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The Haydn Foundation Bolzano 2024 Review: Lorit. An Opera For The End Of Time


(Photo: MoniQue) Composer Marius Binder and librettist Robert Prosser see their new opera, “Lorit,” as a modern version of the mediaeval mystery play, in which allegorical figures embodying present-day values and behavioral traits are used to educate the audience. The plays were re-enactments of well-known religious stories containing issues that would have weighed upon the mediaeval mind, such as The {…}

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The Haydn Foundation Trento 2023 Review: Hanjo


(Photo Credit: Francesco Bondi) The Haydn Foundation, centered in Bolzano, produces classical music concerts and opera for towns and cities across Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige region. The current season included two performances of Toshio Hosokawa’s 2004 chamber opera “Hanjo” at Trento’s Teatro Sociale. Hosokawa is a German-trained composer who seeks inspiration for his music in Japan’s cultural heritage, and “Hanjo” is {…}

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The Haydn Foundation, Bolzano 2023 Review: Peter Pan, The Dark Side


Credit: Francesco Bondi Each year, The Haydn Foundation of Bolzano and Trento presents a short program of operas with an emphasis on the new and experimental, which, this season, included the world premiere of “Peter Pan, The Dark Side,” written by the composer Wolfgang Mittere and librettist David Pountney. The idea for the work came from the foundation’s artistic director, {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Director Daisy Evans On The Haydn Foundation’s Forthcoming World Premiere ‘Peter Pan’ – The Dark Side’


J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” the mischievous, free-spirited child who never grows up, has exerted a hold over children and even many adults for well over 100 years. His adventures set in Neverland, with its array of comic book characters such as Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, the crocodile, the Lost Boys, and Wendy, have fascinated and entertained over the generations. Peter {…}

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Q & A: Artistic Director Matthias Lošek On Contemporary Opera And The Haydn Foundation’s Forthcoming Opera Festival


Photo: Andrea Macchia Situated within easy reach of the Dolomites and the Alps lies the small Tyrolean city of Bolzano. Formally part of the Austrian Empire, it was ceded to Italy at the end of World War I, and despite Mussolini’s subsequent attempt to Italianize the town, it still retains much of its Austrian heritage, with a quarter of the {…}

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The Haydn Foundation 2021 Review: Carlota Zimmer


(Photo: Naomi Eleonora Biagi) With its commitment to producing contemporary works, The Haydn Foundation situated in Bolzano under the artistic direction of Matthias Lošek, must have one of the most ambitious opera programs in Italy, if not Europe. Over the past few years, it has consistently promoted and commissioned new pieces which it intersperses with thematically linked known works. It {…}

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The Haydn Foundation 2021 Review: Alice


(Photo: Roberto Ricci) “Alice in Wonderland,” Lewis Carroll’s novel which has entertained children down the generations is a multi-layered work, which has lent itself to a variety of interpretations over the years, in which commentators from many disciplines have looked beyond the colorful narrative, to reveal its symbolic references, satirical portraits, psychological depths, and its mathematical and linguistic conceits. Such {…}


Haydn Foundation Opera Festival Announces 2022 Season


(Credit: Haydn Foundation official website) The Haydn Foundation Opera Festival has announced its 2022 season, which will take place in Bolzano and Trento. Here is a full slate. Anna Sowa and Martina Badiluzzi’s opera “Silenzio” features Giulia Zaniboni, Victor Andrini, Pietro Paolo Dinapoli, Margherita Berlanda, and Dorota Jasinska-Urbanska. Performance dates: March 4 – 6, 2022 Next up is Nicola Sani {…}


Handel and Haydn Society Announces New Fellowship


The Handel and Haydn Society has announced the H+H Stone Fellowship, a prestigious fellowship for emerging musicians pursuing careers in period instrument performance of Baroque and Classical music. The new Fellowship will foster the development of early-career musicians whose socio-cultural identities have been historically underrepresented in the field. The fellowship will be possible through a transformative $1 million gift from {…}