2015-03-04 featured press

De Nationale Opera – Dutch National Opera on Youtube, Teaser for Only The Sound Remains

Behind the scenes teaser for “Only The Sound Remains” at the Dutch National Opera
Composer: Kaija Saariaho
dir: Peter Sellars

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TEAM, CAST AND CHORUS
Musical Director – André de Ridder
Stage Director – Peter Sellars
Scenery Designer – Julie Mehretu
Costumes – Robby Duiveman
Lighting design – James F. Ingalls
Sound – Christophe Lebreton
Orchestra – Dudok Quartet
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Eija Kankaanranta (kantele)
Camilla Hoitenga (flute)
Niek KleinJan (percussion)

Koor – Vocal Quartet of the Nederlands Kamerkoor
Rehearsals – Frank Hameleers

ALWAYS STRONG
Spirit of the young man – Philippe Jaroussky
Monk – Davone TInes

FEATHER MANTLE
Angel – Philippe Jaroussky
Fisherman – Davone Tines

Dancer – Nora Kimball-Mentzos

2016-03-02 featured press

cultureelpersbureau.nl – Kaija Saariaho over haar nieuwe opera: “Peter Sellars wordt niet op waarde geschat”

2016-03-02, cultureelpersbureau.nl, by Thea Derks

Only the Sound Remains (video Petrovsky & Ramone DNO)

Kaija Saariaho (c) Priska KettererKaija Saariaho (c) Priska Ketterer
Wel… (Ze lacht verontschuldigend) Ik vind het eerlijk gezegd de taak van de organisator aan het publiek uit te leggen dat dit interessante kunst kan zijn, al is het geen Puccini. In dit geval hebben we fantastische zangers, onder wie Philippe Jaroussky, die exceptioneel is. Ik kan me voorstellen dat veel mensen die van zingen houden naar de opera komen, ook al hebben ze a priori geen positieve gevoelens over mijn muziek. Misschien komen ze om Philippe te zien en horen.

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2015-02-21 featured press

De Nationale Opera – Dutch National Opera on Facebook – #SOCIALDAYS

2016-02-21, De Nationale Opera – Dutch National Opera on Facebook

‪#‎SOCIALDAYS‬!!
Win kaarten voor Only the Sounds Remains tijdens Opera Forward Festival! In onze ververij zijn 126 tinten grijs gemaakt om te bekijken welke de juiste zijn voor de kostuums in deze productie. Maar hoeveel zijn er uiteindelijk te zien op het toneel?
Win tickets to Only the Sound Remains during the Opera Forward Festival! 126 shades of grey were made for costumes in Only the Sound Remains. How many can be seen on stage?

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2015-11-12 featured press

de Volkskrant – William Christie ontlokt veerkracht, stuwing, kleur en eendracht – Translation

2015-11-11, de Volkskrant, by Frits Van Der Waa

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Alle vijf zangers, voorop sopraan Katherine Watson en countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, leverden geweldige prestaties, op de voet gevolgd door de mooie donkere mezzo Stéphanie d’Oustrac, tenor Kresimir Spicer en bas Callum Thorpe. En de spil was, in alle bescheidenheid, de intussen 70-jarige éminence grise van de barokmuziek, dirigent William Christie, die zijn equipe veerkracht , stuwing, kleur en hartverwarmende eendracht ontlokte.

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All five singers, first of all soprano Katherine Watson and countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, delivered a great performance, closely followed by the beautiful dark mezzo Stéphanie d’Oustrac, tenor Kresimir Spicer and bass Callum Thorpe. And pivotal in all modesty was the now 70-year-old eminence grise of Baroque music, conductor William Christie, who elicited resilience, trim, color and heart-warming unity from his team.

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William Christie elicits elasticity, trim, color and harmony from his team

All five singers in Handel’s Theodora deliver great performances. The performance of Les Arts Florissants has an enjoyable easiness about it.

At a concert performance of an opera it does not happen that the choir joins a party scene and loosely runs across the stage. However, on Saturday at the Concertgebouw, it happened when all the singers were in front instead of neatly behind the orchestra. 

All five soloists delivered a great performance

That’s only possible if you know the music by heart. Having sung played it several times in staged performances before, the singers of Les Arts Florissants know the music of Handel’s. Therefore everyone felt completely at home in his role, which resulted in a performance that had a pleasant easiness about it. Incidentally, in Händel’s time, such an oratorio was performed on stage; the musical difference to an ordinary opera lies mainly in the name of the beast.

Theodora is not really exciting. The story is about the early Christians persecuted by the Romans. The contrasts in the first act are effective: the Romans are being accompanied by trumpets and timpani, while the Christians who renounce the world are drawn in sparse, sometimes monophonic lines. Eventually the pace slows down, the contrasts blurs and the result is a more average Händel – which still is not bad, especially in the choral passages.

All five singers, first of all soprano Katherine Watson and countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, delivered a great performance, closely followed by the beautiful dark mezzo Stéphanie d’Oustrac, tenor Kresimir Spicer and bass Callum Thorpe. And pivotal in all modesty was the now 70-year-old eminence grise of Baroque music, conductor William Christie, who elicited resilience, trim, color and heart-warming unity from his team.

Theodora G. F. Handel, by Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie. Seen: 7/11, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

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2015-11-07 featured press

Place de l’Opera – Christie opent de hemel in Theodora

2015-11-07, Place de l’Opera, by Jordi Kooiman

Haar geliefde Didymus kreeg in Philippe Jaroussky een voortreffelijke vertolker. Deze countertenor laat het nooit afweten: met die unieke klankrijkdom in zijn stem en zijn voorbeeldige muzikaliteit weet hij iedere keer weer je hart binnen te dringen.

 

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2015-02-25-featured-press

Opera Magazine – Een hebbeding: Jaroussky zingt mélodies

2015-02-26, operamagazine.nl (Piacer de l’Opera)

De cd is echt een hebbeding. Niet in de laatste plaats ook vanwege het omhulsel. In het doosje vind je behalve de twee schitterende cd’s ook een dik boek met liedteksten, veel informatie en tientallen sfeerfoto’s van de componisten en de dichter.

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