Saturday, January 21, 2017
The German tenor, 47, was cheered to the rafters at the end of Lohengrin in Paris last night. No reviews yet, but he got through the production without incident. Before going on stage he talked to AfP about his five-month layoff: ‘It was very difficult to have to wait so long to be able to sing again, especially because no one was able to tell me if it would take one month, two months or three months to heal. If I had known I would have taken some holidays but I had to wait and wait. I went to the doctor twice a week to see if it was getting any better. Then when it had almost healed ‘the vein burst for a second time.’ Welcome back, Jonas.
The Opéra de Paris has confirmed that the German tenor will end his enforced five-month absence, singing Lohengrin tonight. There is, however, one cast change. Wolfgang Koch has pulled out as Teleramund. He is replaced by Tomasz Konieczny.
Amid the opening jubilations, the Elbphilharmonie suffered two last-minute cancellations. The Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling phoned in sick for Beethoven’s Ninth, and the composer Wolfgang Rihm who wrote a consecration piece was unable to hear it due to illness. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller flew in from Mannheim just in time to fill out the Beethoven quartet. The hall had previously lost Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros for opening night.
At last, green shoots of Spring emerging from the gloom. The Barbican Spring schedule offers plenty if hope First off from 13-15 January, Simon Rattle conducts György Ligeti Le Grand Macabre, with the LSO and a strong cast that headed by Peter Hoare as Piet the Pot. I love Ligeti's quirky music and enjoyed then ENO production by Alex Ollé and Las furas del Baus back in 2009 Read more here That was the one with the giant woman whose body "was" the stage. Le Grand Macabre is as frustrating as it is inventive, so staging it takes some doing But I'm not sure what Peter Sellars will do to it No doubt it attracts the mega trendy crowd as it's selling fast though very expensive. On 19/1, however, and just as high profile, Rattle is conducting Mahler Symphony no 6 together with the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Remembering 'in memoriam Evan Scofield. This is a keynote concert, which will also be streamed on the LSO website, a wonderful development, since it brings the orchestra to the world Another Britisn music world premiere the next day, 201, Philip Cashian's The Book of Ingenious Devices, conducted by Oliver Knussen, together with Strauss Macbeth and Elgar Falstaff An intriguing programme in true Ollie style - will Cashian's piece have Shakespearean connections ? Huw Watkins is the soloist so presumably it's a piano concerto of some sort A big threme this season is "Russian Revolutionaries", so plenty of Shostakovich, but more unusually, Galina Ustvolskaya's Symphony no 2 with the Melos Ensemble at LSO St Luke's on Jan 21st That weekend, a Philip Glass Total Immersion with better choices than some recent Total Immersions. All ears and eyes alert for Jonas Kaufmann's four day residency at the Barbican at the beginning of February That's been sold out for months, so hopefully, he'll be well enough Wagner, Strauss (Vier letzte Lieder, nach !) he's also doing an "in conversation" Sakari Oramo with the BBCSO and Antonio Pappano with the LSO, both interesting non standard programmes, and Daniel Harding weithn the LSO on 15/1 with Rachmaninov Symphony no 2 and another Mark-Anthony Turnage premiere, Håkan with dedicatee Håkan Hrdenberger as soloist. Yet another British composer premiere, Nicola LeFanu's The Crimson Bird for soprano (Rachel Nicholls) and the LSO, conducted by Ilan Volkov on 17/2 and a Detlev Glanert premiere on 3/3 with Oramo and the BBC SO. An extended Nash Ensemble residency at LSO St Lukes (lots of RVW chamber music) and and Andreas Scholl on 14/3 Then two concerts with Fabio Luisi on 16th and 19th March I'm opting for the second, with Brahms German Requiem François-Xavier Roth starts another After Romanticism series on 30/3 with the LSO - Debussy Jeux, Bartok Piano Concerto no 3 and Mahler Symphony no 1. Then a 3 concert series with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert - John Adams, Mahler, and the European premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Cello Concerto. Janine Jansen, Murray Perahia and Mariss Jansens with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and a keynote Dvořák Requiem on 13/4 with Jiří Bělohlávek, the BBC SO, the BBC Symphony Chorus, Brindley Sherratt, Ricahrd Samek, Jennifer Johnston and Katerina Kněžíková Then Easter is upon us !
The German tenor tells Corriere della Sera today that he is ready to return to singing after a four-month break caused by bleeding on his vocal cords. He expects to appear as Lohengrin in Paris on January 18. ‘It was really tough,’ he says. ‘I love to sing and never before have I been forced to such a long break. It was not easy, but what else could I do? I tried to be patient and do what the doctor prescribed. And ignore the gossip going around about my health…. Christa Ludwig, the great mezzo-soprano, had the same problem. She warned me: Jonas, do not come back to sing before the swelling has completely subsided.’ Full interview here.
Following the cancellation of Jonas Kaufmann, though not in any way related, the soprano Anja Harteros has also dropped out of the opening concerts of the Elbphilharmonie. She will be replaced in Beethoven 9 by Camilla Tilling.
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