18th May: Mixing Healing and Strife, the Met Opera Sings Again, Soprano Wallroth receives Birgit Nilsson Scholarship, 2021-2022 season of the Paris Opera

Tuesday 18th May 2021

Mixing Healing and Strife, the Met Opera Sings Again

On Sunday evening, 430 days after the coronavirus pandemic closed the Metropolitan Opera, the company returned.

Nézet-Séguin told the crowd that he and the artists had tried to devise a program that reflected the hardships we’ve all endured, but also offered comfort and hope.

The program also made it clear that the Met is attempting to address longstanding issues of inequity brought to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness in months of demonstrations against racial injustice last year. Three of the four superb solo singers were Black, and the offerings included an aria from Terence Blanchard’s opera “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” which is planned to open the Met’s season in September — the first work by a Black composer ever presented by the company.

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Sopranistin Wallroth erhält Birgit-Nilsson-Stipendium

Das Birgit-Nilsson-Stipendium geht in diesem Jahr an die schwedische Sopranistin Johanna Wallroth (27). Das teilte der Präsident der Birgit-Nilsson-Stiftung am Montag in Stockholm mit.

Das mit 200.000 schwedischen Kronen (etwa 19.760 Euro) verbundene Stipendium werde der Sängerin am 13. August 2021 im Rahmen eines Recitals beim diesjährigen Birgit-Nilsson-Tag verliehen. 

Mit dem Namen der schwedischen Opernsängerin Birgit Nilsson (1918–2005) in Verbindung gebracht zu werden, sei eine große Ehre, erklärte Wallroth laut der Mitteilung. 


Soprano Wallroth receives Birgit Nilsson Scholarship

This year’s Birgit Nilsson Scholarship goes to the Swedish soprano Johanna Wallroth (27). The president of the Birgit Nilsson Foundation made the announcement in Stockholm on Monday.

The scholarship, which comes with 200,000 Swedish kronor (about 19,760 euros), will be awarded to the singer on 13 August 2021 during a recital at this year’s Birgit Nilsson Day.

To be associated with the name of the Swedish opera singer Birgit Nilsson (1918-2005) is a great honour, said Wallroth.

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Saison 2021-2022 de l’Opéra de Paris: Alexander Neef sonne les trois coups de sa programmation 

Après une saison d’installation minée par la crise sanitaire, l’intendant allemand assumera en 2021-2022 sa première programmation à l’Opéra de Paris. Quelques audaces, beaucoup de valeurs sûres : en ces temps incertains, l’heure est davantage à la continuité qu’à la rupture.

Tout juste nommé, déjà présent en majesté : directeur musical de l’Opéra de Paris à partir du 1er août, Gustavo Dudamel dirigera le 22 septembre un « concert inaugural » peuplé de grandes voix (Diana Damrau, Sabine Devieilhe, Ekaterina Gubanova, Gerald Finley…), et deux jours plus tard le défilé du Ballet ouvrant la saison de danse — c’est que le chef vénézuélien entend honorer toutes les activités, y compris chorégraphiques, de l’établissement parisien. 

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2021-2022 season of the Paris Opera: Alexander Neef sounds the three knocks of his programming

After a season undermined by the health crisis, the German director will assume his first season programming at the Paris Opera in 2021-2022.

A few daring moves, and many sure values: in these uncertain times, the time has come for continuity rather than rupture. Just appointed, and already present in majesty, music director of the Paris Opera from 1 August, Gustavo Dudamel will conduct an “inaugural concert” on 22 September with great voices (Diana Damrau, Sabine Devieilhe, Ekaterina Gubanova, Gerald Finley…), and two days later the Ballet’s parade will open the dance season – this is because the Venezuelan conductor intends to honour all the activities, including choreography, of the Parisian institution. 

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