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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Anett Fritsch stars as Pamina in ‘Die Zauberflöte’ at Teatro Real de Madrid

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Anett Fritsch starts the new year at the Teatro Real de Madrid as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Fritsch stars in Barrie Kosky’s critically acclaimed production for a second time. She previously sang in the production at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2015. This fantastic staging utilizes hand-drawn animations projected on stage, to create a silent film-inspired fantasy world. Ivor Bolton leads the Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus.

Performances will take place on January 19, 25 & 30, and February 2, 7, 10 & 13. Ms. Fritsch shares the stage with a star-studded cast, including Andrea Mastroni as Sarastro/Narrator, Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Tamino, Albina Shagimuratova and Aleksandra Olczyk as the Queen of the Night, Elena Copons, Gemma Coma-Alabert, and Marie-Luisse Dressen as the Three Ladies, Ruth Rosique as Papagena, Andreas Wolf as Papageno, Mikeldi Atxalandabaso as Monostatos, and Antonio Lozano and Felipe Bou as Two men with armor.

‘King Arthur’ at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden

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Anett Fritsch returns to the Staatsoper Berlin to sing the Soprano in Purcell’s King Arthur. Performances will take place on November 2, 6 & 8. René Jacobs leads the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, with an inventive and imaginative staging by Sven-Eric Bechtolf and Julian Crouch. Ms. Fritsch received critical praise when she last starred in this magnificent production in 2017:

“Soprano Anett Fritsch marveled as Merlin’s trusty spirit Philidel and Cupido, her coloratura agile and light, her singing and speaking impressive both on stage and whilst airborne.” (Bachtrack)

Ms. Fritsch shares the stage with Benno Schachtner as the Altus, Reinoud Van Mechelen as the Tenor, and Neal Davies as the Bass, among others. For more information about the production and ticket links, click here.

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.”

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