Glyndebourne Summer Festival opens on 18 May with a production of Richard Strauss’s opera ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ by acclaimed young German director Katharina Thoma. Vladimir Jurowski will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in his last season as Musical Director. Lebrecht Photographer, Laurie Lewis, has sent these preview images, now online at www.lebrecht.co.uk.
Lebrecht photographer, Marion Kalter, has captured wonderful images of Amilcar Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, the latest production taking place at Opera National de Paris. Marion’s images show the striking stage direction, set and costumes by Pier Luigi Pizzi. The opera is conducted by Daniel Oren and stars Violeta Urmana as La Gioconda. It opened on 2 May and will run until 17 May 2013. For a full selection of images, visit www.lebrecht.co.uk.
We have received images of the Royal Ballet’s controversial new production of Hansel and Gretel from Lebrecht photographer, Laurie Lewis. The Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel gets a sinister update in the first full length ballet choreographed by Royal Ballet’s Artist-in-Residence Liam Scarlett. The ballet opened to mixed reactions. Read audience tweets from the opening night here: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/your-reaction-hansel-and-gretel. James Hay stars as Hansel, Leanne Cope as Gretel, Brian Moloney as the Witch and Steve McRae as the Sandman.
Richie Havens – American folk singer and guitarist died 22 April 2013 aged 72. He is best remembered for his intense and rhythmic guitar style and for his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. He was the festival’s first performer and as many of the other artists were held up in traffic jams on the roads approaching the festival site he had to entertain the crowd for nearly three hours and was called back again and again for encores. When he finally ran out of tunes he improvised a song based on the spiritual Motherless Child that became Freedom. The release of the Woodstock movie after this performance helped him reach a wider audience.
Born 21 January 1941- 22 April 2013
Our photographer will be covering all concerts at the 2013 season of BBC Proms. Contact us in advance for specific Proms and visit www.lebrecht.co.uk for photographs of musicians and conductors. Please see attached some sample images of this year’s key performers.
Heikki Tuuli, our opera photographer based in Finland, has sent us an extensive selection of the Finnish National Opera’s productions celebrating the bicentenaries of opera composers Richard Wagner (22 May 1813) and Giuseppe Verdi (10 October 1813). These dramatic photos include Verdi’s operas Rigoletto, Aida, Don Carlos, Un Ballo in Maschera, Otello, La Traviata. Wagner’s operas in the Finnish National Opera’s repertoire include Siegfried, Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung, Das Rheingold, Parsifal.
Benjamin Britten’s hundredth anniversary on 22 November is represented by photographs of his opera Albert Herring.
In addition, Heikki Tuuli has photographed some of the great works from Finnish composers – Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera Aleksis Kivi, Kaija Saariaho’s opera Adriana Mater, Aarre Merikanto’s opera Juha.
Other operas from the Finnish National Opera’s repertoire include Bizet’s Carmen, Charles Gounod’s opera Faust, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, and also Le nozze di Figaro; George Frideric Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare; Gioachino Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola; Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Fanciulla del West, and also Puccini’s Il tabarro, and his operas Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, and La bohème.
Maria Tallchief, a daughter of an Oklahoma oil family who grew up on an Indian reservation of the Osage Nation, found her way to New York and became one of the most brilliant American ballerinas of the 20th century, died on 11 April 2013 in Chicago. She was 88. She was the first American Indian to become premiere danseuse étoile in the Paris Opera, France.
Outstanding photos from Maurice Seymour, renowned American photographer of American ballets stars from the 1930s to the 1960s
Sir Colin’s role in British musical life was immense. He became principal conductor of the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra) in 1995 and was its longest serving prinicpal conductor. Alongside his commitment to the LSO, he forged special relationships with the Royal Opera House, the BBCSO (BBC Symphony Orchestra), and the English Chamber Orchestra, as well as mentoring many young performers and conductors at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School.
Lebrecht Music & Arts has photographs of all the different stages in Sir Colin Davis’ career in London, Paris and St Petersburg and the BBC Proms.