Christophe Rousset revisits Mozart's early opera Mitridate in a new production at La Monnaie
Christophe Rousset revisits Mozart's early opera Mitridate in a new production by Jean-Philippe Clarac and Olivier Deloeuil at La Monnaie, 18 years after his recording with a stellar cast including Cecilia Bartoli, Natalie Dessay and Brian Asawa. This recording followed on from the success of Rousset's soundtrack to the film Farinelli, which sold more than a million discs worldwide. The artistic duo Clarac and Deloeuil from Bordeaux won La Monnaie's competition to stage Mitridate with the idea of setting the opera at a EU summit in the Belgian capital. From the podium, Rousset leads an outstanding cast including Michael Spyres in the title role, Lenneke Ruiten, Myrtò Papatanasiu, David Hansen, Simona Saturová, Sergey Romanovsky and Yves Saelens.
Line up announced for this year's Incontri in Terra di Siena chamber music festival
The 28th Incontri in Terra di Siena - founded in memory of Antonio Origo and his wife Iris, the Anglo-American author of War in the Val d'Orcia returns to mark the centenary of violin legend Yehudi Menuhin, a close friend of the Origo family and founding member of the Tuscan chamber music festival. The week long festival based at La Foce, one of Italy's most enchanting gardens, runs from 29 July to 5 August and will welcome back pianist Jeremy Menuhin who will join Artistic Director Antonio Lysy and Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud. Israeli Arab and Jewish musicians from Polyphony Ensemble make a much-anticipated return with pianist Saleem Ashkar to open the summer festivities. The festival has announced the appointment of pianist Alessio Bax as the Artistic Director for 2017.
Programme for 2016 Itinéraire Baroque Festival announced
Ton Koopman's Itinéraire Baroque Festival in the Dordogne, set in the picturesque medieval villages and towns around Riberac and Brantôme, returns for its 15th edition from Thursday 28 July to Sunday 31 July 2016. The festival's annual highlight is the Saturday pilgrimage circuit to small forgotten Romanesque churches for five "taster" concerts, following Koopman's uplifting morning recital on the organ.
Kyung Wha Chung opens the 2016 Verbier Festival following Warner Classics signing
Kyung Wha Chung, who has made a sensational return to the concert stage, opens the Verbier Festival on 22 July alongside the Festival's orchestra and conductor Charles Dutoit, with whom she has performed for four decades. Kyung Wha Chung appears twice in the festival, with Brahms' Violin Concerto for the opening concert, followed by a morning recital on 24 July with sonata partner Kevin Kenner in a programme of Fauré, Prokofiev and Franck.
Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva announce London Piano Festival
Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva announce the inaugural London Piano Festival at Kings Place from 7-9 October 2016 as they release their debut duo album of Stravinsky piano ballets today. The festival – co-curated by Owen and Apekisheva – will include performances from some of the world’s leading pianists such as Kathryn Stott, Noriko Ogawa, Stephen Kovacevich and Julian Joseph in addition to a lecture on Liszt From Exuberance to Asceticism by Alfred Brendel. Owen and Apekisheva will perform the world premiere of a new work for two pianos written by American composer Nico Muhly.