March: A Month of Firsts

Looking at the schedule for March, we were bowled over by the sheer number of debuts and premieres that are taking place. Involving 37 Askonas Holt artists in total, engagements include:

• 22 debuts

• 9 role debuts

• 4 regional premieres

• 2 world premieres

A chronological list of engagements can be seen here. Follow our #MonthOfFirsts on Twitter.

Making multiple debuts this month are Antonio Méndez (Australian National Academy of Music and Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck), Joseph Moog (Portland Piano International series and Washington Performing Arts Society) and Ainars Rubikis (Residentie Orkest and Queensland Symphony Orchestra).

We will see opera house debuts from two AH conductors (Enrique Mazzola, The Metropolitan Opera and Mikhail Tatarnikov, Opéra Monte-Carlo) and three AH singers (Anatoli Sivko/Bayerische Staatsoper, Andrey Zhilikhovsky/Opéra de Paris and Christine Rice/Opernhaus Zürich).

Two AH violinists make recital debuts in Seoul at the Kumho Art Hall (Veronika Eberle and Alina Ibragimova), two AH conductors have their first appearances with leading orchestras (Stanislav Kochanovsky/NHK Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner/Orchestre National de Lyon with Christiane Karg), the Simón Bolívar String Quartet make their debut on DeutschlandFunk Köln radio, and The Myrthen Ensemble launch their debut CD in their first appearance at Wigmore Hall. Also, Johannes Moser makes his debut with Maggio Musicale, Virginie Verrez her debut with the New York Philharmonic, Cédric Tiberghien his debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus, and Ben Gernon his debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

In the first world premiere of the month, Ludovic Morlot conducts the Geneva Camerata (his debut with the orchestra) in Leonardo Idrobo’s ‘Pareidolie’ as part of the Archipel Festival. The concert also includes the Swiss premiere of Alex Mincek’s Chamber Concerto. The second world premiere sees Miah Persson star in a fascinating new work by Michel van der Aa, ‘Blank Out’. Commissioned by Dutch National Opera as part of the Opera Forward Festival, this chamber opera for soprano and 3D film features baritone Roderick Williams and the Netherlands Chamber Choir on film.

We will also see premieres of George Benjamin’s ‘Dream of the Song’ (UK premiere, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Iestyn Davies), André Previn’s Double Concerto for violin and cello (EU premiere, Jaime Laredo, Svenska Kammarorkestern) and Bryce Dessner’s ‘Réponse Lutoslawski’ (US premiere, Louis Langrée/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra).

Dorothea Röschmann makes her role debut as Desdemonda in Salzburg Osterfestspiele’s ‘Otello’. Other AH singers making role debuts in March are: Olga Pudova (Marie ‘La fille du régiment’, Mariinsky Theatre), Aida Garifullina (Irina ‘Tri Sestri’, Wiener Staatsoper), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Roi René ‘Iolanta’, Opéra de Paris), Maxim Mironov (Idreno ‘Semiramide’, Opéra National de Bordeux), Adam Plachetka (Belcore ‘L’elisir d’amore’, The Metropolitan Opera), Julie Fuchs (Marie ‘La fille du régiment’, Opéra de Lausanne), and Elīna Garanča (Sara ‘Roberto Devereux’, The Metropolitan Opera).

In other firsts, Franck Ollu conducts his first ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’, at Kungliga Operan, and Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ (a work she has sung on many occasions) for the first time, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance also features John Mark Ainsley in the role of the Evangelist.

A chronological list of engagements can be seen here.

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