A new English National Opera production of Wozzeck opens in London tomorrow. Directed by critically-acclaimed Carrie Cracknell and conducted by Edward Gardner, it will be the first ENO production of Alban Berg’s opera in 25 years. Lebrecht is delighted to have received these preview images from our photographer, Laurie Lewis.
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.
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.
Le Sacre du Printemps or Rite of Spring celebrates the 100th performance anniversary of its riotous debut on 29th May 1913 in the Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Paris. The ballet was commissioned by Sergei Diahgilev for his Ballets Russes. Music was composed by Igor Stravinsky, choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky and stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich.
The avant-garde nature of the music and choreography, with their acknowledgement of primitive sources in the movement and music, caused a near-riot in the audience. Although Lebrecht Music & Arts has over 150 images about the Rite of Spring there are no photographs of the audience’s reaction. What we do have is coverage of dancers from the early performances, the stage sets and costumes. To get a flavour of the time we also have a critique from an English journal in July 1913 with the headline ‘Nijinsky ‘s revolution in choreography: the post-impressionistic & prehistoric dance….’ The New York Times’ headline in June 1913 reported ‘Parisians hiss new ballet’. And our resident artist Neale Osborne has created a drawing of how he imagined the enraged Paris audience responded.
The music and choreography of Le Sacre du Printemps has inspired future generation . Click on the image for photographs of the Kirov ballet, Pina Bausch, the Royal Ballet with Tamara Rojo, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Scala theatre costumes designs from 1972 and much more. It has also been performed in concert. Search our website for photos of the likes of conductors such as the young Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit and Simon Rattle – all grappling with this revolutionary composition.
The Rolling Stones will be performing at Hyde Park on the 6th July, almost 44 years after their last appearance on this stage at the legendary Brian Jones tribute concert for 250.000 people in 1969.
RARE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE BY IVO POGORELICH at BERLIN PHILHARMONIE, 10th March 2013
Ivo Pogorelich performed a mixed programme of Chopin, Ravel and Debussy with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. Here photographs from his Paris performance on 1st March 2013. Photographer :Marion Kalter.
Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the death of Umm Kulthoum (Oumm Kalthoum), the most powerful and popular singer in the Arab world and a significant icon on posters in Tahrir Square during Cairo’s Arab Spring.
There will be a number of broadcasts and meetings to mark the date, but we hear that a commemorative concert has been cancelled due to recent anti-government unrest, known as ‘the situation’.
Read the full story HERE.