Telemann: Miriways

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PENTATONE presents Telemanns rarely-performed opera Miriways (1728) with a stellar cast and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin conducted by Bernard Labadie. Star vocalists such as Andre Morsch (Miriways), Robin Johannsen (Sophi), Sophie Karthäuser (Bemira), Lydia Teuscher (Nisibis) and Michael Nagy (Murzah) offer a string of beautiful baroque arias and scenes in this German-language opera. Miriways is a piece about love, duty and truthfulness, and was based on recent political events in Afghanistan and Persia that actually made headlines in European newspapers, demonstrating the eighteenth-century fascination for the Orient. The opera was recorded live during the Telemann Festival Hamburg in 2017. The Akademie für Alte Musik is generally seen as one of the best period-instruments ensembles of today, and has a substantial PENTATONE discography, including CANTATA with Bejun Mehta (2018), as well as Handels Concerti grossi op. 6 (released in 2019 and 2020). Robin Johannsen featured on Handels Parnasso in festa (2017). Andre Morsch, Sophie Karthäuser, Lydia Teuscher, Michael Nagy and Bernard Labadie make their PENTATONE debut.

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Mozart: Idomeneo

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71e+A68H3nL._SL1200_ Mozarts third venture into the opera seria genre, demolished its traditional boundaries to open the way to lyric drama. Blending youthful earnestness with mature mastery, Mozart uses – while profoundly changing – the elements of a genre based on arias that come one after another with no real concern for dramatic progression. The importance and expressive power of the choruses, influenced by the operatic reforms of Gluck, foreshadows The Magic Flute. Idomeneo is often regarded as Mozarts first masterpiece for the opera house. After the fall of Troy, King Idomeneo can finally dream of returning to his homeland after a long absence, during which his son Idamante ensured the continuity of his reign and guarded Trojan prisoners, including Ilia, King Priams daughter. To escape from a terrible storm that is keeping him from reaching Crete, Idomeneo promises Neptune to sacrifice the first living being he encounters upon landing. Unfortunately, it is his own son who greets him in his native land. By offering her own life in exchange for that of Idamante, whom she loves and who loves her, Illia manages to get Neptune to yield and to deliver Idomeneo from his fateful vow. Robert Carsens politically poetic staging (Opera News), set in present-day Crete, features a first-rate cast including Eric Cutler as Idomeneo, David Portillo as Idamante, Anett Fritsch, as Ilia, Eleonora Buratto, as Elettra, and Benjamin Hulett as Arbace.

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Così fan Tutte – Dutch National Opera

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„Soprano Annet Fritsch successfully captured Fiordiligi’s highly strung earnestness.“

Opera Today

„Anett Fritsch toonde zich een gloedvolle Fiordiligi, die in stemkleuring en houding steeds iets van de standvastige rots uitstraalde waarmee zij zich in het eerste bedrijf karakteriseert.“

„Anett Fritsch showed herself to be a glowing Fiordiligi, who always radiated something of the steady rock with which she characterizes herself in the first company, in voice coloring and posture.“

Place de l’Opéra

Così fan tutte at the Dutch National Opera

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Mozarts Meisterwerk Così fan tutte erzählt die Geschichte vierer Liebender inszeniert in einer Ferienanlage, in der großer Tumult herrscht. Die Handlung spinnt an Soaps anmutende Stränge, die den Hauptfiguren bittere Lehren erteilen. Vom 3. – 21. Oktober glänzt Anett Fritsch in dieser Inszenierung an der Niederländischen Nationaloper als Fiordiligi, neben Angela Brower als Dorabella, Alfonso Sophia Burgos als Despina, Davide Luciano als Guglielmo, Sebastian Kohlhepp als Ferrando und Thomas Oliemans als Don Alfonso, mit Ivor Bolton auf dem Podium.