Ingo Metzmacher conducts double bill of Poulenc & Bartók in return to the Opéra National de Paris
Ingo Metzmacher returns to the Opéra National de Paris this month to conduct a double bill of Poulenc The Human Voice and Bartók Bluebeard's Castle at the Palais Garnier from 17 March 2018. The performances are directed by Krzyzstof Walikowski and feature a cast of John Relyea, Ekaterina Gubanova and Barbara Hannigan. Metzmacher's return to Paris follows a critically acclaimed run of R. Strauss Capriccio in 2016:
"Ingo Metzmacher made the orchestra sound as we have rarely heard. The sextet, the Straussian quotes, the small motifs ... all played with overwhelming ease ... But there's more: accuracy, rigor, an incredible talent for varying tempi without losing individual rhythms, a capacity to thunder in the pit without drowning the singers. An orchestral climax where music and speech united, in harmony with the wishes of Richard Strauss."
Forum Opera, Jan 2016
Elsewhere this month, Metzmacher returns to Dutch National Opera to conduct Henze's The Raft of the Medusa, which opens on 13 March. The production is directed by Romeo Castelluci and performances run until 26 March.
Ingo Metzmacher returns to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with Håkan Hardenberger
Ingo Metzmacher returns to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) for concerts on 28 and 29 January 2018.
The concerts, which take place at the Berliner Philharmonie, include one ‘casual concert’ and feature trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger and feature a programme of works by Ives, Zimmermann and Shostakovich.
From 2007 to 2010 Metzmacher was the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the DSO.
Ingo Metzmacher conducts Lulu & Elektra at the Wiener Staatsoper
Ingo Metzmacher returns to the Wiener Staatsoper with a new production of Berg Lulu by Willy Decker, with performances on 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15 December.
In the same month he conducts a revival of Richard Strauss Elektra, with performances on 5, 8 and 11 December, in the production of Uwe Eric Laufenberg.
Ingo Metzmacher & Lise Davidsen nominated at the 2017 International Opera Awards
Ingo Metzmacher and Lise Davidsen have both been nominated for awards at the 2017 International Opera Awards, with both being selected as finalists for their achievements over the 2016 calendar year.
Metzmacher is nominated in the Conductor category. A highlight of 2016 for Metzmacher was Barrie Kosky's new production of Shostakovich The Nose at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Metzmacher’s conducting of this unique score was unanimously praised by the critics, with the Guardian commenting that "Ingo Metzmacher conducts the score with brittle brilliance, every orchestral effect raspingly precise."
Lise Davidsen is nominated in the Young Singer category following a year that included debuts at Oper Frankfurt in the company's Ring Cycle and as Agathe in Der Freischütz at Opernhaus Zürich, where Die Welt praised her "beautiful" and "beguiling voice".
The winners of the 2017 International Opera Awards will be announced on 7 May at the London Coliseum.
"A real sonic showpiece": Stellar reviews for Ingo Metzmacher's The Nose at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Ingo Metzmacher made a critically acclaimed return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 20 October 2016, conducting Barrie Kosky's new production of Shostakovich The Nose. Metzmacher’s conducting of this unique score was unanimously praised by the critics:
“The Nose, was indeed the most experimental key work that Shostakovich wrote —superbly performed here under Ingo Metzmacher’s baton.”
“… with conductor Ingo Metzmacher masterfully extracting the sounds from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House that Shostakovich surely intended, this is a production that begs to be experienced.”
“Ingo Metzmacher made the individual exclamations and ensemble interjections, which form a backdrop to the various on-stage conversations with the Nose, transparent and biting.”
“Ingo Metzmacher and the Royal Opera House orchestra really brought Shostakovich's startling score to life. The piece is a real sonic showpiece with some startling moments of invention.”
“All praise to the precise and level-headed conductor Ingo Metzmacher and his utterly brilliant orchestra.”
“Surely Shostakovich could never have imagined quite such a massive orchestra, yet all praise to them for the wonderful account of the cacophonous score … Ingo Metzmacher’s conducting surely could not be faulted for his commitment to the work and the way he handled the complicated crowd scenes with all the chorus and one-line or two-line bit-part singers.”
Seen and Heard International
“Ingo Metzmacher conducts the score with brittle brilliance, every orchestral effect raspingly precise.”
Performances of The Nose continue at Covent Garden until 9 November.
Ingo Metzmacher conducts new production of The Nose with Susan Bickley at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Ingo Metzmacher returns to the Royal Opera House to conduct a new production of Shostakovich The Nose from 20 October 2016, featuring Susan Bickley in a role debut as the Matron.
Metzmacher, who works regularly with the world’s top houses and orchestras, made his ROH debut in 2009 conducting Die Tote Stadt and has since returned for The Rake’s Progress. In this new production by Barrie Kosky with a new translation by David Pountney, Metzmacher conducts a cast which also includes John Tomlinson, Martin Winkler, and Alexander Lewis.
Bickley returns to Covent Garden following her most recent appearance there as Virgie in Mark Anthony Turnage Anna Nicole. This summer she received high praise for her Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro at Glyndebourne, and later this season debuts the role of Paulina in the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth The Winter’s Tale for English National Opera.
There are further performances of The Nose on 24 and 27 October and 1, 4 and 9 November, the last of which will be streamed live on the Arte Concert, The Opera Platform and ROH websites.
Click here to watch an ROH Insights event where the creatives present their ideas for the production of Shostakovich’s anarchic satire.
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, announces its 2016/17 season
The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, announced its 2016/17 season on 6 April 2016. The season sees Corinne Winters make her house debut, while Capalbo and Gregory Kunde all take title roles in new productions:
Alexander Lewis sings the title role of Shostakovich’s The Nose and Susan Bickley sings Old Lady, in a new production by Barrie Kosky conducted by Ingo Metzmacher opening on 20 October 2016.
Leonardo Capalbo sings the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Sofia Fomina singing Olympia, conducted by Evelino Pidò. Les Contes d’Hoffmann opens on 7 November.
Christopher Purves reprises the role of Protector in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin opening on 13 January 2017.
Gregory Kunde sings the title role in Verdi’s Otello in June 2017 alongside Kai Rüütel as Emilia. Keith Warner directs this new production.
Ingo Metzmacher returns to La Scala to conduct Wozzeck
Ingo Metzmacher returns to La Scala, Milan, for seven performances of Berg Wozzeck from 29 October 2015. A champion of 20th century opera and Berg in particular, Metzmacher’s recordings of Wozzeck with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, which he also recently conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, were released in ‘The Opera Series’ by EMI:
“Ingo Metzmacher's blisteringly-conducted live Wozzeck – an account that blends the Sturm-und-Drang vehemence of Mitropoulos, the explosiveness of Abbado and the arch-Mahlerian beauty of Dohnanyi – also pushes Bo Skovhus to provide a powerfully characterised Wozzeck."
This forthcoming production by Jürgen Flimm is now an “indispensable classic” at La Scala and includes staging of some parts of Woyzeck by Georg Büchner, on which the opera is based.
Ingo Metzmacher conducts Zimmermann's Die Soldaten at Teatro alla Scala
Ingo Metzmacher conducts performances of Zimmermann Die Soldaten in a new production at Teatro alla Scala, in collaboration with Salzburg Festival, in six performances from 17 January to 3 February.
The production by Alvis Hermanis was a huge success at the 2012 Salzburg Festival, at which Metzmacher conducted the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburger Felsenreitschule. This performance has since been released by Euroarts on Blu-ray and DVD. The New York Times wrote, “Ingo Metzmacher conducts with an affection for the score that is palpable, and the Vienna Philharmonic responds magnificently.” The cast comes together again with Alfred Muff as Wesner and Laura Aikin as Marie.
Metzmacher returns to Teatro alla Scala in October/November 2015 to conduct Berg Wozzeck in Jürgen Flimm’s famous production, first performed with Sinopoli in Milan in 1997.
Ingo Metzmacher: four concerts with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Ingo Metzmacher returns to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an all-Russian programme at Symphony Center on 4, 5, 6 and 9 December.
The first half brings together two ballet scores: excerpts from Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker alongside Stravinsky Petrushka. In the second half, Metzmacher conducts Shostakovich Symphony No.11, which depicts the events of “Bloody Sunday” 1905.
Ingo Metzmacher opens Musikverein series with Vienna Philharmonic
Ingo Metzmacher returns to the Vienna Philharmonic to open the orchestra's 2014/15 Subscription Series at the Musikverein with concerts on 25 and 26 October. He conducts Schubert’s oratorio Lazarus with the chorus of the Vienna Singverein and soloists Rachel Harnisch, Sophie Karthäuser, Christiane Libor, Steve Davislim, Werner Güra and Daniel Schmutzhard. The programme begins with Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.
Metzmacher and the Vienna Philharmonic and Singverein perform the same programme at Sankt Pölten on 24 October. On 23 October, they perform Schubert’s Lazarus at the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, as part of the annual International Festival of Sacred Music and Art – of which the Vienna Philharmonic is the Orchestra-in-Residence.
This will be Metzmacher’s third collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic this year. In March 2014, he conducted the Vienna Philharmonic at the Brucknerhaus in Linz to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Their performance of Schubert’s Fierrabras, with Julia Kleiter and Dorothea Röschmann, at the 2014 Salzburg Festival was widely praised by the critics and is available to view online on Medici.tv.
Ingo Metzmacher conducts Schubert’s Fierrabras at Salzburg Festival
Ingo Metzmacher conducts Schubert’s rarely-performed opera Fierrabras at the Salzburg Festival, opening on 13 August. The production is directed by Peter Stein, and Metzmacher conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera Chorus. The opera stars Julia Kleiter as Emma, Georg Zeppenfeld as King Karl and Benjamin Bernheim as Eginhard.
Further performances, all at the Haus für Mozart in Salzburg, take place on 16, 19, 22, 25 and 27 August. The performance on 25 August will be broadcast live online by Medici.tv at 6pm BST.