Maxim Vengerov at the Montreal International Musical Competition this May

This May Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov trades his bow for the baton, conducting finalists in the Montreal International Musical Competition 2013 violin edition. 24 of the world’s finest young violinists descend on Montreal from May 7 to 17 to contend in the competition; and on May 14 and 15, Vengerov will conduct the six finalists in a concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. On May 17 Vengerov leads the competition winners for a gala concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

As part of his participation in the Montreal International Musical Competition 2013 violin edition, Vengerov also gives a special performance on May 13 with young cellist Stéphane Tétreault and the competition’s 2004 piano laureate Serhiy Salov, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Orchestre de Chambre I Musici de Montréal at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

For more information on the festival, click here.

To watch an interview with Maxim about the festival, click here.


Streaming online: Olga Borodina’s “melting, genuinely seductive performance” at Mariinsky II opening gala

Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina gave what the New York Times called “a melting, genuinely seductive performance of ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’ from Saint-Saëns’s ‘Samson et Dalila'” at a gala concert that formally opened the Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg.

You can watch Olga’s performance, conducted by Valery Gergiev, here. (Olga’s performance begins at 1h22).

Olga Borodina celebrates opening of Mariinsky II in star-studded gala concert

On May 2 Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina will perform in a star-studded gala that celebrates the opening of the Mariinsky II opera house. Borodina joins a lineup of musical luminaries that includes Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, and Yuri Bashmet, under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev.  The gala event opens a weekend-long celebration that also includes Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Verdi’s Nabucco, and performances by the Mariinsky Ballet.

The state-of-the-art Mariinsky II will serve as an expansion to the Mariinsky Theatre, one of the world’s most iconic artistic institutions, and is the final addition to the Mariinsky Cultural Complex in St. Petersburg’s historic Theatre Square.

For more information on the performance, click here.

Olga Borodina stars in ‘Samson et Dalila’ at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina reprises her widely
Facclaimed portrayal of Dalila this week at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Camille Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila. Borodina stars alongside the Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as Samson, under the baton of esteemed Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit. Performances run through Thursday, April 11. To purchase tickets, click here.

Olga Borodina has championed the role Saint-Saëns’ heroine in opera houses andon concert stagesthroughout the world. The Russian mezzo-soprano made her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut as Dalila opposite Plácido Domingo and
reprised the role alongside the Spanish tenor for the opening night
of the Metropolitan Opera in 1998. Click here to listen to her
perform the role on the Erato label.

Watch Dalila’s third aria from Act III of Samson et Dalila here.


Maxim Vengerov back with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival

Celebrated violinist Maxim Vengerov will perform the  Brahms Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic on March 26th under the baton of Andres Nelsons. This highly anticipated cconcert will take place at the Spa town of Baden-Baden, Germany, the new home of the Berlin Philharmonic’s  prestigious Easter Festival.

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