Friday, October 9, 2015

Patrick Egersborg to kick off Oslo Opera Festival

Patrick Egersborg
Patrick Egersborg, who appears twice in our new Barihunks Calendar, will be kicking off the Oslo Opera Festival 10 year anniversary celebration on October 10th. He'll be joined by soprano Gjøril Songvoll and accompanist Berit Billingsø in the newly renovated Østbanehallen.

Egersborg will sing Don Giovanni's Catalog Aria, Bess, You Is My Woman Now from Porgy & Bess and join Gjøril Songvoll for Là ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni. There will also be music by Alf Prøysen, Francesco Cilea and Giuseppe Verdi.

Tickets are available online

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Benjamin Appl on tour with arias and songs

Benjamin Appl
German barihunk Benjamin Appl will be on tour from November 15-23 accompanied by pianist Gary Matthewman. The tour will take him to Abbeystrewry Church in Skibbereen, Station House Theatre in Clifden, Hugh Lane Galler in Dublin, Tipperary Excel Center, Triskel Christchurch in Cork, the Pavillion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and Warrenpoint Town Hall in Down.

The program will included selections from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, as well as arias from Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Appl will also offer a selection of songs by Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Schubert and a newly commissioned work from Irish composer Marian Ingoldsby.

Benjamin Appl sing Ungeduld from Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin:

Following his debut at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year, Appl appeared with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in September in a performance of Mahlers' Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.

The last-ever student of the great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, he was awarded the prestigious Schubert Prize by the Deutsche Schubert-Gesellschaf in 2012.

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Donovan Singletary's sexy and devilish Mefistofele

Donovan Singletary
Barihunk Donovan Singletary is opening up in Boito's Mefistofele tonight with the Knoxville Opera, which will mark the first professional performance of the opera in Tennessee. There will also be a matinee performance on October 11th. Tickets are available online.

The company is touting that the production will include over 200 on the stage, inlcuding a 50-member onstage orchestra and over 100 choristers. The already fit 32-year-old Singletary, clearly hit the gym to tone up, as the director has him showing off his magnificent torso in the show. The cast also includes Cody Austin as Fauts, Julia Lima as Margherita, Ryan Ford as Wagner and Allison Deady as Marta.

The opera, which is based on Johann von Goethe adaptation of the Faustian legend was written in 1868, but only found success in the repertory after the composer made revisions to the opera.

Make sure to check out this great profile on Donovan Singletary from the Knoxville News-Sentinel. 

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Tobias Greenhalgh performing staged of Schubert's Winterreise

American barihunk Tobias Greenhalgh, who joined the ensemble the Young Ensemble of the Theater an der Wien last year, will be performing in the premiere of a newly staged version of Schubert's Winterreise.

Czech choreographer Martin Dvorak has conceived the 2-part song cycle for baritone, a dancer/actor and pianist, who will be Marcin Kabaghe. The initial performance will be on Saturday, October 17th, with three additional shows in the Czech Republic in December. On December 17 and 18, it will be performed at the Museum of Applied Arts in Brno, with an additional performance scheduled in Prague on October 19.

The songs represent the voice of the poet as the lover, and form a distinct narrative and dramatic sequence. In the course of the cycle the poet, whose beloved now fancies someone else, leaves his beloved's house secretly at night, quits the town and follows the river and the steep ways to a village. Having longed for death, he is at last reconciled to his loneliness. The cold, darkness, and barren winter landscape mirror the feelings in his heart, and he encounters various people and things along the way which form the subject of the successive songs during his lonely journey. It is in fact an allegorical journey of the heart.

Tickets, which are only 10,00 EUR, are available online.

Greenhalgh is currently appearing as Littore in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea at Theater an der Wien with Jennifer Larmore as Ottavia, Christophe Dumaux as Ottone and the Valer Sabadus as Nerone.

He'll be back in the U.S. in January to sing Moralès in Bizet's Carmen with the Palm Beach Opera. Also in the cast are Rinat Shaham as Carmen, Zachary Nelson as Escamillo and Riccardo Massi as Don Josè. The production will be directed by the sensational young director John De Los Santos. Tickets are available online.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Brent Michael Smith part of Michigan Opera Theatre's first training program

Brent Michael Smith
Bass-barihunk Brent Michael Smith will be part of the inaugural group of singers at the newly formed Michigan Opera Theatre Studio. He'll be singing Colline in Puccini's La bohème at the Michigan Opera Theatre on Oct 17, 21, 24 and 25. Tickets are available online.

He'll be joined in the program by soprano Angela Theis, mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, tenor Joseph Michael Brent, baritone Jeff Byrnes and coach/accompanist Gordon Craig Schermer.

 Brent Michael Smith sings Mozart's "O Isis und Osiris" from The Magic Flute:

Other roles during his time in the training program include the Second SS Officer in Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger from Nov. 14-22.Grandpa Moss in Aaron Copland's The Tender Land from March 12- 20. The Doctor in Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth from ​April 16-24 and The Speaker
in Mozart's The Magic Flute​ from May 14-22.

Smith is a first-place winner of both the Grand Rapids Opera Competition and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition: Great Lakes Region. 

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Introducing British Barihunk David Jones

Barihunk David Jones
British barihunk David Jones in new to us and came to our attention via Twitter. He will be performing "Unknowing" at Leys Recital Hall at Cambridge on October 17th with Teatime Opera. Directed by Matthew Monaghan, the staged piece uses music from Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Frauenliebe und -leben to explore the intense and violent relationship between two lovers.

Jones will be joined by soprano Christine Cunnold and pianist Richard Harker. Tickets are available online.

Jones studied at Oxford University and Trinity Laban and was prizewinner in the 2015 AESS Patricia Routledge English Song Competition. He enjoys a fruitful ongoing collaboration with Cantata Dramatica, with whom he has given the first performances of four substantial works, most recently Nick Bîcat’s Red Dragon, White Dragon.

Operatic roles have included Jesus in Jonathan Harvey's Passion and Resurrection  at the Voices of London Festival, Edward VIII in the premiere of Josh Spear's That Woman at the Tête-à-Tête Festival, Pritschitsch in Lehar's The Merry Widow with Opera Danube, Jamie in the world premiere of The Sleeper with the Welsh National Youth Opera and Ko-Ko in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado with Co-Opera Co.


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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Edwin Crossley-Mercer in Fauré rarity

Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Edwin Crossley-Mercer returning to the stage after entertaining guests aboard the MS Europa on the Baltic Sea. He'll be performing Eurymaque in Fauré's Pénélope at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg. He'll be joined by the amazing Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role and hunkentenor Mark Van Arsdale as Léodès. Performances run from October 23 through November 22. 

Pénélope is the story of the return of the disguised Ulysses'to his wife who has faithfully waited twenty years for him. Many suitors unsuccessfully attempted to bend Ulysses' great bow before he proclaims his identity and the couple is reunited.

The opera, which has not set arias and little dramatic action, so it is rarely performed. This is the only scheduled performance of the opera through 2017. There are two glorious recording of the opera featuring Régine Crespin and Jessye Norman in the title role.  


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