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BRUGGE/BELGIUM: With 5 million tourists every year to the small city Brugge, with only 46000 inhabitants. From where most of them are one day tourists, as the hotel capacity is limited with only beds. There are a very large amount of cafes and restaurans. Text and Photos: Henning Høholt
OSLO/NORGE: Den deilige følelsen når du legger deg i helt nytt sengetøy. I sommer er det en ekstra grunn til å la drømmene gå i oppfyllelse. God kvalitet, lekre farger og nyanser, førsteklasses utførelse.
Imidlertid. Høsten nærmer seg også og da er også de nye kolleksjoner fra Høie på plass i butikkene. Av Henning Høholt
AMSTERDAM/NETHERLANDS: 4. July 2015. The results of this year’s Belvedere Finals at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet on Saturday night: 1st Prize: LEVY SEKGAPANE, Tenor, South Africa. 2nd Prize: LISE DAVIDSEN, Soprano, Norway. 3rd Prize: KI HUN PARK, Tenor, South Korea. In adition LISE DAVIDSEN also won the Prize of the International Media-Jury and the Prize of the Audience. By Henning Høholt, Foto: © Paul van Wijngaarden
BRUGGE/BELGIUM: To visit Brugge for the first time, and enjoy how well this old city is being keept, the atmosphaere, the canals, the horses, and all the tourists, whoch were every where, but in a remarkable positive and well organized atmosphaere. Visited by Henning Høholt,
NICE/FRANCE: The impressive opera building (1885) in Nice is filled with opera, ballet and concerts throughout the year. Now next season is final published, rather late compared to other companies, and with a colorful collection of repertory highlights and featuring strong personalities on stage. By Torkil Baden
FIRENZE/ITALY: “Comic operetta” is the definition that its author Leonard Bernstein gives of his work. The story was taken from Voltaire’s novel with the same title, the première was in Boston in 1956 after a long and laborious preparation. Bernstein’s wild omnivorous curiosity is here at its top, the musician contaminates operetta with afro-american music, Broadway with Bachian choral and with the so called “serious music” in an incredible music collage. But here the composer seems to find only in spare occasions his authentic inspiration, more often he seems short in creative spirit and choses the easier way of the “deja entendu”. Review by Fabio Bardelli. Photos MMF – Opera di Firenze
OSLO/NORWAY: Back to Broadway (2nd and 4th July) is a partially staged performance with highlights from the musical theater repertoire. World famous songs, duets and ensembles performed by participants. The show led from the piano by musical specialist Dan Getting together with the National Opera’s own soprano Eli Kristin Hansesveen. Review by Henning Høholt
OSLO/NORWAY: 3. July 2015: Success for Die Walküre by Richard Wagner staged by Arild Helleland. With a star cast headed by Nina Gravrok and Thor Inge Falch, both at international standard, Falch also performing a very beautiful pianissimo. Closely followed by Megan Cullen as Brunnhilde, who was being better and better during the performance and in the end was excellent and Anna Einarsson good as Fricka. Jørgen Backer brilliant as Wotan. Odd Grundt was a safe choise as Hunding. Review by Henning Høholt
PARIS/FRANCE: Katia and Marielle Labeque with Stravinsky, Mozart and Schubert.
The highlight came in the second part with Stravinskys Le Sacre du Printemps, which was performed with a lot of feeling and great energy. We last time enjoyed these two pianists in March 2011 in the same house. Review Henning Høholt
FIRENZE/ITALY: What terrible and unspeakable secret past and present does the home of Bly enclose? What happened or perhaps continues to happen so terrible and disturbing? And what meaning brings this work together complex and extraordinarily evocative? Review by Fabio Bardelli
OSLO/NORGE: For tredje år gjester den verdensberømte Leipzig Strykekvartett Vigeland-museet førstkommende søndag, 5. juli kl. 14. De vil fremføre Beethoven: Grosse Fuge og Schumanns Strykekvartett opus 41 nr 3. Dessuten vil de spille sammen med fiolinisten Ole Böhn Schuberts Rondo i A- dur for solofiolin og strykekvartett.
Lucas Cranach den yngre (1515-1586) – nest eldste sønn
av maleren Lucas Cranach den eldre (1472-1553) – ville fylt 500 år den 4. oktober 2015. Ved siden av Albrecht Dürer regnes de to Cranach-ene som Tysklands viktigste malere og grafikere fra renessansen.
Back to Broadway er en delvis iscenesatt forestilling med høydepunkter fra musikkteater-repertoaret (utdrag fra Follies, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Wicked, Company, Les Misérables, Cabaret m.fl.). Showet ledes fra klaveret av musikalspesialist Dan Gettinger, sammen med Nasjonaloperaens egen sopran Eli Kristin Hanssveen. 2. og 4. Juli 2015 kl. 18. Omtalt av Tomas Bagackas.
PARIS/FRANCE: To build a new concertcenter in Paris, has been a big job for the city and for the nation. After through decades having its central concert activities in the Heart of Paris at Salle Pleayel, now tge Philharmonie has been built, and were opened 23. of January in Port Pantin, as a part of Cité de la Musique, at Porte la Villette, where since 1995 there has been a concert hall, now called Philharmonie 2. Reviewed by Henning Høholt
PARIS/FRANCE: An extraordinary experience in Paris, Mezzo Furioso at Théätre des Champs Élysées, wih music by Georg Friedrich Händel and Antonio Vivaldi : Airs d’opéras extraits de Serse, Orlando, Orlando Furioso… With Malena Ernman, Paula Murrihy, Sonia Prina, Ensemble Matheus, Conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Revieved by Henning Høholt
PARIS/FRANCE: It is in some way very easy to be critic when the quality of a tenor and of an opera galla evevning is at the very top, and that was exactly what happend this Friday evening. 19.6. at Théâtre des Champs Élysées in concert with JOSEPH CALLEJA, our generations Luciano Pavarotti at the podium, with a dream program of the one famouse operae aria after another. — And seven 7 encores!!!. By Henning Høholt
PARIS/FRANCE: Maria Stuart is one of the highlights among the operapremieres in the Paris season 2014/2015, which soon is ending. It is once again Theatre des Champs Elysees who is presenting this opera in a musically wonderful coproduction with Royal Opera House and others. Musical director is Daniele Callegari, staged by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. With Aleksandra Kurzak, lyric dramatic coloratur sopran, beautiful as Maria Stuart. Carmen Giannattasio, dramatic coloratur sopran, brilliant as Queen Elisabeth 1. Francesco Demuro, tenor, well singing as Robert Dudkeym The Count of Leicester.
Passion, power and religion are at the heart of the book by Donizetti. by Henning Høholt, fotos
MOSCOW/RUSSIA: The Taming of the Shrew coreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot, took three awards at the Golden Mask Festival awards ceremony on Saturday 18th, April, in Moscow.
Best Ballet production : The Taming of the shrew. Best Female dancer : Ekaterina Krysanova. Best Male dancer : Vladislav Lantratov
PARIS/FRANCE: April 23rd 2015. The Philharmonie de Paris, which is supported by the state and the City of Paris, aims to bring music to the widest possible audience through concerts, an educational programme, a museum, exhibitions and a host of fun activities for all the family.
OSLO/NORGE: Nå relanseres Bjørn Wiinblads finurlige design, til stor glede for design elskere og alle tilhengere av uttrykket ”more is more”.
NAPOLI/ITALY: Berlin’s celebrated Schaubühne is guesting Napoli Teatro Festival with Henrik Ibsen’s Volksfeind (Norwegian: En folkefinde, Enemy of the people). Directed by Thomas Ostermeier. review by Bruno Tredicine.
PARIS/FRANCE: With Chostakovich Violin concerto no 2, with Philippe Aïche as soloist it became and agressive concert, full of sadness, and also beauty in the middle of the sadness and agressivity. This sadness and dark mood was contrasted by Beethovens 9th Symphony which ends with the “Ode to Joy”, a poem by Friedrich Schiller. By Henning Høholt
OSLO/NORGE: Det er en stor glede å kunne presentere en av våre fineste musikere, pianisten Håkon Austbø i Vigeland- museet søndag 21. juni kl. 14. Han vil fremføre verk av Chopin,Skrjabin, Debussy og Grieg.
PARIS/FRANCE: London Symphony Orchestra conduted by Bernard Haitink, with Alina Ibragimova as soloist in Mozarts 3rd. Violin concert, followed up by the beautiful Gustav Mahler Symphony no 1. By Henning Høholt
OSLO/NORGE: 15.juni ble en milepæl i norsk dansehistorie: da ble Nasjonalballetten UNG lansert. Denne flerårige satsingen på unge dansere er gjort mulig av Talent Norge AS, Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, Skipsreder Tom Wilhelmsens stiftelse og Statkraft.