The 40th edition of the festival dedicated a special focus to Kaija Saariaho on the occasion of her 70th birthday. Anssi Karttunen, her musical companion of many years, not only took part in the concert on September 17th as a solo artist with her Sept Papillons. In Strasbourg, he ealso performed in a trio with the composer Magnus Lindberg and the legendary John Paul Jones, former bassist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.more
Now on ARTE Concert: In a birthday concert for Kaija Saariaho, Anssi Karttunen performed with his improvising trio Tres Coyotes at the festival Musica in Strasbourg on September 17th.
"Drastic and clear" - "strong and accurate": Johannes Klumpp received enthusiastic reviews for his conducting of the two opera premieres From a House of the Dead and The Makropulos Affair on April 30 at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. The Janáček double bill was performed again in May; individually, the operas will be shown until July.
Vito Žuraj's first full-length opera Blühen was premiered in Frankfurt in January 2023 and received enthusiastic reviews. Before the world premiere, we spoke to the composer about his collaboration with librettist Händl Klaus, director Brigitte Fassbaender and the Ensemble Modern, which played under Michael Wendeberg.