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BERLIN/KASSEL The traditional start of Advent in Berlin is once again being celebrated this year entirely in the spirit of the Norwegian-German friendship: since 1990, Norway has presented
the German capital with a magnificent fir tree as a very special kind of Christmas greeting. This year’s tree, which has been erected at Pariser Platz, originates from the Norwegian “Christmas town” of Drøbak, which is situated on the Oslofjord. Photo: Pablo Castagnola,
VENICE: La Fenice in Venice still gleaming from its comprehensive restoration nearly a decade ago after it burned down in suspicious circumstances in 1996. The smart idea this year is to present as the first two operas of its season: Otello and Tristan und Isolde, who are not just two of the greatest works by the twin giants of 19th-century opera, Verdi and Wagner, who both are about to be the centre of bicentenary celebrations, they both also have Venetian connections. Review by Henning Høholt
STOCKHOLM; Dansaren, koreografen och Bouncegrundaren Fredrik “Benke” Rydman har fått Gunilla Roempkes dansstiftelses stipendium. Priset delades ut på lördagskvällen på Dansens hus i samband med nypremiären av succéföreställningen Svansjön i koreografi av Rydman. Prissumman är en check på 50.000 kr.
OSLO/KRISTIANSAND/HAMAR: Kirsten Flagstad (1895–1962) has been called the voice of the last century. The soprano made her debut as an opera singer at the Norwegian National Theatre in 1913, but it was her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1935 which made her a sensation. The role was Sieglinde in Richard Wagner’s opera The Valkyrie, and it was for her Wagner interpretations that Flagstad would become a living opera legend.
VENICE: Paul Curran presented a Master Piece of Regi in his directing of Tristan and Isolde in Venice. It became especially clear by his forming of the last act by building up the deadscene of Tristan, masterly sung by Ian Storey, together with his great Kurwenal Richard Paul Fink, While Brigitte Pinter sung Isolde and Brangaene was Tuija Knihtila Review by Henning Høholt.
COPENHAGEN/TORONTO: De stolte vindere er korpsdanserne Ida Praetorius for bedste kvindelige danser, Andreas Kaas for bedste mandlige danser og koreograf Alessandro Pereira, der stod bag koreografien, som var med til at sikre de danske korpsdansere sejren. ” – Det er aldrig nogensinde sket, at ét land har taget hele molevitten. Det er simpelthen fantastisk for danserne, balletten og hele kompagniet”, siger en begejstret Nikolaj Hübbe fra Toronto.
PARIS: We are following up with one of this autumns big musical succes´s in Paris: 1789 Les Amantas de la Bastille. Which is still going strong at Palais des Sports. It is keeping the high standard, and fully houses are leaving the theatre with a good feeling after the performances.. GIULIANO PEPARINI who is the director and choreographer of 1789, has managed to make it a lively musical production, where the choreography is jumping naturally out of the history, furthermore the good cutting between the sequences is very well made, so i have the feeling that i am anjoying a live motion picture production, absolutely wonderful made. Review by Tomas Bagackas and Henning Høholt..
This historic CD, consisting of two masterpieces from the chamber music repertoire, was recorded by the Beaux Arts Trio in 1960 at a Liederabend given in Schwetzingen. Between the years 1955 to 2008, despite some changes, the Beaux Arts Trio was regarded as one of the great piano trios. Review by Fabio Bardelli.
MOSCOW: In honour of the century anniversary of Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the Bolshoi Theatre is arranging a mini-festival entitled “100 Years Anniversary of the Rite of Spring – 100 Years Anniversary of the New Art”, scheduled for 27 March to 21 April 2013.
OSLO: I år fortsetter Finn Schjøll sitt samarbeide med Magnor med enda en ny julevase fasong, men ikke bare det, han har også forme en julestjerne. Tekst og Foto: Henning Høholt.
HELSINKI: The Finnish National Ballet will give guest performances at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in the spring of 2013. This is the first time in history that the whole company visits Bolshoi Theatre. The dancers will perform two triple bills from the season’s current repertoire.
OSLO: Champagnen flyter fritt og moralen sitter løst når teppet går opp forFlaggermusen, operettenes dronning, som nå er flyttet til et dekadent motemiljø på Manhatten.
STRASBOURG: Soon a New Don Quixote will be premiered at Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg, choreography by Marius Petipa and Rui Lopez Graca, and introducing some music from XVII century up to today in addition to Minkus. Premiere January 8th 2013. Kulturkompasset will attend two performances, to write review!!!.
During the summer/autumn season the modern art/design museum, situated kn the Former Jacobine church in Agen has an interesting exhibition from modern design/ mdern art/ industridesign presenting artists form the Aquitane area, curated by Marie-Dominique Niviere. Presentation and photos by Henning Høholt.
Théâtre du Chatelet – Théâtre Musical de Paris, can be proud of their musicals with English language. Following productions during the spring 2013: Street Scene by Kurt Weill 25-31 January. Carousel by Richard Rodgers 18-27 March. Sunday in the Park with George bt Stephen Sondheim 15-25 April. Presented by Tomas Bagackas.
PARIS: This years revival is centered around Martina Serafin, which is singing the Tosca role very good. Calin Bratescu is hers tenor, Mario Cavaradossi, he is good as well. Sergey Murazaev is Scarpia, he has the vocal ressources, but I dont find him right for this characteristic role. Review by Tomas Bagackas.
PARIS: The world famouse Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the outstanding Latvian conducter Andris Nelsons fascinated and amaced the the completely sold out Théatre des Champs Élysées in Paris last night 23. November 2012 with a demanding programme, which included Brahms great Pianoconcerto No 2 with Hélène Grimaud as outstanding soloist in the first half of the concert.. Review by Henning Høholt.
PISA: LA TRAVIATA by Giuseppe Verdi was premiered in Pisa, Italy, Teatro Verdi, 2012 november 16th, presenting Irina Dubrovskaja as Violetta Valéry, Stefano Lacolla as Alfredo Germont and Stefano Antonucci as his father Giorgio Germont. Conducted by Bruno Aprea, and staged by Paolo Trevisi. Review by Fabio Bardelli.
HELSINKI: The Finnish National Ballet’s 90th anniversary year culminates on 23 November 2012 when the Artistic Director of the Ballet Kenneth Greve presents the premiere of his new choreography, The Snow Queen; a work for the whole family based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen.
BERLIN: Divas are not what they used to be… one of the very few singers nowadays who can define herself like a ‘Diva’, Anna Netrebko is very down to Earth and on stage she’s very communicative and builds a good relationship with the audience. She doesn’t seem to create a myth of herself, and this is better to day, moreover being very popular she can gain more audience to opera world. Review by Bruno Tredicine.
STOCKHOLM: I centrum för Tobias Theorells uppsättning av Maskeradbalen står passion. Här är kungen förälskad i Anckarströms fru och det hela utvecklas till ett triangeldrama med dödlig utgång. Premiär den 24 november på Kungliga Operan.
PARIS: The last concert in the Beethoven by Gatti serie of concerts with Orchestre National de France at Théâtre des Champs Élysées happend on Thursday Novembr 15th, with Beethovens Symphonie no 9. Together with the world premiere of the second part of Bruno Mantovanis Cantate no 3. Reveiew by Henning Høholt. Applause photos, Tomas Bagackas
OSLO: Lær deg å plukke de beste vinene fra polets hyller. Aftenpostens vinjournalist Geir Salvesen smaker seg hvert år gjennom utallige viner. I denne boken gir han deg et innblikk i hva du skal se etter. I tillegg gir han råd om hvilken vin som passer best til hvilken mat.
VERSAILLES: After a long building periode has now Jeff Koons porcelain sculpture Michael Jackson and Bubbles come home to their new build home in the new Astrup Fearnley Museum at Tjuvholmen, Oslo, Norway. Presentation: Henning Høholt. Photos from Versailles: Henning Høholt and Tomas Bagackas. All copyrights reserved.
GØTEBORG: The Göteborg Opera production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, which met with such great success in 2006, is back with 14 new performances. Czech director Vladimír Morávek develops this magnificent Chinese saga even further. Repremière: Saturday 17 November 2012