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Kròl Roger at Stockholm's Royal Opera
Andrea Molino conducts Swedish First Performance on March, 16

 

In May 2017, Andrea Molino was honoured with the Green Room Award for his conducting of an acclaimed production of Szymanowski's King Roger (Kròl Roger) in Sydney and Melbourne, the Australian First Performance of this opera.
 
Now he is back in the pit for another First Performance of this sumptuous opera, this time at Stockholm's Royal Opera. On March, 16, it will be premiered on the Swedish stage, directed by Polish film director Mariusz Trelinski who is surrounded by a mostly Polish team. Not astonishing since this is a co-production with Warsaw's Teatr Wielki where the Premiere took place in December, 2018. The second co-producing stage is the National Theatre, Prague.
 
As for the singers, the roles of King Roger and the Shepherd are sung by Trelinski's compatriots Lukasz Golinski and Arnold Rutkowski, who are joined by two Swedish singers: Elin Rombo as Roxane, and Niklas Björling Rygert, as Edrisi. Molino conducts the Royal Swedish Orchestra, the Royal Swedish Choir and the Childrens’ Choir from the Adolf Fredrik’s School of Music.
 
venue: Stockholm, Kungliga Operan, March 16, 19, 27. and April, 2, 10, 18, and 23 at 7 PM. March, 23 at 15 PM
 
reviews of the Australian First Performance

 
 

"This production is an overwhelming triumph."
Andrea Molino conducts Berg's Wozzeck at the Sydney Opera House
 
On January, 25, Andrea Molino was once more at the conductor's desk of Sydney's Joan Sutherland Theatre, this time to conduct Alban Berg's Wozzeck with staging by South African multimedia artist William Kentridge.
 
Reviewers were once more unanimously convinced: "This production is an overwhelming triumph. The conductor, Andrea Molino, understands the score so deeply that by the third scene the musical language seemed completely natural, embracing both lyricism and disjunction comfortably.", wrote Nicholas Routley (Australian Stage Online, 26.1.2019).
 
His colleague Jo Litson fully shares this opinion: "Musically, the production is also a thrilling, if challenging ride, with the orchestra rising to the occasion under the baton of the superb Andrea Molino who unites both the disturbing dissonance and moments of lush beauty in a powerful reading of the complex, unsettling score." (Limelight Magazine, 27.1.2019)
 
Opera Chaser (26.1.2019) wrote: "It’s a feast of extraordinary artistic stimulation of the highest level in a new, grandly signed William Kentridge production. Conductor Andrea Molino matches Kentridge’s gestures head on with Berg’s angular, atonal musical landscape as he sculpts an ever-present tension over the rises, falls and tumbles in the score."
 
For whoever wants to build an own opinion: the live radio broadcast of Opera Australia's production by ABC Classic is available until the end of March, 2019.
 
more reviews
radio interview with Andrea Molino (in Italian)
 
 

Andrea Molino conducts Australian Premiere of Berg's Wozzeck
Staging by South African multimedia artist William Kentridge
 
Andrea Molino will again conduct at the Sydney Opera in January/February 2019. After Kasper Holten‘s King Roger and Barrie Kosky‘s The Nose (the production was recently called "a highlight of Opera Australia’s mainstage season" in Limelight's top opera shows of 2018) Molino is again working with a major director for an important 20th century opera: on the program is the acclaimed production of Berg's Wozzeck in the staging of South African multimedia artist William Kentridge, "his most elegant and powerful operatic treatment yet", as stated by The New York Times.
 
The cast of the Australian Premiere includes baritone Michael Honeyman in the title role and Lorina Gore as Marie. Andrea Molino conducts the Opera Australia Chorus, Opera Australia Children's Chorus and the Opera Australia Orchestra.
 
The co-production between Opera Australia, the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival and the Canadian Opera Company in association with the Sydney Festival was premiered with great success at the Salzburg Festival in 2017.
 
Kentridge sets the story in a war situation and the set design by Sabine Theunissen as well as the costumes designed by Greta Goiris are visibly inspired by his characteristic charcoal drawings.
 
The production is accompanied by a series of events. Two retrospective exhibitions will offer an insight into Kentridge's work. The Art Gallery NSW hosts an exhibition curated by the artist. Drawings, sculpture, woodcuts, kinetic theatre installation and rare vintage works can be seen at the Annandale Galleries.
 
And finally Opera Australia's Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini is in conversation with the artist on January 22 at 7:30 PM in the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

The live recording of Wozzeck from the Sydney Opera House will be broadcast by ABC Classics FM on Saturday, February 24, at 7 PM.
 
venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
January 25 and 30, February 6, 9, 12 and 15 at 7:30 PM
February 2 at 1:00 PM
 
 
 

Andrea Molino conducts Carmen in Xi'an, China
Premiere of a new production at the Shaanxi Opera House
 
Carmen is not only Bizet's best-known work but it is also at the top of the most performed operas worldwide. Andrea Molino has conducted the work on several occasions, including the premieres of the new productions by John Bell at the Sydney Opera House for Opera Australia in June, 2016 and by Jean-Louis Grinda at the Théâtre du Capitole at Toulouse in April, 2018.
 
Andrea Molino will now conduct the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra in a new production by Charles Roubaud at the Shaanxi Opera House in Xi'an (central China) with stage design by Emmanuelle Favre and costumes by Cui XiaoDong. On the stage an international cast including Jolana Fogasova (Carmen), Francesco Pio Galasso (Don José), Zoltan Nagy (Escamillo) and Ruth Rosique (Micaëla).
 
venue: Shaanxi Opera House in the Shaanxi Performing Arts Centre,  October 26 and 28
 
 

Andrea Molino conducts Il Turco in Italia
Reviews of the reprise at the Sydney Opera House
 
In August, Andrea Molino returned to the Sydney Opera House for the reprise of the acclaimed 2014 production by Simon Phillips of Rossini's Il Turco in Italia. The 2018 reviews for the reprise are just as impressive as those of the premiere.
 
"The orchestra, led by Andrea Molino, plays with as much joie de vivre as the performers on stage. Together they make this almost silly, yet musically stretching opera, a frivolous musical romp that lifts the spirits and makes life seem a lot brighter," wrote Carol Wimmers (Stage Whispers, 12.8.2018). Angus McPherson (Limelight Magazine, 11.8.2018) stated that "Chorus and orchestra are both in top form under the baton of Andrea Molino...". Bill Stephens (Arts Reviews, 13.8.2018) thought that "...The music is certainly attractive, especially when given the sparkling performance it received on this occasion by the Opera Australia Orchestra under Andrea Molino."
 
Others spoke of the "...tasteful and stylish conducting of Andrea Molino..." (Zoltán Zsabó, Bachtrack, 13.8.2018) and said that "Australian Opera Chorus and Opera Australia Orchestra were both in fine form under the clear and expressive direction of Andrea Molino." (David Barmby, ArtsHub, 14.8.2018)
 
more reviews
 
 

Andrea Molino conducts Rossini at the Sydney Opera House
Reprise of the acclaimed 2014 production of Il Turco in Italia
 
"She's flirtatious, audacious and unspeakably bored. He's geriatric, sycophantic and easily ignored. Add a handsome prince, a gypsy minx, and a poet in need of a plot. Put this classic Rossini in vintage bikinis and a rollicking good time we've got!" That's how Opera Australia announces the reprise of its 2014 production of Rossini's Il Turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy) – the Australian First Performance.
 
Andrea Molino conducted this premiere in Sydney with great success: "It is musically superb. The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra under the wickedly delightful and exuberant conducting of maestro Andrea Molino is in fine form…", stated Lynne Lancaster (Sydney Arts Guide, 2.2.2014).
 
For the reprise, Molino returns to the Joan Sutherland Theatre, conducting all of the eight performances. The acclaimed production directed by Simon Phillips is, of course, unaltered, and Molino conducts, as for the premiere, the Opera Australia Orchestra and the Opera Australia Chorus. Paolo Bordogna is back in Sydney as the Turk Selim and leads an outstanding cast.
 
Venue: Sydney, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
August 10, 15, 23, 25, 28, 30 and September, 1 at 7:30 PM – August 18 at 12:30 PM
 
more information
reviews of the premiere
trailer video
interview with Simon Phillips (director)
 
 
 

Andrea Molino conducts Mahler, Messiaen and Strauss
Reviews of the concert with Thomas Hampson and the MSO

Andrea Molino returned to Australia for a sumptuous concert with Thomas Hampson and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Melbourne's Hamer Hall and a second performance the next day at Geelong's Costa Hall. On the program: Mahler's Totenfeier and his Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, sung by Thomas Hampson, Messiaen's Le Tombeau Resplendissant and Tod und Verklärung by Richard Strauss.
 
"It was a night to remember", wrote Ron Jontof-Hutter (J-Wire). "Maestro Andrea Molino conducted with conviction bringing out the vast colours of Mahler’s tonal palette… (and) brought out the best with excellent knowledge of the scores, clear conducting, great attention to detail in dynamics and accurate phrasing."
 
And Paul Selar (OperaChaser) wrote that "…it was especially rewarding to see Andrea Molino conducting with a clear sense of poetry and purpose for tonight's Melbourne Symphony Orchestra concert."
 
more reviews
Molino about the program

 
 

Andrea Molino conducts Mahler, Messiaen and Strauss
with Thomas Hampson and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
 

Andrea Molino returns to Australia for a sumptuous concert with Thomas Hampson and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Melbourne's Hamer Hall and a second performance the next day of the same program at Geelong's Costa Hall.
 
Molino will first conduct Mahler's Totenfeier, after which Thomas Hampson will sing Mahlers Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. In the second part Messiaen's Le Tombeau Resplendissant will be followed by Tod und Verklärung by Richard Strauss.
 
"The program will introduce the audience to two pieces that they may not be familiar with: Mahler’s Totenfeier and Messiaen’s Le Tombeau Resplendissant", says Molino. "To me the strength of this program is the coherence of its narrative. It’s kind of self-explanatory that all four pieces deal with the theme of death; but in four different and fascinatingly disparate ways."
 
The concert will be recorded live by ABC Classics.
 
more information
 
venue: Melbourne, Hamer Hall, Thursday 7 June 2018 at 7:30pm
Geelong, Costa Hall, Friday 8 June
 
 
 

June 17 ABC Classics FM braoadcast
The Nose conducted by Andrea Molino
 
In February 2018, Andrea Molino conducted Shostakovich's seldom played opera The Nose at the Sydney Opera House, a new production directed by Barrie Kosky. Public and critics were unanimously enthusiastic ("a triumph of the highest order" and "Molino is exceptional").
 
ABC Classics FM recorded the production live at the Sydney Opera House on February 28, it was broadcast on March 1, at 8 pm. ABC Classics has announced that the production will be broadcast once more on June, 17.
 
reviews
 
 
 
 

 

 

Andrea Molino Receives Best Conductor Award
2018 Green Room Award for King Roger in Melbourne
 
Andrea Molino was presented with the 2018 Green Room Award as best conductor for Opera. He was honoured for his conducting of Szymanowski's King Roger (Kròl Roger) directed by Kasper Holten at the Arts Centre Melbourne (State Theatre) in May 2017, the First Performance of this opera in Australia.
 
The award ceremony was held at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on Monday 9 April. The Green Room Awards are Australia's premiere arts awards; the prizes are presented in 64 categories of the performing arts.
 
On three occasions Molino has been nominated previously, in the Best Opera Conductor category: in 2016 for his La Bohème for Opera Australia at the State Theatre in the Melbourne Arts Centre, in 2015 for his season of Tosca in Melbourne for Opera Australia, and in 2014 for Verdi's Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) in Melbourne.
 
 
reviewsKing Roger – La Bohème – ToscaUn Ballo in maschera
 
 
 
 

The 18th Meet In Beijing Arts Festival Opening concert
Andrea Molino conducts Opera gala in homage to Rossini
 
On April, 27, Andrea Molino will conduct an opera gala in the concert hall of the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, together with Tan Lihua, the music director of the renowned Beijing Symphony Orchestra. The concert is the opening event of the prestigious Meet in Beijing Arts Festival, and is dedicated to Italian opera, especially to Rossini to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his death.
 
Italy is the invited country of the festival in 2018. The concert is a collaboration between the Ministery of Foreign Affairs of the Chinese People's Republic, the Italian Ministery of Foreign Affairs Farnesina (Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale), the Istituto di Cultura Italiana in the Chinese capital together with the Ambasciata d'Italia (Italian Embassy), and the Accademia Chigiana (Siena).
 
Andrea Molino will conduct the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, focussing on Italian opera singers Anna Roberta Sorbo, Sara De Flavis, Pasquale Scircoli, and Diego Savini.
 
 
venue
: Beijing, April 27 – National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA)
 
 
 

Andrea Molino conducts Carmen at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse
Reviews of the performances from April, 6

"Today was one of those performances that made it seem as if one was hearing this extremely familiar work for the very first time. It felt so fresh, so vivid, without any sense of going through the motions or routine." That's how Opera Traveller (16.4.2018) describes the performance of Bizet's Carmen at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, conducted by Andrea Molino.

Charlotte Saulneron (Res Musica, 10.4.2018) confirms that "Carmen is a conductor's opera, intended for a colourful and varied orchestra. Andrea Molino, at the head of the Orchestre Nationale du Capitole, approaches the piece with a jubilant easiness and lively and sensitive conducting, as in the incandescent luminosity of the first theme of the prelude. So much life and momentum for one of the best-known operas in the repertoire, which has yet to reveal all its mysteries!”

As for the details, Emmanuel Andrieu (Opera Online, 17.4.2018) points out that "The line is firm, allusive. The contrasts are underlined with the most subtle science. Poetry is born at every moment out of his attention to the slightest nuance, the slightest word.” And Opera Traveller concludes: "The ‘habanera’ had irresistible swing, the ‘chanson bohème’ whipped up a storm."


more reviews
 
 
 

Andrea Molino conducts new production of Carmen
Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse – April 2018

 
Carmen is not only Bizet's best-known work but is also at the top of the most performed operas worldwide, and to participate in a production of this most French of all French operas in France is certainly a great honor. In April, Molino conducts Carmen at the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse. He knows the score well: he has already conducted Bizet's opera in different occasions, including at the Sydney Opera House for Opera Australia (premiered in June, 2016), always with great success.
 
The new production at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse (a co-production with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo) will be directed by Jean-Louis Grinda. The cast includes Clémentine Margaine (who already sang the role of Carmen in Sydney under Molino's conducting), Charles Castronovo (Don José), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Escamillo), and Anaïs Constans (Micaëla). Molino conducts the Orchestre national du Capitole and the Chœur et Maîtrise du Capitole.
 
venue: Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse
April 6, 10, 13, 17. and 19 at 8 pm and April 8 and 15 at 3 pm
 
more information
introduction to the production (in French)
reviews of the Sydney production
 
 
 

Andrea Molino conducts The Nose
Reviews of the Premiere at the Sydney Opera – February 2018
 
In February 2018, Andrea Molino conducted Shostakovich's seldom played opera The Nose at the Sydney Opera House, a new production directed by Barrie Kosky, and once more, public and critics were unanimously enthusiastic.

Victor Grynberg called the premiere "…a triumph of the highest order with an amazingly rehearsed company of more than 80 performers, and the excellent Opera Orchestra, conducted by the enthusiastic Andrea Molino.” (J-Wire, 25.2.2018)

Murray Black said that "Sustaining tight-knit ensemble and textural clarity, conductor Andrea Molino and the Opera Australia Orchestra captured the music’s spiky astringent sounds, biting rhythms, predominantly acerbic character and often relentless pace." (The Australian, 23.2.2018).

Not astonishing then Deen Hamaker's statement: “In The Nose, Molino is exceptional, leading the Opera Australia Orchestra in a high-octane performance that keeps the vigour and verve of the music moving throughout the two-hour piece." (Sounds Like Sydney, 22.2.2018)

And to quote just one more of the numerous reports, let's hear Zoltán Szabó's opinion: "Much of the performance’s energy is propelled from the pit, governed by Andrea Molino’s vigorous and confident conducting… His empathy with this music, coupled with his no-nonsense, effective conducting style, make him an ideal proponent of this opera." (Australian Book Review, 23.2.2018).
 
more reviews
 
 

Andrea Molino: "The Sense of the Place"
Conference Contribution published in Ambienti Mediali

In June 2016, Andrea Molino participated in the interdisciplinary conference, Interactive Imagination, organized by the Department of Philosophy at Rome's University La Sapienza and the Istituto Svizzero di Roma. The conference papers, including Andrea Molino's essay: "The Sense of the Place", are now available in print, published in Ambienti Mediali in the series Plexus, edited by Dario Cecchi, Martino Feyles, Pietro Montani, Milan (Meltemi) 2018.
 
The conference had undertaken to clarify two issues: the philosophical implications and the creative potentialities of what is defined as "interactive imagination". In his contribution, Molino explains how he was lead to develop an "instrument" which he will use in future projects: "SWARMS, a web platform designed to allow a centralised control panel to receive and develop in real time a potentially unlimited number of audiovisual streams, coming live from different locations around the world, sent by different kinds of devices (firstly, though not exclusively, from widespread means of social communications such as smartphones and tablets)."
 
 
 
 

ABC Classics FM broadcast The Nose conducted by Andrea Molino
 

ABC Classics FM announces to broadcast of Shostakovich's opera The Nose, premiered at the Sydney Opera House on February, 21. The new production, conducted by Andrea Molino and directed by Barrie Kosky, will be recorded live at the Sydney Opera House on February 28 and broadcast on March 1, at 8 pm.
 
The performance can be streamed online worldwide for 28 days following the broadcast date.
 
 
 

 

Andrea Molino nominated for the 2018 Green Room Awards
Best Conductor for Opera for King Roger in Melbourne
 
Conductor Andrea Molino has been nominated in the Best Opera Conductor category of the 2018 Green Room Awards, Australia's premiere arts awards, for his conducting of Szymanowski's King Roger (Kròl Roger) at the Arts Centre Melbourne (State Theatre) in May 2017.

This is Molino's fourth nomination, all of them for conducting Opera Australia productions (La Bohème, Tosca, and Un Ballo in maschera).


reviews of the Premiere at the Sydney Opera





The Nose at the Sydney Opera House

"A lowly official wakes up to find his nose has escaped his face. To add insult to injury, the nose is gallivanting around town wearing a higher rank than his."

That's how Opera Australia introduces us to the story of Shostakovich's seldom played opera The Nose. Andrea Molino starts his 2018 opera season at the Sydney Opera House with this satirical, absurd work after a novel by Nikolai Gogol, composed by the 20 year old Shostakovich in 1927/28. He will conduct an outstanding cast led by Martin Winkler, John Tomlinson, Antoinette Halloran and Alexander Lewis together with Opera Australia Chorus and Opera Australia Orchestra.

The Australian theatre and opera director Barrie Kosky signs for the staging, the set and lighting designer is Klaus Grünberg. The co-production between the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera Australia, Komische Oper Berlin and Teatro Real, Madrid was lauded as "terrifically realised, brilliantly inventive and highly entertaining” (The Spectator) at its London premiere.

In fact, at Opera Australia's press conference very impressive tap dancing noses made their Australian pre-premiere appearance, and their success led to the suspicion that The Nose will become one of the hits of the season…
 
 

 
 
more information:

venue
: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
February 21, 23, 26 and 28 at 7:30 pm, March 3. at 1:00 pm

Interview with Andrea Molino on SBS Radio Italian
interview with Andrea Molino on SBS Radio German
Trailer of the production



 

Aghet – Project in Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
Videos of the World Premiere at Berlin's Radialsystem now available
Andrea Molino conducts music by Gedizlioglu, Sharafyan, and Oehring


The concert project Aghet, initiated by Dresdner Sinfoniker and Marc Sinan, commemorates the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. It was first performed in Berlin (Radialsystem) on November 27, 2015, and then toured to Dresden, Belgrade, and Yerevan.

Following a number of protest statements from the Turkish Government, which asked the EU to withdraw its financial support for the project, a performance previously planned for Istanbul on November 13, 2016 was cancelled as the German General Consulate was no longer willing to host it in its Kaisersaal, a decision which attracted considerable attention in the German press. The Manager of Dresdner Sinfoniker, Markus Rindt and Marc Sinan protested against the decision in an open letter to Frank Walter Steinmeier, the German Foreign Minister at the time.

The project featured two World Premieres, by Zeynep Gedizlioglu (Turkey) and Helmut Oehring (Germany) and Vache Sharafyan's (Armenia) Surgite Gloriae (first performance in Germany).

Andrea Molino conducted the Dresdner Sinfoniker together with musicians from Turkey, Armenia, members of the No Borders Orchestra, five soloists (Marc Sinan, guitar; Matthias Worm, viola; Araik Bartikian, duduk; Carl Thiemt, baritone; Friedrich Ilgner, boy soprano), and a female choir (members of the Dresdner Kammerchor and of AuditivVokal).
 
 

Highlights from Molino's 2018 Season

 

The Nose at the Sydney Opera House

Andrea Molino starts his opera season with Shostakovich's seldom played opera The Nose at the Sydney Opera House. The co-production with the Royal Opera House was well received – "terrifically realised, brilliantly inventive and highly entertaining” (The Spectator) – at its London premiere. The Australian theatre and opera director Barrie Kosky is responsible for the staging of this satirical, absurd work, composed by a young Shostakovich in 1927/28. Andrea Molino will conduct an outstanding cast which will include Martin Winkler, John Tomlinson, Antoinette Halloran and Alexander Lewis together with the Opera Australia Chorus and Opera Australia Orchestra.
 
venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, February – March 2018
 

Carmen at the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse

Carmen in France! Molino has already had a great success with this opera at the Sydney Opera House: "Andrea Molino is a dynamo in the pit, powering things forward from the vigorous overture onwards, yet unafraid to be appropriately bold with rubato when required. He brings out plenty of colour in Bizet’s extraordinary score, the intermezzos with their various delicious woodwind solos a highlight…", that's how Limelight Magazine described the Carmen Premiere in June, 2016. Now Molino will conduct the new production at the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse (a co-production with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo). Jean-Louis Grinda will be the director, and the cast includes Clémentine Margaine (who already sang Carmen in Sydney), Charles Castronovo (Don José), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Escamillo), and Anaïs Constans (Micaëla). Molino conducts the Orchestre national du Capitole and the Chœur et Maîtrise du Capitole.
 
venue:
Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, April 2018
 
 

Mahler, Messiaen and Strauss in Melbourne
with Thomas Hampson and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

In June 2018, Molino returns to Australia for a sumptuous concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Hampson at Melbourne's Hamer Hall. The evening will start with Mahler's Totenfeier, after which Thomas Hampson will sing Mahlers Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, followed by Messiaen's Le Tombeau Resplendissant and Tod und Verklärung by Richard Strauss.
The concert will be recorded live by ABC Classics.
 
venue: Hamer Hall, Melbourne, June 2018

 

The Turk in Italy at the Sydney Opera House

"It is musically superb. The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra under the wickedly delightful and exuberant conducting of maestro Andrea Molino is in fine form… and the singing is superb." This was one of the many enthusiastic reviews for Molino's conducting of the Australian Premiere of Rossini's musical comedy in January, 2014. For his second appearance in Sydney for the 2018 season, Molino will conduct another season of The Turk in Italy in the staging by Simon Phillips: "One of Opera Australia's brightest, best and most daring shows". Paolo Bordogna will come back to Sydney as the Turk Selim.
 
venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, August – September 2018
 
 

Molino conducts Kròl Roger at the Melbourne State Theatre
Revival of the First Australian Performance


"This superb production is a rare chance to see something rich and strange", that's how The Sydney Morning Herald commented on the First Australian Performance of Szymanowski's Kròl Roger at the Sydney Opera House, conducted by Andrea Molino.

Fortunately there is now one more opportunity to meet with King Roger, his wife Roxana and the mysterious sheperd: The production will now be presented at Melbourne State Theatre.

Opera Australia's co-production with the Royal Opera House, London, was acclaimed both by public and critics. Reviews emphasized that Andrea Molino's "and the orchestra’s sumptuous sounds, supple phrasing and textural clarity revealed every aspect of its multifaceted brilliance" (The Australian), and were amazed that he conducted from memory.

In Melbourne, Andrea Molino conducts a cast led by Arthur Espiritu, Lorina Gore and Michael Honeyman, the Opera Australia Chorus and the Orchestra Victoria.


venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, May 19, 23, 25 at 7:30 pm and 27 at 1:00 pm

 

 

Molino conducts Szymanowski's Kròl Roger
Reviews of the Premiere at the Sydney Opera
 
 
"Reception on opening night was highly enthusiastic, in a production none of us is likely ever to see bettered." This is how Jason Catlett (TimeOut, 24.1.2017) comments on the Australian First Performance of Szymanowski's masterpiece, conducted by Andrea Molino.
 
“Probably the only conductor in the world to conduct this opera from memory, Andrea Molino deftly moulds the Sydney Children’s Choir, the Opera Australia chorus and orchestra into an intoxicating kaleidoscope of luscious sound to compliment director, Kasper Holten, and designer Steffen Aarfing’s compelling visual concept“, writes Bill Stephens (Canberra Critics Circle, 25.1.2017).
 
"Szymanowki's score is a voluptuously beautiful, imaginatively coloured, stylistically diverse masterpiece. Conductor Andrea Molino and the orchestra’s sumptuous sounds, supple phrasing and textural clarity revealed every aspect of its multifaceted brilliance", writes Murray Black (The Australian, 21.1.2017).
 
Clive Paget, too, is very impressed: "Andrea Molino conducts from memory – yes, from memory! – and builds a most seductive edifice that washes over us with wave upon wave of luxurious orchestral tone..." (Limelight Magazine, 21.1.2017).
 
more reviews

 
 
 




Andrea Molino once more nominated for the Green Room Awards
 
 
Conductor Andrea Molino has been nominated in the Best Opera Conductor category of the 2016 Green Room Awards, Australia's premiere arts awards, for his La Bohème for Opera Australia at the State Theatre in the Melbourne Arts Centre. The award ceremony is scheduled for March, 27.
 
This is Molino's third nomination for three consecutive years, all of them for conducting Opera Australia productions.
 
The first was in 2014 for Verdi's Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) in Melbourne. The production, with staging devised by the legendary Catalan company La Fura dels Baus, has been described as "a visually stunning, musically first-rate and dramatically provocative production" (Limelight).
 
The second was for his season of Tosca in Melbourne. Molino opened the Opera's Spring Season with this premiere with staging by the legendary John Bell: "...conducting a top, in-form Orchestra Victoria, Andrea Molino executed the musical landscape with immense beauty, bold colour and confident pacing..." (Bachtrack, November 13, 2014).
 
As for Molino's conducting La Bohème, set in the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, critics were once more unanimous after its premiere in May 2016. To quote just one of the reviews: "On opening night, Puccini’s score resonated with sensitivity and vigour under conductor Andrea Molino and Orchestra Victoria played with faultless beauty." (Herald Sun, 6.5.2016).
 
reviews La Bohème in Melbourne
reviews La Bohème in Sydney
 
 
  

Andrea Molino conducts Kròl Roger at the Sydney Opera House
Australia’s First Performance of Szymanowski's masterpiece
 
 
"A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear a 20th-century Polish masterpiece", is how Opera Australia announces its next premiere, the Australian First Performance of Szymanowski's opera Kròl Roger at the Sydney Opera House.
 
Andrea Molino conducts this (too) seldom played opera with a cast led by Saimir Pirgu (Shepherd), Lorina Gore (Roxana) and Michael Honeyman (King Roger), the Opera Australia Chorus, Opera Australia Orchestra, and the Children's Chorus Gondwana Choirs.
 
The co-production with the Royal Opera House, London was first performed in Covent Garden and was "rapturously acclaimed" by critics who described Kasper Holten's staging as a "major artistic triumph" (The Telegraph, UK). Set and costumes were designed by Steffen Aarfing, the choreography by Cathy Marston.
 
Opera Australia presents this production in association with the Sydney Festival.
 
venue: Syndey Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre, January 20, 28 and 31 at 7:30 pm, February 2, 4, 8, 15 at 7:30pm and 11 at 1:00 pm
 
 
more information


 

"Outstanding Conductor"
2016 OperaChaser Australian Commendation for Andrea Molino
 
 
Andrea Molino has received the 2016 OperaChaser Australian Commendation "Outstanding Conductor" for his interpretation of Rossini's The Barber of Seville with Opera Australia.
 
Molino has conducted the premiere of Rossini's Opera buffa at Sydney's Joan Sutherland Theatre on January 28, 2016, followed by a further seven performances.
 
In its review (February 14, 2016), OperaChaser wrote: "…conductor Andrea Molino brings the mastery of Rossini's melodious energy and allows it to penetrate and float in fabulous form. … Maestro Molino mixed the tempi with enormous appeal and his soloists all obligingly shaped their vocal delivery to match. All the while, a unified Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra performed at their exquisite best."

 
more information
more reviews

 

 

Project in Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
Belgrade and Yerevan: Aghet – agit continues its tour
Molino conducts Dresdner Sinfoniker and their Armenian guests


 
After the successful World Premiere at Berlin's Radialsystem V on Novmber 27, 2015 and a representation at the Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden, the concert project Aghet, focussing on the Armenian genocide in 1915, gives performances in Belgrade and Yerevan.

As for the World Premiere, Andrea Molino will conduct the Dresdner Sinfoniker together with their guests, members of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. The project, initiated by the Dresdner Sinfoniker's general manager Markus Rindt and by Marc Sinan, commemorates the centenary of the Armenian Genocide with pieces by Zeynep Gedizlioglu (Turkey), Helmut Oehring (Germany), and Vache Sharafyan (Armenia).
 
A concert in a chamber music version previously planned in Istanbul on November, 13 has been cancelled as the German General Consulate was no longer willing to host it in its Kaisersaal, a decision which attracted considerable attention in the German press. Markus Rindt and Marc Sinan have protested against it in an open letter to the German Foreign Minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier.
 
In April, the Turkish delegation to the European Union in Brussels requested the EU to withdraw its support for the project, dedicated to the 100. anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Turkey subsequently stopped its collaboration with EACEA.
 
 
venue
Yerevan, Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, November 10, 7pm
 
 
 
 

Sugi Opera Gala Concerts in Seoul and Busan
Andrea Molino conducts excerpts from Carmen
Excellent cast for a half scenic version
 
 
New Carmen for Andrea Molino: He will conduct a half scenic production in Seoul and Busan, (South Korea) for the Sugi Opera.
 
It is his second encounter with Bizet's masterpiece, one of the most successfull operas of the repertoire. The first was a new production at the Sydney Opera House, and critics were unanimous in complimenting him ("Andrea Molino is a dynamo in the pit" – "one of the best orchestral experiences of recent memory").
 
The excellent cast includes Sanja Anastasia in the title role, Gaston Rivero sings Don José, Tatiana Lisnic is Micaëla, and Gezim Myshketa sings Escamillo, accompanied by the Seoul City Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
 
venues
Seoul, Grand Hyatt Seoul, Grand Ballroom Hall, December 1 and 2
Busan, Bexco Auditorium, December 6

 
 

Rai 5 broadcasts Molino's – there is no why here –
Live recording of the World Premiere on Italian TV


On October 16 and 18, Italian TV channel RAI 5 (part of Italy's national public broadcasting company RAI) broadcast the live recording of the World Premiere of Andrea Molino's multimedia music theatre project
– there is no why here – (– qui non c'è perché –).
 
– there is no why here –, an international co-production, was premiered on April 24, 2014 by Teatro Comunale di Bologna, directed by the composer.
 
The piece is the final chapter of a trilogy which started with Molino's two previous multimedia projects: CREDO, on ethnic and religious conflicts, and WINNERS, on "winners and losers".
 
Conceived and composed by Andrea Molino, in collaboration with Giorgio Van Straten for the text and the dramaturgy, it takes its title from If This Is A Man by Primo Levi. The basis of the project's dramaturgy is the critical point where the traditional ways of distinguishing between right and wrong, between good and evil, fail – the solitude of man in this condition, the ultimate necessity to assume responsibility.
 
 
An extract of the live recording is online on Opera Platform.
more information
 
 
 

Oslo – Ultima Festival – September, 16
Andrea Molino conducts Stockhausen's Sternklang

Sternklang
is a meditative "park music for five groups" of approximately 150 minutes for 21 singers and instrumentalists, widely separated from each other. Microphones, synthesizers, amplification projected via loudspeakers and a percussionist complete the instrumentation of the work, first performed in Berlin's English Landscape Garden (Tiergarten) in 1971.

The Ultima Festival will present this open air event at five separate ‘stations’ around the Ekeberg Sculpture Park in eastern Oslo.

Andrea Molino will conduct the composition for its Norwegian Premiere with the vocal ensemble Nordic Voices and German bass Andreas Fischer, percussionist Kjell Tore Innervik, and students from Norwegian Academy of Music.

venue: Oslo, Ekebergparken – September, 16 at 8pm – free entrance
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Agony and Ecstasy
Andrea Molino conducts soprano Emma Matthews' new opera album

 
The renowned Australian soprano Emma Matthews has recorded her third album Agony and Ecstasy with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andrea Molino. They know each other well as they have already collaborated, i.e for Matthews' acclaimed Fiorilla in the 2014 Sydney Opera production of Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, conducted by Andrea Molino.
 
"Working with Andrea Molino has been wonderful. We have a lovely trust... You can hear the smile in my voice. We really spark off each other....", Emma Matthews said in an interview given in August to Australia's classical music and arts magazine Limelight.
 
Inspired by words from Verdi’s opera La traviata ("Love is the heartbeat of the whole universe: mysterious, proud, an agony and an ecstasy to the heart", from Violetta's aria in Act I), the album presents eight arias – bel canto by Bellini, Rossini, Verdi, Donizetti and Gounod.
 
Agony and Ecstasy was released on September, 2 on ABC Classics.
 
more information and track list
 
 
 

Reviews
Andrea Molino conducts Bizet's Carmen
Premiere at the Sydney Opera House
 
"Andrea Molino is a dynamo in the pit": That's how Clive Paget (Limelight Magazine) sums up Andrea Molino's conducting in his review of the Carmen Premiere at the Sydney Opera House, and he continues: "(Molino) brings out plenty of colour in Bizet’s extraordinary score, the intermezzos with their various delicious woodwind solos a highlight."

He is not the only one to praise the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra "in fantastic form" under Molino's baton, as Eugene Thinks writes, continuing: "Every subtle orchestration in Bizet’s score was absolutely audible and brought to the fore making this one of the best orchestral experiences of recent memory."

Not astonishing then David Larkin's review (Australian Book Review) in which Molino and the orchstra are described as the "unsung heroes of the night, from the sparkling Prelude to the final despairing echo of José's last cry.".

And Larkin reports that the audience was in agreement with the critics' opinion: "The Entr'acte before Act III, a short idyll representing the brief off-stage happiness of the lovers, was deservedly applauded."
 
more reviews
 
 

Molino conducts Carmen at the Sydney Opera House
New production by Opera Australia
 
Andrea Molino returns once more to the Sydney Opera House for a new production of Bizet's Carmen and is very happy to work once more with director John Bell with whom he has already collaborated for an acclaimed Tosca premiered in 2014 at the Melbourne State Theatre.

"What leads you to love the one person who is going to destroy you?" – that is the question John Bell asks on behalf of Bizet's Carmen, the hero of one of the most popular operas in the repertoire. Thus, the production not only focusses on the psychological aspects of the tragedy but looks underneath the "tale of power, corruption and destruction waiting to be told," as Bell says. The set leads to a "colourful and dangerous world of decaying grandeur" designed by Michael Scott-Mitchell. Teresa Negroponte is responsible for the 1950 costumes.

Andrea Molino conducts French star Clémentine Margaine and Australian favourite Milijana Nikolic as Carmen and an outstanding ensemble, the Opera Australia Chorus, and the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
 
venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
performances conducted by Andrea Molino:
June 16, 18 , 21, 25, 29, July 1, 5, 9 and 13 / 7:30 PM

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Reviews
Melbourne Arts Centre – Molino conducts La Bohème
 
Andrea Molino has once more conducted Opera Australia's La Bohème production, this time at the State Theatre in Melbourne.
 
He knew the production as he had conducted it for Opera Australia's Summer Season opening at the Sydney Opera House on New Year's Eve 2014.
 
As for Sydney, so for Melbourne: critics were unanimous in complementing Molino for conducting with "sensitivity and vigour" (Paul Selar, Herald Sun, 6.5.16), for his maintaining of "a gentle dynamic to Orchestra Victoria’s performance of Puccini’s evocative, romantic score, allowing key woodwind and harp phrases to provide gorgeous colour," (Simon Parris, Man In Chair, 4.5.16), and for his "measured tempi throughout that allowed the music to breathe" (Barney Zwartz, Sydney Morning Herald, 4.5.16).
 
more reviews
 

Rome, June 6-8, 2016
Conference Interactive Imagination
Andrea Molino participates via remote contribution from Australia
 
Andrea Molino has participated in the interdisciplinary conference Interactive Imagination, organized by the Department of Philosophy of Rome's University La Sapienza and the Istituto Svizzero di Roma (June 6-8, 2016). Partners were CIEG, Visual Studies Rome Network, and il lavoro culturale as media partner.
 
The conference has undertaken to clarify two issues: the philosophical implications and the creative potentialities of what is defined as "interactive imagination".
 
Molino took part in the 5th session, Forms of Interactive Imagination II. In his contribution "The Sense of the Space", his starting hypothesis was: "..to be able to fully capture the narrative of an event, the context needs to be considered part of the text," and described the idea of “simultaneity” as "deeply connected with the idea of place as a compositional element". These reflections have led him, as he continued, to develop an “instrument” which he will use in future projects: "SWARMS, a web platform designed to allow a centralised control panel to receive and elaborate in real time a potentially unlimited number of audiovisual streams, coming live from different locations around the world, sent by different kinds of devices (firstly, though not exclusively, from widespread means of social communications such as smartphones and tablets)."
 
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Love and Friendship according to Puccini
Molino speaks about La Bohème with Australian Radio SBS
 
In May, Andrea Molino conducted Puccini's La Bohème in the Melbourne Autumn Season in a production he knew already as he had opened the Sydney Summer Season with it. In an interview for Australian Radio SBS, he talked about his conducting, about realism in La Bohème, and about his latest own project, a multimedia music theatre about migration to be premiered in 2018.
 
The interview is available in Italian.
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

Andrea Molino has signed open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel

Andrea Molino together with other artists has signed an open letter instigated by the Dresdner Sinfoniker to Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German Parliament on the debate over the recognition of the Armenian genocide.
 
After the debate on June, 2 in the German Parliament (Bundestag), a resolution proposed by CDU, SPD and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen recognizing the genocide was submitted to a vote in the Bundestag and accepted.
 
Andrea Molino is the music director of the Aghet – agit project. He conducted its world premiere last November at the Radialsystem V in Berlin.

 



La Bohème in Melbourne
Molino returns to Opera Australia
 
Following a very successful engagement conducting Rossini's Barber of Seville in January and February ("Easily the pick of the season so far…"), Andrea Molino returns to Opera Australia in May for Puccini's La Bohème at the State Theatre in Melbourne.
 
It's a production Molino knows already as he has conducted it for Opera Australia (in "…a reading that cannot be faulted and lovingly brings out the numerous colours and effects…"), opening the Summer Season at the Sydney Opera House on the 2014 New Year's Eve.
 
The documentary video Bellezze diverse – Different beauties gives an impression of Molino's conducting and Opera Australia's staging: The setting shows not Paris but the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, in the colour and chaos of street fairs and burlesque bars, fairylights and fishnet stockings (leading team: Gale Edwards, director; Andy Morton, revival director, Brian Thomas, set designer, Julie Lynch, costume designer, and John Rayment, lighting designer).
 
In Melbourne, Molino will conduct an outstanding new cast of singers, inlcuding international stars like Lianna Haroutounian as Mimì and Gianluca Terranova as Rodolfo, Orchestra Victoria and the Opera Australia Chorus.
 
venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre – May 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 25 and 28 at 7:30 and May 21 at 1 pm.

 
 
 

Aghet – Project in Commemoration of the Armenian genocide
Turkey requests EU to withdraw support
 
The Turkish delegation to the European Union in Brussels is currently requesting the EU to withdraw its support for the project Aghet – agitby the Dresdner Sinfoniker, dedicated to the 100. anniversary of the Armenian genocide.
 
Andrea Molino conducted the world premiere of the project last November in Berlin, with world premieres by Helmut Oehring and Zeynep Gedizlioglu and a piece by Vache Sharafyan; only a previously accepted commitment prevents him from conducting the performance which is about to happen at the Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden.
 
Andrea Molino wishes to express to Markus Rindt and all colleagues of the Dresdner Sinfoniker, to the production team lead by Ben Deiß and to Marc Sinan his complete support in this situation.
 
 
more information: Dresdner SinfonikerMusik in DresdenARD, Süddeutsche ZeitungDer Spiegel
n.tv
 
 
 

– there is no why here –
Molino's multimedia music theatre project available online

Extract from the World Premiere on The Opera Platform
 
An extract of the Bologna World Premiere (April 24, 2014) of Andrea Molino's latest work for the stage has been published online by arte.tv. It is availabe at The Opera Platform, a partnership between Opera Europa, representing 155 opera companies and festivals, the cultural broadcasting channel arte.tv, and 15 theatres from across Europe.
 

 
 
 
 

 

The Kiss
Andrea Molino is the conductor for Nicole Car's debut solo album
 
Together with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Andrea Molino has accompanied Nicole Car for a travel through her French, Italian, Russian, and Czech operatic repertoire. The Kiss was launched in February and received with enthusiasm both by critics and the public.
 
Andrea Molino not only accompanied Ms Car, the CD also contains several orchestral excerpts. Conductor and orchestra thus had an extra opportunity to show themselves at their best:
 
"The AOBO sounds particularly inspired and vibrant in this recording with the Italian Andrea Molino on the podium" (Inge Southcott, The Music Trust)
"The iridescent strings of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Andrea Molino, are also worth a hat-tip." (Neil Fisher, The Times)
"It’s good to hear such fine playing from the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra under Andrea Molino." (Steve Moffatt, Limelight Magazine)
 
 
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A matter of things – conversations for a different theatre
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111 bicycles and 9 Harley Davidsons – interaction rhythms in a perfect city
In conversation with Jörg Köppl
 
A forest of grandmothers and a silent quartet
In conversation with Yuval Avital
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Kiss
Andrea Molino conducts Nicole Car's debut solo album
 
Soprano Nicole Car's debut solo album, conducted by Andrea Molino, is a showcase of her repertoire in the French, Italian, Russian and Czech operatic repertoire – with arias from Verdi to Puccini, from Tchaikovsky to Cilea. A rarely recorded lullaby from an opera by Smetana gives the album its name: The Kiss (Hubicka).

The CD was launched on February 5 – and almost at once was number one in the ARIA Classical Chart and on the iTunes classical chart in Australia.
 
Andrea Molino and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra accompany Ms Car and seize the opportunity to present a selection of orchestral excerpts: the Introduction to Act 1 of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; the Intermezzo from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, the Ouverture to Smetana's Hubicka (The Kiss). Digital purchasers can also download the Polonaise from Act III of Eugene Onegin.
 
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Sydney Opera House – Molino conducts Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Reviews

 
"It’s what Rossini would have wanted," (Ben Neutze, Daily Review, 29.1.2016) and "Easily the pick of the season so far" (Tom Pillans, Daily Telegraph, 1.2.2016) – this is the summing-up of two of the critics published after the opening night of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Sydney Opera House.
 
In January and February 2016, Andrea Molino was back at the Sydney Opera House for this production initially premiered at the Melbourne Arts Center, together with a cast of international Rossini specialists, the Opera Australia Chorus, and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
 
"At the helm is maestro Andrea Molino, in whose hands an old warhorse emerges as a frisky young filly. Leaving nothing to routine, he shapes and invigorates each phrase and whips up all the right Rossinian storms," is the performance's description in Limelight (Clive Paget, 29.1.2016)
 
reviews
more information
 
 

Interview on Australian SBS Radio German
Andrea Molino speaks about his career, actual politics,
and a new project
 
The Australian SBS Radio German has published an interview with Andrea Molino (in German). Molino talks about his beginnings as a musician and conductor and about the importance of political themes for his composing.
 
Interview 
(in German)
 
 

Sydney Opera House
Molino conducts Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia

Andrea Molino starts his 2016 opera season conducting Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Sydney Opera House.
 
For the 2012 premiere of Opera Australia's production at the Melbourne Arts Centre, Elijah Moshinsky directed Rossini's immortal comedy in a setting inspired by 1920s silent films. The production will now move to the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
 
Molino conducts a cast of international Rossini specialists, including Paolo Bordogna as Figaro and Kenneth Tarver as Almaviva, the Opera Australia Chorus and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
 
Molino will return to Opera Australia in May to conduct La Bohème at the Melbourne Arts Centre, and in June for John Bell's new production of Carmen at the Sydney Opera House.


venue: Sydney Opera House, January 28 and 30, February 4, 6, 10, 17 and 20 at 7:30 pm, February 13 at 1 pm

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Aghet Project in Commemoration of the Armenian genocide
Reviews of the World Premiere
 
The concert project Aghet, focussing on the Armenian genocide in 1915, had its Premiere at Berlin's Radialsystem V on Novmber, 27.
 
Andrea Molino conducted the Dresdner Sinfoniker, which was joined by musicians from Turkey, Armenia, members of the No Borders Orchestra, five soloists and a female choir. The programme included two World Premieres by Zeynep Gedizlioglu (Turkey) and Helmut Oehring (Germany)
 
The evening in Berlin was met with enthusiasm by the public.
 
"The ability to ignore history's lessons is ubiquitous. That makes initiatives like this all the more important", Shirley Apthorp said ("A howl of protest", Financial Times, 30.11.2015), and as for the realisation, she continued: "Emphatic conducting from Andrea Molino and sensitive orchestral playing ensured an evening of scrupulous music-making."
 
She was joined in her opinion by Olaf Brühl who wrote, of Gedizlioglu's piece: "The interpretation by the ensemble under the baton of Italian conductor Andrea Molino was excellent, it served the beautiful score in every aspect, and left nothing to be desired on behalf of transparency and expressivity." ("Neue Musik von Zeynep Gedizlioglu, Vache Sharafyan und Helmut Oehring", kultur-extra .de, 2.12.2015)
 
Stefan Amzoll wrote of Andrea Molino as a "musician with a highly physical charisma"; ("Trommelfeuer des Protests", Neues Deutschland, 1.12.2015). "A very strong performance, a revival should be obligatory." Amzoll concluded.
 
Aghet is the third part of a project initiated by Dresdner Sinfoniker and Marc Sinan about the history and culture of Anatolia. After the two Berlin performances, the concert will be performed in Dresden on April, 29 and travel to Belgrade, Yerevan and Istanbul later in 2016.


Live recording of the performance by Deutschlandradio Kultur
reviews

 

 

 

Interview with Andrea Molino

In an interview he recently gave Roberto Cucchi from "I Teatri dell'Est", Andrea Molino speaks about his work as a composer and conductor, about Italian opera and Australian opera life, about conducting his own works and about his "trilogy": CREDO, WINNERS, and qui non c'è perché – .

 

The complete interview (in Italian) is available online.









 

 

 

 

Aghet – Project in Commemoration of the Armenian genocide
Molino conducts World Premiere with Dresdner Sinfoniker
Concert at Berlin's Radialsystem V

Aghet – catastrophe; this is what Armenians call the genocide carried out by the ottoman government in 1915. The Armenian minority was systematically exterminated, up to 1,5 million Armenians died.
 
The concert project Aghet, initiated by Dresdner Sinfoniker and Marc Sinan, commemorates the centenary of this genocide with two World Premieres, by Zeynep Gedizlioglu (Turkey) and Helmut Oehring (Germany) and the first performance in Germany of Vache Sharafyan's (Armenia) Surgite Gloriae.
 
Andrea Molino will conduct this concert project at Berlin's "space for arts and ideas", the Radialsystem V.
 
For this occasion, the Dresdner Sinfoniker will be joined by musicians from Turkey, Armenia, by members of the No Borders Orchestra, and by five soloists (Marc Sinan, guitar; Matthias Worm, viola; Araik Bartikian, duduk; Carl Thiemt, baritone; Friedrich Ilgner, boy soprano) and a female choir (members of the Dresdner Kammerchor and of AuditivVokal).
 
 
venue: Berlin, Radialsystem V, November 27 and 28, 20.00 h
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A matter of things – conversations for a different theatre
New postings
 
 
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The Collective Sound
The rain on a metal roof, Xenakis in Brussels and Violetta’s death
 
Where decisions are made: Art and the Polis
In conversation with Pietro Montani

 

 

 

 

In the 2016 opera season, Andrea Molino will conduct three productions at Opera Australia: Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Bohème and John Bell's new Carmen.

He starts his Australian season in January with Rossini's immortal musical comedy Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Sydney Opera House. In a setting inspired by 1920s silent films, Molino conducts a cast of international Rossini specialists, including Paolo Bordogna as Figaro and Kenneth Tarver as Almaviva, the Opera Australia Chorus and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

venue: Sydney Opera House, January 28 and 30, February 4, 6, 10, 17 and 20 at 7:30 pm, February 13 at 1 pm
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In May, the curtain rises in Melbourne on the revival of Puccini's La Bohème. Molino knows Gale Edwards' production well as he conducted it last New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House. Critics were then unanimous in complimenting him for his "very energetic, passionate and enthusiastic baton" and said that "Puccini’s glorious music had seldom sounded better than on this occasion". In Melbourne, he will realize the score with a new cast of singers, the Orchestra Victoria and the Opera Australia Chorus.

venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, May 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 25 and 28 at 7:30 and May 21 at 1 pm.
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For the first night of the new production of Bizet's Carmen, Molino will return to the Sydney Opera House in June. Here he will once more meet director John Bell with whom he already worked for Opera Australia's most successful new production of Tosca at the Melbourne State Theatre in 2014. Andrea Molino conducts French star Clémentine Margaine as Carmen, with Yonghoon Lee as Don José, the Opera Australia Chorus and the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

venue: Sydney Opera House, June 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 29 and July 1, 5, 9 and 13 at 7:30
more information
 
 

Annother event in the new season will be the release on ABC Classics in February 2016 of a recently recorded CD: Andrea Molino has conducted the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra for soprano Nicole Car's debut solo album, a rising star of the opera world with regular lead roles with Opera Australia and an upcoming debut with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The CD is an intriguing and exciting showcase of French, Italian, Russian and Czech operatic repertoire, including orchestral excerpts.
 

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Bellezze diverse – Different beauties
Molino conducts Tosca and La Bohème for Opera Australia
Documentary video


Bellezze diverse – Different beauties: This is the title of a documentary video of two Opera Australia productions conducted by Andrea Molino, Tosca and La Bohème. Produced and directed by Giulio Tami, the video is now available online.

Molino at work – but also talking about it: the video shows him rehearsing with the singers and the orchestra. The rehearsal scenes are intervowen with the performances and give an impressive insight of the two productions.

With Tosca, premiered on November 12, 2014, Molino opened the Melbourne Spring Season at the State Theatre with a staging by the Australian doyen of Shakespeare, John Bell, who transplanted Tosca’s story to 1943, when Mussolini’s successors abandoned Rome to the invading German armies.

With La Bohème, in a setting showing the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin (director: Gale Edwards), Molino conducted Opera Australia's 2014 New Year's Eve event and opened the summer season at the Sydney Opera House.

Critics were unanimous. About Tosca, Paul Selar wrote: "Conducting a top, in-form Orchestra Victoria, Andrea Molino executed the musical landscape with immense beauty, bold colour and confident pacing, exposing their great strengths..." (Bachtrack, November 13, 2014). About La Bohème, Lynne Lancaster wrote: "Musically, the terrific Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, under the very energetic, passionate and enthusiastic baton of Andrea Molino, is superb, giving a lush, dynamic rendition of Puccini’s much loved sweeping, vibrant score..." (Sydney Arts Guide, January 8, 2015).


video: Bellezze diverse – Different beauties
reviews: ToscaLa Bohème
 
 
 

Abitare possibile – The Possible Dwelling
Aesthetics, architecture and new media
Documentation of an Interview with Andrea Molino
 
 
The identity of mankind's ambience and habitat is actually re-defined by new technologies of information, by the digital revolution.
 
In May, 2013 Andrea Molino participated via live audiovisual connection from Jerusalem in an international conference organized in Ravello by the University of Salerno and other important Italian institutions, addressing this subject.
 
The recently published volume Abitare Possibile – Estetica, Architettura New Media, edited by Pina de Luca, contains the conference proceedings and documents; Molino's statements in his interview with Dario Cecchi are included in the section "Politiche dell'interattività".
 
 
 

A matter of things – conversations for a different theatre
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A party, nowhere, one to one
In conversation with Marino Formenti
 
(hyper)Realism and Fear

 
 
 
 
 
 

Belgian Premiere of – there is no why here –
Molino's multimedia music theatre at OPERA XXI Festival
Antwerp, deSingel, May 22 and 23

Andrea Molino's latest theatrical project – there is no why here – is an international co-production. Premiered at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna on April 24, 2014, it now reaches its next stage. On May 22 and 23, co-producer Muziektheater Transparant Antwerp in collaboration with deSingel will stage the production at Antwerp's deSingel with new video materials recorded in Antwerp, as the project's concept requires. Andrea Molino conducts the Brussels Philharmonic.

– there is no why here – (– qui non c'è perché –), conceived and composed by Andrea Molino, in collaboration with Giorgio Van Straten (text and dramaturgy), takes its title from "If This Is A Man" by Primo Levi: it is the answer he received from a guard in Auschwitz who snatched an icicle from him that he wanted to melt to quench his thirst.

After the project's World Premiere, critics and audiences were equally impressed by the subject, its musical and theatrical treatment, and by the performance itself, conducted by the composer and featuring among many others David Moss, Anna Linardou and the BL!NDMAN Ensemble.

The piece is the final chapter of a trilogy which started with Molino's two previous multimedia projects: CREDO, 2003-2004, on ethnic and religious conflicts, and WINNERS, 2005-2006, on "winners and losers".

– there is no why here – is an international project in co-production between the Teatro Comunale di BolognaMuziektheater Transparant Antwerp in collaboration with deSingel in Antwerp, GRAME (Centre National de Création Musicale in Lyon, France), Operadagen Rotterdam and Vlaamse Opera.

Venue: Antwerp, deSingel (Salle rouge) – May 22 and 23

more information
reviews of the World Premiere
 
 
 

A matter of things – conversations for a different theatre
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The performance venue as a communication centre
in conversation with Lyndon Terracini
Artistic Director of Opera Australia
 
 
 





Andrea Molino once more nominated for the Green Room Awards

Conductor Andrea Molino has been nominated in the Best Opera Conductor category of the 2015 Green Room Awards, Australia's premiere arts awards. The nomination is for his season of Tosca in Melbourne for Opera Australia. Molino has opened the Company's Spring Season with this premiere, conducting Orchestra Victoria and an outstanding cast.

Critics were unanimous about his musical realization of Puccini's score: "Andrea Molino conducts Orchestra Victoria in a towering performance. They achieve wonderful variation in tone from gentle humour and playfulness in the first act to driving inevitability in the final scene. Their accompaniment of the major solo pieces was exemplary: subtle, light of touch and driving the passion of the music", was Gregory Pritchard's opinion (Concerto.net, November 17, 2014).

In 2014, Molino was nominated as Best Conductor for Verdi's Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball). The Green Room Awards honour outstanding talent in all areas of theatre and the stage in Australia, including musical theatre, opera, circus, alternative and hybrid, cabaret and dance, and reward achievement in performance, production and direction in these areas.


Green Room Awards
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Interview with Australian Radio SBS now available online

 
An interview wich Andrea Molino has given the Australian radio station SBS in January is now available online.
 
With his interview partner, Domenico Gentile, Molino speaks about his last two opera experiences in Australia, Tosca in Melbourne and La Bohème in Sydney. He also talks about his last own work, the multimedia music theatre – there is no why here – (– qui non c'è perché –), premiered in Bologna in 2014, and his next projects.
 
The interview is in Italian; SBS offers radio and television to the 4+ million Australians who speak a language other than English.
 
 
Interview, part one and two
– there is no why here –
Tosca reviews
Bohème reviews
 
 
 

A matter of things – conversations for a different theatre
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Voices and screams, breaths and sighs – for a vocality of human nature
In conversation with Stefano Luigi Mangia
 
 
Calvin, Hobbes, CNN in Iraq and Robin Williams out of focus
Or the language of technology
 
 
Looking for new social rituals
In conversation with Filippo Del Corno,
composer and Culture Councillor of the Municipality of Milan
 
 
 
 

Reviews of the New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House
Puccini – La Bohème
Andrea Molino opens Opera Australia's summer season

 
Andrea Molino has once more returned with great success to the Sydney Opera House. This time invited to conduct La Bohème for Opera Australia’s Summer Season, which included a New Year's Eve Gala performance.
 
"Musically, the terrific Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, under the very energetic, passionate and enthusiastic baton of Andrea Molino, is superb, giving a lush, dynamic rendition of Puccini’s much loved sweeping, vibrant score...", writes Lynne Lancaster (Sydney Arts Guide, January 8, 2015).
 
And Bill Stephens thinks that "Puccini’s glorious music had seldom sounded better than on this occasion. Seemingly pleased with what he was hearing, Maestro Andrea Molino carefully guided the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra through every lush and dramatic nuance of this marvelous score." (Australian Arts Review, January 12, 2015).
 
"Conductor Andrea Molino and the orchestra’s sensitive, well-paced accompaniments realised the score’s combination of lively action and lyrical reflection...", is Murray Black's opinion (The Australian, January 6, 2015), and Lloyd Bradford Syke speaks of a "...lush, loving rendition of Puccini’s score by the consistently fabulous Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, under Andrea Molino..." (Crikey, January 5, 2015).
 
 
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Andrea Molino – Three Mile Island
New video of the complete World Premiere now available

 
Three Mile Island is a multimedia staged concert written by Andrea Molino for the festival Europäische Kulturtage Karlsruhe and premiered at the ZKM in Karlsruhe on March 29, 2012. A second performance took place in Rome (Teatro India, May 21, 2012).
 
With this work Andrea Molino sets out to remind us of a generally forgotten event that took place 30 years ago: the nuclear accident that happened in Three Mile Island on the morning of the 28th March 1997, a tragedy that has been kept out of the limelight, a conspiracy of silence.
 
Besides the documentary video, a new video of the complete World Premiere at Karlsruhe is now available.
 
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A matter of things – conversations for a different theatre
New postings

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I want the things
Anton Webern, José Saramago, Jean Améry and the treachery
of metaphors

The Dream of a Thing
In conversation with Mauro Montalbetti
 
For a theatre of reality
In conversation with Guido Barbieri
 
Capriccio and the bombing of Baghdad

 
 
 

New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House
Andrea Molino conducts Puccinis La Bohème for Opera Australia
 
 
After the successful premiere of Puccini's Tosca in November, Andrea Molino returns to the Sydney Opera House to conduct La Bohème. The first evening of the series will be for the last night of the year: La Bohème is the New Year's Eve event at the Sydney Opera House.
 
The setting of the production shows not Paris but the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, in the colour and chaos of street fairs and burlesque bars, fairylights and fishnet stockings (leading team: Gale Edwards, director; Matthew Barcly and Andy Morton, revival director, Brian Thomas, set designer, Julie Lynch, costume designer, and John Rayment, lighting designer).
A fine cast takes the roles of the bohemians: Maija Kovalevska gives her Australian debut as Mimì, Diego Torre is Rodolfo the writer, Lorena Gore sings Musetta, Andrew Jones incarnates the painter Marcello, David Parkin takes the role of Colline the philosopher and Shane Lowrencev will be Schaunard the musician.
 
Andrea Molino once more conducts the Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra, with the Australian Opera Chorus and Opera Australia's Childrens' Chorus.
 
For the New Year's Eve, the interval is timed for the famous fireworks, and the Sydney Opera House stays open well past the midnight fireworks. And in January, the Berlin bohemians will populate the stage of the Sydney Opera Houes for seven more performances.
 
Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

December 31, 2014

further performances:
January 3, 6 , 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 at 7.30 p.m.
 
 
 
 

Molino conducts Tosca at the Melbourne State Theatre
Reviews
 
 
Andrea Molino has opened the Spring Season at the Melbourne State Theatre with Puccini's Tosca. "The audience is swept along in a rollicking, powerful show, with … conductor Andrea Molino drawing a broad sweep and full emotional intensity from the reliably excellent Orchestra Victoria", relates the Sydney Morning Herald (November 13, 2014).

And critics, too, were unanimous: "Andrea Molino conducts Orchestra Victoria in a towering performance. They achieve wonderful variation in tone from gentle humour and playfulness in the first act to driving inevitability in the final scene. Their accompaniment of the major solo pieces was exemplary: subtle, light of touch and driving the passion of the music", is Gregory Pritchard's opinion (Concerto.net, November 17, 2014).

Simon Parris writes: "Maestro Andrea Molino draws a lush, richly coloured rendition of the score from Orchestra Victoria." (Main In Chair, November 13, 2014), and Paul Selar says: "Conducting a top, in-form Orchestra Victoria, Andrea Molino executed the musical landscape with immense beauty, bold colour and confident pacing, exposing their great strengths..." (Bachtrack, November 13, 2014).
 
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A matter of things – conversations for a different theatre
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Lawrence of Arabia and a new Magic Flute
In conversation with Luigi De Angelis (Fanny&Alexander)
 
The time of things – The concept of simultaneity and the breasts of Janet Jackson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Melbourne, State Theatre – November 12, 2014
Molino opens Melbourne Spring Season with Puccini's Tosca
 
 
Andrea Molino will conduct one of Puccini's most famous operas in Melbourne at the State Theatre, Melbourne's Arts Centre. After Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, Verdi's Un ballo in maschera and Macbeth, and Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men this is his fifth appearance in a production of Opera Australia.
 
The director is the Australian doyen of Shakespeare, John Bell. He has transplanted Tosca’s story to 1943, when Mussolini’s successors abandoned Rome to the invading German armies. The set, designed by Michael Scott-Mitchell, shows the baroque interior of Rome's Sant'Andrea della Valle in the first act, and contrasts it with a fascist architecture for Scarpia's headquarters. Costume design is by Teresa Negroponte.
 
Martina Serafin (until November 29) and Jacqueline Mabardi will portray the title role, Diego Torre will be their Cavaradossi, and Claudio Sgura will sing Scarpia.
 
Andrea Molino conducts Orchestra Victoria, the Opera Australia Chorus and Opera Australia's Children's Chorus.

Dates: November, 12, 15, 18, 22, 26, 29; December 2, 5, 10 and 13 at 7:30 (November 22 amd December 13 at 1:00 pm)
 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre 
 
 
 

A matter of things – conversations for a different theatre

 
Since October, new texts, conversations, quotations, photos are posted on the website http://quinonceperche.blog.rai.it where Andrea Molino has recently launched the blog on “a matter of things – conversations for a different theatre”.
 
The blog is in Italian and English and open to free contributions at any stage of the conversation. Read and comment on the first posts here:
 
A matter of things - conversations for a different theatre

The Sense of the Place
 
Reality, realism and fiction - in conversation with
Giorgio van Straten

 
Coca-Cola at the White House

 
 
 


A matter of things – conversations for a different theatre


Andrea Molino is launching the blog “a matter of things
 - conversations for a different theatre” on the website http://quinonceperche.blog.rai.it.

The blog is in Italian and English, and it will regularly host discussions and conversations about the more significant issues of innovative multimedia musical theatre.

The blog will contain a rich, and only apparently disorganised, series of reflections, notes, quotations, textual and audiovisual conversations with friends and colleagues, with the purpose of charting a course, leaving signs that can guide us on this path. 

A chance for anyone to freely contribute at any stage of the conversation, leaving your comment to help us orientate better in this shared path.

 

Read and comment the first post here.


  

 

Andrea Molino starts new management collaboration

From August 2014, Andrea Molino is starting a collaboration with Stage Door srl, Bologna.
Stage Door srl will work with him on a world wide level except UK and Ireland while the current collaboration with Lundström Arts Management will continue for the UK and Ireland.

Both agencies represent Andrea Molino as a composer and a conductor.

For direct contact please refer to:

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UK and Ireland
Stage Door srl
via San Giorgio 4
40121 – Bologna
Italia
Lundström Arts Management
Karina Lundström
86 Ard na Mara
Malahide
Co. Dublin
Ireland

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– there is no why here –
Reviews of the World Premiere

Molino's multimedia music theatre work was premiered at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna on April 24, 2014. Critics and audience were equally impressed by the subject, by the means used to treat it musically and theatrically, and by the performance itself, conducted by the composer and featuring among many others David Moss, Anna Linardou and the BL!NDMAN Ensemble.
"It has a double merit", wrote Michele Girardi (Il Corriere della Sera, 1.5.2014): "On the one hand to be music with a strong impact, able to speak to an audience without previously being filtered through barriers of style; on the other to be placed outside of the greyness of academicism, that is the scourge of today's art music. [...] It has the flavour of authenticity." And Michele Donati (Bloggione, 26.4.2014) said that "In short, contemporary opera is not only an intellectually lively product of art, but also an opportunity to reflect on dense, difficult issues: in its abstract and practical dimension it succeeds in speaking to modern audiences with a language that, yes, requires focussing, but is also rewarding, while touching the critical issues of human thought."
About the performance, Marco Beghelli sad that it "...accomplished the maximum possible on a musical level", (Il Resto del Carlino, 25.3.2014), and Magda Ruggeri Marchetti (Artzeblai, 1.5.2014) stated: "Musically the Maestro has obtained a remarkable result thanks to the quality of the orchestra, to the extraordinary performance of the group BLINDMAN, sax and percussion, the perfect work of David Moss helped by three members of the Institute for Living Voice, and Anna Linardou, expert solo singer of the Greek lullaby."

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On TV: Verdi's Un ballo in maschera conducted by Andrea Molino
ABC Television showed Opera Australia's production

"A visually stunning, musically first-rate and dramatically provocative production", that's how Clive Paget (Limelight, 17.1.2013) described the production of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, signed by La Fura des Baus, after its premiere at Opera Australia.
For this production, conductor Andrea Molino has been nominated as "Best Conductor" for the 2014 Green Room Awards.
On May 25, 2014 ABC Television broadcast the successful production announcing: "a visually stunning, ground-breaking tale of deception, disguise and fate in a world where the wealthy have all the power and control the populace."
The production's first night was at the Sydney Opera House on January 16, 2013, it then went to Melbourne and was also shown as a CinemaLive event.
It was presented in association with Sydney Festival 2013 and as part of Opera Australia's Verdi-Festival "Viva Verdi!", in celebration of Verdi's 200th Anniversary in 2013, and co-produced by Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; La Monnaie, Brussels; Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo.

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World Premiere: – there is no why here –
Molino writes new multimedia music theatre work
April 24, 2014 – Bologna, Teatro Comunale

– there is no why here – (– qui non c'è perché –), conceived and composed by Andrea Molino, in collaboration with Giorgio Van Straten for the text and the dramaturgy, takes its title from "If This Is A Man" by Primo Levi: it is the answer he received from a guard in Auschwitz who snatched an icicle from him that he wanted to melt to quench his thirst.
The piece will be the final chapter of a trilogy which started with Molino's two previous multimedia projects: CREDO, 2003-2004, on ethnic and religious conflicts, and WINNERS, 2005-2006, on "winners and losers".
The basis of the project's dramaturgy is the critical point where the traditional ways of distinguishing between right and wrong, between good and evil, fail – the solitude of man in this condition, the ultimate necessity to assume responsibility.
Consequently, the flow of the performance is created through a continuous sequence of musical-theatrical moments, each one approaching one or more aspects of the theme, connected through a non-narrative but linear dramaturgy. Different materials – texts from different sources, audiovisual contributions, live connections with other locations – closely linked to the main theme, will be worked out in the dramaturgy and inserted into the theatrical language.
The score requires vocal and instrumental soloists, performers, symphony orchestra, live electronics, and live video. Wouter van Looy is the stage director, with scenes and video by the collective WerkTank, Leuven. The vocal cast features David Moss and Anna Linardou as main soloists and includes young vocalists selected in collaboration with the Institute for Living Voice (Artistic Director: David Moss). The instrumental solo parts will be performed by BL!NDMAN (sax) and BL!NDMAN (drums), Brussels. Andrea Molino will conduct the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
– there is no why here – is an international project in co-production between the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Muziektheater Transparant Antwerp in collaboration with deSingel in Antwerp, GRAME (Centre National de Création Musicale in Lyon, France), Operadagen Rotterdam and Vlaamse Opera.
The music score is published by RAI trade, Rome. RAI trade dedicates a blog website to the project.

– there is no why here – will be premiered at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna on April 24, 2014.

venue: Bologna, Teatro Comunale, April 24 (8 pm), 26 (6 pm), 27 (3.30 pm), 29 (8 pm)

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http://thereisnowhyhere.blog.rai.it published by RAI trade
Website dedicated to Molino's new multimedia music theatre
Live video streaming of the final performance of – there is no why here –


Andrea Molino's new multimedia music theatre work, to be premiered in Bologna on April, 24 is accompanied by a website offering a wide range of information about the project. Audiovisual material, backstage information and commentaries show how the production process is developing.

The site, launched by Molino's publisher RAI trade, is updated daily. Reports from the performances and reviews will later complete the site. It will also accompany future performances of the project planned for Belgium and Holland.

From April 29, a live video streaming on the website will make the final performance of – there is no why here – (– qui non c'è perché –) in Bologna available for all those who have not had the opportunity to see it at the theatre.

As the site is in the form of a blog, it will be open to guest commentaries and will develop into a forum for a discussion about contemporary music theatre.

 

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Reviews of Il Turco in Italia in Sydney

Andrea Molino has conducted the premiere of Il Turco in Italia at the Sydney Opera House on January, 22, 2014. It was the Australian Premiere of Rossini's musical comedy.

"It is musically superb. The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra under the wickedly delightful and exuberant conducting of maestro Andrea Molino is in fine form…", wrote the Sydney Arts Guide, and The Australian said that "Conductor Andrea Molino and the orchestra's brisk, rhythmically alert accompaniments complement the production's lightness of touch."

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Andrea Molino nominated for the 2014 Green Room Awards


Conductor Andrea Molino has been nominated under the Best Opera Conductor category of the 2014 Green Room Awards, Australia's premiere arts awards.

Established in 1983, the Green Room Awards honour outstanding talent in all areas of theatre and the stage in Australia, including musical theatre, opera, circus, alternative and hybrid, cabaret and dance, and reward achievement in performance, production and direction in these areas.

Molino has been nominated as Best Conductor for his season of The Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera) with Opera Australia in 2013. Critics described this as 'a night to remember', and said of Molino that his 'thoroughly idiomatic reading of Verdi's score is electric, fully alert to the musical moments that prefigure later works like Don Carlo and Aida. His visceral interpretation packs a real dramatic punch yet he pulls back and supports his singers with sensitive rubato when required' (Clive Paget).

Competition for the award is fierce, with two Victoria Opera conductors also nominated: Daniel Carter for Magic Pudding, and Fabian Russel for Nixon in China. The winner will be decided through a secret ballot by a panel of judges, including performers, musicians, broadcasters and producers.

 


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Sydney Opera House – January 22, 2014
Andrea Molino conducts Rossini's Il Turco in Italia
Australian First Performance

 
"Take two long-lost lovers – a gypsy and a prince. Add a quarrelling couple – a free spirit and a fool. And add another secret lover, just for good measure." This is how the Opera Australia announces its latest opera production, Rossini's Il Turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy).

For the Australian First Performance of this tumultuous musical comedy, to be premiered on January 22, 2014, Andrea Molino will once more return to the Sydney Opera House where he has already conducted Verdi's Un ballo in maschera and Macbeth and the Australian Premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men.

Under Molino's baton are the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and a cast that includes Emma Matthews (Fiorilla), Luciano Botelho (Narciso), Conal Coad (Geronio), Paolo Bordogna (Selim), Samuel Dundas (Prosdocimo), Anna Dowsley (Zaida) and Graeme Macfarlane (Albazar).

The director is Simon Phillips, set and costumes are by Gabriela Tylesova and Nick Schlieper is the lighting designer.

The production is presented by Opera Australia in association with the Sydney Festival and will be performed in Italian with English surtitles.


Venue: Sydney Opera House, January 22, 25, 29, 31 and February 5, 12 at 7.30 p.m, February 8 at 1. p.m.


ECM publishes Sinan's Hasretim
DVD of the Dresden World Premiere conducted by Andrea Molino
Release on September 6, 2013



The renowned German CD label ECM publishes two full length (audio and DVD) performances of Marc Sinan's Hasretim – Journey to Anatolia. On the DVD, Andrea Molino conducts the Dresdner Sinfoniker for the World Premiere in Dresden (Festspielhaus Hellerau, October 9, 2010 – Festival Tonlagen), presented as a live video recording.

Molino also arranged and orchestrated the piece which is presented in a concert version from the Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival 2011 on the CD which completes the package.

Hasretim is a concert installation with video documents and Turkish folk music as well as the music of Turkish troubadours. The score is written for an ensemble of 22 instrumentalists, composed of members of the Dresdner Sinfoniker and Turkish and Armenian guest musicians. It is the result of an intense collaboration between Marc Sinan and Andrea Molino.

The last live performance, conducted by Andrea Molino, took place in the Berliner Philharmonie in March 2013 as part of the Berlin festival MaerzMusik.


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Kayhan Kalhor's Symphony for Palestine
Molino conducts 
Dresdner Sinfoniker on Tour in Palestine
May / June 2013 – East Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jenin


Andrea Molino conducts the Dresdner Sinfoniker on a tour to East Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jenin that is already attracting international attention. On the programme: the Symphony for Palestine by the Iranian composer and Kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor.

The World Premiere of Kalhor's work, conducted by Andrea Molino, opened the festival Tonlagen at the Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden in October 2011. Since then, a tour to Jerusalem and the West Bank had been a cherished plan as the composition is dedicated to two Palestinians: Juliano Mer-Khamis, the murdered director of Jenin's Freedom Theatre, and the eleven-year old Ahmed Khatib, shot dead in 2005 by an Israeli soldier who mistook the boy's water pistol for an armed weapon, a story that went around the world because his parents donated Ahmed's organs to five Israeli children.

The composition combines classical Persian melodies and elements of Arabic folk music with the sound of a European string orchestra. The orchestral piece includes traditional oriental instruments such as Arabic violin (Kamil Shajrawi), Oud (Emil Bishara), Kamancheh (Mehri Asadullayeva), Darbuka (Naif Serhan) and Qanun (Nermin Hasanova).

Symphony for Palestine is sponsored by the ‘Kulturstiftung des Bundes' (the German federal Culture Foundation), the city of Dresden (department of culture and heritage), the ‘Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen' as well as the ‘Kulturstiftung Dresden der Dresdner Bank' and is a co-production of the Dresdner Sinfoniker and Ben Deiß.


Tour dates: Ramallah (Cultural Palace), May 30; Jerusalem (Al Hakawati Palestinian National Theatre), June 1; Jenin (Cinema Jenin), June 2 2013

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Molino conducts Verdi's A Masked Ball in Melbourne
Opera Australia's Production as a Live Cinema Event
 
 
Opera Australia's successful production of Verdi's A Masked Ball, conducted by Andrea Molino in a staging devised by La Fura dels Baus, went from Sydney to Melbourne in April and again met with enthusiastic critics. "Italian conductor Andrea Molino read an abundance of light and shade into the score," Gregory Pritchard wrote in ConcertoNet, and Lucy Graham in Stage Whispers spoke of Molino's "sensitive baton".
 
The production will be open to a far greater public soon as CinemaLive announces its transmission as an upcoming event.
CinemaLive is "a fully integrated solution that provides the entertainment industry with direct live access into cinema locations and big screens on a national and international basis".
  

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  International Competition Music Theatre NOW?
Showcase with Molino's Three Mile Island
Jönköping, May 25 – Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts


As one of the winners of the international competition, Music Theatre NOW? Andrea Molino's multimedia staged concert Three Mile Island will be showcased during the Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts in Jönköping.

Music Theatre NOW is a worldwide competition for new Opera and Music Theatre organized by the International Theatre Institute and is one of the most important events for radical and experimental music theatre.

Molino's project was chosen together with 16 others by a jury made up of renowned theatre makers from five continents, from over 400 submissions, from more than 35 countries.

Three Mile Island , about the nuclear accident in Three Mile Island in 1979, is a co-production of ZKM - Centre for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe, Accademia Filarmonica Romana and Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti, Rome, in cooperation with the Zurich University of the Arts. The project was first performed in Karlsruhe as part of the festival Europäische Kulturtage 2012, on March 29 in the ZKM. The production then went to Rome's Teatro India where the Italian premiere took place on May 21, 2012.

The project has also been nominated for the Prix Ars Electronica 2012.

Music Theatre NOW is organized by the ITI Music Theatre Committee, Teaterunionen - Swedish ITI/ Scenkonstbiennalen and the German ITI with financial support from Musikverket and the German ITI.


Venue: Jönköping, Stadsbiblioteket, May 25, 9.30-10.00 am 

 

The Possible Dwelling. Aesthetics, Architecture and New Media Molino participates with a testimony live from Jerusalem
Ravello, May 29, 19pm


An international conference organized by the University of Salerno and other important Italian institutions including the University "La Sapienza", Rome, will be held in Ravello in Oscar Niemeyer's beautiful auditorium. It will address the theme "Aesthetics, Architecture and New Media".

Andrea Molino will participate via live audiovisual connection from Jerusalem in the second session of the conference about "Metropolitan Senses" upon invitation of Prof. Pietro Montani of La Sapienza, Rome.


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Melbourne, State Theatre – April, 12
Molino conducts Opera Australia's Un Ballo in Maschera
 
 
Andrea Molino will conduct Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera in Melbourne. Opera Australia's new production, premiered in January in Sydney, will be presented at the State Theatre in Melbourne's Arts Centre.
The international co-production with a staging devised by the legendary Catalan company La Fura dels Baus has been described as "a visually stunning, musically first-rate and dramatically provocative production" (Limelight).
The acclaimed soprano Csilla Boross and rising Mexican tenor Diego Torre make their Opera Australia role debuts as Amelia and Gustav III respectively, while the outstanding José Carbó portrays Count Anckarstroem in his first Verdi opera. Oscar is sung by Lorina Gore.
 
 
dates: April, 12, 17, 20, 26 and May 3 - 7:30 p.m.
venue: State Theatre in the Arts Center Melbourne

 

 

 

Molino makes his debut as a conductor at Berliner Philharmonie  Hasretim – Trip to Anatolia is part of the festival MaerzMusik
 
 
Andrea Molino has been invited by MaerzMusik, the important Berlin festival for contemporary music, to conduct once more Marc Sinan's Hasretim - Eine anatolische Reise. This will be Andrea's debut at the Berliner Philharmonie.
"Hasret" is the Turkish term for indefinable longing. Hasretim is a concert installation with video documents and music by the German Turkish musician Marc Sinan, arranged by Andrea Molino. It uses Turkish folk music as well as the music of Turkish troubadours. For the visual and musical material, Marc Sinan and Markus Rindt, manager of Dresden Symphony Orchestra (Dresdner Sinfoniker), looked for musical encounters in the easternmost regions of Turkey, close to the Armenian frontier.
Hasretim's first performance was conducted by Molino in Dresden in 2010. It was awarded the Special Prize of the YEAH! Young EARopean Award, by the German UNESCO Commission.
 
 
venue: March 20, 2013 – Berlin, Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie
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Reviews of Un Ballo in Maschera in Sydney
 
 
Andrea Molino has conducted the premiere of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera at the Sydney Opera House on January, 16. The event was part of Viva Verdi, Opera Australia's festival in celebration of Verdi's 200th anniversary.
"Molino's sense of style in this music is irresistible," the Sydney Morning Herald wrote, and Limelight said that "Andrea Molino's thoroughly idiomatic reading of Verdi's score is electric".
 

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"Music is Theatre"
Andrea Molino portrayed in the ABC Classic FM Radio Program "Music Makers"


ABC Classical Radio presented Andrea Molino's work, both as a conductor and a composer, as part of its program "Music Makers".
Molino gave insights into his work with Opera Australia's production of Verdi's Un ballo di maschera at Sydney and Melbourne to presenter Mairi Nicolson. He discussed with her, opera, music theatre, his passion for contemporary music, and the importance of the visual component in his work. Excerpts of music chosen by Molino included works by: Verdi, Mozart, Bach, Stravinsky and Berio and were combined with Molino's own compositions, especially CREDO, his multimedia music theatre work first presented at the opening of the Queensland Biennial Music Festival in 2005.


First broadcast March 3, 2013, 12:05pm – listen again

 

Three Mile Island nominated for Prix Ars Electronica 2013
 
 
Molino's multimedia staged concert about the nuclear accident in Three Mile Island has been nominated for the Prix Ars Electronica 2013.
The award "...is our international trend barometer, constantly on the lookout for what's new & exciting, what's radically different, what's making an impact right now...," Ars Electronica says.
Three Mile Island was first performed in Karlsruhe as part of the festival "European Days of Culture" 2012 on March 29 in the ZKM. The original production then went to Rome's Teatro India where the Italian Premiere took place on May 21, 2012.
 
A documentary video of the World Premiere and reviews are available on Molino's homepage.

 

Sydney Opera House -– January 16, 2013
Andrea Molino conducts Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera
World Premiere of a new production by La Fura dels Baus

Andrea Molino returns to the Sydney Opera House to conduct a new production of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, which will have its premiere on January, 16.
Under Molino's baton is an exciting cast which includes the acclaimed soprano Tamar Iveri (Amelia) and rising Mexican tenor Diego Torre (Gustavo). José Carbó makes his Verdi debut (Count Anckarstroem), Oscar is sung by Taryn Fiebig.
The staging is devised by the legendary Catalan company La Fura dels Baus, with director Alex Ollé and designers Alfons Flores and Lluc Castells.
The Opera Australia production is presented in association with Sydney Festival 2013 and as part of Opera Australia's Verdi-Festival "Viva Verdi!", in celebration of Verdi's 200th Anniversary in 2013. It is co-produced by Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; La Monnaie, Brussels; Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo.

Venue: Sydney Opera House
January 16, 19, 24 at 7.30pm, January 27 at 2pm
February 5, 8, 12 at 7:30 pm

 

International Theatre Institute
Molino's Three Mile Island wins the competition Music Theatre NOW

Andrea Molino's multimedia staged concert Three Mile Island is one of the winners of the international competition, Music Theatre NOW. A jury made up of renowned theatre makers from five continents had to choose from over 400 submissions from more than 35 countries.
The winning artistic teams will have the opportunity to showcase their work in the frame of the Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts in Jönköping in May 2013.
Molino's project, about the nuclear accident in Three Mile Island in 1979, is a co-production of ZKM – Centre for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe, Accademia Filarmonica Romana and Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti, Rome, in cooperation with the Zurich University of the Arts. The project was first performed in Karlsruhe as part of the festival Europäische Kulturtage 2012, on March 29 in the ZKM. The production then went to Rome's Teatro India where the Italian premiere took place on May 21, 2012.

 

Festival "I Cantieri dell'Immaginario"
World Premiere of Andrea Molino's Open, Air
L'Aquila, Piazza del Teatro, 4.8.2012
 
 
Open, Air is the title of Andrea Molino's new site specific piece for orchestra, voices and instruments. The texts by Giorgio van Straten which include excerpts from Joseph Conrad and Robert Musil, deal with meteorology: the most typical topic of conversation when people gather together in open spaces. With one very relevant detail: the place of the World Premiere is the Piazza del Teatro in L'Aquila, the artistic Italian town almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 2009.
 
Like the rest of the old town, the reconstruction of the Piazza is still far from being finished so the World Premiere is part of L'Aquila's festival
"I Cantieri dell'Immaginario". Its aim is to draw attention to the damaged historical centre of the town and to give the locations back to the citizens as meeting places, so that that they can again become core to the life of the community.
 
The Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese conducted by Carlo Boccadoro will play on a stage, a large vocal ensemble (approx. 60 people) and a percussion group of the Conservatorio de L'Aquila will be spread among the audience in the middle of the Piazza del Teatro. Other musicians will be placed in scaffoldings around the Piazza, erected for the reconstruction of the theatre, the church of San Bernardino and the Scuola De Amicis.
 
Open, Air is a commission of the Società Aquilana dei Concerti "B. Barattelli" for the year 2012.
 

Venue: 4.8.2012, 9:30 pm, L'Aquila, Piazza del Teatro

 

Andrea Molino: Three Mile Island
Documentary video
Reviews of the World Premiere and the Italian Premiere
Now available on Andrea Molino's homepage
 
 
Andrea Molino's multimedia staged concert about the nuclear accident in Three Mile Island in 1979 was first performed in Karlsruhe as part of the festival Europäische Kulturtage 2012 on March 29 in the ZKM. The original production then went to Rome's Teatro India where the Italian Premiere took place on May 21, 2012.
 
A documentary video of the World Premiere and reviews of the two performances are now available on Molino's homepage.
 
 
 

 

Three Mile Island
Italian Premiere of Molino's latest project
Rome, May 21, 2012



Following its World Premiere on March 29, 2012 in Karlsruhe, Andrea Molino's multimedia staged concert about the nuclear accident in Three Mile Island in 1979 will have its Italian Premiere (in its original production) in Rome's Teatro India.
 
The project is a co-production of the Centre for Arts And Media in Karlsruhe (ZKM), Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti (IUC), Rome, in collaboration with Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) – Department of Art & Media, Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, and Teatro di Roma.
 

Andrea Molino will direct the Klangforum Wien and the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart.
 
Prior to the event, Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, will take part in a discussion entitled"La cortina di fumo" („the smoke curtain") about the issue of information regarding nuclear accidents.
Venue: May 21, 17.30 in the foyer of the theatre.
  
"There is no doubt that with Three Mile Island Andrea Molino has chosen a more than delicate subject to once again provide further proof that its substance is not literary fiction. But how the composer confronts this venture is testament to his integrity and honesty", a review wrote after the World Premiere. "Molino does not reduce the complexity of this highly technical theme, does not break it down to music, video or theatre, he takes all three by the horns and allows it to grow into its own hybrid."
 
 
Venue: Rome, Rome (Teatro India), May 21 and 22, 9 pm

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FutureEverything Conference
Molino will discuss his
Three Mile Island project
Manchester, May 17, 2012
 
 
Andrea Molino is invited to present and discuss his multimedia staged concert Three Mile Islandat the FutureEverything Conference 2012 in Manchester.
 
The Conference is part of FutureEverything, an annual festival of art, music and ideas involving a mix of live events, exhibitions, workshops and talks in up to 30 different venues and spaces across Manchester.
 
Molino is not only the composer of the project about the nuclear accident in Three Mile Island in 1979 but has also conducted the World Premiere at Karlsruhe on March 29, 2012 as part of the European Days of Culture.
 
Venue: Manchester, May 17, 2012 (Museum of Science and Industry, 3.40pm, Room 2)

 

Claudio Ambrosini: Il Killer di Parole
Andrea Molino conducts French Premiere

Nancy, Opéra National de Lorraine, June 26, 2012
 
 
Claudio Ambrosini's Opera was first performed under the baton of Andrea Molino, at Teatro La Fenice on December 10, 2010. Il Killer di Parole is a co-production with Nancy's Opéra National de Lorraine where it will have its French Premiere on 26 June.
 
Il Killer di parole
(Le tueur de mots) is based on a libretto by the composer who wrote it following a series of conversations with his friend Daniel Pennac. The fascinating, unusual sounds, the elegant and intricate roles of the singers, the plot about an editor who fails in his tasks because of his fascination for the beauty and the charm of words and unusual languages, together with the cast of the World Premiere, directed by Franceso Micheli, made Ambrosini's opera a most successful production. It was awarded the 2010 prize for the best first performance of an opera by the prestigious music critics' Franco Abbiati Prize.
 
The restaging of the French Premiere brings the original cast to Nancy, accompanied by the Choeur de l'Opéra national de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy conducted by Andrea Molino.

Venue:  Nancy, Opéra National de Lorraine, June 26, 28. 29, July 1 and 3 (8 p.m., July 1: 3 pm)

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Andrea Molino: Three Mile Island
World Premiere of the multimedia staged concert
March 29, Karlsruhe, ZKMEuropäische Kulturtage 2012
 
 
With his new project Three Mile Island Andrea Molino undertakes to remind us of the nuclear accident that took place in Three Mile Island on the morning of the 28th March 1979, a tragedy that has been kept out of the limelight by a conspiracy of silence.? The Austrian meteorologist Ignaz Vergeiner found out that, in the first 24 crucial hours, the radioactive cloud travelled much further than the authorities admitted. The damage was serious and irreversible.

The multimedia staged concert with music by Molino is based on written and video-recorded contributions by Ignaz Vergeiner, collected by Karl Hoffmann. Guido Barbieri is responsible for the texts and dramaturgy. An interactive intermedial installation designed by a creative team from the Centre for Arts And Media in Karlsruhe (ZKM) and from the Department of Art & Media of the Zurich University of the Arts will react in real time with the live performers; the voice and face of Vergeiner; the testimonies of the survivors and the interviews with family members of the nuclear accident victims filmed on location.

This audiovisual material is continuously counterpointed by the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart; the narration is reinforced and underlined by an extremely varied vocal texture. The instrumental element, performed by the Klangforum Wien, is also organically involved in this dialogue.

The project is a co-production of the Centre for Arts And Media in Karlsruhe (ZKM), Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti (IUC), Rome, in collaboration with Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) – Department of Art & Media, Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Teatro di Roma.
 
 
Venue
: Karlsruhe, ZKM, March 29, 30 and 31, 21pm
Tickets: +49 (0)721  81 00-12 00 or online
 
Italian Premiere: Rome (Teatro India), May 21, 2012?
 
 
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Waiblingen – December 4
Andrea Molino conducts Marc Sinan's HASRETIM
with the Dresdner Sinfoniker

 
 
After the successful first performance of Marc Sinan's HASRETIM – EINE ANATOLISCHE REISE in Dresden (Festival Tonlagen, October 9, 2010), Andrea Molino conducts the piece again with the Dresdner Sinfoniker in Waiblingen (Germany), in the series of events  "Hinaus in die Welt und herein mit ihr", an initiative focussing on the issue of integration.
 
Hasretim is a concert installation with video documents and Turkish folk music as well as the music of Turkish troubadours. Driven by hasret – the Turkish term for indefinable longing – the German Turkish musician Marc Sinan and Markus Rindt, manager of Dresden Symphony Orchestra (Dresdner Sinfoniker), looked for musical encounters in the easternmost outskirts of Turkey, close to the Armenian frontier. The score is written for an ensemble of 22 instrumentalists, composed of members of the Dresdner Sinfoniker and Turkish and Armenian musicians; it is the result of an intense collaboration between Marc Sinan and Andrea Molino.

Venue: Waiblingen, Bürgerzentrum (Ghibellinensaal) – 8 p.m.
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Venice, Gran Teatro La Fenice, Sale Apollinee – November 17
Molino conducts the World Premiere of Luis de Pablo's Números

 

Andrea Molino will conduct the Ex Novo Ensemble in a concert dedicated to the Spanish composer Luis de Pablo. On the programme is the World Premiere of Luis de Pablo's Números (2011), together with music by Liszt, Saint-Saëns, de Falla, Turina, and a second piece by de Pablo, Epístola al Transeùnte.
 
The concert is part of the 2011 edition of the festival Ex Novo Musica and is supported by the Fundacción BBVA.
 
Luis de Pablo, born in 1930 in Bilbao and living in Madrid, is one of those who opened up Spanish music to avant-garde aesthetics after the stagnancy of the Franco era. His aim was to unite his hispanidad with the cultural life of Europe. He participated at the Darmstadt courses, founded several organizations and organized contemporary music concert series. Today he is considered as one of the most important Spanish composers of our time.


Venue: Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice (Sale Apollinee) – 8 p.m.
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Venue: Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice (Sale Apollinee) – 8 p.m

Venice, Fondazione Cini – November 18
Festival Ex Novo Musica 2011


Andrea Molino participates in "Towards Darmstadt", a round table discussion with Luis De Pablo and Gabriele Bonomo, hosted by Mario Messinis, at the Sala Piccolo Teatro of the Fondazione Cini.

 

Press Reviews: Verdi's Macbeth at the Sydney Opera House
 
 
Andrea Molino recently conducted Verdi's Macbeth at the Sydney Opera House, it premiered on September 10, 2011. "As conductor, Molino's fidelity to Verdi and instinct for pace drove to the heart of the dramatic tension within scenes", said the Sydney Morning Herald. More reviews are now available on Molino's homepage.

 

Opening of the Festival Tonlagen
Andrea Molino conducts the World Premiere of Kalhor's
Cinema Jenin - A Symphony

Dresden, Festspielhaus Hellerau – October 1, 2011
 
 
On October 1, 2011 Andrea Molino conducts the Dresdner Sinfoniker for the World Premiere of a project about the Cinema Jenin, one of the major film theatres in Palestine, closed down in 1987 with the outbreak of the first Intifada but reopened in 2010 as a state-of-the-art cinema and cultural centre.
 
For this project, the internationally renowned Iranian composer and kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor has written Cinema Jenin – A Symphony for four soloists (Kamil Shajrawi, oud; Ali Bahrami, santur; Sa'ad Mohamed Hassan, Arabian violin; Shane Shanahan, percussion) and orchestra. Extracts from the prize winning documentary film Cinema Jenin by Marcus Vetter will accompany the music.
 
Kalhor's composition opens the festival Tonlagen at the Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden. A tour will bring the project to Israel and the West Bank in spring 2012.
 
The second part of the evening is dedicated to Kayhan Kalhor's composition Silent City (2006) for kamancheh, percussion and string orchestra, a piece written for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and dedicated to cities destroyed by wars or natural catastrophes.
 
To complete the programme, Marcus Vetter's film Cinema Jenin can be seen before the concert (Festspielhaus, 6 p.m.).
 
Venue: Dresden, Festspielhaus Hellerau, October 1, 2011 - 8 p.m.

 

Sydney Opera House – September 10, 2011
Andrea Molino conducts Verdi's Macbeth
New production of Opera Australia  
 
 
After his recent debut at the Sydney Opera House with Carlisle Floyd's opera Of Mice and Men, Andrea Molino conducts the premiere of a new production of Verdi's Macbeth for Opera Australia on September 10, 2011.
  
For his first Macbeth, Molino works with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Opera Australia Chorus and a cast of remarkable singers. Peter Coleman-Wright (Macbeth) and Elizabeth Whitehouse (Lady Macbeth) will make their role debuts; Daniel Sumegi is Banquo and Rosario La Spina sings Macduff.
 
Sally Blackwood restudies the original staging by Canadian director Rene Richard Cyr, a co-production with the Opéra de Montréal. The set is designed by Claude Goyette, and François St-Aubin designs the costumes.
 
Venue: Sydney, Opera House
September 10, 15, 20, 23 and 27 / 7.30 p.m.

 

Carlisle Floyd: Of Mice and Men
Reviews of the Australian Premiere at the Sydney Opera House
 

 
Andrea Molino has conducted Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men, a new production of the Opera Australia premiered at the Sydney Opera House on July 23, 2011 and broadcast by the Australian ABC Classic FM Radio.
 
Reviews of the event are now available on Molino's homepage.

 

Sydney Opera House – Saturday 23 July 7:30 p.m.
Andrea Molino makes his conducting debut at the Sydney Opera House

Australian Premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men
 
Andrea Molino will make his debut at the Sydney Opera House with Opera Australia, for the Australian Premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Opera, Of Mice and Men. This will be a new production.
 
Molino will conduct the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Opera Australia Chorus and a brilliant cast which includes Anthony Dean Griffey as Lennie; Barry Ryan as George; Bradley Daley as Curley and Jacqueline Mabardi as Curley's wife. The production is directed by the celebrated film director Bruce Beresford.

In its blog, Opera Australia follows the making of this opera production.
 
Carlisle Floyd is one of America's most revered composers, writing in the tradition of Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. His highly theatrical music is full of humanity, underscored by a richly nuanced orchestral sound.
 
Of Mice and Men is based on John Steinbeck's 1937 novella and shows a rural California in the time of the Great Depression. George and Lennie, two migrant farmhands, are different from their fellow workers. They have a plan, a dream to buy a farm and make a life. But it will only ever happen if George can keep Lennie, who has the strength of a giant, but the mind of a child, out of trouble.
 
Venue: Sydney, Opera Theatre – July 23, 26, 29 and August 2, 5, and 11, 7:30 p.m.