally turbulent marriage to the extraordinary Alma Schindler. This imaginative programme, characteristic of Counterpoise’s keen focus on the blend of words with music in heightened dramatic settings, looks at Alma’s intense relationship with her husband, his music and that of his contemporaries, and brings a newly commissioned work for Sir John Tomlinson by the eminent composer John Casken. Counterpoise’s innovative projects always make for thought provoking and affecting music drama. This new work explores the passionate and overwrought relationship between Alma and expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka, promising a moving and striking concert event to remember, with unequivocally one of our generation’s most prominent and well-loved artists.

John Casken : Kokoschka’s Doll

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24 Jul

 Monday, July 24, 2017 at 9pm 
The Tallis Scholars · Klangforum Wien · Pomárico
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500

Lukas Schiske, Percussion
Björn Wilker, Percussion
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, Conductor (Ockeghem)
Katrien Baerts, Soprano
Klangforum Wien
Emilio Pomàrico, Conductor (Grisey)

‘His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as the light’, comments the Gospel of Matthew. The miraculous transfiguration of Jesus allowed the apostles to apprehend his divine nature, which transcended the boundaries of this world. Of all the arts, music may well most convincingly convey the feeling of an experience that goes beyond our material realm, promising a better state of being and the revelation of our true essence, freed from worldly constraints.

Sacred music, religiously inspired works and sounds which escape from earthly bonds will spark off one another in this year’s Ouverture spirituelle: from the vocal polyphony of the Renaissance to baroque, classical and romantic repertoire, and beyond, to the music of the twentieth century. With varying trajectories, the works chosen all revolve around the central idea of transfiguration. In Olivier Messiaen’s Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ for soloists, chorus and orchestra – an explosion of ringing light and blazing sounds – the term even appears in the title. The radiance of this work emanates throughout the rest of the programme, perhaps reaching its greatest potency in sacred spaces and the darkness of night. For this reason, some concerts are removed from the usual hustle and bustle of the Festival and scheduled to begin at a later hour.
We shall also join Monteverdi’s Orpheus as he descends to the underworld to rescue Eurydice, and perhaps our own senses of perception will themselves be transfigured by music which depicts the crossing of this same final threshold – specifically, music from great last works fully completed or left unfinished, including Mozart’s Requiem, the Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil by Gérard Grisey and Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony with its dying final pages, in which the musical line is slowly extinguished.

Gerard Grisey : Stèle for two percussionists
Johannes Ockeghem : Missa pro defunctis
Gerard Grisey : Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil for soprano and 15 musicians

24 Jul

United Kingdom
 Monday, July 24, 2017 at 3pm 
Paradise Remembered
Three Choirs Festival
Three Choirs Festival Association 7c College Green Gloucester GL1 2LX
United Kingdom
01452 768928

Voice vocal trio
Matthew Sharp cello (baritone)

This concert takes its title from the autobiography of Ursula Vaughan
Williams, whose life and poetry provides
a programmatic thread. Performed and arranged by female vocal trio Voice and
‘cellist Matthew Sharp, songs of myth and memory celebrate Vaughan Williams’ (and lifelong friend Holst’s) enthusiasm for English folksong. At the heart of this programme
is a new suite of madrigals, Silence and
Music, composed for the quartet by Roderick Williams, setting Ursula Vaughan Williams’ poetry. The composer will give a short introduction to the piece and the ‘subtle, sensuous music’ of the poetry that inspired him.

Filipe Sousa : Like As the Waves
James Francis Brown : Rough Magic
Vaughan Williams : Lovely Joan; Early in the Spring; She’s Like the Swallow
Gustav Holst : I Love my Love; O Swallow, Swallow; In Youth Is Pleasure; Eight Canons
Giovanni Sollima : Lamentatio
Roderick Williams : Silence and Music

25 Jul

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9.15pm 
ID Please
Tête à Tête Opera Festival
Various, London
United Kingdom

Music | Soosan Lolavar
Words | Daniel Hirsch
Director | Stephen M Eckert
Conductor | Daniel Nesta Curtis

Media Design | Jessica Medenbach
Costume Design | Nina Bova
Scenic Design | Caitlin Ayer

Border Agent | Robbie Raso
Female Traveller | Shannyn Rinker
Male Traveller | Patrick Dailey

ID, Please is an opera for the age of Brexit and Trump, set at border control and exploring themes of immigration, identity and xenophobia. The work took on new relevance when its British-Iranian composer was almost prevented from attending rehearsals in the US as part of the first ‘Muslim Ban’.

Soosan Lolavar : ID Please

26 Jul

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7pm 
The United Kingdom of Earth: A Brexit Opera
Tête à Tête Opera Festival
Various, London
United Kingdom

Music & Words | Dominic Robertson
Director | Dominic Robertson

In a not-too-distant future, following some nuclear-misunderstanding the isolated island managed to avoid, a post-Brexit Britain finds itself surrounded by nothing but scorched earth. How do people from the everyday family home to the corridors of power cope with this? And what on earth is Boris doing in Downing Street in a tie-dye suit?

Dominic Robertson : The United Kingdom of Earth: A Brexit Opera

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