Wallis Giunta sings Cherubino for Oper Leipzig
This September, Wallis Giunta reprises the role of Cherubino in Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro for Oper Leipzig, with Matthias Foremny conducting Gil Memehrt’s production.
The production launches an exciting season for Giunta, who recently made her BBC Proms debut with an acclaimed Bernstein recital at Cadogan Hall. As an Oper Leipzig Ensemble member, Giunta will perform there throughout the 2018/19 season for role debuts including title role Carmen, Rosina The Barber of Seville, and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier. She will also sing Cherubino for Grange Festival, Idamante Idomeneo at Opera Atelier, Toronto, and Flora La Traviata with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House, Muscat.
Giunta received glowing reviews for her 2015 Cherubino in Leipzig:
"Wallis Giunta provides all the cheerfulness and mirth, and excellently masters her rewarding trouser role both vocally and dramatically"
Leipziger Internet Zeitung, November 2015
Le Nozze di Figaro opens on 8 September 2018 at Oper Leipzig, with subsequent performances on 22 September and 25 January 2019.
Wallis Giunta makes her Proms debut in recital at Cadogan Hall
Wallis Giunta makes her debut at the BBC Proms on 27 August 2018 with a Bernstein programme at Cadogan Hall. The concert is part of a weekend of celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Bernstein's birth.
Performing with pianist Michael Sikich, Giunta sings a programme of pieces by Copland, Barber and Sondheim, as well as Bernstein's recipe settings La bonne cuisine and the world premiere of a response by British-Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk, Crème Brûlée on a Tree.
This performance marks the start of an exciting 2018/19 season for Giunta, in which she makes major role debuts in the title role of Carmen, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at Oper Leipzig. She also perform the roles of Flora in La traviata with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House, Muscat, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival. Giunta will also appear at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Intermusica at the 2018 BBC Proms
The BBC Proms returns this year on 13 July 2018, and as ever there is a strong Intermusica presence at the festival. This year sees returns for artists including Marin Alsop, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, John Wilson, Colin Currie and Antoine Tamestit, while Intermusica also brings the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Baltimore Symphony to the festival as part of the Proms' celebrations of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth. All concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
On 15 July at 7pm, Colin Currie and Martin James Bartlett join an array of previous winners and finalists for a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Young Musician. Currie performs Steve Reich Drumming – Part I with Colin Currie Group members and fellow BBC Young Musician competitors Sam Walton, Aiden Spillet and Owen Gunnell, while Martin James Bartlett performs in Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals.
Susan Bickley renews her relationship with the London Sinfonietta and Sir George Benjamin at 3pm on 21 July in a Prom at the Roundhouse in Camden. Bickley performs in a programme featuring a quartet of war-themed premieres as well as works by Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ives.
Simon Halsey leads the BBC Proms Youth Choir once again this year in concert with Donald Runnicles and the World Orchestra for Peace at 7.30pm on 21 July. They perform Shadow, a new, First World War-themed commission from Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Also on the programme are Britten Sinfonia da Requiem and Beethoven Symphony No.9. Halsey returns in August for concerts with the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and in September with the City of Birmingham Symphony Choruses with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
On 25 July, Ben Gernon returns to the Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Gernon, the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, leads the BBC Philharmonic in the world premiere of Tansy Davies What did We See?, an orchestral suite from the composer’s recent opera Between Worlds. He also conducts Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ with soloist Paul Lewis and Brahms Symphony No.2. The concert starts at 7.30pm.
Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in a programme celebrating English composer Hubert Parry at 7pm on 27 July. Brabbins conducts Parry’s Symphony No.5 and Hear my words, ye people! alongside works by his pupils Vaughan Williams and Holst. Tai Murray is the soloist in Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, while soprano Francesca Chiejina and bass-baritone Ashley Riches also feature.
Andrew Manze returns this year alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducting the orchestra in a London-focussed programme at 7pm on 31 July. The concert opens with Haydn Symphony No.104 ‘London’, and after the interval Manze conducts Vaughan Williams A London Symphony.
On 5 August, Brett Dean joins Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for their Brandenburg Project. Over two concerts, the orchestra presents Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos alongside six newly commissioned companion works. Dean performs as viola soloist in the second concert at 7.30pm, while his Approach – Prelude to a Canon is one of the companion works.
Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra make their annual appearance in a late-night Prom focussing on Shostakovich at 10.15pm on 6 August. Joined once again by BBC broadcaster Tom Service, Collon and the Orchestra unpack the composer’s Symphony No.9 before performing it from memory. The concert also features Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Denis Kozhukhin.
Intermusica renews its relationship with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano at 7.30pm on 10 August, bringing them to the Proms as part of the festival's celebrations for the Bernstein centenary (Bernstein was the orchestra's honorary conductor for a decade). Pappano conducts the composer's Symphony No.1 'Jeremiah' alongside Haydn The Creation - Chaos and Mahler Symphony No.1.
Renaud Capuçon appears at the Proms at 7pm on 16 August alongside the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in its debut appearance at the festival. Capuçon is the soloist for Ravel Violin Sonata No.2, which has been orchestrated by Yan Maresz.
Marin Alsop conducts the Proms Scratch Orchestra in two free concerts at Maida Vale Studios on 26 August. The Scratch Orchestra, made up of amateur musicians and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra, performs movements from Shostakovich Symphony No.5.
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Proms at 7.30pm on 26 August to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s televised Young People’s Concerts. Utilizing words, projections and music, the concert features works including Stravinsky The Rite of Spring, Ligeti Apparations and Debussy La mer alongside works by Bernstein and Beethoven.
Wallis Giunta makes her Proms debut at 1pm on 27 August, leading a recital of works by Bernstein and his associates at Cadogan Hall. As well as works by Copland, Sondheim and Barber, the concert features the world premiere of a new song by British composer Bushra El-Turk, Crème Brûlée on a Tree, inspired by Bernstein’s recipe settings.
Marin Alsop returns to the Proms at 8pm on 27 August as Intermusica brings the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to the festival for a concert of Bernstein and Shostakovich with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique return to the Proms at 7.30pm on 5 September for a programme of Berlioz. They are joined by Antoine Tamestit, who performs Harold in Italy, while Joyce DiDonato sings arias from Le mort de Cléopatre and Les Troyens.
Russell Braun joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian at 7pm on 6 September as the baritone soloist in Britten War Requiem. Braun performs alongside Erin Wall and Allan Clayton.
Wallis Giunta named Young Singer of the Year at the International Opera Awards
Wallis Giunta has been named as Young Singer of the Year at the 2018 International Opera Awards. Giunta also performed as Prince Orlofsky from Die Fledermaus at the ceremony, which took place at London's Coliseum on 9 April 2018.
Recently also named “Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera” in the WhatsOnStage Awards, Giunta had a sensational 2017 which included role debuts in the title role in Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges and Dinah in Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti for Opera North, for which critics praised her “dazzling performance” and “incipient star quality”.
Giunta’s upcoming highlights include major role debuts next season, including the title role of Carmen, Rosina The Barber of Seville, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Idamante Idomeneo.
Intermusica artists nominated at the International Opera Awards
Mariusz Treliński, Wallis Giunta, Brett Dean's Hamlet and Leigh Melrose have been nominated for awards at the 2018 International Opera Awards. The nominees were chosen by a jury of major figures from across the industry, and the winners are announced at a red carpet ceremony hosted by Petroc Trelawny at London's Coliseum on 9 April.
Mariusz Treliński is nominated in the Director category. Artistic Director of Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera, Treliński's productions this season include a new production of Prokofiev Fiery Angel at Polish National Opera and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Gluck Orfeo et Euridice at Opera Wroclaw.
Wallis Giunta is nominated in the Young Singer category. This has been a breakthrough season for Giunta, featuring a highly successful return to Opera North, following her critically acclaimed portrayal of La Cenerentola last season, for two role debuts: the title role in L’enfant et les sortilèges and Dinah Trouble in Tahiti. Currently a member of the Leipzig Opera Ensemble, she appears in a new production of Lulu by Lotte de Beer and also returns to the roles of Angelina La Cenerentola, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, and Rossweisse Die Walküre.
Brett Dean's Hamlet was praised as "the operatic event of the year" by the Sunday Times when it premiered at Glyndebourne last season, and it is nominated in the World Premiere category. The production, which also toured to great acclaim during the autumn, was a critical and popular success, receiving outstanding reviews across the spectrum.
Nonesuch's recording of Louis Andriessen Theatre of the World, in which Leigh Melrose sung the role of Kircher, is nominated in the Recording (Complete Opera) category. Performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Melrose's "superbly characterful" (The Times) performance was highly praised, with the Guardian highlighting his "tremendous presence".
Intermusica artists featured in Best of 2017 critics' picks
At the end of each year we look forward to reading critics’ musical highlights from the last 12 months; we’re delighted to see many of our artists featured in a host of such round-ups.
A standout achievement of the year was Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi 450 tour, which was praised globally. The tour commemorated the 450th anniversary of the composer’s death and visited the Berlin Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, the new National Forum of Music in Wrocław, and the Salzburg, Edinburgh International and Lucerne festivals, as well as Bristol’s Colston Hall, Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana and a historic residency at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the composer's adopted home. Hugh Canning in the Sunday Times praised it as “dazzling”, while it was also chosen as one of the highlights of the year by the Guardian and Alex Ross of the New Yorker, who praised the “deft, vivid” productions that confirmed that “the first great opera composer remains the master of the game.” It was also chosen by the Herald Scotland, The Arts Desk, New York Classical Review and Chicago Classical Review.
Another highlight was the world premiere run of Brett Dean’s Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Hugh Canning picked it as his operatic highlight of the year in the Sunday Times, and it also featured in round-ups in the Evening Standard, The Arts Desk and The Stage.
Hugh Canning also praised David Butt Philip’s “searing” performance in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.
Nicholas Collon’s Prom with his Aurora Orchestra, in which he conducted Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony from memory, was chosen as one of the Evening Standard’s highlights of the classical year, as was the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester’s visit to London. The orchestra’s performance at the Barbican featured Intermusica artists Leonidas Kavakos and Kirill Gerstein performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, and was part of the orchestra’s 275th anniversary tour, which Intermusica brought to Europe and Asia.
Several Intermusica artists also featured in The Arts Desk’s round-up of the best concerts and opera performances. In the concert round-up, Mark Wigglesworth’s Prom with the BBC Philharmonic was highlighted thanks to a “miraculous” performance of Haydn Symphony No.99. Kian Soltani was highly praised for his performance of Strauss Don Quixote at the Southbank Centre with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, with The Arts Desk writing that it was “quite the most vivid” critic David Nice had heard live. Nice also cited HK Gruber for his performance as conductor and chansonnier in his Frankenstein!! at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s composer festival.
In The Arts Desk’s opera round-up, Martyn Brabbins’ performance of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Last Supper with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra “kicked off the year in thoughtful, complex style”, while David Nice also gave special mention to Wallis Giunta, writing that she was the “young singer of the year in my books” for her performances in L'enfant et les sortileges and Trouble in Tahiti in Opera North's well-received Little Greats series of one-act operas. Giunta was also named 'Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera' in the WhatsOnStage Opera Poll.
Meanwhile, Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s new recording of Bach St Matthew Passion, made with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, was chosen as one of Gramophone’s Critics’ Choice, as was Boris Giltburg’s account of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Composer and music writer Robert Hugill picked John Wilson’s recording of Walton’s Façade as one of his top recordings of the year. Also featured were Sir James MacMillan’s “powerful” Stabat Mater and Martyn Brabbins’ latest entry in the Romantic Piano Concerto series for Hyperion, this time featuring the piano concertos of Roger Sacheverell Coke.
The Pavel Haas Quartet once again found great critical success with their latest CD, which featured Dvorák Piano and String Quintets and was made with Boris Giltburg and founder and former member Pavel Nikl. The album was chosen as one of the records of the year by the Boston Globe and WQXR.
Wallis Giunta stars in L'enfant et les sortilèges in return to Opera North
Wallis Giunta returns to Opera North from 16 September 2017 to perform in the company's Little Greats festival of short operas. She first makes her role debut as The Child in Ravel L'enfant et les sortilèges, and then stars as Dinah in Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti from 11 October.
The Little Greats festival presents six short operas in a variety of pairings. In addition to L'enfant et les sortilèges and Trouble in Tahiti, the company presents Janáček Osud, Gilbert & Sullivan Trial by Jury and Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana.
The performances mark Giunta's first return to Opera North after her debut with the company in February 2017, when she starred as Angelina in La Cenerentola:
"the grand finale gains strength from the introduction of two exceptional new faces...the Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta has an incipient star quality that positively explodes with the ornamental cascades of her concluding aria"
"In the title role the rising Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta is touching, credible, and gets round the notes too. More than that, she gauges her performance from demure reticence...to a commanding cascade of coloratura in her final aria."
Wallis Giunta sings Seven Deadly Sins with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla
Wallis Giunta reprises the role of Anna 1 in Joel Ivany’s production of Weill Seven Deadly Sins with Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla on 6 and 7 July 2017, performing at the city's Teatro de la Maestranza under the baton of John Axelrod.
Giunta received great critical acclaim for her performance in this production with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall last month, conducted by Peter Oundjian:
“Centering the vocal dynamic of the evening, mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta brings immeasurable strength of purpose and continuity to this highly charged Seven Deadly Sins as the ever caustic, eternally unimpressed Anna I… Snarling, catty, weary, admonishing, Giunta bounces from scene to scene with palpable vitality, an omnipresent dramatic force, sharp-eyed and even sharper tongued.”
Opera Going Toronto, June 2017
“Top vocal honours went to Giunta, whose high mezzo sounded fantastic, and she sang with impeccable German — her tenure at Oper Leipzig has helped her honed her German in no uncertain terms.”
Musical Toronto, June 2017
Wallis Giunta sings Seven Deadly Sins with Toronto Symphony
Wallis Giunta joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on 14 June 2017 to perform Weill Seven Deadly Sins. The performance takes place at Roy Thomson Hall under the baton of Peter Oundjian with stage direction by Joel Ivany.
Giunta also gives two performances of the Seven Deadly Sins with Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla on 7 and 8 July. Giunta previously performed the work as part of a recital with Jordan de Souza in Miami and Ottawa in 2014, to critical acclaim:
“Giunta’s rich, expressive voice is already well known to Ottawa audiences, and her dramatic powers seem more evolved than ever. She also has the power to produce a sound that’s suited to whatever particular repertoire she’s singing… She could switch effortlessly between the angular sound of Weill to the baroque luxury of Handel or the world of John Lennon.”
Ottawa Citizen, March 2014
Wallis Giunta makes her UK and house debut at Opera North in the title role of La Cenerentola
Wallis Giunta makes her UK debut this month when she sings the role Angelina in Aletta Collins’ new production of La Cenerentola for Opera North from 16 February 2017. Performing under the baton of Wyn Davies, La Cenerentola opens at Leeds Grand Theatre before playing at Newcastle Theatre Royal, the Lowry in Manchester, Northern Ireland Opera and Theatre Royal Nottingham.
Giunta made her role debut as Angelina at Oper Leipzig in Germany earlier this year, to great critical acclaim:
"She sings Rossini as if she had never done anything else than to help bring to life the simple melodies and ornamental coloratura of this magnificent role with humanity and dignified musicianship...her velvety mezzo, when combined with her wonderful "Non più mesta" results in the final triumph three hours later, and you wish she would never stop. You can hardly get enough of the beautiful bel canto singing in this production."
Leipziger Volkszeitung, March 2016
La Cenerentola runs from 16 February until 25 March.
Wallis Giunta sings Paquette in Candide with the Hamburger Symphoniker
Giunta makes her debut with the Hamburger Symphoniker on 1 May 2016 as Paquette in a semi-staged performance of Bernstein Candide conducted by Jeffrey Tate. The cast for this performance also includes Jason Bridges as in the title role and Jane Archibald as Cunegonde.
Candide follows soon after Giunta's acclaimed performances for Opera Leipzig as Angelina La Cenerentola:
"Wallis Giunta as Angelina succeeds with great ease in the change from sooty Cinderella to a noble and generous lady. With her youthful and svelte mezzo soprano she also achieves the difficult coloratura and parlando sections with seemingly effortless ease. It is an impressive role debut that Giunta delivers here" Opernnetz, March 2016
Following this, Giunta makes her debut for Oper Frankfurt as Mércèdes Carmen.
Wallis Giunta stars as Angelina in La Cenerentola at Oper Leipzig
Wallis Giunta makes her role debut in the title role of Rossini La Cenerentola at Oper Leipzig on 19 March 2016. This new production by Lindy Hume is conducted by Anthony Bramall. These performances follow on from Giunta’s critically acclaimed Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro earlier this season, which marked her house debut in Leipzig:
"Wallis Giunta provides all the cheerfulness and mirth, and excellently masters her rewarding trouser role both vocally and dramatically"
Leipziger Internet Zeitung, November 2015
Following La Cenerentola, Giunta makes her debut with the Hamburger Symphoniker as Paquette in Bernstein Candide conducted by Jeffrey Tate.
Following opening night, there are further performances of La Cenerentola on 28 March, 9 and 23 April and 3 and 19 June.
Wallis Giunta performs in AIDS Gala at Deutscher Oper am Rhein
Wallis Giunta joins the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and conductor Axel Kover for the AIDS Gala at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein on 5 March 2016.
Giunta performs 'Una voce poco fa' from Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Other soloists include Ekaterina Bakanova, Mari Eriksmoen, Elena Sancho Pereg, Anna Goryachova, Dmytro Popov, Stefano La Colla, Elena Zhidkova, Stefan Kocan and Audun Iversen.
Later in the month, Giunta makes her debut in the title role of La Cenerentola for Oper Leipzig on 19 March.
Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta joins Intermusica
Intermusica is delighted to announce the signing of mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta for General Management.
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta is currently a member of the Leipzig Opera Ensemble where she make her house debut on 14 November singing Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro.
Further roles this season for Wallis Giunta in Leipzig include the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Siebel in Gounod’s Faust, before she makes her debut for Oper Frankfurt later this season as Mercédès Carmen. Full details of her upcoming performances can be found here.
Giunta has already gained international recognition and great critical acclaim for her portrayal of a number of roles, including Sesto and Dorabella at the Canadian Opera Company:
“It was a triumph for Giunta. She has a delectably rich, silver-toned mezzo-soprano with a beautiful sense of line and effortless rapid runs. Every one of her arias was a delight...”
“Soprano Layla Claire and mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta are ideal as Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Both have amber-coloured voices…the beautiful dark shade of Giunta’s…They blend so well each of their frequent duets seems more exquisite than the last.”
Recent highlights for Giunta also include her debut at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in John Adams’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, Olga in a new production of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera, Dorabella Così fan tutte and Annio La clemenza di Tito for the Canadian Opera Company, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Lyra Ottawa, and Bradamante Alcina in a new production for the Opera Atelier, Toronto.
Intermusica represents Wallis Giunta worldwide excluding Canada.