Michael Boder conducts From the House of the Dead with Sir Willard White at La Monnaie
Michael Boder returns to La Monnaie this month to conduct Janáček's final opera, From the House of the Dead, which opens on 6 November 2018. The opera is based upon Fyodr Dostoyevsky's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name set in a Siberian prison camp. The production is directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski.
Joining Boder in the case is Sir Willard White, who stars as the aristocrat Alexandr Petrovič Gorjančikov. He returns to the role having given a critically acclaimed interpretation in Warlikowski's production last season at Covent Garden:
"Playing and choral singing are outstanding, and none of the cast, one of the finest Covent Garden has assembled in recent years, puts a foot wrong… The deepening relationship between Willard White’s Gorjančikov and Pascal Charbonneau’s Aljeja is beautifully done."
The Guardian, March 2018
"Willard W White frames the piece with his dignified Gorjancikov"
The Stage, March 2018
From the House of the Dead runs at La Monnaie until 17 November.
Lise Lindstrom stars as Elektra at Wiener Staatsoper conducted by Michael Boder
Lise Lindstrom returns to Wiener Staatsoper from 16 October 2018 to star in Uwe Eric Laufenberg's production of Richard Strauss' Elektra. The production is conducted by Michael Boder and also features Waltraud Meier as Klytämnestra, Anna Gabler as Chrysothemis and René Pape as Orest.
Lindstrom takes a starring role in another Strauss opera later this season when she returns to Opera Australia in the title role of Salome. Other highlights this season include Brünnhilde in the Ring Cycle at Hamburg Staatsoper and in Götterdämmerung at Oper Leipzig.
Boder is a regular guest at Wiener Staatsoper and returns to the house several times this season, conducting John Neumeier's ballet Le Pavillon d’Armide as well as Manfred Trojahn's Orest, Salome and Dantons Tod.
The performance on 19 October will be streamed live on the Wiener Staatsoper website - click here for more details.
Michael Boder conducts world premiere of Thomas Larcher's Das Jagdgewehr at the Bregenz Festival
Michael Boder conducts the world premiere of Thomas Larcher's debut opera Das Jagdgewehr on 15 August 2018 at the Bregenz Festival. Directed by Austrian actor and film director Karl Markovics with stage and costume design from Katharina Wöppermann, Das Jagdgewehr stars Robin Tritschler, Andrè Schuen, Sarah Aristidou, Giulia Peri and Olivia Vermeulen. Boder and the Ensemble Modern provide musical accompaniment.
Larcher adapted Das Jagdgewehr from the bestselling novel by Yasushi Inoue. It centres around the affair between a hunter and the best friend of his wife and explores the ripples caused by the relationship years later.
There are further performances of Das Jagdgewehr on 17 and 18 August.
Michael Boder conducts Capriccio at Wiener Staatsoper
Michael Boder returns to the Wiener Staatsoperon 17 May 2018 to conduct Strauss Capriccio in a revival of Marco Arturo Marelli's production. Boder comes to the Wiener Staatsoper directly from his success at Theater an der Wien with Keith Warner’s new production of Der Besuch der Alten Dame, by Gottfried von Einem:
"Thanks to the conductor Michael Boder, who perfectly prepared the compact ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, even the delicate ensemble scenes shine."
Capriccio runs until 27 May.
Michael Boder & Russell Braun: new production of Der Besuch der alten Dame at Teater an der Wien
Michael Boder and Russell Braun open Gottfried von Einem’s opera Der Besuch der alten Dame at Theater an der Wien on 16 March in a new production by Keith Warner.
Michael Boder’s 2017/18 season so far has included two productions of Tannhäuser, for Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Seongnam Performing Arts Centre. Plans later in the season include, Strauss Capriccio for Wiener Staatsoper and the world premiere of Thomas Larcher Das Jagdgewehr for Bregenz Festspiele.
Der Besuch der alten Dame falls in the middle of a busy season for Russell Braun, who returned to Calgary Opera as Figaro in il barbiere di Siviglia this past autumn to critical acclaim, and made his role debut as Golaud in Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande with the Cincinnati Symphony and Louis Langrée. In summer 2018 Braun will appear as Pentheus in Henze’s The Bassarids for the Salzburg Festival, under Kent Nagano.
For full cast details and tickets, visit the Theatre an der Wien website.
Michael Boder conducts world premiere of Schreier's Hamlet at Theater an der Wien
Michael Boder returns to Vienna on 14 September 2016 to conduct the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien in the world premiere of Anno Schrier Hamlet at the Theater an der Wien. The piece, commissioned by the theatre for their Shakespeare anniversary year, is based on the play of the same name, with a libretto by Thomas Jonigk.
Directed by Christoph Loy, the cast for this production includes Andrè Schuen, Jochen Kowalski and Marlis Petersen.
Further highlights for Boder this season include returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for Reimann Medea and Elektra and to Hamburg State Opera for Daphne, conducts the Wiener Staatsballett in Le Pavillon d'Armide and Le sacre du Printemps and makes his debut for Hungarian National Opera with Elektra.
Performances of Hamlet continue until 23 September.
Michael Boder conducts Mahler and Liszt with Orchestra of La Monnaie
Michael Boder returns to Brussels on 6 March 2016 to conduct the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra in Mahler Kindertotenlieder and Liszt Eine Faust Symphonie, with baritone Stéphane Degout.
Michael Boder conducts Die Frau ohne Schatten at Royal Danish Theatre
Michael Boder opens the season conducting Kasper Holten's acclaimed production of Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Royal Danish Theatre on 5 September 2015. Boder coduncts a cast that includes Jonny Van Hal as Der Kaiser and Ann Petersen as Die Kaiserin. Performances of Die Frau ohne Schatten run until September 27.
Following this, Boder returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Morgen und Abend, which opens on 13 November.
Michael Boder returns to Wiener Staatsoper to conduct Cardillac
Michael Boder returns to the Wiener Staatsoper on 22 June 2015 to conduct Paul Hindemith’s Cardillac, with further performances on 25 and 29 June. The cast for this Sven-Eric Bechtolf production includes Tomasz Konieczny in the title role, Angela Denoke as The Daughter, and Herbert Lippert as The Officer.
Boder then opens the 2015/16 season at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Morgen und Abend, a co-production with the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Michael Boder conducts a reworking of Mahler’s Wunderhorn Songs at La Monnaie
Michael Boder conducts the orchestra of La Monnaie on 13 March in an imaginative reworking of Mahler’s Wunderhorn Songs.
The reworking includes nine new orchestrations by Detlev Glanert to a specially commissioned film by director Clara Pons. Dietrich Henschel sings and appears in the film.
Michael Boder conducts Der Rosenkavalier at Royal Danish Theatre
Michael Boder conducts Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier in a revival of Marco Arturo Marelli’s award-winning production from 2008 at the Royal Danish Theatre, beginning on 12 September. Subsequent performances take place on 20, 25, 28 September, 5, 11, 18 and 26 October.
Following this, Boder revives Stefan Herheim’s acclaimed 2010 production of Berg’s Lulu at the Royal Danish Theatre, opening on 20 November.
Michael Boder conducts Turangalîla at the Royal Danish Opera
Michael Boder conducts the Royal Danish Staatskapelle in Messiaen Turangalîla on 30 May at the Royal Danish Theatre, with soloists Tamara Stefanovich on piano and Thomas Bloch on ondes martenot.
Boder is Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the Royal Danish Theatre and Orchestra, and this season has seen him conduct his first productions in the role, including Der fliegende Holländer, Le Grande Macabre and Porgy and Bess.
Michael Boder returns to Wiener Staatsoper to conduct Ariadne auf Naxos
Michael Boder returns to the Wiener Staatoper to conduct Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, opening on 15 April. This production, originally co-produced by the Salzburger Festspiele and the Wiener Staatsoper, is directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf. The cast includes Clemens Unterreiner as The Musicmaster, Meagan Miller as Ariadne, Sophie Koch as the composer, Stephen Gould as Bacchus, and Iride Martinez as Zerbinetta.
After the opening on 15 April, further performances take place on 19, 22 April, 11, 15 and 20 June.
Michael Boder conducts Porgy and Bess at the Royal Danish Opera
Michael Boder conducts a new production of Gershwin Porgy and Bess at the Royal Danish Opera, where he is Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, opening on 22 March. The production is directed by John Doyle, with a cast including Elizabeth Llewellyn and Lisa Daltrius as Bess, and Derrick Lawrence and Kenneth Overton as Porgy. After opening on 22 March, Boder conducts further performances on 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30 March, and 1 April.
As part of his new role as Principal Conductor, Boder has already conducted productions of Der fliegende Holländer and Le Grand Macabre. After Porgy and Bess, Boder returns to the Wiener Staatsoper to conduct Ariadne auf Naxos.
Michael Boder conducts Der fliegende Holländer at the Royal Danish Theatre
In his first opera production as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, Michael Boder conducts a new production Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, openming 26 January. The new production is directed by Jonathan Kent, with Intermusica soprano Ann Petersen singing the role of Senta and Johan Reuter the role of Dutchman. Further performances will be on 28 and 30 January, 4, 8, 18, 21, 25 and 28 February.
Boder then remains in Copenhagen to conduct another new production, of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and one of his signature works, Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. Operatic highlights this season also include Ariadne auf Naxos at the Wiener Staatsoper and, in future seasons, Boder returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Prior to his appointment as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the Royal Danish Theatre, Boder had been musical Director of the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. Among many highlights during his tenure here, in 2012 he was honoured with the Spanish critics’ award for Le Grand Macabre, and a Grammy nomination for Lulu.
Michael Boder conducts Vienna Symphony Orchestra at Theater an der Wien
Michael Boder conducts his second new production at the Theater an der Wien this season on 11 December, leading the Wiener Symphoniker and a renowned cast in Schubert’s Lazarus directed by Claus Guth. Kurt Streit sings the title role, with Annette Dasch as Maria, Stephanie Houtzeel as Martha and Florian Boesch as Simon.
After opening on 11 December, further performances take place on 13, 16, 18, 20 and 23 December.
Following this, Boder conducts Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre all at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, his first operatic engagements in his new position as Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the theatre.
Diapason d’Or de l’Année awards for Paul McCreesh and Michael Boder
Conductors Paul McCreesh and Michael Boder have been awarded prizes at the annual Diapason d’Or de l’Année in France for their respective recordings of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. The prestigious awards are decided by a panel of critics from Diapason magazine and broadcasters from France Musique.
McCreesh’s Diapason d’Or de l’Année for Elijah, recorded with the Gabrieli Consort & Players and Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, brings a highly successful recording year to a close. The disc, described by Gramophone as “a triumph”, was released in 2012 on McCreesh’s Winged Lion (Signum) record label. The Daily Telegraph commented:
“The sound is tremendous…but as in the recording of the Grande Messe des Morts, one of the striking aspects of the performance is the way that Paul McCreesh so naturally places the great set pieces within the context of a multifaceted expressive whole… a definite first choice.”
McCreesh conducts Elijah in May 2014 with Sydney Symphony Orchestra & Choir, his debut with the orchestra.
Michael Boder’s DVD recording of Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti, recorded at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2011, received an award for Best DVD Production of the Year. The production was directed by Alex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus) and featured a cast including Chris Mettitt, Inés Moraleda, Ana Puche, Werner Van Mechelen, Frode Olsen, Ning Liang, Barbara Hannigan, Brian Asawa and Simon Butteriss, as well as the Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Le Grand Macabre was recorded during Boder’s tenure as Music Director at the Liceu, and in 2012 the DVD was also honoured with the Spanish critics’ award from Avant-Scène Opéra magazine. In March 2014, Boder conducts the opera at Copenhagen’s Danish Royal Theatre in a new production by Kasper Holten, one of several productions to mark Boder’s first season as Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the theatre.
Michael Boder conducts Three Sisters by Peter Eötvös at Opernhaus Zürich
On 9 March, Michael Boder conducts the opening night of Three Sisters by Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös at Opernhaus Zürich. Directed by Herbert Fritsch, the cast of this production includes Ivana Rusko, Anna Goryachova and Irène Friedli, and features the Philharmonia Zürich.
Further performances take place on 15 and 24 March, and 3, 5, 11 and 14 April.
Michael Boder wins Spanish magazine's critics award for Le Grand Macabre
Today, Barcelona magazine Ópera Actual revealed the winners of its annual opera awards. Le Grand Macabre - at the Gran Teatre del Liceu - was awarded 'Best Opera' of the season with Michael Boder taking 'Best Conductor'.