Iestyn Davies

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Carnegie Hall 2017-18 Review – Rinaldo: The English Concert Conquers In Hearts & Imagination in Handel Masterpiece
Concert performances of operas can be a rather mixed bag. The works themselves were concocted with the vision of being complete art forms and taking them out of this context can be difficult. Many operas can get away with it simply by the symphonic qualities of the music (see Wagner or Strauss). But this can take an even more complex life of its own in a baroque opera, with its…
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Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Kampe & Anja Harteros Headline Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2018-19 Season
The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced its 2018-19 season, which is set to include eight new productions and a number of revival productions. The season will also include a number of concert performances as well as recitals in the company's summer festival. Here is a look at all the operatic events. New Productions  Amélie Niermeyer directs a new production of Verdi's "Otello" with music director Kirill Petrenko conducting. Jonas Kaufmann stars in…
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Amanda Forsythe, Iestyn Davies & Soloman Howard To Be Featured In Handel and Haydn Society’s 2018-19 Season
The Handel and Hayden Society has announced its 2018-19 season which will feature nine major subscription concerts and 16 Handel and Haydn premieres. It will also mark the 204th season of the society which is led by Artistic Director Harry Christophers. The Handel and Haydn Society brings Classical and Baroque music to life on period instruments in historically informed performances, showcasing the music the way the composer intended. For this…
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Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko & Renée Fleming Headline Star-Studded Carnegie Hall 2018-19 Season
Carnegie Hall announced its 2018-19 season featuring some of the world's greatest singers and musicians. To stick with opera, we will only be highlighting the singers who will be featured in the season. Orchestras  Mezzo-soprano Lucile Richardot will be featured with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner in an all-Berlioz program. The program will feature selections from "Les Troyens." Performance Date: Oct. 14, 2018 Tenor…
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Working With Kings – Countertenor Iestyn Davies on ‘Farinelli and the King’ & Working With Thomas Adès
It all started with a phone call. Countertenor Iestyn Davies was just going about his usual business when Claire van Kampen called him up to make an offer. She had been preparing “Farinelli and the King” when she heard a voice on the radio. A countertenor to be sure. The singer in question? Davies. She knew that she had to contact him to be on the show. “It’s about a…
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Countertenor to Headline the Marquee on the Great White Way
The story of the famed castrato, Farinelli, will be arriving to Broadway this December for a limited engagement in "Farinelli and the King." This British production, written and composed by Claire van Kampen, is a real-life tale of one of history’s most famous Italian singers of the 18th century. After a premiere at the Shakespeare Globe, the production, directed by John Dove, transferred to the West End’s Duke of York…
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Royal Opera House 2016-17 Preview: Everything You Need to Know About ‘Written on Skin’
George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin” makes its return to the Royal Opera House on Friday, Jan. 13 for five performances. The opera, Benjamin’s first full-length work in the genre, had its premiere at the 2012 Aix-en-Provence Festival and then arrived at the Royal Opera House in 2013. The work is divided into 15 scenes and takes place in 13th Century Provence. The libretto is written Martin Crimp. The first performance…
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CD/DVD Releases -Week of Jan. 2: Ring In The New Year With Kathleen Battle And Her Sony Legacy
The first week of New Years will be busy for opera lovers who are excited to discover new artists or look back at some of the legendary prima donnas. Anett Fritsch and Mozart Orfeo will release Frisch's debut album. The album features works from Mozart's popular operas including "Don Giovanni," "Cosi Fan Tutte" and "Le Nozze di Figaro." A specialist in Mozart, Frisch has been acclaimed for her turns as…