Saturday, August 13, 2011

Kasarova Watch & Schedule

It's been a while since I last posted about Vesselina Kasarova, but that doesn't mean that she hasn't been busy! After rebounding from a nasty bout of pneumonia that wiped out her initial run in the new production of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in March the White Shirt Republic's favorite muse bounced back in style with her long awaited role debut as Dalila in Saint Saëns' Samson et Dalila at Deutsche Oper Berlin a bit over a month later. She understandably wasn't in top form, but from many first hand reports she gave her usual all and was as unique and committed as usual.

The reviews for her concerts with the Kammerphilharmonie Amadé were quite ecstatic. The good gal also even managed to squeeze a benefit concert for the Japanese victims of that horrific earthquake and tsunami into her already well packed schedule. Recently she did successfully reprise Bellini's Romeo at the Bavarian State Opera's summer festival (here is an English language review) and appeared on Annette Dasch's fun Salon. On deck is another go at Berlioz's Marguerite in La damnation de Faust in Weimar.

In the meanwhile, though, after spending 20 years or so with Hilbert Artists Management Frau Kasarova is now represented by Rita Schütz at Artists Management Zurich, an exciting change! I mean, just look at her pages at the AMZ website, dude. It's sleek, clean, organized, informative, and positively spiffy looking! Smiley The only thing missing for now is a well-updated schedule page (but then that'd do away with one of my favorite internet hobbies of Kasarova performance hunting, wouldn't it?). Already that's a cool change from the HAM site where, really, I must have emailed them 3 or 4 times already about how their artists' profile photos were all tipped over... like the one of my dear dear Vivica Genaux here:

It isn't your eyes, it's the foto!!!
And they (the foto's) are all still messed up... many months later. tongue smiley #8919 So... this is looking like a good change so far.

A recent interview (if you can read Bulgarian). Despite of some rumors, she is NOT giving up all her Rossini roles by 2013. She's just hanging up Rosina (in Il barbiere di Siviglia), but will keep on singing Isabella (L'Italiana in Algeri) for as long as possible.

A sad news along the way, the Vesselina Kasarova Fan Blog is now officially inactive. Keeping a current blog while holding a busy full-time job is tiring business. Thanks very much to the VKFB's webmistress Inma for all her work and care there. She brought a lot of VK fans together and fostered a very positive outlook among us (I dare say that VK fans are some of the most respectful and reasonable bunch of opera-goers you'll ever meet. We enjoy loving our favorite artists without feeling the need to belittle anybody else). Muchas gracias mi amiga!

Anyhow! Here is the updated performance schedule for Vesselina Kasarova as compiled from internet searches. If you notice any mistake or know of any schedule change, please don't hesitate to let me (and others) know!
Vesselina Kasarova as Orphee in Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice. Screenshot from Studio Farao DVD of the show.
Last updated 24 Nov 2011.


25 : Vienna, Austria: L'Italiana in Algeri (Isabella). Vienna State Opera


2, 5  : Munich, Germany: Maria Stuarda (Elisabetta). Concert performance at Philharmonie am Gasteig.

Recital in Sofia, Bulgaria in June 2011 (Photo: Vladislav Ninova-Evtimova)
15       : Hanover, Germany: The English Concert. Grosser Sendesaal im NDR.
16       : Berlin, Germany: The English Concert. Konzerthaus Berlin.

26, 28 : Berlin, Germany: Graun's Montezuma. Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

4, 8, 11, 18, 20, 27, 30  : Zurich, Switzerland: Don Carlo (Eboli). Opernhaus Zurich.

9           : Zurich, Switzerland: Don Carlo. Opernhaus Zurich
14, 17, 19, 22 : Vienna, Austria: Werther (Charlotte). Vienna State Opera
30      : Vienna, Austria: Viva Bel Canto concert with Krassimira Stoyanova. Musikverein.

2      : Munich, Germany: Viva Bel Canto joint concert with Krassimira Stoyanova. Philharmonie am Gasteig.
6      : Schwetzingen, Germany: Schwetzinger Festspiele Concert with Charles Spencer. 
12, 16, 19, 23, 26: Munich, Germany:   I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Romeo). Bavarian State Opera (Nationaltheater).

28  : Salzburg, Austria: Berlioz's La mort de Cléopâtre. Felsenreitschule, Salzburger Whitsun Festspiele.

3   : Halle, Germany: Händelfestspiele with Y Kamdzhalov and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.
4   : Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany: Concert with Y Kamdzhalov and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Franziskaner Konzerthaus. 

6   : Helsinki, Finland: Concert with Y Kamdzhalov & Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Helsinki Music Centre.
9   : Dresden, Germany: Concert with Yordan Kamdzhalov and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Dresden Frauenkirche.
29  : Hannover, Germany: Il barbiere di Siviglia. Staatsoper Hannover.

1-18  :  Tour with Frieder Obstfeld and Kammerphilharmonie Amadé
4       : Zurich, Switzerland: Carmen. Opernhaus Zurich

21, 22 : Salzburg, Austria: Handel's Messiah. Salzburger Festspiele


      : Geneva, Switzerland: Samson et Dalila. Grand Theatre de Geneve.

      : New York, USA: Carmen. Metropolitan Opera.
11-28: Tour with Frieder Obstfeld and Kammerphilharmonie Amadé


Anonymous said...

Aaha! Clarity and information. Nice one Smorgy!

André said...

Great post, Smorgy!

Smorg said...

Hiya Eyes & Andre:
Thanks a bunch! :oD Deutschland Radio Kultur is broadcasting the Damnation of Faust on Sept 4th. I wonder if there isn't more concert dates in Moscow than just the one concert (somehow they aren't advertising that online much).