2011-2012 season gets underway

2011-2012 season gets underway

Christian’s season has just kicked off with a return to ENO to conduct their first ever Rameau Opera, Castor and Pollux. Its directed by Barrie Kosky, one of the most exciting and innovative directors around, and is a co-production with the Komische Oper in Berlin, where he will conduct it in a few seasons time. Castor and Pollux opens on October 26th at the Coliseum. Kosky’s work is incredible; not to be missed.

Between shows, there’s a recording for Chandos with EOC of the incidental music Handel wrote for Tobias Smollet’s play Alceste. Fabulous music that is not as well known as it should be. Then it’s off to Frankfurt Opera for Cavall’s La Calisto, in a wonderful and witty production by Jan Bosse, opening on 23rd December with the second show on Christmas Day! Right over the Queen’s speech too!

2012 opens with some more Calisto shows, then an EOC concert of Dido and Aeneas and Charpentier’s Acteon on 12 January at the wonderful Wigmore Hall in London, Then it’s off to New York for Cosi Fan Tutte for New York City Opera, where Christopher Alden will guarantee a thought provoking and brilliant take on the classic.

Back in Blighty, there’s a set of concerts in late April with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with the sensational Nicola Benedetti. Christian was lucky enough to conduct her latest recording ‘Italia’ with the SCO. Nicky is a quite extraordinary musician, and Italia displays her amazing affinity with baroque music. Don’t miss the disc, which is released on Oct 4th on Decca Classics.

May sees an EOC appearance at Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music (programme to be announced) and a return to Germany for Rameau’s Platee for Stuttgart Opera, in a new production by the controversial and wonderful Calixto Beito opening on the same day as the World Cup Final. Luckily, Platee starts early at 5pm so lovers of both Rameau and football need not worry!

The end of the Season is back in the UK., with an EOC production of Handel’s Susanna for Iford Opera – EOC’s twelfth year in the beautiful cloister at Iford Manor. Straight after, EOC hits the recording studio for a recording of Handel’s Serse for Chandos, with a stellar cast including Sarah Connolly as Serse, Rosemary Joshua as Romilda and David Daniels as Arsemene.

You can find more details of the performances page. Come along!


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