Top festivals on medici.tv: Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, Salzburg, Annecy and Operalia
Alisa Weilerstein’s summer: Caramoor residency, BBC Proms, and feature film debut
Deborah Voigt showcases range in dates with Rufus Wainwright, CSO, & more
Inon Barnatan’s summer: London, Warsaw, Hollywood Bowl, Aspen, and more
21C Classical Music Season Preview 2014-15Published: July 22, 2014
21C Media Group’s Classical Music Preview 2014/2015
Concerts, Special Events, & Recordings
July 25, “Euryanthe” opens at Bard SummerScape, in first U.S. revival for 100 yearsPublished: July 21, 2014
To enrich its immersion in “Schubert and His World,” Bard SummerScape 2014 presents Euryanthe (1823) by Carl Maria von Weber, marking the opera’s first American revival in 100 years. Headlined by Ellie Dehn, “a charismatic soprano with great stage presence” (Wall Street Journal), Bard’s original staging is by Kevin Newbury, creator of SummerScape’s “gold standard production” (WQXR) of Richard Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae. Euryanthe’s five performances (July 25, 27 & 30; August 1 & 3) feature the festival’s resident American Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of music director Leon Botstein, who also leads semi-staged performances of Schubert’s own seldom-heard opera Fierrabras, starring Joseph Kaiser, on August 17, and of a double-bill of rarities – Schubert’s one-act Singspiel Die Verschworenen and the first American presentation of Franz von Suppé’s operetta Franz Schubert – on August 10. As the Financial Times concluded last season, “Some of the most important summer opera experiences in the U.S. are not at the better known festivals but at Bard SummerScape.”
Top festivals on medici.tv: Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, Salzburg, Annecy and OperaliaPublished: July 15, 2014
Summer is in full swing and that means medici.tv is once again making the very best of the festival season available to classical music lovers around the globe, giving them a virtual best seat in the house to exciting live events from Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, Salzburg, Annecy and Operalia. These can even be accessed on the go via medici.tv’s application for iOS and Android devices – the gateway for music lovers to enjoy the world’s greatest classical festivals anywhere and anytime. The festival season on medici.tv begins live July 16 with Trauernacht: The Angel’s Hand, a dramatic staging of J.S. Bach cantatas by Katie Mitchell in collaboration with conductor Raphaël Pichon. Among the other summer highlights is the July 18 opening concert of the Verbier Festival, with piano icon Martha Argerich and conductor Charles Dutoit. On August 3, medici.tv broadcasts Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s production of Don Giovanni (starring Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and Luca Pisaroni) live from the Salzburg Festival. Also live from the Salzburg Festival are Schubert’s Fierrabras (directed by Peter Stein and starring Michael Schade in the title role, on August 25) and other events to be announced soon. On August 19, it’s the first of a series of webcasts from the Annecy Classic Festival, with Yuri Temirkanov, Denis Matsuev and Yuja Wang among the many celebrated performers. And live on August 30, the world’s best young singers will compete in the finale of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, from the Los Angeles Opera. A full list of summer events being streamed by medici.tv appears below.
Summer at Stanford’s Bing Concert HallPublished: July 14, 2014
Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall – the venue San Francisco Classical Voice has hailed as “architecturally and acoustically…without peer” – hosts a characteristically exciting and broad summer season, presented under the auspices of Stanford Live from July 19 to August 6.The 2014 lineup ranges from the Midsummer Mozart Festival (July 19, 27) to classical guitar superstar Milos Karadaglic (Aug 6) and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin (Aug 2). The Grammy-winning Latin quartet La Santa Cecilia – named “Best Alternative Band of the Year” by L.A. Weekly – performs July 20, with Bay Area favorites Los Cenzontles opening the show. Other performances this summer include a swing dance party in the Bing lobby with Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (July 26). More information on events and tickets is available here.