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Thália Theatre, Budapest

28 June 2017

Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna

Hungarian Premiere

Production of the Pannon Philharmonic,
Pécs, Hungary

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ABOUT THE OPERA

As its title suggests, Prima Donna set in Paris in the 1970s, is a so-called art opera: we follow one day of the once popular and respected diva, who by seizing her last chance, would like to play the role once again that raise her to success, hoping that she might break out from the shades of oblivion and neglect. Prima Donna, which gained huge international success and was co-written with librettist Bernadette Colomine, is Rufus Wainwright’s first opera. Its first premiere took place at Palace Theatre in Manchester, England in 2009, and it was presented at Luminato Festival in Toronto in 2010, and at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London in the same year and at New York City Opera in the USA in 2012.

Cast

Régine Saint Laurent, Prima Donna: FARKASRÉTI Mária

Marie, the maid: Je Ni KIM – singer in the competition role

Philippe, the servant: SÓLYOM-NAGY Máté

André La Tourner, journalist: ÓDOR Bálint

Scenery and costumes: TIHANYI Ildikó

With: Pannon Philharmonic

Conductor: VAJDA Gergely

Director: ALFÖLDI Róbert

SINGER IN THE COMPETITION ROLE:
Je Ni KIM (soprano – South Korea)

The South Korean Je Ni KIM is a freelance singer and a member of Musica Glotz. She obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree at Seoul National University in 2007. Between 2008 and 2010 she attended the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan, where she received a degree in Opera Singing. She graduated from the Conservatory of Paris as a singer of Baroque music in 2016. She played Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Seoul National University in 2006 and Adina in Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore at the Théâtre Municipal d’Albi in 2013. She appeared as Tuptim in the The King and I by Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2014. She sang Giunone in Il ritorno d’Ulisse by Monteverdi in the Auditorium Landowski of the Conservatory of Paris in 2016. She received 1st prize at Lassen Singing Competition in Korea in 2007. She also won the International Singing Competition organized in Balaguer, Spain in 2009 and the International Singing Competition in Colzani, Italy in 2010.

MuTh Theatre (Musik&Theater), Vienna

30 June 2017

Udo Zimmermann: Die Weisse Rose

Production of the Biel Solothurn Orchestra and Theatre

Biel, Switzerland

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ABOUT THE OPERA

As its title suggests, Prima Donna set in Paris in the 1970s, is a so-called art opera: we follow one day of the once popular and respected diva, who by seizing her last chance, would like to play the role once again that raise her to success, hoping that she might break out from the shades of oblivion and neglect. Prima Donna, which gained huge international success and was co-written with librettist Bernadette Colomine, is Rufus Wainwright’s first opera. Its first premiere took place at Palace Theatre in Manchester, England in 2009, and it was presented at Luminato Festival in Toronto in 2010, and at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London in the same year and at New York City Opera in the USA in 2012.

Cast

Régine Saint Laurent, Prima Donna: FARKASRÉTI Mária

Marie, the maid: Je Ni KIM – singer in the competition role

Philippe, the servant: SÓLYOM-NAGY Máté

André La Tourner, journalist: ÓDOR Bálint

Scenery and costumes: TIHANYI Ildikó

With: Pannon Philharmonic

Conductor: VAJDA Gergely

Director: ALFÖLDI Róbert

SINGER IN THE COMPETITION ROLE:
Wolfgang RESCH
(bariton – Austria)

The Austrian baritone has been the member of the Konzert Theater Bern since the 2013/14 season. He obtained an Honours Master of Arts Degree at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts in 2014. His major roles include Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro performed at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn Wien in 2012 and Baron Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Konzert Theater Bern in 2013. He sang Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in 2015 and Don Parmenione in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro in 2016 at the Konzert Theater Bern. He has won several awards including first prize at Petyrek Lang Singing Competition in 2012 and Hilde Zadek Competition in Vienna in 2013. In 2014 he also received the Prize of the Armin Weltner Foundation supporting highly talented young artists.

MuTh Theatre (Musik&Theater), Vienna

1 July 2017

Gaetano Donizetti: Holy Thursday, or The New Pourceaugnac

Production of the Szeged National Theatre

Szeged, Hungary

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ABOUT THE OPERA

As its title suggests, Prima Donna set in Paris in the 1970s, is a so-called art opera: we follow one day of the once popular and respected diva, who by seizing her last chance, would like to play the role once again that raise her to success, hoping that she might break out from the shades of oblivion and neglect. Prima Donna, which gained huge international success and was co-written with librettist Bernadette Colomine, is Rufus Wainwright’s first opera. Its first premiere took place at Palace Theatre in Manchester, England in 2009, and it was presented at Luminato Festival in Toronto in 2010, and at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London in the same year and at New York City Opera in the USA in 2012.

Cast

Colonello: DANI Dávid

Nina: Morgane HEYSE – versenyszereplő

Teodoro: DOSZPOD Kristóf

Sigismondo: CSEH Antal

Camilla: LACZÁK Boglárka

Stefanina: RÁKAI-HIMMER Veronika

Ernesto Rousignac: KISS Tivadar

Cola: SZÉLPÁL Szilveszter

Stage design and costumes: MOLNÁR Zsuzsa

Prompter: MOLNÁR Tünde

Director’s Assistant: KÜRTÖS Petra

Stage Manager: KÜRTÖS Petra

Music Assistant: FLÓRIÁN Gergely

With: Szeged Symphonic Orchestra

Conductor: GYÜDI Sándor

Director: TORONYKŐY Attila

SINGER IN THE COMPETITION ROLE:
Morgane HEYSE
(soprano – France)

The French soprano was born in Nancy in 1990. She obtained a Bachelor of Lyrical Arts Degree in 2012 and a Master of Lyrical Arts Degree in 2014 at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liège. She has attended the International Opera Academy since 2015. Her main roles include Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel in 2012 and the Princess/Pastourelle in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges in 2013. She also sang Inès in Offenbach’s Les Bavards at the Brussels Operette Theatre in 2015 and Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute performed at Opera Vlaanderen in 2016.She was a finalist at SummerFest Europe in 2013 and won 3rd Prize at Bell’Arte International Singing Competition in 2015.

MuTh Theatre (Musik&Theater), Vienna

2 July 2017

Michal Dobrzynski: Operetta

Production of the Warsaw Chamber Opera (Poland)

Warsaw Chamber Opera – Warsaw, Poland

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Operetta, which was written by the famous Polish contemporary writer, Witold Gombrowitz for more than 15 years, is regarded as one of the most remarkable plays by the author.

The play contrasts the trivial, fake world and spiritual emptiness with the pathos of history, its real horrors and pain. According to the director, Jerzy Lach, the only fragile hope for mankind is seen in denuding oneself. The play represents two prominent social categories: the aristocracy and the lower class. The audience’s attention is mainly drawn towards the aristocracy pressed into the corset of rules and norms, their narrow-mindedness is characterised by their dressing style, their pompous speech and their constantly repeated, bizarre gestures. Master Fior, the tyrant of pretence pops into this artificial and fake world, forcing garments on his dependents, at the same time holding them under his thumb. The reserved Albertine strikes out from the above described crowd. Her pure desire for nudity symbolises freedom and the breakout from the captivity of forms.

Cast

Albertine: HEITER Melinda – singer in the competition role

Master Fior: Jan Jakub MONOWID

Count Charmant: Tomasz RAK

Baron Firulet: Karol BARTOSINSKI

Princess Himalay: Anna RADZIEJEWSKA

The Professor: Artur JANDA

Count Hufnagel: Pitotr PIERON

The Priest: Pawel TUCHOLSKI

Lords: Magdalena SMULCZYNSKA, Ewa PUCHALSKA, Andrzej MARUSIAK

Valets: Jakub Andrzej GRABOVSKI, Piotr KAZIMIERCZAK /Ladislaus/, Piotr KEDZIORA, Grzegorz ZOLYNIAK, Angelika PARADOWSKA, Marta SUZIN

Dancers: Joanna ZIEMCZYK, Michal GÓRAL, Jakub JÓZWIAK, Szymon OSINSKI /Prince/, Robert SARNECKI

Libretto: Michal DOBRZYNSKI

Stage design: Jerzy RUDZKI

Choreographer: Jaroslaw STANIEK

Assistant Director: Pawel TUCHOLSKI

Music Director: Przemyslaw FIUGAJSKI

With: Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta

Conductor: Przemyslaw FIUGAJSKI

Director: Jerzy LACH

SINGER IN THE COMPETITION ROLE:
Melinda HEITER
(mezzo soprano – Hungary)

The Budapest-born mezzo-soprano graduated from the Department of Solo Singing at the Budapest Teacher Training Institute of Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 2008. She has appeared at various national and international festivals such as Bartók Plusz Opera Festival (Miskolc, Hungary) and Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Opera Festival (Bayreuth). She has been the solo singer of the Hungarian National Opera since 2012. In 2013 she won the 8th Simándy József International Singing Competition and received the Richard Wagner Society scholarship in Bayreuth.

Her major roles include Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), the Second Lady (The Magic Flute), Flosshilde (Das Rheingold), the High priestess (Aida), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana), Mercedes (Carmen), the Muse / Nicklausse (The Tales of Hoffmann) and Siébel (Faust).

MuTh Theatre (Musik&Theater), Vienna

3 July 2017

Martyna Kosecka: Klotho

Production of the Croatian National Theatre

Rijeka, Croatia

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The Storyteller starts talking about a fairytale – how it would feel like to be inside the plot of the never-ending threads of tales. He tells the story of a Sea Daughter who wanted to have darkness in her husband’s kingdom of light. He describes how the cowardly servants, the Four Day Fairies, dropped the Bag of Darkness on their way home and then… the night came!

Klothó – Thread of the Tales written by the young composer and conductor, Martyna Kosecka is a fairy tale, a fable, a myth and a legend all at once – a complexity of genres the majority of which are usually intended for younger generations. In this case they create something else, an extra – a universal story for adults. Klothó, the ancient Greek goddess responsible for spinning the thread of life, is entangled in the web of events that lead to a dramatic, somehow grotesque end.

Cast

Reó –  Ingrid HALLER

Athuö –  Ivana SRBLJAN

Élles –  Karol BARTOSINSKI

Vári –  Marko FORTUNATO

Shá – Nicolas RIGAS – singer in the competition role

Narrato: Dario BERCICH

Stage design and costumes: Julia KOSEK

Visual design: Bartłomiej SZLACHCIC

With: Ivan Noble Zajc Opera Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre

Conductor: Berislav ŠIPUŠ

Director: Krzysztof CICHENSKI

In collaboration with: Music Biennale Zagreb

SINGER IN THE COMPETITION ROLE:
NICOLAS RIGAS
(bass-baritone, France)

Actor and singer Nicolas Rigas attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London following studies pursued at the National School of Theatre in Paris. He was discovered during the production of the Tales of Hoffmann at the Sénat in Paris, staged by Julie Dépardieu, where he sang the four Devils. In 2008, he sang Guglielmo from Così fan tutte at Fontainebleau Castle and Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Théâtre du Gymnase in Paris and at the Théâtre du Châtelet. He sang the role of the Nephew in the zarzuela The Nephews of Captain Grant at the Opera of Nancy, as well as Falke in Die Fledermaus by Strauss in the Opera of Clermont-Ferrand. He sang and played Argan in the Imaginary Invalid by Marc-Antoine Charpentier / Molière and Figaro in the Barber of Seville by Rossini at Versailles Castle and was Verloc from The Secret Agent in New York, at Armel Festival and at the Avignon Opera. He appeared in the British contemporary opera,Laika, the Spacedog as Korolev, with the company of the English Touring Opera in London and at the Avignon Opera, which was also broadcast by ARTE Concert. Last year he was singing Beppo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Opéra de Tours. This season he plays Alcindoro in La bohème at the Opéra de Rouen.

Thália Theatre, Budapest

4 July 2017

Jubilee Awards Ceremony

Hosted by: Róbert Alföldi

With the participation of the Pannon Philharmonic

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