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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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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


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Le nozze di Figaro in Munich!

Ivor Bolton is starting the Festival Season with a revival of Le nozze di Figaro in Munich.

Performances July 5 and 7, 2019 Nationaltheater München

Ivor Bolton, Musical Direction Christof Loy, Production

Mariusz Kwiecien, Graf Almaviva Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Gräfin Almaviva Olga Kulchynska, Susanna Alex Esposito, Figaro Rachael Wilson, Cherubino Anne Sofie von Otter, Marcellina Peter Rose, Bartolo Manuel Günther, Basilio Dean Power, Don Curzio Anna El-Khashem, Barbarina Milan Siljanov, Antonio Anaïs Mejías , Mirjam Mesak, Mädchen Axel Bahro, Thomas Schwendemann, puppet...

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“The Secret Fauré II” is Album of the Week!

Ivor Bolton's new album "The Secret Fauré" with the Sinfonieorchester Basel is Classic FM's Album of the Week! "The Secret Fauré II gives us a window shop display of his talents as a composer for orchestra. The album features the well-known Pavane, and some longer works, including Ballade for Piano and OrchestraÉlégie for Cello and Orchestra, and Masques et Bergamasques Suite."

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“American Night” in Baden-Baden

On June 7 the Sinfonieorchester Basel opened the Whitsun Festival in Baden-Baden with the star-singers Thomas Hampson, Nadine Sierra and Michael Fabiano. "Das Publikum im vollbesetzten Festspielhaus hörte ein breites Repertoire von Liedern aus der Zeit der Pilgerväter bis hin zum Glamour des Broadways. [...] Eine großartige Visitenkarte hinterlässt nicht zuletzt das Sinfonieorchester Basel unter der bemerkenswerten Leitung von Ivor Bolton, der seinen ganz eigenen Stil beim Dirigieren hat. Mit großer Freude und ausladenden Armbewegungen schöpft er bei Gershwin »An American in Paris« aus dem Vollen – bravo Maestro!" "The audience in the full house heard a...

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CD-Release: The Secret Fauré II

After the orchestral songs in the first part of the project the Sinfonieorchester Basel under the baton of chief conductor Ivor Bolton now presents a number of other orchestral and concert works of the French composer Gabriel Fauré.   "Originally written for the salon (and premiered there with Fauré at the piano), the composer himself edited his fantasies and berceuses for violin or violoncello and piano for orchestra already during his lifetime. The Sinfonieorchester Basel under Ivor Bolton plays these editions with great beauty." (rbb Kultur 6.6.2019) "The Sinfonieorchester Basel under the leadership of Ivor Bolton recorded the ten pieces of this album...

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