A hurricane of applause for Hamlet
"Franco Faccios Amleto turned into a worthwile rediscovery given further impetus by Olivier Tambosi's focused production and Paolo Carignani's playful conducting.
derStandard.at, Daniel Ender
On the opening evening of Bregenz Festival, a long forgotten opera premiered at the Festspielhaus, namely Hamlet: The work of Italian composer Franco Faccio debuted in 1865 in Genua and then vanished from the scene after only one additional performance at La Scala in Milan. It was only in 2014 that the Opera Southwest in Alberquerque (US) rediscovered it. Bregenz Festival brought the opera back to Europe as an Austrian premiere in the summer of 2016. Hamlet received a hurricane of applause from the 4,612 opera fans that visited the Festspielhaus on three evenings. Many interested visitors attended the three orchestral concerts by the Wiener Symphoniker and celebrated them with frenetic applause.
NEUE STIMMEN cooperate with Bregenz Festival for the first time
"The competition "NEUE STIMMEN" hosted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung is a unique opportunity to listen to and meet young, well trained and promising singers from all over the world. Thanks to the competition, we were able to build an excellent foundation for our Opera Studio, which as part of this year's Bregenz Festival will stage Mozart's Don Giovanni. Shortly after the first few days of rehearsal and a masterclass with Brigitte Fassbaender it seems obvious already that there will be a friendly and professional atmosphere among the members of the ensemble."
Artistic Director Elisabeth Sobotka
The NEUE STIMMEN competition hosted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung not only looks for and discovers young promising singers but also supports and accompanies them in the long term faithful to the motto Creating Careers". With this in mind, the foundation cooperates with Bregenz Festival for the first time: Five young singers that took part in the international singing competition NEUE STIMMEN 2015 participate in the Opera Studio at Bregenz Festival and will perform solos in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera Don Giovanni.
Tenor Chen Dashuai from China will play Don Ottavio, soprano Camila Titinger from Brazil will play Donna Elvira and baritone Jung Rae Kim from Korea will take on the role of Masetto. These three artist won the sponsorship award of NEUE STIMMEN 2015. The NEUE STIMMEN singer David Oštrek, a Croatian bass baritone and member of the international opera studio at the Staatsoper Berlin, in the role of Leporello as well as the Israeli mezzo soprano Hagar Sharvit in the role of Zerlina round of the ensemble.