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We don’t usually use our e-news to review or recommend performances but the Opera North Ring is an exception worth making!
Those of you that have been lucky enough to attend one of the cycles over the past six weeks won’t need any encouragement but if you didn’t manage to get a ticket (or haven’t yet considered giving the Ring a go!) then we want to let you know that you can hear the final cycle live from the Sage Gateshead on BBC Radio 3 over the coming week starting tomorrow - Tuesday 5th July with Das Rheingold.
Opera North started at the end of May with two cycles at Leeds Town Hall and continued to Nottingham, Salford, London and the final cycle will take place at the Sage Gateshead this week. By the end of the week almost 6,000 people will have seen the complete production!
It’s hard to find sufficient superlatives to commend the outstanding artistic achievement that Opera North’s Music Director Richard Farnes and Director Peter Mumford have reached with this production but here's a flavour of what some of the nation’s foremost opera critics had to say:
‘Beg, borrow, or be like Wotan and steal a ticket for this show' - Richard Morrison, The Times - 5 star review
‘A tremendous achievement, You'd be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth’ - Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph - 5 star review
‘Transcendent’ - Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk - 5 star review
As well as being able to listen next week, the complete cycle will be streamed in video online later in the year by digital commissioning company thespace.org who filmed the complete production at Leeds Town Hall.
Sung in German with English titles and text accompanying the live performances, the film of the Ring will be fully subtitled in English and also include additional narrative elements which highlight and explain significant plot points, expanding and deepening the audience’s experience of the story.
The BBC Radio 3 link is available by clicking the link below, meanwhile here are the dates and performance times
Tuesday 5th July 7:15pm Das Rheingold
Wednesday 6th July 5:30pm Die Walküre
Friday 8th July 5:30pm Siegfried
Sunday 10th July 4:30pm Götterdammerung
In 2017 Maestro! have holidays including the Ring Cycle in both Berlin & Leipzig. Click on the Music & Arts Tours section of the website for full details.
Tonight's final concert of the 2016 Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano may be the last after the main sponsor BSI (who have been embroiled in a major financial scandal) announced that they would not continue their support beyond this year.
Another magnificent evening of music making (including Martha Argerich, Mischa & Lily Maisky, Eduardo Hubert, Jorge Bosso and Lyda Chen - to name just a few)!
As the evening came to a close the 'father' of the festival, Ivry Gitlis, now 93 years old, took to the stage to make an impassioned plea for the future.
"We the Artists - who Love - Love human beings, the sentiment of being through music and our adorable marvellous friend, colleague and inspiration of this Progetto - Martha Argerich. The mere idea that this family feast around music, the musicians and the public - in itself an Artist, could disappear in the prime of its youth and that this year may be the last, makes us shudder with melancholy.
For you, and all of us, the Baby born out of our association with our dear friend Martha, that has kept us all together for the last fifteen years, our mutual child, are you going to let him become an orphan of us, and us of him?
So, WAKE UP, you and your hearts in time, NOW, MAINTENANT, JETZT, TODAY! so that the Lugano Spring remains forever a musical moment of friendship and love, with our friends Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin and all the others.
The wings of a traveler pigeon cost less than the wings of a fighter jet, so let the pigeons fly in the sky of the lake and the mountains that surround us here in Lugano!"
Maestro! have taken delighted music lovers to the Progetto almost every year since 2007. We hope that the wealthy City of Lugano with their new 'LAC' concert hall will stand behind the Progetto for 2017 and do all necessary to secure a new sponsor. We hope to be back in 2017!
Our week of food & music at the Progetto Martha Argerich got off to a perfect start last night with dinner under the stars in the garden of the Stella d'Italia.
Our musical programme starts tonight with a gala concert at the new LAC Concert Hall in Lugano with both Martha Argerich and Cecilia Bartoli in a programme including:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major. K 364
Vilde Frang (violin); Nathan Braude (viola)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Recitativo and aria “Ch’io mi sordi di te” K 505
Cecilia Bartoli, Martha Argerich Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and conductor Diego Fasolis
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Parto, parto. Ma tu ben mio”, aria from La clemenza di Tito
Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and conductor Diego Fasolis
Ludwig van Beethoven Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt
Ludwig van Beethoven Fantasia Chorale op. 80
Martha Argerich, the Choir of Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and conductor Diego Fasolis