Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie
Alain Altinoglu, whom the Süddeutsche Zeitung described as a “sensitive wizard of orchestral colour”, began his tenure as the new Music Director of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in January 2016. The orchestra will present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as well as the concert aria "Ah, perfido" sung by Annette Dasch.
Ludwig van Beethoven: ''Ah, perfido'' - Konzertarie für Sopran und Orchester op. 65
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 9 d-Moll op. 125
Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie
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In his second season as Music Director of Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Alain Altinoglu continues to earn rave reviews for his intense yet refined performances. This season will also mark the re-opening of La Moannaie’s iconic opera house following...
In his second season as Music Director of Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Alain Altinoglu continues to earn rave reviews for his intense yet refined performances. This season will also mark the re-opening of La Moannaie’s iconic opera house following extensive renovation works.
As guest Alain Altinoglu regularly conducts such distinguished orchestras as the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich as well as all the major Parisian orchestras.
Highlights of this season include Altinoglu’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducting his own arrangement of a suite from Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande. He will appear at The Mozart Festival in Salzburg with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as well as at London’s Royal Festival Hall for his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra followed by an extensive European tour. Other important debuts include concerts with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Oslo Philharmonic and Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin with Leif Ove Andsnes. In Brussels Altinoglu will conduct new productions of Wagner’s Lohengrin and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelite, both directed by Olivier Py as well as Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin and Bluebeard’s Castle in a new double bill production by Christophe Coppens.
A regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses, Altinoglu appears at Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Wiener Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper unter den Linden, the Bayerische Staatsoper München and all three opera houses in Paris. He has also appeared at the festivals in Bayreuth, Salzburg, Orange and Aix-en-Provence.
Alongside his conducting, Altinoglu maintains a strong affinity and command over the Lied repertoire. Regularly accompanying mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch, their most recent recording for Naïve includes folk songs by de Falla, Obradors, Granados, Berio and Brahms. Other recordings together have included a disc of songs by Henri Duparc (Cascavelle) and Maurice Ravel (Naïve). Altinoglu recorded arias with Piotr Beczala for Deutsche Grammophon. Past releases include Lalo’s Fiesque with the Orchestre National de Montpellier and Roberto Alagna (DG) and Liszt’s Piano Concertos with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Nareh Arghamanyan (PentaTone). DVD recordings include Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (Accord) in 2007 and a recording of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (DG) in 2015.
Born in Paris in 1975, Alain Altinoglu studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he now teaches the conducting class.
Annette Dasch, Soprano
Annette Dasch is one of today’s leading sopranos. She appears at the most important opera houses and festivals. Her engagements in 2017/18 include Tannhäuser-Elisabeth with Kirill Petrenko in a production of Bavarian State Opera in Japan. At Oper Zürich she...
Annette Dasch is one of today’s leading sopranos. She appears at the most important opera houses and festivals. Her engagements in 2017/18 include Tannhäuser-Elisabeth with Kirill Petrenko in a production of Bavarian State Opera in Japan. At Oper Zürich she makes her role debut as Jenny in Rise and Fall of the city of Mahagonny. She appears for the first time at Vienna State Opera singing Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and will return later the season to Vienna State Opera again as Lohengrin-Elsa. With Basler Kammerorchester she has planned her role debut as Fidelio-Leonore. Deutsche Oper Berlin will present her as Rosalinde in a new production of Fledermaus directed by Rolando Villazon. Concerts and recitals bring her to Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Brussels. Rheingau Musikfestival will present her as “Artist in residence” 2018.
Among her most important roles are Donna Elvira (Mailänder Scala, Berliner Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper München), Contessa (Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Teatro Real Madrid, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, Metropolitan Opera New York, Oper Frankfurt), Fiordiligi (Bayerische Staatsoper München, Salzburger Osterfestspiele), Armida (Salzburger Festspiele), Antonia (Opéra National de Paris), Elisabeth (Oper Frankfurt), Elsa (Bayreuther Festspiele, Mailänder Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Oper Frankfurt), Eva (Budapest Festival, Metropolitan Opera New York) Rezia (Bayerische Staatsoper München), Martinu´s Juliette (Oper Zürich), Cordelia (Opéra de Paris).
In the concert field she has worked with orchestras such as the Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, RSB Berlin, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg or Akademie of Alte Musik. She collaborates with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Adam Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Paavo Järvi, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Sir Roger Norrington, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling and Christian Thielemann. She gives regularly recitals at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Dortmund, and at the Wigmore Hall London.
Annette Dasch studied among others at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. She is an exclusive artist with SONY BMG. For her debut-CD Armida she was awarded with the ECHO prize for the best opera-recording 2008. Her second album with Mozart Arias has also been released by SONY. Besides, her discography includes Lohengrin from Bayreuth Festival and Philharmonie Berlin, Beethoven 9 with Wiener Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann, CDs of Deutsche Barocklieder (Harmonia mundi France) and Schumann’s Genoveva (Acousence) as well as DVDs of Haydn’s Creation, Re Pastore from Salzburger Festspiele (DG) and Nozze di Figaro (Bel Air Classiques) from Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, Don Giovanni (Euroarts) from Salzburg Festival and Idomeneo (Medici Arts/Naxos) from Cuvilliés Theater München.
Nora Gubisch, Mezzo-soprano
Paris-born mezzo-soprano, Nora Gubisch brings her flair and charisma to the world’s greatest opera stages and concert platforms of today. She appeared at venues such as Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, the...
Paris-born mezzo-soprano, Nora Gubisch brings her flair and charisma to the world’s greatest opera stages and concert platforms of today. She appeared at venues such as Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, the festivals in Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier, the Capitole in Toulouse, at the BBC Proms in London, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the operas in Lyon, Rom, Naples, Madrid, Dresden, Zürich, the Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Musikverein Wien and Konzerthaus Berlin.
With a wide repertoire of orchestral song cycles, symphonies and oratorios, on the concert platform Nora Gubisch has performed under the batons of the late Sir Colin Davis, Georges Prêtre, Lorin Maazel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach, Armin Jordan, with the orchestras of New York Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and in her native France with Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon.
During the 2017/18 season Gubisch will make her Wiener Staatsoper debut as Waltraute in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. In concert she will sing Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as well as Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and appear on tour with the Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie in Beethoven’s 9th symphony.
Recent opera highlights have included Charlotte at the Liceu Barcelona in Massenet’s Werther as well as Amneris at La Monnaie in Verdi’s Aida. In concert Gubisch appeared with Bamberger Symphoniker at Kissinger Sommer (Rossini Stabat Mater), she also sang Dvořák’s Biblical Songs with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under the baton of Ariane Matiakh, Saariaho’s Adrianna Songs with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Dima Slobodeniouk as well as Mahler’s symphonies No. 2 and 3 in Berlin and Wroclaw.
As a student in Paris, music brought Nora Gubisch together with fellow student, internationally acclaimed conductor Alain Altinoglu, and in recital the duo regularly performs throughout Europe. For the Naïve label they have recorded two critically acclaimed CDs of Ravel Melodies and Folk Songs. For Cascavelle they have recorded a disc of Duparc Mélodies. Her distinguished discography further includes Tippett’s A Child of our Time with Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Sir Colin Davis, Dusapin’s Perelà with the Opera Orchestre National de Montpellier and Alain Altinoglu, Offenbach’s Rheinnixen, Humperdinck’s Königskinder with Jonas Kaufmann under the baton of Armin Jordan, Kodàly Háry János Suite, Lancino Requiem, and Escaich’s Les Nuits hallucinées with Orchestre National de Lyon and Jun Märkl.
In 2014 Nora Gubisch was appointed a Chevaliers of the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” in Paris, where she makes her home with her family.
Thomas Blondelle, Tenor
Belgian tenor Thomas Blondelle was born in Bruges, Belgium, in October 1982 and studied singing, piano, composition and chamber music at his home town’s Stedelijk Conservatorium. At the KUL University of Leuven, he obtained a degree in musicology in...
Belgian tenor Thomas Blondelle was born in Bruges, Belgium, in October 1982 and studied singing, piano, composition and chamber music at his home town’s Stedelijk Conservatorium. At the KUL University of Leuven, he obtained a degree in musicology in 2006. He was awarded the First Prize at the Axion Classics competition in 2001, the Second Prize at the Prix Jâcques Dôme singing competition in 2002, the Prize for a Young Promising Contestant at the Viñas Competition (Barcelona) in 2005 and the Second Prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth 2011 in Brussels, as well as the French Repertoire Prize (Palazetto Bru) at the 2012 Belvedere Competition in Vienna.
While still studying, he made his debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels) in 2003, singing the leading role of Hans Scholl/Die Weiße Rose. He then performed at Grand Théâtre de Luxemburg, De Vlaamse Opera, Les Opéras en plein air Paris (Alfredo/La Traviata, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte) as well as the Opéra de Toulon, before leaving for Germany in 2006.
At the Staatstheater Braunschweig (where he was an ensemble member from 2006 till 2009) he sang Belmonte (DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL), Alfredo (LA TRAVIATA), Boris (KATYA KABANOVA), Edwin (DIE CSÁRDÁSFÜRSTIN), Cassio (OTELLO), Orlando (ORLANDO PALADINO) und Eisenstein (DIE FLEDERMAUS).
Since 2009, Thomas Blondelle is a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he sang, amongst many other lyric roles, Tamino (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE), Merkur (DIE LIEBE DER DANAE), Chevalier (DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES), Cassio (OTELLO), Macduff (MACBETH), Ismaele (NABUCCO), Walther (TANNHÄUSER), Prince (L’AMOUR DES TROIS ORANGES), Bob Boles (PETER GRIMES), Herodes (SALOME), Don Ottavio (DON GIOVANNI), Pelleas (PELLEAS ET MELISANDE), Hexe (HÄNSEL UND GRETEL), Erik (DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER) und David (DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG).
Besides his work as an ensemble member in Berlin, he is also a regular guest in other opera houses. He created the leading part of Melchior Gabor in Benoît Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (awarded a Diapason d’or), in 2007, a role he later sang at Strasbourg’s Opéra national du Rhin in 2008. He performed Camille (DIE LUSTIGE WITWE), Edwin (DIE CSÁRDÁSFÜRSTIN) and Balduin (WIENER BLUT) at the Operettensommer Kufstein (Austria).
Guest engagements have taken Thomas Blondelle to many venues in many roles, including Bayerische Staatsoper (Tanzmeister/ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Froh/DAS RHEINGOLD), Volksoper Wien (Balduin/WIENER BLUT), Oper Frankfurt (Belmonte/DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL), Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Loge/DAS RHEINGOLD, Lenski/EUGEN ONEGIN und Belmonte/DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL), Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival (Gomatz/ZAIDE), Saito Kinen Festival Japan and New York Philharmonic (Tenor/JEANNE D´ARC AU BUCHER), Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam (David/DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG), Théatre Royal de la Monnaie (Melchior/Frühlings Erwachen), Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg (Melchior/FRÜHLINGS ERWACHEN, Erik/DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Claudio/DAS LIEBESVERBOT), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Tambourmajor/WOZZECK), BBC Proms (Narraboth/SALOME, Walther/TANNHÄUSER), Cincinnati Opera (Nikolaus Sprink/SILENT NIGHT und Jaquino/FIDELIO) and Staatsoper Stuttgart (Max/DER FREISCHÜTZ und Erik/DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER).
In concert performances Thomas Blondelle sang Tenor solo/Lamentationes (Strawinsky) at the Philharmonie Berlin, Sir Hervey (ANNA BOLENA) at KlangVokal Musikfestival Dortmund, Edwin (DIE CSÁRDÁSFÜRSTIN) with the Stuttgarter Philharmonikern, Rustighello (LUCREZIA BORGIA) at Konzerthaus Dortmund and Philharmonie Cologne and Fernando (DIE RÄUBERBRAUT) at the Philharmonie Cologne. As a soloist he performed with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Nancy Opera, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, WDR Rundfunkorchester, WDR Symphonieorchester Cologne, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestre de Monte Carlo, Orchestre de Paris, Brussels Philharmonic, Vlaams Symfonieorkest and New York Philharmonic.
He worked with conductors including Yves Abel, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Barbacini, Paolo Carignani, Alexander Joel, Michail Jurowski, Jiri Kout, Sigiswald Kuijken, Kent Nagano, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Marc Albrecht, José Cura, Michael Schønwandt, Kazuki Yamada, Lothar Zagrosek and Alan Gilbert.
A devoted recitalist, his repertoire includes the main German song cycles, a recital programme called Banalités (recorded for Fuga Libera), and a recital with Italian Art songs by Rossini, Verdi and Tosti. With mixed solo programmes he made his Japan debut in Tokyo in 2011 and in Madrid, at Théâtre du Châtelet Paris in 2012. His second solo album “Dreams and Nightmares” (with pianist Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort) features songs by Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, Wagner and Liszt and was released in late 2014.
He also works as a librettist (mainly for children’s opera’s) and composer.
Dietrich Henschel, Baritone
An English biography is currently not available.
An English biography is currently not available.