Intermusica artists at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival announced the programme for this year's edition on 15 March 2018, and as ever there is a strong Intermusica presence at the festival. Highlights include concerts from Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony as part of their first overseas tour in 13 years, a tribute to Thea Musgrave from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Carlos Miguel Prieto and the YOA Youth Orchestra of the Americas, as well as recitals from the Pavel Haas Quartet and Roger Vignoles.
Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music return to the festival this year for a concert of Vivaldi and Telemann with Nicola Benedetti on 4 August. Egarr leads the ensemble from the harpsichord and is the soloist for Vivaldi's A major Concerto.
Carlos Miguel Prieto brings the Youth Orchestra of the Americas to Edinburgh for a performance with pianist Gabriela Montero on 7 August. Prieto conducts a programme of Chávez Sinfonia india, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 and Copland Symphony No.3.
Martyn Brabbins joins forces with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus on 9 August to celebrate the 90th birthday of composer Thea Musgrave. Brabbins conducts the Scottish premiere of Musgrave's Turbulent Landscapes, a journey through six Turner land and seascapes, and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony.
Lise Davidsen travels to Edinburgh for her festival debut on 16 August. Davidsen joins Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra to sing orchestral songs by Strauss, including "Cäcilie" and "Wiegenlied". Davidsen sang the same works with the orchestra in Oslo earlier this season and also recently joined them for Strauss Four Last Songs.
Roger Vignoles returns to Edinburgh, this time with soprano Dorothea Röschmann on 21 August. Vignoles accompanies Röschmann in a programme of Romantic songs by Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and Wolf.
The Pavel Haas Quartet returns to the festival on 22 August to perform two landmark quartets: Schubert String Quartet No.13 'Rosamunde' and Ravel String Quartet. Shostakovich String Quartet No.7 completes the programme.
James Ehnes reunites with Stephen Osborne on 23 August for a recital at the Queen's Hall. Together they explore a programme of works by Brahms, Prokofiev, Debussy and Ravel. This is their second collaboration of the season after a critically acclaimed performance of Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time at the Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Series.
Marin Alsop brings the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Edinburgh for two concerts celebrating Leonard Bernstein's centenary on 24 and 26 August. The first features three works associated with him as a performer: Stravinsky The Firebird, Gershwin Piano Concerto with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Schumann Symphony No.2. The second concert opens with birthday tributes to Bernstein from Berio, John Corigliano and John Williams and features three of Bernstein's works: his Serenade performed by Nicola Benedetti, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Three Dance Episodes from On the Town.
Soprano Lise Lindstrom joins Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler Symphony No.8 on 26 August. The performance also features the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the NYCoS National Girls Choir.
Lise Lindstrom sings Turandot at San Diego Opera
Lise Lindstrom returns to the title role of Turandot this month at San Diego Opera, joining Keturah Stickann's production from 24 February 2018. Lindstrom sings alongside Carl Tanner as Calaf, Angel Joy Blue as Liu and Brian Kontes as Timur. Valerio Galli conducts.
Lindstrom is developing a reputation as one of the foremost singers of Turandot today, giving critically acclaimed interpretations at the Royal Opera House and Opera Australia:
“Lise Lindstrom, she of the towering soprano in stature as well as voice, gave Turandot a suitably cold edge but it was a magnetic performance for all that. The young American displayed a sharp and powerful voice, restrained when it needed to be and with a rare fluidity.”
Daily Telegraph, June 2015
“As Turandot, Lise Lindstrom’s singing was steely and terrifying in the second act, the sound cutting through the air like the hard gleaming edge of the executioners’ blades wielded around her by muscle-bound guards. In the third act she took on more complex hues allowing warmth into the sound to create a performance of compelling impact.”
Sydney Morning Herald, June 2015
“As Turandot, Lise Lindstrom seizes attention with the first notes of In Questa Reggia and then never lets go.”
Guardian, September 2013
Turandot runs in San Diego until 4 March. Lindstrom returns to the role again later this season at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Lise Lindstrom joins Intermusica for general management
We are delighted to announce general management of renowned soprano, Lise Lindstrom.
In roles that range from Turandot to Senta, Elektra and Brünnhilde, Lise Lindstrom’s compelling performances have taken her to The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Teatro alla Scala, among many others.
Earlier this season Lindstrom performed Brünnhilde in Die Walküre at the Hamburg Staatsoper under Kent Nagano. In 2016, she performed Brünnhilde in her first ever full Ring Cycle for Opera Australia for which she was awarded the Green Room Award and Helpmann Award. A leading interpreter of Wagner’s heroines, Lindstrom has also portrayed Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with San Francisco Opera, Polish National Opera and New Orleans Opera, both Elisabeth and Venus in Tannhäuser with Greek National Opera, and Brünnhilde in Die Walküre with Teatro Massimo in Palermo, where Der Opernfreund proclaimed “With the American Lise Lindstrom a sleek powerhouse entered the stage….A magnificent ‘Hojotoho.’”
Other recent successes include Marie in Wozzeck at the Theater an der Wien; concert performances of Elektra with Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Verbier Festival; Elektra for Opera de Montreal and Hamburg Staatsoper; Salome at the Wiener Staatsoper; and Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Seoul Arts Center and San Diego Opera.
Plans include returns in major roles to Hamburg Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, San Diego Opera, Opera Australia, and Liceu Barcelona.