Valentina Peleggi returns to English National Opera to conduct reimagining of Dido and Aeneas
Valentina Peleggi returns to English National Opera this month to conduct a new reimagining of Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas at the Unicorn Theatre in Southwark from 11 May 2019. Dido is the first collaboration between ENO and the Unicorn Theatre, the UK’s leading theatre for young audiences, and offers a chance to see a familiar and much-loved opera in a new light as the opera is updated to a modern setting. The theatre’s former Artistic Director Purni Morell directs the production, which stars Rachel Lloyd as Dido, Njabulo Madlala as Aeneas and Eyra Norman as Belinda.
Peleggi made her ENO debut in February when she conducted two performances of Puccini La bohème at the Coliseum. She is currently in the first season of her two-year-long Mackerras Fellowship at ENO, which next season sees her conduct three performances of Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld and also her first full production in the main house: a revival of Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen from 29 January 2020, which features a cast starring David Butt Philip as Don José and Nardus Williams as Micaela.
Dido runs at the Unicorn Theatre until 2 June.
Intermusica artists star in English National Opera’s 2019/20 season
English National Opera announced their 2019/20 season on 3 April, and as ever there is a strong Intermusica presence at the house alongside Music Director Martyn Brabbins.
Alongside three revivals, the season features seven new productions, the most for five years. For the first time, four of the new productions present different versions of the same story as ENO presents four takes on the Orpheus myth. In keeping with the season’s theme of the rise of the feminine, more than half of the new productions are directed by women, with Tatjana Gürbaca, Emma Rice, Barbora Horáková and Netia Jones all helming productions.
> Click here to see full details of ENO's 2019/20 season
Martyn Brabbins conducts two productions. On 18 October he opens Daniel Kramer’s production of Harrison Birtwistle The Mask of Orpheus. The production stars Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Eurydice the Woman and Susan Bickley as Eurydice the Myth and Persephone. Brabbins then returns on 26 February 2020 to conduct a revival of Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning production of Madam Butterfly, starring Natalya Romaniw in the title role. Brabbins will be assisted for the production by Adam Hickox.
Valentina Peleggi continues her Mackerras Fellowship with her first full production in the main house: a revival of Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen from 29 January 2020, which features a cast starring David Butt Philip as Don José and Nardus Williams as Micaela. Earlier in the season she conducts three performances of Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld on 1, 26 and 28 November. The new production from Emma Rice features Sir Willard White as Jupiter and Mary Bevan as Diana.
Geoffrey Paterson debuts on 15 November conducting a new production of Phillip Glass Orphée from Netia Jones. The cast features Anthony Gregory, who makes a return to ENO as Cégeste, and Simon Shibambu as the poet.
Susan Bickley appears in a second production when she returns in the role of Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro from 14 March 2020, in a new production directed by Joe Hill-Gibbons.
Antony Hermus makes his debut at ENO on 28 March 2020, conducting the premiere of Tatjana Gürbaca’s new production of Dvorák Rusalka, and taking it to Theatre du Luxembourg for additional performances after the London run. David Butt Philip takes the role of the Prince, while Patricia Bardon appears as Ježibaba.
Mischa Maisky & Valentina Peleggi honoured by the Royal Academy of Music
Mischa Maisky has been named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon FRAM), the academy announced on 27 March 2019.
The award is granted to a select number of distinguished individuals who have rendered signal service to the institution or to the music profession in general; in addition to Maisky, this year’s Fellows include Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Christian Gerhaher (baritone) and Kim Kashkashian (viola).
Valentina Peleggi was also honoured by the Academy today as she was announced as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Valentina Peleggi debuts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales marking International Women's Day
Valentina Peleggi makes her BBC National Orchestra of Wales debut on 8 March 2019, conducting a concert celebrating International Women's Day. Peleggi conducts a programme of works by female composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Clara Schumann Piano Concerto with soloist Mariam Batsashvili, Florence Price Symphony No.3 and the first ever performance of Augusta Holmès Roland furieux, which was composed in 1876. It also features Joan Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, a response to Copland Fanfare for the Common Man.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and is part of the station's special day of programming marking International Women's Day. During the interval, Peleggi joins the BBC Radio 3 team to select music by female composers that has inspired her during her life. She also spoke to the BBC ahead of the concert for IWD 2019: Women in Front, a series of interviews with conductors at different stages in their career. Click here to read the interview.
Valentina Peleggi makes debut at English National Opera with La bohème
Valentina Peleggi makes her English National Opera conducting debut this month when she leads two performances of Puccini La bohème on 20 and 22 February 2019.
Peleggi has assisted Alexander Joel throughout this revival of Jonathan Miller’s production. She is currently in the first of her two-year-long Mackerras Fellowship at ENO, where she will assist and also conduct diverse repertoire, including her own full production in the main house next season.
On 8 March Peleggi makes her debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Hoddinott Hall Cardiff, conducting a concert celebrating International Women’s Day with works by Augusta Holmes, Florence Price, Joan Tower and Clara Schumann. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Later in March she joins Marin Alsop to jointly conduct the Baltimore Symphony in a world premiere for two conductors and one orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik. They repeat the work two weeks later with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
Intermusica artists welcome in the New Year
This year Intermusica artists Lahav Shani, Emmanuel Krivine, David Butt Philip, Valentina Peleggi and Nicholas Collon take part in concerts across Europe to welcome in 2019. Intermusica also brings the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to China to spread some traditional Hogmanay spirit.
Lahav Shani joins the Staatskapelle Berlin for at the city’s Staatsoper unter den Linden for concerts on 30 and 31 December. Shani begins at the piano for Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, before conducting Weill Four Songs in an arrangement for trumpet and orchestra. The programme also features Tchaikovsky’s festive Nutcracker Suite followed by Duke Ellington’s big band arrangement of the popular ballet score.
Emmanuel Krivine helms the Orchestre National de France’s New Year’s Eve concert alongside soprano Measha Brueggergosman, who sings songs from Gershwin Porgy and Bess. Krivine also conducts Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite and Johan Strauss Sans-Souci-Polka and Emperor Waltzes. Krivine, Brueggergosman and the ONF then go on to perform the programme in Aix-en-Provence and Grenoble on 2 and 3 January.
David Butt Philip joins Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for their New Year’s Eve concerts, which take place on 30 and 31 December at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Butt Philip performs Beethoven Symphony No.9 alongside fellow soloists Genia Kühmeier, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Paul Gay.
Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra are joined for their New Year’s concerts by pianist Imogen Cooper. Collon conducts them in a programme centred around Vienna, featuring three Mozart works as well as waltzes by Johann Strauss.
Intermusica's International Tours department is also in action over New Year as they bring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to China. The orchestra is joined for the tour by violinist Nicola Benedetti and perform a programme of works including Debussy March Ecossaise and Bruch Scottish Fantasy.
Valentina Peleggi celebrates the New Year Swedish-style on 5 January with the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra in their annual Twelfth Night concert and ball. She conducts Offenbach arias in a starry line-up headed up by Katarina Karneus.
Valentina Peleggi conducts final Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra concerts as Resident Conductor
Valentina Peleggi conducts the Sao Paulo Symphony in her last three subscription concerts as Resident Conductor from 15 November 2018. She returns as a guest conductor in June.
Peleggi's programme this month is typical of her interests, opening with Rossini's Silken Ladder Overture and also including Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Olga Kopylova, Respighi's arrangement of Rachmaninov's Three Études-Tableaux and Act IV from Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
Valentina conducts first production as Guest Music Director of the Teatro São Pedro
Valentina Peleggi conducts her first production as Guest Music Director of the Teatro São Pedro in São Paulo this month, Cimerosa O Matrimonio Segreto, which opens on 4 May 2018. Further performances take place on 6, 9, 11 and 13 May. In her role at the theatre, Peleggi will conduct an Italian opera there every season for the next three seasons.
Meanwhile, on 1 May English National Opera announced their 2018/19 season, in which Peleggi will conduct two performances of La boheme in the main house in February 2019. Then in May 2019 she will conduct 19 performances in ENO’s Summer programme at London’s Unicorn Theatre of Dido, a reimagining of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The production will be set in contemporary London, will focus on the relationships between children and their parents, and is specially aimed at teenage audiences.
Valentina Peleggi makes her Swedish debut with the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
Valetina Peleggi makes her Swedish debut on 24 March 2018 when she joins the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra for a concert at Norrkoping's Geerhallen. Peleggi opens the concert with ...and time is running past midnight by Swedish-based composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas, followed by Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 with Simone Lamsma. She concludes the programme with Beethoven Symphony No.5.
The following week she repeats Beethoven Symphony No.5 in a subscription week with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Conducting three concerts on 29, 30 and 31 March, Peleggi combines the symphony with Rossini’s Thieving Magpie and arias from Mozart's Don Giovanni and Il nozze di Figaro performed by soprano Camila Titinger.
Valentina Peleggi appointed to two opera positions
English National Opera (ENO) today announced conductor Valentina Peleggi as the next recipient of the ENO Charles Mackerras Fellowship for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.
Peleggi will assist Music Director Martyn Brabbins and guest conductors on a wide range of repertoire at the London Coliseum. She is already scheduled to conduct a number of performances herself across both years of the fellowship, and will conduct her own production in 2019/20. She will be mentored by Martyn Brabbins and will have full access to the casting, staging and production departments as well as the opportunity to travel and to make important contacts across the international opera scene.
Today it was also announced by the Teatro São Pedro in São Paulo, Brazil, that Peleggi will be a Guest Music Director from 2018, specialising in Italian opera.
She will conduct one production each season (of four) from 2018 to 2021; the other three productions will be directed by three other guest conductors. This follows immediately upon her two seasons in São Paulo at OSESP as Resident Conductor of the orchestra under Marin Alsop, and Principal Conductor of the professional chorus.
Louis Schwizgebel makes debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra & Valentina Peleggi
Louis Schwizgebel travels to Brazil this month to make his debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra on 17 August 2017. Schwizgebel joins the orchestra and fellow Intermusica artist Valentina Peleggi at the Sala São Paulo to perform Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Egyptian’. Peleggi also conducts Haydn Overture in D major and Rimsky-Korsakov Cappriccio espagnol, with two further concerts following on 18 and 19 August.
Schwizgebel recorded the concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Aparté, a performance which was highly praised by BBC Music Magazine:
"Schwizgebel's touch is gorgeously singing and wonderfully delicate, but can sharpen to serious bling when occasion demands - and he applies it judiciously. Throughout he shows exemplary musical taste and good sense, whilst making Saint-Saens's most fiendish passagework sound utterly effortless."
Before reaching São Paulo, Schwizgebel first travels to Mexico City to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 in C major on 12 and 13 August with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, in the Sala Nezahualcóyotl.
Throughout the month, Schwizgebel will also gives a series of solo recitals at summer festivals in Europe. He performs a programme of Beethoven Piano Sonatas 13 and 14, Chopin Ballades 2 and 3, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Les Musicales du Golfe du Morbihan and Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga in France on 3 and 6 August respectively, and the North Norfolk Music Festival in the United Kingdom on 23 August.
Valentina Peleggi assists Sir Richard Armstrong in Tristan und Isolde with São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Valentina Peleggi assists Sir Richard Armstrong and a cast of acclaimed soloists this month for a series of semi-staged performances of Wagner Tristan und Isolde with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra later this summer. Tristan und Isolde runs from 31 August to 3 September at Sala São Paulo.
Hailed for her "abundant vitality and lyrical intensity" (Baltimore Sun), Ms Peleggi has previously assisted Bruno Campanella and Gianluigi Gelmetti at Teatro Regio di Torino, Opera Bastille Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro San Carlo. Her recent performances of Beethoven and Mendelssohn at Teatro Verdi received glowing praise:
"The orchestra responded extremely well…a very interesting performance (of the Beethoven), already revealing a secure relationship between conductor and orchestra… But the real surprise came with the Mendelssohn, full of brilliance and sunshine, and yet technically complex. Right from the marvellous opening attack of the Allegro vivace, it was clear that this was the focus of the rehearsal time. Even on recordings I have never heard such brisk tempi in the outer movements…The orchestra responded with stupendous precision and a cohesion rarely heard in Trieste. This applied to all four movements; the interpretation has yet to mature, of course, but Peleggi conducted with authority and with love through her very eloquent gestures….giving us a new figure on the Italian music scene…"
Operaclick, September 2016
Valentina Peleggi participates in masterclasses with Daniele Gatti & the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Valentina Peleggi travels to Amsterdam this month to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in public masterclasses with Chief Conductor Daniele Gatti from 28 to 30 June 2017. Peleggi is one of four conductors selected to participate in public masterclasses with the RCO, for which the repertoire is Mozart Symphony No.40, Mahler Symphony No.4, and Stravinsky Petrushka. The masterclasses will be streamed live on the orchestra's website, where you can also see interviews with the candidates.
There is always a very high quality of candidate chosen for the prestigious masterclasses - past years have included Intermusica artists Ben Gernon and Joshua Weilerstein, who returns to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in family concerts this season. As a result, the classes are viewed by many as a reliable indicator of the best up and coming conducting talent, and this year once again many orchestra managers are attending from leading orchestras in Holland and abroad.
Elsewhere this summer, Peleggi spends much of the coming months with the São Paulo Symphony where she is Resident Conductor.
Italian conductor Valentina Peleggi joins the Intermusica roster for worldwide management
Intermusica is delighted to welcome the young Italian conductor Valentina Peleggi for worldwide representation. Peleggi is Conductor in Residence of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, where she conducts several subscription concerts per season. She is also Principal Conductor of the chorus, and in 2017 she was awarded Conductor of the Year by the São Paulo critics’ society. Click here to watch her conducting the Intermezzo to Puccini’s Suor Angelica in November with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
This spring she participates in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s prestigious masterclasses under Daniele Gatti and earlier this season she debuted with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra:
"Peleggi shaped the score with abundant vitality and lyrical intensity, drawing a crackling response from the BSO"
Peleggi studied in London (Royal Academy of Music), Rome, Siena and with Zinman in Zurich, and has assisted Gardiner, Bychkov and Thielemann, as well as her mentor Marin Alsop. She is passionately dedicated to Italian opera, from bel canto to Verdi, and has worked with Bruno Campanella and Gianluigi Gelmetti at Teatro Regio di Torino, Opera Bastille Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro San Carlo, and with the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI for a live worldwide broadcast and DVD production of Cenerentola. She has also conducted the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Trieste, Orchestra della Toscana and Omaha symphonies, and has worked with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich and the BBC Concert Orchestra, collaborating with soloists such as Boris Belkin, Yuri Bashmet and Baiba Skride.