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May 2017

turn(re)turn: Monteverdi 450

May 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kleiner Wasserspeicher, Diedenhofer Strasse
Berlin, 10405 Germany
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"Torna, torna, deh, torna..." Countertenor Michael Taylor offers a personal homage to 'the Divine' Claudio Monteverdi in celebration of the composer's 450th birthday. An exploration of loss and return through the lens of two masterpieces, "L'Orfeo" and "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria", turn(re)turn fuses opera and dance in the extraordinary venue of Berlin's "Kleiner Wasserspeicher", a decommissioned water reservoir under a hillside in Prenzlauer Berg. Together with the sublime choreography of Andrea Danae Kingston and accompanied on baroque instruments by The Dansant Ensemble, turn(re)turn presents the stunning…

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Handel Festival Halle: SOSARME

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Oper Halle, Universitätsring 24
Halle an der Saale, 06108 Germany
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The Halle Opera presents Handel's 1732 opera "Sosarme, Re di Media". Musical Director: BERNHARD FORCK Staging and set design: PHILIPP HARNONCOURT Costumes: ELISABETH AHSEF Dramaturgy: SUSANNE HOLFTER Sosarme BENNO SCHACHTNER Haliate ROBERT SELLIER Elmira INES LEX Erenice HENRIETTE GÖDDE Melo JULIA BÖHME Altomaro KI-HYUN PARK Argone MICHAEL TAYLOR

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June 2017

Sosarme: Handel Festival Halle

June 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Oper Halle, Universitätsring 24
Halle an der Saale, 06108 Germany
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Sosarme, Re di Media HWV 30 Opera by G. F. Handel A performance based on the Halle Handel Edition in the original Italian with German supertitles “Unanimous applause from the first-night audience” wrote the press critics (J. Lange, 28.5.2016, MZ) after the premiere in 2016. Bernhard Forck presents this new, fully staged production for Halle with director Philipp Harnoncourt and the Handel Festival Orchestra (HFO). With its period instruments, the HFO shines “with individual string or wind solos” and delivers…

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L’Elpidia: Handel Festival Halle

June 10 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Frankesche Stiftungen, Franckeplatz 1/37
Halle (Saale), 06110 Germany
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L’Elpidia, overo li rivali generosi HWV A1 (concertante performance) Pasticcio by L. Vinci, G. M. Orlandini and others, arranged by G.F. Handel G. F. Handel took material by other composers as the basis for his works probably more than any other composer of his time. L’Elpidia is a special kind of pasticcio, as in it Handel did not borrow from his own works, but mainly from Venetian opera. This finely tuned pasticcio (literally “ pie”), which G. F. Handel premiered…

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Montreal Baroque: ALTHEA, The Opera Bach Never Wrote…

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Agora Hydro-Quebec, UQAM, 141 Avenue du Président-Kennedy
Montreal, Quebec H2X 3X8 Canada
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World premiere! Althea, a new opera by Bach! La Bande Montréal Baroque, dir. Eric Milnes We might conjecture that, had he not been a church musician, Bach might well, like his contemporaries, have been an opera composer! A brilliant, Bruce Haynes idea, Althea features a high priestess, a king, a princess, a lover, an imposter, and a sea monster! A bilingual opera seria in three short acts with dramatic music by J.S. Bach.

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July 2017

Obstinate Beauty: Summer Music in the Garden

July 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Toronto Music Garden, 475 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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"Happiness is the longing for repetition" (Milan Kundera) The use of 'ostinato' in music - persistent repetition of a musical motif - pervades the entire canon of music, from its earliest incarnations, to western classical music, to jazz, to Neue Deutsche Härte... It is responsible for some of the most well-known riffs and musical figures, from the 'Lament Bass' found in works as varied as Purcell's "Dido's Lament" and The Beatles' "All you need is love", to the popular usage…

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September 2017

Porpora: L’Agrippina

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TS United Kingdom
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Nicola Porpora’s 1708 opera, L’Agrippina is revived for the first time since is its premiere – combining exquisite music and engaging characters with newly commissioned multimedia visual design – breathing life into this 300-year-old work. Director – Daisy Evans Music Director – Andrew Kirkman Baroque Orchestra – Musical and Amicable Society Libretto by Nicole Giuvo Recitatives performed in English Arias performed in the original Italian Amid the turmoil and politics of the courts of the first Roman emperors one woman…

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Porpora: L’Agrippina

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TS United Kingdom
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Nicola Porpora’s 1708 opera, L’Agrippina is revived for the first time since is its premiere – combining exquisite music and engaging characters with newly commissioned multimedia visual design – breathing life into this 300-year-old work. Director – Daisy Evans Music Director – Andrew Kirkman Baroque Orchestra – Musical and Amicable Society Libretto by Nicole Giuvo Recitatives performed in English Arias performed in the original Italian Amid the turmoil and politics of the courts of the first Roman emperors one woman…

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Porpora: L’Agrippina

September 24 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Nicola Porpora’s 1708 opera, L’Agrippina is revived for the first time since is its premiere – combining exquisite music and engaging characters with newly commissioned multimedia visual design – breathing life into this 300-year-old work. Director – Daisy Evans Music Director – Andrew Kirkman Baroque Orchestra – Musical and Amicable Society Libretto by Nicole Giuvo Recitatives performed in English Arias performed in the original Italian Amid the turmoil and politics of the courts of the first Roman emperors one woman…

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October 2017

Biennale di Venezia: Apnea / Orpheus Moments

October 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale Venice, 30122 Italy + Google Map

Apnea (2017) world premiere Leonardo Marino (1992) music Alice Lutrario stage direction and libretto Lucia Menegazzo set design Licia Piermatteo soprano Nataliia Vasyliuk soprano Michael Taylor contralto (counter-tenor) Timotheus Maas baritone Orpheus Moments, seriously a comic opera (2017) world premiere  Ole Hubner (1993) music Tassilo Tesche libretto Jakob Boeckh set design and video Friederike Blum stage direction Julia Mihály mezzo-soprano Timotheus Maas baritone Pablo Bottinelli tenor Michael Taylor contralto (counter-tenor) conductor Filippo Perocco Ex Novo Ensemble production La Biennale di…

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