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Contemporary opera: A conversation with Vasco Mendonça
Vasco Mendonça is one of the rising stars among contemporary composers. In addition to his studies with Klaas de Vries and George Benjamin, he has participated in the Rolex Mentor and Protegé Arts Initiative along with Kaija Saariaho and represented Portugal at UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers. His first piece of musical theatre, Ping, was adapted from a Samuel Beckett monologue and premiered in 2011. The House Taken Over (2013) – based on...
Leading Opera Houses Ensure the Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest
UNDETERRED BY THE PANDEMIC, THE WORLD’S LEADING OPERA HOUSES JOIN FORCES TO ENSURE THE TENOR VIÑAS INTERNATIONAL SINGING CONTEST CAN GO AHEAD The preliminary auditions were conducted on the basis of video recordings sent to opera houses in Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, New York and Paris. In the next stage, 125 of the 477 singers who entered the contest will go through to the second round in person, at the Gran Teatre del...
Oper! Awards - Salzburger Festspiele als "Bestes Festival" ausgezeichnet
(SF, 1. Dezember 2020) Grund zur Freude gab es gestern Abend für die Salzburger Festspiele: Bei den Oper! Awards 2020 sind sie als „Bestes Festival“ ausgezeichnet worden. Die Oper! Awards wurden von der Zeitschrift Oper! und einem ausgewählten Kreis von Musikkritikern ins Leben gerufen und 2019 zum ersten Mal vergeben. Die diesjährige Preisverleihung fand aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie digital statt. Die Jury begründet ihre...
"Life is beautiful": Sonya Yoncheva, a positive, committed and open-minded artist in conversation
"perpetual music", a project initiated by In recent years, the young Bulgarian soprano has achieved great success in many different roles with her extraordinary soprano voice and acting skills, and is now a celebrated star on all major stages. Born in Plovdiv, Sonya Yoncheva studied at the local conservatory and later in Geneva. In 2010 she won the famous Operalia competition, marking the start of her...
"Art is a part of our being", a critical dialogue with baritone Michael Volle
"perpetual music", a project initiated by The hotel terrace offers a wide view over Berlin, the current home town of international opera star Michael Volle. It is here where he went through the painful lockdown together with his wife, singer Gabriela Scherer, and his two children. "Spending such a long time in one go at home teaches you to understand and appreciate the meaning and the value of a healthy...
Mariangela Sicilia: “singing again, with an orchestra, a conductor and an audience”
"perpetual music", a project initiated by You shouldn't miss Mariangela Sicilia one of Italy's rising stars. She was awarded Third Prize at the Operalia Competition in 2014, and has sung in leading opera houses and festivals across Europe. A few weeks after the cancellation of her Teatro alla Scala debut in Umberto Giordano’s Fedora with Sonya Yoncheva and Roberto Alagna, she had the opportunity to...