Archive for the ‘Ivor’s blog’ Category

Salzburg reveals all…

The programme for the 2011 Salzburg Festival has been revealed and Ivor has a considerable involvement. This year's world famous festival, established in 1920, runs from 27th June - 30th August 2011. He has concert performances of a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, with Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala on both Monday 15th August and Saturday 20th August. He is also performing Stravinsky’s Rossignol on both of those days. Mozart Matinees will occur on August 6th and 7th, with Julia Fischer and August 27th and 28th, with Bejun Mehta. And, finally, he has The Young...

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Ivor Bolton tours Germany with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg are now embarking upon a tour of Germany.  After the success of his UK tour in November, Ivor will be visiting the Philharmonie Essen, the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle in Bielefeld, Festpielhaus Baden-Baden, the Dresden Frauenkirche in Dresden, and the Graf Zeppelin Haus in Friedrichshafen.  The tour programme will comprise works by Haydn, Mozart and Gluck.  On 8th December Markus Groh will join Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteumorchester in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor K466 at Gasteig,...

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Ivor appears in Opéra Magazine

Ivor was interviewed by Michael Parouty of Opéra Magazine.

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WildKat PR interview Jonathan Groves

Earlier today, WildKat PR posted on their blog, an interview with Jonathan Groves. It is part of their new series named 'Industry Idols,' where the team find out from professionals within the music industry how they got to where they are now. My manager, Jonathon Groves, was selected this week; to have a look at what he said, click

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Tamerlano Blog 16 (3 Mar 2010)

Welcome first free day in what seems like weeks! Of course it’s not entirely free. Some homework necessary on upcoming ‘Medea in Corinto’ for Munich, and Aix’s ‘Alceste’ and even for 2012 Salzburg Festival. Then stacks of E-mails. This medium, so wonderful in so many ways is also imprisoning. The communication is almost too easy. As someone whose life is not primarily about sitting down at a computer throughout the day, I am frequently facing ninety minutes of E-mail replies at midnight after a long day’s conducting. Discover to my delight I can attend (with my son Samuel) my beloved Arsenal...

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Tamerlano Blog 15 (2 Mar 2010)

Today is the general rehearsal! The first time we submit to the verdict of a public. First, as always with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, we have a warm-up rehearsal. We work the overture, discuss some tuning matters and also some of balance and tidy-up some continuo moments. We have unwanted accompaniment from noisy stage-work, but it’s clear to all the guys are working flat-out, so we press-on. Rehearsal goes well: very few mishaps and hugely committed performances from our cast. The orchestra is sublime. Graham, Kurt and I are invited to BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” programme and...

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Tamerlano Blog 14 (1 Mar 2010)

Today is our final stage and orchestra rehearsal. It’s also Sarah Fox’s orchestra rehearsal for Asteria. She is singing some of the later performances. She is a consummate musician and has sung the role (with me) before in Pierre Audi’s Bayerische Staatsoper production. The morning goes well and we make all but one of the numbers I had intended to do. Not bad. Afterwards notes for all singers, continuo-team, etc. and then Graham and I rehearse with Christine Schäfer for a couple of hours. The evening is spent listening to edits of the Mozarteum Orchestra’s recent recording of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8....

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Tamerlano Blog 13 (28 Feb 2010)

No rest day for us, as we must make Act 3 stage and orchestra rehearsal. At least it is an evening rehearsal and it feels strange to be in a relatively empty ROH on a Sunday evening. After all one week ago the house was heaving with glitterati for the BAFTA ceremony. We are not completely alone: William Christie – doyen of baroque conductors and much-beloved-certainly by me in Handel – is visiting our rehearsal, as is Jory Vinikour, a distinguished harpsichordist. He plays for ‘Les Musiciens du Louvre’ and on occasion also for me with the Freiburger Barockorchester. Act 3...

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Tamerlano Blog 12 (27 Feb 2010)

We are now settled into a mini-routine of Stage and orchestra rehearsals beginning at 11.00am. This start time gives the stage technical crew time of effect for the change of set from the previous night’s show. We go back to the beginning of Act 2 and I make a run-through with only a few stops for musical matters that are best fixed there and then. This Act contains what I believe is the longest recitative in all of Handel including Tamerlano’s attempted humiliation of Bajazet and Asteria’s eventual emergence as the true heroic character of the opera. The three Ariettas sung...

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Tamerlano Blog 11 (25 Feb 2010)

Now on stage working though Act 3 with Principals and continuo team in the pit. Stage-management are really well-prepared and Emily (senior stage-manager on this show has her team working like a well-oiled machine. Graham (Vick) is impressive and well ahead of the game so that artistic detail is still being worked on and the rehearsal doesn’t degenerate into a technical one as is so often the case. After lunch we have a Sitzprobe (musical rehearsal with orchestra and singers but without staging). These rehearsals are the first point of contact between orchestra and cast and there is a good atmosphere...

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