Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina makes her Vienna State Opera debut next week, bringing her celebrated portrayal of Amneris to the company’s production of Aida from March 14 to 23. Last fall Borodina sang the role of Amneris at the Metropolitan Opera, giving what the New York Times called an “impassioned, volatile” performance. Borodina appears opposite the Latvian born tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radames and American soprano Kristin Lewis in the title role.
Olga Borodina to debut at Vienna State Opera as Amneris in Aida
Olga Borodina embarks on February European tour with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Olga Borodina’s February appearances see the Russian mezzo-soprano as a featured soloist in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust on European tour with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Borodina and the orchestra begin their performances of Berlioz’s légende drammatique in Toulouse on February 8 at the Halle aux Grains, before traveling to Paris for a February 11 concert at the Salle Pleyel. The tour continues at Vienna’s Musikverein on February 23 and 24. Tugan Sokhiev conducts a lineup of artists that includes Olga Borodina, the American tenor Bryan Hymel, basses Alastair Miles and René Schirrer, and the choirs Orféon Donastiarra and La Lauzeta. Details here.
Maxim Vengerov guests with Chicago Symphony Orchestra on tour in Taipei
This Saturday, January 26, violinist Maxim Vengerov joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on tour in Asia, performing with the esteemed American ensemble as guest soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major under the baton of Osmo Vänskä in Taipei, Taiwan. The concert, which takes place at the Taiwanese capital’s Chiang Kai-Shek National Concert Hall, opens with Verdi’s Overture to I vespri siciliani and also includes Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony.
Olga Borodina & Ildar Abdrazakov guest with Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in Ivan theTerrible January 12, 13
With 2013 in full swing, mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and bass Ildar Abdrazakov return to the stage as guest soloists with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, performing Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible at the German capital’s Philharmonie on January 12 and 13. Conductor Tugan Sokhiev leads an ensemble that also includes the Berlin Radio Choir as well as the State andCathedral Choir Berlin. Prokofiev’s music for Sergei Eisenstein’s epic film about this iconic Russian figure will also feature narration by Wladimir Kaminer. Tickets here.
New album: Maxim Vengerov’s Wigmore Hall recital
Hailed by The Guardian as “formidable music-making in which scale and prowess blended to produce edge-of-your-seat excitement,” Maxim Vengerov’s Wigmore Hall recital of Bach and Beethoven with pianist Itamar Golan will be released on the Wigmore Hall Live label on January 29, 2013 – available as a physical album and digital download. You can order it here.
Maxim’s newest recording showcases cornerstones of the violin repertoire, including Bach’s magnificent Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin and Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata. Two encores also feature on the album: the dazzling Scherzo-Tarantelle by Wieniawski and the beloved Hungarian Dance No. 1 by Brahms.
Recorded live on April 5, 2012, Maxim Vengerov’s latest album captures the acclaimed Russian musician’s highly anticipated return to London’s iconic Wigmore Hall.