Hubert Zapiór stars in Rigoletto at Polish National Opera
Hubert Zapiór stars as Marullo on 12 January 2019 in Gilberto Deflo's production of Rigoletto with Polish National Opera. The productions is conducted by Patrick Fournillier.
In the 2018/19 season, Zapiór returns to The Juilliard School for his last year of the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies programme and to Polish National Opera where he will sing the role of Papageno in Mozart Die Zauberflöte.
Recent highlights include his debut as Papageno in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte at Polish National Opera in Warsaw, and as Herr Fluth in Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor and as Neptune in Rameu Hippolyte et Aricie at the Juilliard Opera in New York City.
Performances of Rigoletto run until 20 January 2019.
Intermusica artists commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War
Several Intermusica artists were involved in events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War this month both on and around Armistice Day on 11 November.
Renaud Capuçon joined Yo-Yo Ma in Paris on Armistice Day itself to perform Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello for world leaders including President Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump.
Also on Armistice Day, Marin Alsop led the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Brahms' German Requiem, which broke from tradition by presenting the Requiem Mass in German rather than the usual Latin. In October, Alsop also conducted three concerts with Daniil Trifonov and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra honouring the Armistice entitled A Time for Reflection.
Andrew Manze led the combined forces of the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in two performances of Britten's War Requiem, first at the Kuppelsaal Hannover on 3 November and then at Liverpool Cathedral on 10 November. Click here to watch Manze and members of the orchestras talk about the project.
In Cardiff, Mark Wigglesworth conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and soloists Emma Bell, Alan Clayton and Roman Trekel in Britten's War Requeim, which interspersed the words of the Mass for the Dead with the poetry of Wilfred Owen.
On 4 November, the London Symphony Orchestra gave the London premiere of Sir James MacMillan's All the Hills and Vales Along, a new oratorio written for soloist Ian Bostridge and based on poems by Charles Hamilton Sorley who was killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915.
On 10 and 11 November, Cantori New York gave the US premiere of Thierry Escaich's oratorio "Cris", which was written after the novel by Laurent Gaudé Les Cris de Paris which explores the experience of French soldiers in the trenches. Its world premiere came in 2016 at the Théâtre de Verdun to mark the centenary of the Battle of Verdun, the longest of the war.
Hubert Zapiór joined the Albany Symphony at the Proctors Theater in Schenectady to perform War Requiem under the baton of David Allan Miller.
On 10 November Anthony Gregory and Susan Bickley joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie. Turnage's opera is an adapatation of Sean O’Casey’s provocative 1928 play of the same name, which critiqued the damaging impact of the war.
On 9 November, Marta Fontanals-Simmons joined the Jenaer Philharmonie to perform Benjamin Ellin's One Before Zero, a one-movement oratorio commemorating the Battle of the Somme. The work weaves together first-hand accounts of the Great War in English, German and French and illustrates, both linguistically and musically, how the trauma of war affected all nations equally. Click here to read an interview with Fontanals-Simmons about the piece.
Martyn Brabbins and English National Opera perform a staged version of Britten's War Requiem directed by Kaspar Holten on 16 and 22 November. Intermusica's David Butt Philip leads the soloists for the performances.
Intermusica signs Hubert Zapiór for worldwide representation
We have great pleasure in announcing the signing of gifted young baritone Hubert Zapiór for general management.
Currently a student of The Juilliard School, Zapiór is a recent winner of several prestigious competitions including The Opera Index Award, First Prizes in The Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder/Song Vocal Competition and The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition in New York, the Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition and the Career Bridges award.
Last season, he made an exciting debut as Papageno in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte at the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera. This season he returns to the Teatr Wielki as Papageno and as Marullo in Rigoletto; sings the title role in Don Giovanni at The Juilliard School and performs Britten War Requiem with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Zapiór has also performed the title role in Don Giovanni, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and Prosdocimo in Rossini’s Il turco in Italia for Warsaw Chamber Opera.
Upon his graduation from Juilliard, Zapiór will join the ensemble of Hannover Opera for two seasons where he will sing several leading roles including Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno Die Zauberflöte and Ruggiero La Juive.