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A Midsummer Night’s Dream in December

One highlight chases the other: This week Ivor Bolton will be in Basel performing Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream starring the German actress Johanna Wokalek and Beethoven's Concerto for Violin op. 61 with Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Feilx Mendelssohn composed the incidental music for William Shakespeare's play to a commission from King Frederick William IV of Prussia. It was first peformed in October 1843 in Potsdam in a production of Ludwig Tieck.Nowadays the music in its entirety is only rarely performed. The staging of Katrin Hammerl with the Sinfonieorchester Basel also uses the text intermezzi by the Austrian author Franzobel.


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Residency: Ivor and the Dresden Festival Orchestra in Essen

This weekend Ivor Bolton will continue his series of concerts as Artist in Residence at the Philharmonie Essen.

This time he will present the Dresden Festival Orchestra, whose chief conductor he is since the foundation 2012. Declared aim of the orchestra is to revive the sound of the past with instruments of the period of origin of the works, a fine sense for authentic interpretation and - of course - joy of playing.


Dresden Festival Orchestra Martin Helmchen, piano 23.11.2019 Philharmonie Essen


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: »The Hebrides«. Concert...

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Händel with Concerto Köln

Ivor Bolton turns to one of his special fields: the music of Georg Friedrich Händel.

Together with the Concerto Köln he will open the season as Artist in Residence at the Philiharmonie Essen and present the Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76 and Alexander's Feast or the Power of Music HWV 75. Both works have already been performend together by Händel and treat the same topic: the praise St. Cecilia, patroness of music.


Concerto Köln Emöke Barath, soprano Allan Clayton, tenor Andreas Wolf, bass ChorWerk Ruhr

Georg Friedrich Händel - "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day", HWV 76 Georg...

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Prometheus in Basel

This week Ivor Bolton is back in Basel with a very special programme

Starting with Gabriel Fauré's Caligula with the excellent Ladies of the Balthasar Neumann Choir, which is only rarely performed, and Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra No. 1 the audience will then enter the world or myths: Together with the famous actor Peter Simonischek the orchestra will perform excerpts from Beethoven's The Creatures of Prometheus in a text version of Basel author Alain Claude Sulzer.


23. + 24.10.2019 Theater Basel Alexander Melnikov, piano Immanuel Richter, trumpet

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Così fan tutte in Amsterdam

Ivor Bolton's first opera production of the new season is about to premier at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam:


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Così fan tutte

Dramma giocoso in two acts Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

Premiere October 3 Performances October 6 / 8 / 11 / 13 / 17 / 19 / 21 Dutch National Opera

Ivor Bolton, Musical Direction Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, Stage Direction and Dramaturgy

Anett Fritsch, Fiordiligi Angela Brower, Dorabella Sophia Burgos, Despina Davide Luciano, Guglielmo Sebastian Kohlhepp, Ferrando Thomas Oliemans, Don Alfonso Netherlands Chamber Orchestra Chorus of the Dutch...

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Season Opening in Basel

After a great Festival Time in Munich and Salzburg Ivor Bolton will now open the season with his orchestra in Basel:

Bruckner+ Gabrieli

With his Eighth Symphony, the last he completed, the Bruckner-Cycle of the Sinfonieorchester Basel is now drawing to a close. It embodies the composer's work with all of its complexities and contradictions. And Bruckner was correct: the Eighth Symphony has proven a mystery.

This time Bruckner will be accompagnied by Bruno Maderna's arrangement of Giovanni Gabrieli's In ecclesiis, whose aim was to present the originals of old masteres in...

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The Festival Season Continues: Salzburg

One festival highlight chases the other: This weekend Ivor Bolton will have the pleasure to conduct two matinees at the Salzburg Festival!


Mozart Matinee

Regula Mühlemann, soprano Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

W. A. Mozart Serenade for two oboes, two clarinets, two French horns and two bassoons in E flat, K. 375 Motet “Exsultate, jubilate” for soprano and orchestra, K. 165 (158a) Symphony in D, K. 135/61h Recitative and aria “Basta, vincesti” – “Ah, non lasciarmi, no” for soprano and orchestra, K. 486a (295a) Aria “Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle” for soprano and orchestra, K. 538 Symphony in D, K. 385 – “Haffner”

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Live-Stream of Agrippina!

Good news for everyone who does not have the chance to come to Munich and see the wonderful new production of Händel's Agrippina: 

there will be a Live-Stream!


Sunday, July 28th, 17:55 more information

 available until August 12

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Successful Agrippina in Munich

"On July 23rd the second new production of the Munich Opera Festival premiered: "Agrippina". Alice Coote sung the title role, Franco Fagioli her son Nerone, Ivor Bolton conducted the Bayerische Staatsorchester. Barrie Kosky showed once more that he is the warlock of person direction. [...] What comes from the orchestra pit is also hugely entertaining. It bubbles and tingles, sounds energetic and thrilling. At the same time Ivor Bolton makes sure that the tones maintain their substance and that the Staatsorchester (playing with Baroque bows) is able to bring in its own "original sound". (BR Klassik) "The conductor Ivor Bolton, who started the...

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Agrippina in Munich

After the successful revival of Le nozze di Figaro Ivor Bolton has the pleasure of conducting the new production of Händel's Agrippina at the Munich Opera Festival.


Georg Friedrich Händel Agrippina

Dramma per musica in three acts Libretto by Vincenzo Grimani


Premiere July 23 Performances July 26, 28, 30 Prinzregententheater

Ivor Bolton, Musical Direction Barrie Kosky, Production Rebecca Ringst, Stage Klaus Bruns, Costumes

Gianluca Buratto, Claudio Alice Coote, Agrippina Franco Fagioli, Nerone Elsa Benoit, Poppea Iestyn Davis, Ottone Andrea Mastroni, Pallante Eric Jurenas, Narciso Markus Suihkonen, Lesbo

Bayerisches...

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