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MARCH / APRIL 2015 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
Mark Wigglesworth
,
conductor
English conductor Mark Wigglesworth is
in demand as a guest conductor of the
world’s most prestigious orchestras and
opera companies, from London, Berlin,
Milan and Sydney to New York, Chicago
and Los Angeles. In September 2015 he
becomes music director of the English
National Opera, one of the world’s most
esteemed opera companies.
Minnesota Orchestra:
Wigglesworth
has enjoyed a close relationship with this
Orchestra, leading subscription concerts
almost every season since 1995.
Recent, upcoming:
His current
engagements include a return to the
Royal Opera House at Covent Garden,
a new production of Britten’s
Owen
Wingrave
for the Aldeburgh and
Edinburgh Festivals, and concerts with
the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, BBC
National Orchestra of Wales at the
BBC Proms, and major orchestras of
Amsterdam, São Paulo, Sydney and
Adelaide.
Discography:
He has recorded the
complete Shostakovich symphonies and,
with Stephen Hough and the Salzburg
Mozarteum, the Brahms piano concertos.
More:
cmartists.com,
markwigglesworth.com.
one-minute notes
Haydn: Symphony No. 45,
Farewell
The always-original Haydn composed this immensely popular symphony as a subliminal message to his patron:
exiting the stage one by one, the players enacted their wish to depart court and return home to their families.
Mahler:
Das Lied von der Erde
(The Song of the Earth)
In this powerful synthesis of song and symphony, Mahler juxtaposed sadness—the knowledge that all mortals will
die—with the great joys of life, particularly the reawakening of nature each spring. Constructed on six songs for
tenor and mezzo, the work is rich in moods, from poignant longing to exuberance and hushed serenity.
Stuart Skelton
, tenor
Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton, now
debuting with the Minnesota Orchestra,
is acclaimed for his musicianship, tonal
beauty and dramatic portrayals; he was
named male singer of the year at the 2014
International Opera Awards.
Current, recent:
Skelton’s 2014-15
season includes debuts in the title role
of
Otello
and as Tristan in
Tristan and
Isolde
, with the English National Opera
and Sydney Symphony, respectively. He
also sings Rachmaninoff’s
The Bells
at
the BBC Proms,
The Dream of Gerontius
in Toronto, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
with the Hamburg Philharmonic and BBC
Scottish Symphony, Janáček’s
Glagolitic
Mass
and Schoenberg’s
Gurrelieder
with
the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,
and his signature role of Peter Grimes
in Britten’s opera with the Iceland
Symphony Orchestra.
Collaborations:
He has worked with
conductors including Daniel Barenboim,
Christoph von Dohnányi, Jiří Beˇlohlávek,
Christoph Eschenbach, Mariss Jansons
and James Levine; he has recorded
Das
Lied von der Erde
with the San Francisco
and Sydney symphonies.
More:
stuartskelton.com.
Mihoko Fujimura
, mezzo
Since drawing international attention
at the 2002 Munich Opera Festival and
Bayreuth Festival, Mihoko Fujimura
has appeared regularly on the stages
of major opera houses and symphony
orchestras worldwide. In these concerts
she is welcomed for her first Minnesota
Orchestra appearances.
Opera:
Fujimura has performed for nine
consecutive seasons at the Bayreuth
Festival and returns frequently to venues
including the Royal Opera House at
Covent Garden, Milan’s La Scala, the
Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State
Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris,
Madrid’s Teatro Real and Deutsche Oper
Berlin.
Concerts, Recordings:
Her repertoire
ranges from the Verdi Requiem and
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to works
of Wagner, Mahler and Schoenberg, in
performances with such conductors as
Christoph Eschenbach, Kurt Masur,
Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons and the
late Claudio Abbado and Sir Colin Davis.
Among her recordings are two solo recital
discs with pianist Wolfram Rieger of
songs by Schubert, Strauss, Brahms and
Schumann as well as Wagner and Mahler.
More:
askonasholt.co.uk.
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