Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Tannhäuser at Monte-Carlo Opera

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Nathalie Stutzmann conducting Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra © Alain Hanel

This month, Nathalie Stutzmann makes her anticipated return to Monte-Carlo Opera, where she leads four performances of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser at the head of Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Nathalie debuted with the orchestra in 2014, making “a master stroke” (Forum Opéra) conducting Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore.

Staged by Monte-Carlo Opera director Jean-Louis Grinda, this thrilling production is totally new and unseen since 1861 as it features the Tannhäuser rewritten for Paris Opera by Wagner himself – including the French texts – and only executed three times in history, in Paris for its creation in 1861. Performances take place at the stunning Salle Garnier on February 19, 22, 25 and 28, with an international cast including acclaimed Argentinian tenor José Cura in the title role, Jean-François Lapointe as Wolfram, Steven Humes as Hermann, William Joyner as Walther, Roger Joakim as Biterolf, Annemarie Kremer as Elisabeth and Aude Extrémo as Venus. Please note these are all now sold-out.

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Nathalie Stutzmann appointed Principal Guest Conductor of RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

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© Simon Fowler

Today, Nathalie Stutzmann has been announced as new Principal Guest Conductor of RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland based in Dublin. She will take up this position in September 2017 until May 2019.

Nathalie conducted RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for the first time last February in Wagner’s Overture to Tannhauser, Vorspiel und Liebestod and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Aodán Ó Dubhghail, Head of RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs, says:
“From the outset, it was apparent that an easy and natural chemistry had developed between Nathalie and the musicians. It was also clear that the public intuitively sensed and responded in the warmest terms to the music-making and to Nathalie’s natural charisma. Nathalie brings the qualities one expects of a great singer to her work as a conductor, coaxing beautiful phrasing from musicians and conveying an unerring sense of musical line. This appointment marks the start of a significant artistic partnership and we are excited at the prospect of sharing the resulting music-making with the widest possible audience.”

Read the full press release from RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra here.

The announcement coincides with Nathalie’s second engagement with the orchestra for a performance on January 13 in a Beethoven and Brahms programme, which will be broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm at 8pm local time.

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Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Philadelphia Orchestra conducting debut

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© K.Miura

Nathalie Stutzmann will make her conducting debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra this Sunday in Handel’s Messiah. She will be joined by an international cast, featuring soprano Ying Fang, mezzo-soprano Angela Brower, tenor Lawrence Wiliford and baritone Stephen Powell.

Described as “the performance’s star” conducting Handel’s oratorio with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center last year, Nathalie had received critical acclaim for her “musically thrilling and absolutely to be recommended” performance.

Please note this event is sold-out. More information here.

From the press: The Huffington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer write about Nathalie’s Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

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Press reviews from Nathalie Stutzmann conducting Brahms

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©Alfonso Suárez

On November 24, Nathalie Stutzmann led an all-Brahms programme at the head of Oviedo Philharmonic Orchestra: his Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and his Symphony No. 1.

Codalario La revista de música clásica, 27.11.2016

Stutzmann consiguió extraer todo el potencial de una Oviedo Filarmonía (…) una dirección rigurosa pero flexible que propició el disfrute intenso de una sinfonía en la que siempre se descubre nueva belleza.

Stutzmann managed to extract the full potential of an Oviedo Filarmonía (…) a rigorous but flexible direction that led to the enjoyment intense of a Symphony which is always discovered new beauty.

La Nueva España, 26.11.2016

En esta parte quedó patente la capacidad de esta directora. La Oviedo Filarmonía logró un sonido con mucha potencia y un fraseo muy cuidado. El resultado agradó al público asistente en el Auditorio, que dedicó algunos bravos al término de la interpretación.

In this part the talent of this conductor was evident. Oviedo Filarmonía achieved a sound with a lot of power and a very careful phrasing. The result enchanted the audience in the auditorium who gave away bravos at the end of the performance.

La música en Siana, 26.11.2016

Stutzmann entendió esta Primera de Brahms en un crecimiento global que tiene un cénit único en tensión y emoción, romanticismo en estado puro. (…) Largamente aplaudida por músicos y publico la directora francesa ha demostrado que encasillarse en ciertos repertorios no suele hacer justicia, y su autoridad en la batuta ha sido corroborada con este Brahms ovetense.

Stutzmann understood this First of Brahms in a global crescendo with a zenith only in tension and emotion, romanticism in its purest form. (…) Longly applauded by the musicians and the audience, (…) her authority with the baton was corroborated by this Brahms in Oviedo.