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This week at Edinburgh International Festival: Brett Dean, Wallis Giunta & Antoine Tamestit

21 August 2019

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Intermusica artists Brett Dean, Wallis Giunta and Antoine Tamestit perform at the Edinburgh International Festival this week.


Brett Dean’s String Quartet No.3, Hidden Agendas, received its European premiere by the Doric String Quartet on 20 August. Dean made his very own Festival debut when he joined the quartet in the second half of the concert for Brahms String Quintet No.2. The concert is available to listen again on BBC Radio 3.


Wallis Giunta makes her debut at the Festival on 21 August as Dodo McNeill in the European premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s opera Breaking the WavesThe opera won the 2017 Best New Opera Award at the Music Critics Association of North America and was shortlisted the same year for an International Opera Award.


> Read Giunta's 'A day in the life' blog for the Festival here.
> Watch Giunta in the Festival's trailer for Breaking The Waves here.


Antoine Tamestit joins the Orchestre de Paris and Daniel Harding for a performance of Berlioz Harold in Italy on 23 August. This is a work that Tamestit has truly made his own with The Financial Times stating about a previous concert:

"The performance of Harold in Italy was... eye-opening. The excellent viola soloist, Antoine Tamestit, roved around the orchestra as Harold and the scenes he witnesses on his Italian travels are rarely as pictorially vivid as this... Berlioz has no idea what he missed."


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Wallis Giunta makes her Edinburgh International Festival debut in Missy Mazzoli’s 'Breaking The Waves'

19 August 2019

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Wallis Giunta makes her Edinburgh International Festival debut performing the role of Dodo in Missy Mazzoli’s contemporary opera, Breaking The Waves.


Based on the award-winning film by Lars von Trier, it tells the story of Bess McNeill living in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1970s. Following an accident that paralyzes her husband, she faces an impossible situation which leaves an incredibly risky and controversial life ahead. Giunta plays the role of Bess' best friend and confidante.


Opening in 2016 at Opera Philadelphia, Breaking The Waves won Best New Opera Award from the Music Critics' Association of North America and was shortlisted for an International Opera Award. Opera News described it as “among the best 21st-century operas yet.”


With performances taking place from August 21-24 at The King’s Theatre, this production, in association with Scottish Opera, is conducted by Stuart Stratford, with direction from Tom Morris.


Read Giunta's blog on the Edinburgh International Festival's website: A day in the life of Wallis Giunta​​.


Highlights for Giunta this season have included a house debut with The Grange Festival performing Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, and two role debuts, the first as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at Oper Leipzig and the second as Idamante Idomeneo at Opera Atelier, where she was described as "a particular standout vocally as well as dramatically.” (The Toronto Star)


Upcoming highlights include house debuts at both Seattle Opera as Angelina La Cenerentola and Bradamante Alcina for Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Also a successful recitalist and workshop leader, Giunta will perform as part of the Utzon Music Series at The Sydney Opera House in December 2019.


Watch Giunta in Edinburgh International Festivals' trailer for Breaking The Waves:

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Wallis Giunta stars in Le nozze di Figaro at the Grange Festival conducted by Richard Egarr

23 May 2019

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Wallis Giunta makes her house debut at the Grange Festival on 6 June 2019, starring as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. Martin Lloyd-Evans’ new production of the classic Mozart opera is conducted by Richard Egarr at the helm of his Academy of Ancient Music. Giunta stars alongside a cast including Toby Girling (Count), Simona Mihai (Countess), Ellie Laugharne (Susanna) and Roberto Lorenzi (Figaro).


Fresh from a successful role debut as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with Oper Leipzig, Giunta continues to impress. Upcoming highlights include the European premiere of Breaking the Waves by Missy Mazzoli at the Edinburgh International Festival and another house debut at Seattle Opera as Angelina in La Cenetrentola.


Le nozze di Figaro runs at The Grange Festival until Sunday June 30, and Egarr conducts a concert performance at London's Barbican Centre on 4 July. For a preview of what to expect, Classic FM caught Giunta in action singing the aria ‘Non so più cosa son cosa faccio' – click here to watch.

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Intermusica artists to appear at 2019 Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced its line-up for 2019 and Intermusica artists feature predominantly throughout the month-long event.


> Click here to see the full calendar and scroll down to watch the Festival trailer


Among the Festival’s highlights this year is ‘Sir James MacMillan at 60’ – a special series of concerts to mark the composer and conductor’s 60th birthday. The series features five concerts displaying MacMillan’s vocal and orchestral works beginning with The King’s Singers performing the premiere of a new version of MacMillan’s Quickening on 10 August with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edward Gardner. MacMillan’s poignant oratorio All the Hills & Vales Along will be performed by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and Whitburn Brass Band and conducted by Christopher Bell on 16 August. MacMillan’s works feature across three concerts on 17 August: The Nash Ensemble perform Fourteen Little Pictures; the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Joana Carneiro perform A Scotch Bestiary and his concerto for orchestra, Woman of the Apocalypse; and the series culminates that evening with the world premiere performance of MacMillan's Fifth Symphony ‘Le grand Inconnu’, performed by The Sixteen, Genesis Sixteen, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Harry Christophers alongside MacMillan’s Symphony No.2, conducted by the composer.


> Watch Edinburgh International Festival's short film about ‘Sir James MacMillan at 60’ here


> Read more about MacMillan at 60 on this new, specially-built website


On 4 August Yuja Wang will give the European premiere of John Adams’ new piano concerto Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, a work written especially for her. She is joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, with whom she has already performed the work to huge acclaim in the US and Asia. The day before, Wang launches The Queen’s Hall Series with clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer in a programme to include works by Weber, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Chopin and Horowitz. Check out Wang and Ottensamer's recent duo disc on Deutsche Grammophon, Blue Hour, here.


Sir John Eliot Gardiner brings his trademark energy to Bernstein’s West Side Story with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on 5 and 6 August. The score is an augmented Broadway theatre version, as Bernstein originally intended.


Richard Egarr performs twice. In the St Cecilia’s Hall Series on 20 August, he will play and conduct musicians from the Dunedin Consort in Bach Keyboard Concertos in E major BWV 1053 and D minor with fellow harpsichordist Diego Ares. On 22 August, he performs more works by Bach with the Dunedin Consort, this time alongside three other renowned harpsichordists. The repertoire includes Concertos for three and four harpsichords as well as Brandenburg Concerto No.5.


Wallis Giunta makes her debut at the Festival on 21 August as Dodo McNeill in the European premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s opera Breaking the Waves, a wrenching moral drama based on Lars von Trier’s controversial film. The opera won the 2017 Best New Opera Award at the Music Critics Association of North America and was shortlisted the same year for an International Opera Award.


Colin Currie Group perform the UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's concerto for percussion quintet and orchestra, Glorious Percussion, on 8 August with BBC Scottish Symphony and Thomas Dausgaard.


Other dates:


Fabio Biondi & Europa Galante (10 August)

Kirill Gerstein & BBC Symphony Orchestra / Semyon Bychkov (13 August)


Natalya Romaniw & Hallé / Mark Elder (18 August)

Brett Dean & Doric String Quartet (20 August)

Antoine Tamestit & Orchestre de Paris / Daniel Harding (23 August)

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Wallis Giunta makes debut as Idamante in Idomeneo in Toronto

21 March 2019

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Wallis Guinta returns to Opera Atelier in Toronto this month to make her role debut as Idamante in Mozart Idomeneo from 4 April 2019. David Fallis conducts, with stage direction by Marshall Pynkoski and a cast that includes Colin Ainsworth and Measha Brueggergosman.


2018/19 has been a busy season for Giunta so far, which began with Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro for Oper Leipzig and has since included role debuts as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Oktavian in Der Rosenkavalier and the title role of Carmen, which was met with critical acclaim:


“An impressive and haunting role portrait, created by a first-class singer-actress”
Leipziger Volkszeitung, December 2018


“The Canadian mezzo-soprano gives a full-bodied Carmen, with vocal brilliance. Her charisma on stage captivates the audience from the first minute”
MusiKultur, December 2018


Giunta concludes her season with performances at The Grange Festival as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro throughout June.

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The Southbank Centre announced its 2019/20 Classical Season on 18 February, and Intermusica artists appear throughout. In addition to the Southbank Centre's world class annual programming, the new season also marks the start of Beethoven 250, the venue's year-long celebration of the composer's birth.


Southbank Centre Associate Artists Marin Alsop and Colin Currie both give multiple performances over the course of the season. On 9 November, Alsop conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Walton Belshazzar's Feast alongside Butterworth A Shropshire Lad and Elgar Enigma Variations. She then returns in April for Beyond Beethoven 9, in which she leads the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and a massed choir of 200 singers in two performances of Beethoven Symphony No.9 together with four new commissions between the movements of the symphony. 


Beyond Beethoven 9 is part of All Together: A Global Ode to Joy, an initiative in conjunction with Carnegie Hall which take place on five continents with nine orchestras and sees the symphony reimagined as a “twenty-first century call for unity, justice and empowerment”. Read our full story on All Together here.


Currie first appears at the Southbank in the 2019/20 season at the International Chamber Music Series, recreating the premiere of Steve Reich Drumming at the Hayward Gallery with the Colin Currie Group on 6 and 7 December. He performs in the series again on 1 February 2020 alongside the JACK Quartet. Finally he joins the Philharmonia Orchestra for an Artist Portrait concert in their Music of Today series on 14 May.


Kirill Gerstein joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra in concert on 23 October to give the UK premiere of Thomas Adès Piano Concerto, performing under the baton of the composer himself. He then returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 13 February 2020 alongside Lahav Shani, who conducts Gerstein in Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as well as Prokofiev Overture to War and Peace and Romeo and Juliet.


Daniil Trifonov also gives two performances at the Southbank Centre. On 31 October, he performs a solo recital of Schumann, Beethoven and Prokofiev at the Royal Festival Hall. On 22 March 2020, he joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as the soloist for Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4, part of Tilson Thomas' final season at the head of the orchestra.


In 2020 Lise Davidsen performs with the long-standing chiefs of both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vladimir Jurowski. On 19 March, she joins Salonen and the Philharmonia to sing Mahler Humeresken, a collection of settings of poems from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Then on 4 April she performs Beethoven Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, part of the Beethoven 250 series.


Also appearing in the Southbank Centre's 2019/20 season are conductors Charles Hazlewood (28 September), Geoffrey Paterson (21 November), Andrew Manze (7 December), Mark Wigglesworth (4 February 2020), Emmanuel Krivine (14 February 2020), John Wilson (27 February 2020), Thierry Fischer (10 March 2020) and Nicholas Collon (16 May 2020); violinists James Ehnes (9 October) and Leonidas Kavakos (27 February 2020); singers Sofia Fomina (19 October), Susan Bickley (30 November), Mary Bevan (15 December), Susanna Hurrell and Simon Shibambu (15 January 2020), Patricia Bardon (1 February 2020), Joélle Harvey (20 February 2020) and Wallis Giunta (11 June 2020); pianists Andreas Haefliger (15 March 2020) and George Li (3 May 2020); and cellist Kian Soltani (27 February 2020).


Intermusica is proud to co-promote the International Chamber Music Series with the Southbank Centre, a relationship which has lasted for almost 30 years. Click here to read our full summary of the series in the 2019/20 season.


Click here for complete details for Southbank Centre's 2019/20 classical season.

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Wallis Giunta makes debut as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at Oper Leipzig

23 December 2018

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Wallis Giunta begins the new year with another role debut, this time as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with Oper Leipzig. Alfred Kirchner's production is conducted by Ulf Schirmer and the cast also includes Kathrin Göring as Marschallin and Olena Tokar as Sophie.


Giunta recently made her role debut as Carmen, also with Oper Leipzig, and future highlights include Idamante Idomeneo at Opera Atelier, Toronto, Flora La Traviata with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House, Muscat, and Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival.

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Wallis Giunta sings first Carmen at Oper Leipzig

16 November 2018

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Wallis Giunta ends November by making her role debut as Carmen at Oper Leipzig, where Giunta is a member of the Ensemble. Lindy Hume's production is conducted by Matthias Foremny and also includes Olena Tokar as Micaëla and Leonardo Caimi as Don José.


Giunta also debuts the role of Octavian at Oper Leipzig this season, with further roles elsewhere including Idamante Idomeneo at Opera Atelier, Toronto, Flora La Traviata with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House, Muscat, and Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival.


Giunta has previously collaborated with Lindy Hume on productions including Rossini La Cenerentola for Oper Leipzig, in which her interpretation of the title role was widely praised in the press:


"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


Carmen runs at Oper Leipzig throughout the winter until 23 March 2019.

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Wallis Giunta makes debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Oper Leipzig

23 September 2018

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Wallis Giunta makes her role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Oper Leipzig on 7 October 2018. Christoph Gedschold conducts, and the production is directed by Claus Guth.


A member of the Ensemble at Oper Leipzig, Giunta also debuts the roles of Carmen and Octavian there this season. Further roles elsewhere include Idamante Idomeneo at Opera Atelier, Toronto, Flora La Traviata with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House, Muscat, and Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival.


Giunta has previously attracted acclaim for her Rossini interpretations, with the Guardian writing of her 2017 Angelina La Cenerentola for Opera North:


"But 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, which pops the cork on a successful season like a champagne bottle that has been shaken for a very long time.”
Guardian, February 2017


Performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia at Oper Leipzig run throughout the autumn and winter, with the final performance of the season on 26 January 2019.

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Wallis Giunta sings Cherubino for Oper Leipzig

06 September 2018

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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.

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Wallis Giunta makes her Proms debut in recital at Cadogan Hall

13 August 2018

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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.

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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.


Francesco Piemontesi returns to the Proms at 7.30pm on 14 July, joining Alain Altinoglu and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as the soloist for Mozart Piano Concerto No.27.


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.


Mark Simpson returns to the Royal Albert Hall at 7.30pm on 16 July to perform Magnus Lindberg Clarinet Concerto. He is accompanied by Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic.


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.


John Wilson follows last year’s performances of Oklahoma! with the John Wilson Orchestra with two concert performances of Bernstein West Side Story on 11 August, at 3.30pm and 8pm.


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.


Patricia Bardon joins Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance of Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges on 18 August at 7.30pm.


John Wilson makes a second appearance at the Proms on 25 August when he conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Bernstein On the Town.


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.


Lise Davidsen joins Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Verdi Requiem at 7.30pm on 30 August.


Mary Bevan joins the BBC Concert Orchestra at Alexanda Palace at 3pm on 1 September to star in Sullivan Trial by Jury alongside Neal Davies, Sam Furness and Ross Ramgobin.


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.

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Wallis Giunta named Young Singer of the Year at the International Opera Awards

10 April 2018

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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.

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Intermusica artists nominated at the International Opera Awards

31 January 2018

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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".

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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.

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Wallis Giunta stars in L'enfant et les sortilèges in return to Opera North

02 September 2017

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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"
Guardian


"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."
Times

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Wallis Giunta sings Seven Deadly Sins with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla

22 June 2017

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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

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Wallis Giunta sings Seven Deadly Sins with Toronto Symphony

31 May 2017

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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

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Wallis Giunta makes her UK and house debut at Opera North in the title role of La Cenerentola

02 February 2017

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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.

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Wallis Giunta sings Paquette in Candide with the Hamburger Symphoniker

17 April 2016

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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.

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Wallis Giunta stars as Angelina in La Cenerentola at Oper Leipzig

17 March 2016

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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.

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Wallis Giunta performs in AIDS Gala at Deutscher Oper am Rhein

20 February 2016

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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.

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Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta joins Intermusica

05 November 2015

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...”
Opera News


“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.”
Opera News


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.

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Intermusica represents Wallis Giunta worldwide excluding Canada

Eleanor Freedman
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efreedman@intermusica.co.uk

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Assistant Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
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zfyfe@intermusica.co.uk

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