DRESDEN/GERMANY: For the past five years, the Dresden Philharmonic have been effectively homeless. Since the Kulturpalast (Palace of Culture) closed its bronze entrance doors in July 2012 and preparations began on the construction of a concert hall with acoustics worthy of the Dresden Philharmonic, this illustrious local orchestra was without a place to call their own. The Dresden Philharmonic look foreward to new acoustics – and to having their own individual lockers. The new culture palace will be inaugurated 28th – 30th April 2017. By Tomas Bagackas
OSLO/NORGE: Slik vi er blitt vant med under Per Boye Hansens periode som operasjef opplever vi gang på gang strålende musikalitet og fremragende sangkrefter på opera scenen i Bjørvika i Oslo. Dette gjelder også ved Norgespremieren på Claude Debussys opera Péléas og Mélisande – Strålende musikalitet, praktfull sang. Glimrende ledet av musikksjef og dirigent Karl-Heinz Steffens. Som uttaler: Debussys partitur er et mirakel. Av Henning Høholt, Fotos Erik Berg.
PARIS/FRANCE: The Easter in Paris is a huge celebration, with people queing every where for religious and religious related events, as for example the Friday mass in front of the Sacre Coeur, at the top of Montmartre. And also in the concert field. Where we had the great pleasure to visit the French National Radio House in Paris for enjoying listening to the French National Orchestra performing Anton Bruckner´s monumental Te Deum, followed by Ludwig van Beethoven Symphonie n° 9, all led by one of the great masters in this field Christoph Eschenbach. By Henning Høholt, fotos Tomas Bagackas
STRASSBOURG/FRANCE: The wonderful Orchestra Philharmonique de Strasbourg created Hector Berlioz monumental opera Les Troyens (in English: The Trojans) with two performances during the Easter at the Palace de Music and Conferences in Strassbourg. It became a large success for the central European music world and for Strasbourg. Visited by Henning Høholt
BÆRUM-SANDVIKA/NORGE: 26. og 27. april: Andersson Dance & Scottish Ensemble med “J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia”.
PARIS/FRANCE: The St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach led by Philippe Heereweghe at Theatre des Champes Elysées in Paris was an extraordinary good event. The length inclusive break was 3 hours and 45 minutes as a long opera. As the Evangeliste we enjoyed Maximilian Schmitt and as the Christ Florian Boesch.Review by Henning Høholt.
JUAN-LES-PINS/RIVIERAEN/FRANKRIKE: Vår Riviera m.m. ekspert Torkil Baden presenterte nyligen en meget interessant og hændig liten reisebok om Coté d’ Azur, hvor han lett og elegant forteller om gode spisesteder med mange tilhørende kulturelle og historiske opplevelser og severdigheter i hele det vakre område langs den franske riviera. Anmeldt av Henning Høholt, fotos fra boken og av Tomas Bagackas
OSLO/NORWAY: Welcome to the exhibition “Tori Wrånes. Hot Pocket”, which opens 21 April at the Museum of Contemporary Art,which is part of The National Museum.
PARIS/FRANCE: Since its creation in 1980, one of the AROP’s missions is to support young artists from the Paris National Opera. To achieve this goal, the AROP’s members elect each year since 1986, one male and female dancer who especially stood out during the season. This year the Price went to Marion Barbeau and Germain Louvet. by Christophe de Jouvancourt.
OSLO/NORWAY: The world famouse tenor Joseph Calleja filled up the beautiful opera house in Bjørvika in Oslo lat Sunday evening, with a program of famouse opera arias and songs from the famouse tenor repertoire, well known for many of the audience. Accompanied at the grand piano by Frédéric Chasun. Hardly any other tenors who sing 17 numbers one after another as he did! By Henning Høholt, foto: Romuald Sip
KØBENHAVN/DANMARK: Det er med glæde, at Det Kongelige Teater kan offentliggøre, at man har fundet en ny operachef. Valget er faldet på John Fulljames, der i dag er Associate Director ved the Royal Opera House.
FIRENZE/ITALY: This concert marks the return of the conductor Riccardo Muti in Florence after many years finally with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino: it was an authentic event, a triumphant concert which was hosted at the Opera House on March 31st. Review by Fabio Bardelli, Photo: Pietro Paolini
HAMBURG/GERMANY: The Elbs Philharmonie in Hamburg will hopefully soon be ready for its opening. In connection with this years celebration of Carl Philip Emanuel Bachs 250 Years Jubilee, Kulturkompasset got the exxtraordinary possibility to get a well prepared, interesting introduction to the coming new center for classical music in Hamburg – The Elbs Philharmonie. By Henning Høholt, text og photos.
OSLO/NORGE: Ville norske planter er bestandige og egner seg godt til bruk i hagen. Denne boken viser deg hvordan. 150 av våre vakreste og mest nyttige arter blir utførlig beskrevet.
OSLO/NORGE: 3. april ble årets Musikkteaterpriser delt ut under en storstilt feiring av Norsk Musikkteater på Chat Noir i Oslo. Skuespiller og regissør Bjarte Hjelmeland ledet kvelden an, og etter et glitrende åpningsnummer sammen med kveldens ensemble, ble alle nominerte behørig presentert og vinneren av de forskjellige kategorier avslørt.
Årets Musikalartist 2016:
Stian Blipp – for rollen som Cosmo Brown i ”Singin´ in the Rain” på Folketeateret.
PARIS/FRANCE: The Parisian audience still remembers last production of Norwegian National Ballet when they presented a Jiri Kylian program two years ago. That was a unique production as Kylian’s Gods and Dogs was presented in Paris for the first time. With this second production,, Alexander Ekmanns A Swan Lake, the Norwegian company is starting to make a name for itself in a cultural capital such as Paris and confirms its importance on the world’s ballet scene. Review by Christophe de Jouvancourt. Photos: Erik Berg.
VIENNA/AUSTRIA: The Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen is making his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), with the opera “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini, starring two of the biggest opera stars of our time, Jonas Kaufmann and Angela Gheorghiu.
The premiere will take place on 5 May 2017. According to our research, Eivind Gullberg Jensen will be the first Norwegian conductor to perform at the Vienna State Opera in 150 years of existence of this famous theatre. He will be leading the Wiener Philharmoniker, the renowned orchestra that plays the popular New Year’s Concerts in Vienna
MONTE CARLO/MONACO: The Lausanne 2009-production has finally reached Monte Carlo. It has also been seen in Vichy, France, but there are few reasons to export it further. Though with the excellent soloist cast of Monte Carlo it does survive. Review by Torkil Baden.
KØBENHAVN/DANMARK: Den 6. april tager Tivoli hul på årets sommersæson, der byder på mange nyheder. Der bliver premiere på en ny virtual reality oplevelse i rutschebanen Dæmonen, hvor Tivoli som de første i Skandinavien tilbyder adrenalin hungrende vovehalse en ny digital oplevelse. Et Orangeri på 375 m2 i med sarte palmer og træer og ny musikscene ser også dagens lys. Der lægges ud med et nyt påsketema fra den 6. april.
HOHENSCHWANGAU/GERMANY: Another of Ludwig II of Bavaria´s castles is the famouse Hochschwangau Castle, situated in the small place Füssen, two hours by train from Munich in the Alps. Visited by Henning Høholt and Tomas Bagackas
PARIS/FRANCE: Dancers exceptional and recognized internationally, Nicole Nau and Luis Pereyra finally come to present their latest creation. Dancers, musicians and singers plunge the audience into a haven of mesmerizing emotions and reflect the soul and history of this wonderful country. At Folies Bergere in Paris, 3.4.5. April 2017
PARIS: The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen include a selection of his most famous stories, including classics such as The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Princess and the Pea.
Armenian Navasart Ballet, 50 years celebration Theatre des Champs-Elysées by Christophe de Jouvancourt, photos Emmanuel Donny PARIS/FRANCE: With its 70 artists, the Navasart Armenian Ballet performs on the most famous stages all around the world for now 50 years and initiated thousands of audience members to the Armenian choreographic and musical heritage. The Navasart Armenian […]
OSLO/NORGE: Basert på Victor Hugo sin roman med samme navn, tar Les Misérables oss med inn i 1800-tallets Frankrike der en gryende revolusjon skaper bakteppet for en uforglemmelig historie om selvoppofrelse, kjærlighet og lidenskap. Med sin gripende historie og kjente og kjære sanger som “I Dreamed A Dream”, “On My Own”, “Bring Him Home”, og “One Day More» har Les Misérables blitt en av de mest avholdte musikalene i teaterhistorien, og engasjerer fremdeles både publikum og kritikere verden over.
FIRENZE/ITALY: The initiatory journey which leads Tamino from childhood to adulthood, the fundamental theme of The Magic Flute by Mozart, is staged with a very personal and disconcerting mise-en-scene by the Italian director Damiano Michieletto, a staging that was premiered at Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 2015. Review by Fabio Bardelli, Photos: Simone Donati