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Natalia Tanasii & Huw Montague Rendall join new production of Madama Butterfly at Opernhaus Zürich

26 November 2017

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Natalia Tanasii and Huw Montague Rendall join Opernhaus Zürich's new production of Madama Butterfly from 10 December 2017, singing the roles of Yamadori and Kate Pinkerton. The producion is directed by Ted Huffman and conducted by Daniele Rustioni.

Tanasii and Montague Rendall are both current members of the prestigious International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich and former Jerwood Young Artists at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Montague Rendall made his debut at the Salzburg Festspiele last summer in the role of Second Apprentice Wozzeck and has sung Ramiro L’Heure Espagnole, Deputati Don Carlo, Nardo La finta giardiniera and Foreman 3 Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District in Zürich. This season he makes his role and house debut as Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence alongside Lise Davidsen and Eric Cutler. In Zürich his roles include Nardo La finta giardiniera, Papageno (cover) Die Zauberflöte and Nazarener Salome.

Tanasii opened last season at Den Norkse Opera & Ballet with Calixto Bieito’s staged production of Britten’s War Requiem, a production she later revisited at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. Later in the season she made her debut as Fiordiligi in a new production of Cosi fan tutte and reprised the role of Micaela Carmen, both at Den Norske Opera & Ballet. Her roles in Zürich this season include Sklave Salome; Undis, Birks Mutter/Wilddrude Ronja Räubertochter and Arminda La finta giardiniera. Further ahead she sings Tatiana Eugene Onegin.

Performances of Madama Butterfly run until 10 January 2018.

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Natalia Tanasii stars in Britten War Requiem staged by Calixto Bieito in Bilbao

09 June 2017

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Natalia Tanasii travels to Bilbao this month to reprise her role in Calixto Bieito’s staged production of Britten’s War Requiem at Teatro Arriaga Antzokia on 23 June 2017. Conducted by Erik Nielsen, Tanasii joins fellow soloists Rolf Romei and Thomas E. Bauer.

Tanasii previously performed in the production at Norwegian National Opera in September 2016 where she also sang Fiordiligi Così fan tutte earlier this season.

"Natalia Tanasii was an imperious soprano soloist and an unstinting actress. Hers is a bright and penetrating soprano, used with genuine and unmistakable musical instincts."
Opera Traveller, September 2016

This marks the young soprano’s third collaboration with Calixto Bieito after having also performed Micaela in his infamous production of Carmen.

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Natalia Tanasii debuts as Fiordiligi in new production of Cosi fan tutte at Den Norske Opera

03 November 2016

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Natalia Tanasii returns to Den Norske Opera this month to make her debut as Fiordiligi in Mozart Cosi fan tutte on 17 November 2016. The opera marks award-winning theatre director Jonas Corell Petersen first operatic production and is also new Musical Director Karl-Heinz Steffens' conducting debut with the company.

Tanasii returns to Den Norske Opera following her critically acclaimed performances in the company's staged production of Britten War Requiem in September:

"Natalia Tanasii was an imperious soprano soloist and an unstinting actress. Hers is a bright and penetrating soprano, used with genuine and unmistakable musical instincts."
Opera Traveller, September 2016

"Natalia Tanasii (soprano), Evan LeRoy Johson (tenor) and Johannes Kammler (baritone) sing with rare intensity and agility."
Aftenposten, September 2016

Performances of Cosi fan tutte continue until 13 January 2017. Tanasii reprises War Requiem later in the season at the Teatro Arriaga in summer 2017.

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Natalia Tanasii opens the season with Britten's War Requiem at Den Norske Opera & Ballett

27 August 2016

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Natalia Tanasii returns to Oslo to open the 2016/2017 season of Den Norske Opera & Ballett with Calixto Bieto’s staged production Britten War Requiem on 10 September 2016. Tanasii, an alumnus of the theatre’s Young Ensemble has collaborated with Bieito before, having sung Micaela in his highly acclaimed production of Carmen when it was presented in Oslo.

War Requiem was also the vehicle for Tanasii’s London debut: she performed the work in 2014 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre under the baton of Marin Alsop, for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War:

"Natalia Tanasii announced herself in thrilling style with a gleaming 'Liber scriptus', and launched the ‘Sanctus’ with fearless virtuosity. She was at her considerable best, though, in the ‘Lachrymosa’, tenderly but implacably neutralising the despair of the tenor’s 'Move him into the sun', the tension dissipating with uncanny beauty."
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There are further performances of War Requiem on 13, 16, 18, 23, 25 September and 3 October. Following her performances of War Requiem Tanasii remains at Den Norske Opera & Ballett to make her debut as Fiordiligi in a new production of Cosi fan Tutte.

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Christopher Purves stars as the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne

29 May 2016

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Christopher Purves returns to Glyndebourne this summer as the Forrester in Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen, which opens on 12 June 2016. Jakub Hrůša conducts Melly Still’s production, which also features Elena Tsallagova, Alžbĕta Poláčková, and Alexandre Duhamel as well as the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Purves is also joined by Jerwood Artist Natalia Tanasii who makes her Glyndebourne debut as Chocholka / The Hen as well as covering the title role.

The Cunning Little Vixen marks Purves' first return to Glyndebourne since his critically acclaimed performance in the title role of Saul in 2015:

"Christopher Purves’s magnificently insecure, vindictive and snarling Saul gets madder and madder... commanding presence..."

"Christopher Purves is astonishingly physical in the central role of Saul; ... everything he does is freighted with meaning. The way in which his envy of the triumphant David morphs into murderous hatred is graphically charted"

"Christopher Purves, riveting as the volatile Lear-like figure of Saul… the sheer vividness of his acting and his enunciation carries all before him."

This season has seen Purves reprise the role of the Protector in George Benjamin Written on Skin with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on their hugely successful European tour. He repeats the role next season at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In September, Purves takes the title role of the English National Opera’s new production of Mozart Don Giovanni.

Tanasii is a graduate of the Moldovan National Music & Arts Academy and the young ensemble of Den Norske Opera & Ballet. She returns to Oslo next season to perform as the soprano soloist in a staged production by Calixto Bieito of Britten’s War Requiem as well as making her debut as Fiordiligi in a new production of Cosi fan tutte.

The Cunning Little Vixen runs until 31 July.

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Natalia Tanasii sings Micaëla in Carmen at Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

13 January 2015

Natalia Tanasii sings Micaëla in Carmen at Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in six performances, beginning on 27 January.

In her first year as a member of the ensemble at Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, this marks another major role debut for the 23-year-old-soprano. The production is directed by Calixto Bieito, and this is the first time that this work has been performed in Norway. Tanasii completes a cast including Yngve Søberg as Escamillo and Tone Kummervold as Carmen and conducted by Fabien Gabel.

Her performances are scheduled on the 27, 30 January, 2, 21 February, 7 and 26 March.

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Marin Alsop conducts Ben Johnson and Natalia Tanasii in Britten War Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall

26 October 2014

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On 9 November Marin Alsop will conduct a Remembrance Sunday performance of Britten War Requiem at London's Royal Festival Hall as part of commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The performance will feature Moldovan-Russian soprano Natalia Tanasii, English tenor Ben Johnson and German baritone Johannes Kammler as soloists, whose nationalities echo the 1962 premiere's intended original trio of Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Heather Harper would eventually replace Vishnevskaya for the premiere, with the Russian returning for Britten's renowned recording) in demonstrating a sense of unity. The soloists are joined under Alsop's baton by the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Voicelab Children's Choir.

Alsop is Artist in Residence London's Southbank Centre and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. She conducts the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra along with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain (Ben Parry, director) and Southbank Voicelab Children's Choir, continuing her commitment to outreach and educational work with young people. Read more about her education work with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 'OrchKids', founded by Alsop in 2008.

The concert will be 23 year-old Natalia Tanasii's UK debut. Tanasii graduated from the Republican Academy of Musica and Arts in Chisinau this summer and was immediately invited to join the young ensemble of Den Norske Opera & Ballet. There she will perform a series of roles throughout this season, including Michaela in a new production of Carmen.

This exciting performance takes place in a busy season for Johnson, in which recent and forthcoming highlights include Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oronte Alcina in a tour of concert performances with the English Concert, Alfredo in a revival of La traviata at English National Opera, Evangelist in Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and the Bach Choir respectively. He will also make his house debut at the Berliner Staatsoper, singing Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

The performance will form part of the Southbank Centre's Remembrance Sunday programme, with related talks and workshops occurring throughout the day.

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Natalia Tanasii makes debut with Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

01 August 2014

Natalia Tanasii makes her debut with Norwegian National Opera & Ballet on 15 August, singing Kate Pinkerton in Stephen Langridge’s production of Madame Butterfly. She completes a cast that includes Hui He as Cio-Cio-San and Riccardo Massi as Pinkerton, under the baton of John Helmer Fiore.

Having been invited to join the ensemble in Oslo at the age of just 22, her 2014/15 season also includes her role debut as Micaela in Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen, presented for the first time in Norway. She will also make her UK debut in November with Britten’s War Requiem in an anniversary concert performance at the Southbank Centre conducted by Marin Alsop.

Madame Butterfly opens on 15 August with further performances on 18, 21, 24, 27, 31 August, 3 and 6 September.

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