Nathalie Stutzmann appointed Chief Conductor of Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway

Today, Nathalie Stutzmann has been announced as new Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, one of Norway’s foremost orchestras with roots back to 1919, from the beginning of the 2018/2019 season for an initial contract of three years. Nathalie conducted Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra for the first time in March 2017 in Strauss’ Tod und Verklarung and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3.

Nathalie comments: “I am so thrilled to become the new Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. From the first rehearsal – when we started to play Strauss – I was so amazed by the quality of the musicians. They were so involved in the music and the working process was amazing. I’m also looking forward to developing new ideas with the orchestra, with the musicians, with the board, and to have the KSO more involved in the city life. I truly believe that the symphonic orchestra has an important part to play in the lives of the citizens of the city. It should be so much fun for the people to come to our concerts and discover how much we want to share our passion for this music. I can’t wait to see you all and share the music together.”

New album: Quella Fiamma, Arie Antiche – Released on October 27, 2017

The Arie Antiche compiled by Alessandro Parisotti are known to each and every student of classical singing. But with Quella Fiamma, Nathalie Stutzmann and Orfeo 55 breathe new fire into this primer for the voice, performing these songs and arias with original orchestrations, as they would have been heard in their day. Before they were lessons, they were high art.

This album is a selection of pieces from Arie antiche, a 19th Century collection of songs edited by Alessandro Parisotti to be a vocal primer. Though now more famous as the editor of Arie antiche, Parisotti was also a composer, and he managed to slip one of his own works into the book by attributing to Giovanni Pergolesi his song “Se tu m’ami”. The collection was very much a part of the trend to rediscover old and forgotten works, and the popularity of the three-volume set has endured to this day.

For this album the musicians of Orfeo 55 have worked painstakingly to source original scores and to edit the parts as necessary. While the instrumental works are not part of Parisotti’s primer, they provide brief musical interludes between the songs to enhance the overall listening experience and bring these works together into a coherent programme.

Order the album here: http://wnrcl.me/arieantiche

 

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Nathalie Stutzmann and Orfeo 55 will take this programme on tour in Montpellier’s Opéra Comédie (November 5), Paris’ La Seine Musicale (February 16) and festivals across France and Germany. Nathalie will also give masterclasses on Arie antiche at the Montpellier Conservatoire (November 6 & 7) and Paris Conservatoire (November 8 & 9), open to the public.

Principal Guest Conductor debut

For her first appearance as Principal Guest Conductor of RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland on September 29, Nathalie Stutzmann has chosen a programme consisting of Brahms’ Violin Concerto featuring Veronica Eberle as soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. The performance will be live broadcast from Dublin National Concert Hall on RTÉ Lyric FM at 7.30pm.

If Beethoven symphonies will be the focus of Nathalie’s inaugural season with the RTÉ NSO, concerts will be programmed around works by Brahms, Strauss, Rachmaninov, Elgar… and more. For further information, please see the orchestra’s 2017/2018 brochure.

Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Tannhäuser at Monte-Carlo Opera

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.

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

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.

Nathalie conducted RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for the first time last February in Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser, Vorspiel und Liebestod and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Aodan O 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.