Andreas Homoki’s new production of Nabucco premieres at Opernhaus Zürich
Andreas Homoki brings the Opernhaus Zürich season to a close on 23 June 2019 as he premieres his new production of Verdi Nabucco. With musical accompaniment from the Philharmonia Zurich conducted by General Music Director Fabio Luisi, Homoki’s production features Michael Volle making his debut in the title role, Ana Smirnova as Abigaille and Georg Zeppendfeld as Zaccaria.
Nabucco tells the biblical story of the Babylonian King Nabucco, who undergoes a transformation from the enslaver of the Hebrews to a fervent devotee of their god. It was composed at a dark time in Verdi’s life; his wife and two of his children had died, and his previous opera had been a significant failure. However, Nabucco’s tale of liberation chimed with the contemporaneous struggle for Italian freedom from foreign rule and its 1842 premiere was met with great acclaim. Verdi later wrote that his artistic career only truly began with the opera’s composition.
Nabucco runs until 12 July. The premiere performance on 23 June will be broadcast live on ARTE Concert – click here for more information.
Eri Nakamura sings Susanna in Andreas Homoki's Le nozze di Figaro at New National Theatre Tokyo
Eri Nakamura returns to the New National Theatre Tokyo on 20 April 2017 in the role of Susanna in fellow Intermusica artist Andreas Homoki's production of Mozart Le nozze di Figaro.
Later this season, audiences in Nakamura’s native Japan can also see her as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Hyogo Performing Arts Centre. Recently, Nakamura made her debut as Mimi in La bohème with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile.
Andreas Homoki's new production of Medée premieres at Opernhaus Zürich featuring Roberto Lorenzi
Andreas Homoki continues his tenure as Intendant of Opernhaus Zürich with a new production of Charpentier Médée, which premieres on 22 January 2016. The production is conducted by William Christie, and the cast includes Intermusica artist Roberto Lorenzi.
Homoki’s recent work has included productions of Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Bellini I Puritani for Opernhaus Zürich as well as revivals of Turandot at Den Norske Opera and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Komische Oper Berlin.
Lorenzi is currently a member of the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich, and takes the role of La Vengeance in Homoki's production. Further roles this season include Caronte in Orlando Paladino, which follows performances as Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
Andreas Homoki revives acclaimed Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Opernhaus Zürich
Andreas Homoki closes another successful year as Intendant of Opernhaus Zürich with a revival of his critically acclaimed production of Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk from 27 December 2016. The production is conducted by Vassily Petrenko.
The opera was the second staged by Homoki as Intendant, and his production was greeted with great acclaim when it premiered in 2013:
“Dealing with quirky humour and one of the most violent lyrical works, the most depressing of the repertoire, with its share of rape and murder, is the challenge that Andreas Homoki brilliantly met.”
“Time will tell how the Zurich company fares under his leadership, but judging from his fascinating staging of Shostakovich’s ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,’ it is in good artistic hands.”
New York Times
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk follows a revival of Homoki's production of Bellini I Puritani, which opens on 11 December. The revivals close what has been a busy year for Homoki, featuring new productions of Médée and I Puritani for Opernhaus Zürich and revivals of Turandot at De Norske Opera and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Komische Oper Berlin.
Andreas Homoki premieres new production of I puritani at Opernhaus Zürich
Andreas Homoki premieres his new production of Bellini I puritani at the Opernhaus Zurich on 19 June 2016. Conducted by Fabio Luisi, the cast for this new production includes Wenwei Zhang, Michele Pertusi, Lawrence Brownlee, George Petean, Dmitry Ivanchey, Liliana Nikiteanu and Pretty Yende.
In the 2016/17 season, Homoki begins the season with a revival of his acclaimed Die Meistersinger von Nurenburg at the Komische Oper Berlin.
Further performances of I puritani are on 22, 25 and 29 June and 3, 7 and 10 July.
Andreas Homoki revives his Turandot at Norwegian National Opera starring Marita Sølberg as Liu
Andreas Homoki revives his production of Puccini Turandot for Norwegian National Opera on 30 April 2016, starring Marita Sølberg as Liu. The cast for the production also features Diego Torre and Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs in the title role.
Further highlights for Homoki this season include new productions of Wozzeck and I puritani in Zurich and My Fair Lady for the Komische Oper Berlin, and a revival of Der fliegende Holländer in Zurich.
Sølberg is back in Europe after singing Pamina in Los Angeles Opera’s production of Mozart Die Zauberflote to critical acclaim. Next month she can also be heard in concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Edinburgh and Glasgow, singing Beethoven Symphony No.9 and Strauss Four Last Songs under Peter Oundjian.
Performances of Turandot continue until 29 May.
Andreas Haefliger joins Jesús López Cobos & Minnesota Orchestra for two concerts
Andreas Haefliger returns to the Minnesota Orchestra for two performances of Schumann Piano Concerto on 18 and 19 March 2016. The concerts take place at Orchestra Hall, Minnesota, and are conducted by Haefliger's fellow Intermusica artist Jesús López Cobos.
The performances follow Haefliger’s critically praised tour of the United States with flautist Marina Piccinini:
"As for Haefliger, each keystroke is a poetic act. They share an intelligence, intensity of focus and no-nonsense demeanor that directs all energy toward the music’s fullest realization…Thomas Adès’s solo piano homage to John Dowland, 'Darknesse Visible,' was played with a subtlety that belied the richness of touch and nuance in Haefliger’s performance."
Washington Post, February 2016
Haefliger also received high praise for his solo recital in Mainz in December 2015, which you can hear on SWR2 on 7 March 2016.
Andreas Homoki revives acclaimed Der fliegende Holländer at Opernhaus Zürich
Andreas Homoki revives his acclaimed production of Der fliegende Holländer for Opernhaus Zürich from 13 February 2016. Conducted by Axel Kober, the cast for the production includes Michael Volle in the title role, Meagan Miller as Senta, Marco Jentzsc as Erik and Judit Kutasi as Mary. The production was widely praised during it's first run in 2014.
“Andreas Homoki’s innovative and interesting production is now shared by two major opera houses, La Scala and Oslo Opera, a sign of the quality of this innovative production.”
Seen and Heard International
Following opening night, performances run until 28 February.
Andreas Homoki directs new production of My Fair Lady for Komische Oper Berlin
Andreas Homoki returns to the Komische Oper Berlin to direct a new production of Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady, opening on 28 November 2015. Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and the film by Gabriel Pascal, Homoki’s production features the award-winning Katharine Mehrling as Eliza and Max Hopp as Professor Higgins.
This production follows on from Homoki’s resounding success last month with his new production of Wozzeck in Zurich:
"Homoki supplies a masterpiece at the beginning of his fourth season in Zurich."
Badische Zeitung, September 2015
"The Zurich Opera House opened its season with a phenomenal 'Wozzeck'... Homoki has outdone himself here."
Tages Anzeiger, September 2015
My Fair Lady in Berlin opens on 28 November, with performances until 20 February 2016.
Homoki was director of the Komische Oper until 2012, when he became general director of the Zurich Opera House. Highlights this season also include a new production of I puritani in Zurich and revivals of Der fliegende Holländer in Zurich and Turandot in Oslo.
Andreas Homoki opens Zürich Opera House season with a new production of Wozzeck
Andreas Homoki, Intendant of Zürich Opera House, opens the opera house’s 2015/16 season with a new production of Berg Wozzeck, opening on 13 September 2015. Homoki’s production is conducted by Music Director Fabio Luisi, and the cast includes Christian Gerhaher in the title role. Following the opening night, there are further performances of Wozzeck on 16, 19, 22, 25, 29 September and 6 October.
Further highlights for Homoki this season include new productions of I puritani in Zurich and My Fair Lady for the Komische Oper Berlin, and revivals of Der fliegende Holländer in Zurich and Turandot in Oslo.
Andreas Homoki joins Intermusica for worldwide management
Leading stage director Andreas Homoki has joined Intermusica for worldwide management.
Intendant of Zurich Opera House since 2012, Andreas Homoki was previously General Director of the Komische Oper Berlin between the years of 2004 and 2012. During his time in Berlin, Homoki also gained international prominence with his new productions of Tannhäuser at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Roméo et Juliette and Die Königskinder for the Bavarian State Opera, Le nozze di Figaro and La fanciulla del West at the New National Theatre Tokyo, Turandot and La traviata in Dresden, Faust at the Hamburg State Opera and David et Jonathas at the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence.
Since beginning his tenure in Zurich, Homoki has staged Der fliegende Holländer (a co-production with Teatro all Scala and Norwegian National Opera), Lady Macbeth of Mtensk, Fidelio, Martinů's Juliette and Lohengrin (a co-production with the Wiener Staatsoper). Highlights this season include new productions of Wozzeck and I puritani in Zurich and My Fair Lady for the Komische Oper Berlin, and revivals of Der fliegende Holländer in Zurich and Turandot in Oslo.
Homoki’s new production of Wozzeck opens at Zurich Opera on Sunday 13 September, and runs until 6 October.