Reviews for Netherlands Opera ‘Armide’

"Every moment of Armide has glorious music, fresh, direct, lively and moving. Ivor Bolton keeps the superb Nederlands Kamerorkest brisk, yet gives the phrases time to breathe and grow... the singing is excellent, from Henk Neven’s thrilling Ubalde and Sébastien Droy’s wholesome Artémidore to Karin Strobos and Ana Quintans as the honey-voiced Phénice and Sidonie. The whole is a musical treat..." - Financial Times "Dans la fosse, le Nederlands Kamerorkest est dirigé avec beaucoup d’amour et de compétence par Ivor Bolton, et ses instruments modernes ont assez de compétence de l’esthétique baroque pour proposer un compromis esthétique parfaitement acceptable." - La...

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New ‘Armide’ at the Netherlands Opera

Rehearsals are well underway for a new production of Gluck's 'Armide' which premières at the De Nederlandse Oper on 6th October.  Ivor conducts the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Australian director Barrie Kosky's first production for DNO.  Karina Gauvin makes her DNO debut in the role of Armide, and Frédéric Antoun sings the crusader knight Renaud.  See more at the De Nederlandse...

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Salzburg 2013 reviews: Mendelssohn’s incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

"Eines der herrlichsten, an diesem Abend zu erlebenden "Wunderdinge", war die Bühnenmusik Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdys, die das Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - geleitet von seinem Chefdirigenten Ivor Bolton - fein, prickelnd und strahlend zur Geltung brachte" - Salzburger Nachtrichten ("One of the most wonderful events of the evening, a true thing of wonder, was Mendelssohn's music, performed thrillingly with subtlety and brilliance by the Mozarteum Orchestra, led by Ivor Bolton")   "Ivor Bolton und das Mozarteum Orchester gegen einen wunderbar luftigen Mendelssohn und tragen das Ihre zu einer zauberhaften Sommernacht bei." - Oberösterreichische Nachrichten (Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteum Orchestra perform Mendelssohn with a wonderful lightness,...

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Reviews for Salzburg ‘Lucio Silla’ with the MOS

"Man wurde mit einer Fülle von farbigen Eindrücken belohnt.  Ivor Bolton legte sich mit der ihm eigenen Verve ins Zeug... Das beudeutet: brillante Spielweisen, denen die Streicher des Salzburger Orchesters mit wendiger Leichtigkeit gerecht wurden, feine Balancen und eine reichhaltige Skala an Bläserbravour..." - Salzburger Nachrichten (We were rewarded with an abundance of colourful impressions. Ivor Bolton conducted with his own personal spirit... This resulted in brilliant playing, executed by the springs with flexible effortlessness, subtle balance, and a rich gamut of brass bravura...)   "...das hoch motivierte Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg unter dem temperamentvollen Ivor Bolton noch so wach, vital und duftig musizierten...

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Glowing reviews for ‘Alceste’ in Vienna

"Gens is compelling in the title role: intelligent, passionate and husbanding her vocal resources well. Kaiser is her decorative, despairing spouse... both are refined, moving and intense.  The Gustav Mahler choir sings well, the smaller roles are well-cast, and Ivor Bolton keeps the pace taut and the drama high... Under Bolton, the Freiburger Barockorchester makes this music sound as if the ink were still wet on the page." - Financial Times   "Joseph Kaiser singt als Admète ansehnlich, Véronique Gens erbringt als Alceste eine tolle Kraftleistung mit kleinen Schwankungen, Adam Plachetka ist als Hercule tadellos, und Clemens Unterreiner wirkt als Oberpriester kraftvoll....

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Gramophone magazine acclaims Ivor’s latest Bruckner release with the MOS

The latest release in Ivor's cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - Symphony No. 4, recorded live at Salzburg's Großes Festspielhaus in 2008 - receives acclaim from Gramophone magazine: "The quality that repeatedly in all four movements keeps striking one is the delicacy of the performance. Plainly Bolton has achieved a remarkable rapport with the players and I have never heard this orchestra, whether live or on disc, playing better. The very opening, hushed and intense, establishes the delicacy from the start, and so it is in the lyrical second subject. The easy lyricism of the slow movement is then...

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Praise for Ivor Bolton and the Dresden Festival Orchestra

"Ivor Bolton and The Philharmonics score a hit", writes James Jolly in Gramophone magazine of Ivor's performance with the newly-formed Dresden Festival Orchestra at the Dresden Music Festival this June: "He was a perfect choice to lead the newly created Dresden Festival Orhestra, a period-instrument ensemble that draws on Europe's finest to give the Festival its own ensemble... Bolton, with Giuliano Carmignola as leader, brought this disparate group together and created something exceptional.  With players like Mary Utiger, Eric Hoeprich and Michael Neisemann among the line-up, there was a pretty good chance of success, but in a programme that ranged from...

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Five-star reviews for sensational Salzburg performances of ‘Iolanta’ and ‘Le rossignol’

The first of Ivor's two performances of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Stravinsky's Le rossignol at the Salzburg Festival have received rapturous five-star reviews.  The two operas in a double-bill concert performance are sung by a sensational cast of today's very finest singers, including soprano Anna Netrebko, and tenor Piotr Beczala, bass baritones John Relyea and Evgeny Nikitin (in Iolante) and sopranos Julia Novikova and Julia Lezhneva (in Le Rossignol).  A second perfomance, entriely sold-out, will follow this Saturday 20th August. "Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg supported the singers with their equally colourful and richly detailed orchestral timbre, avoiding unnecessary opulence, and...

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Forthcoming Mozart Matinées with star countertenor Bejun Mehta

After the great success of their performances of Le Rossignol and Iolante with a starry cast including soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Piotr Beczala, Ivor and the Mozarteumorchester will appear in two Mozart Matinées later this month with Bejun Mehta, one of the finest countertenors of our day.  Mehta will sing arias from Mozart's Ascanio in Alba and Handel's Agrippina and Riccardo Primo.  The programme also includes Mozart's Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra KV 191 (soloist Philipp Tutzer) and Symphony in G minor KV 550.  Performances take place on 27th and 28th August: Read full article »

German Record Critics’ award for ‘Theodora’

The recent DVD and Bluray release of Handel's Theodora has been awarded the Quarterly Critics' Choice ("Bestenliste") of the German Record Critics' Award Association ("Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik").  The Quarterly Critics' Choice is awarded to new releases of outstanding importance, which merit special attention for quality of interpretation, creativity, and value to the repertoire. Theodora, in a new production by Christof Loy, was recorded live at the Salzburg Festival 2009, with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Ivor Bolton, and is now available online and in stores on the Unitel/C major...

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