After obtaining respective wins as Cieca of La Gioconda at the Liceu in Barcelona and interpreting the cantata Alexander Nevsky Prokofiev at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid in the season of the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain, Maria Jose Montiel returns this month to the French repertoire to star Samson and Delilah, Camille Saint-Saëns. The brand new singing professor of Berlin University of the Arts will play Dalila, the intriguing and sensual star of this masterpiece of French opera premiering a montage sign Paco Azorín at the Teatro Romano Merida as part of the program of the International Festival of Classical Theater of that city and under the baton of Alvaro Albiach commanding Extremadura Symphony. The functions are announced for days 27, 29 Y 30 of June, after which it will continue its activity in July at the German University.

Later, late August, the Spanish singer will travel to Pollença (Mallorca) to offer a recital with pianist Miquel Estelrich (day 31); the first week of September will return to the University of Berlin where he will make a presentation that will release the Spanish song concert in different types, styles and formats and to value the great contribution of Spanish composers to Lieder universe; then travel to Santiago de Compostela where, he 25 of September, will perform an evening by the piano of Ivan Martin debuting a song cycle with verses of Rosalia de Castro Galician composer Juan Durán has created especially for mezzosoprano Madrid; and days 30 of September, 4 Y 5 October will offer concerts again in Mallorca, this time with the Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands directed by Pablo Mielgo to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation balear.

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Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann will offer its first concert at the Royal Theater, although the debut of this great tenor on its stage was the 14 March 1999, when he replaced Zoltan Todorovich, a vocal condition which prevented play the title role of La clemenza di Tito, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Jonas Kaufmann concert to be held was originally scheduled for tomorrow 10 of January of 2017 Y, later, for him 22 November of the same year, but both times the tenor had to cancel his performance due to health problems.

This time will come with a program consisting of arias by French composers ─Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet, Jacques F. Halévy Y Jules Massenet─ in the first part, and Wagnerian arias La Valquiria, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Y Lohengrin, in the second. A program that will showcase its renowned talent and versatility, which reconciles excellent vocal and dramatic skills for demanding Wagnerian roles, with great depth and sensitivity in interpreting the French repertoire, which it is exploring and expanding increasingly in recent years.

CAMILE ST SAËNS (1835-1921)
Samson and Delilah
CHARLES GOUNOD (1818-1893)
Romeo and Juliet
«Ah, get up, soleil!»
GEORGES BIZET (1838-1875)
Carmen Suite nº 2
"Bohemian Dance"
"The flower that you had me thrown"
"Rachel when from the Lord"
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
The Virgin
"The Last Sleep of the Virgin"
The Cid
"O sovereign"
RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)
The Valkyrie
"Ride of the Valkyries"
"A sword promised me the father '
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
Prelude Act I
"Morgenlich glowing in rosy glow"
"In Ferno Land"
Josu de Solaun

Josu de Solaun returns this week to the United States for a concert at the Monterey Symphony season, together with which it maintains a strong artistic relationship for years. The Spanish pianist, who already visited Monterey in your day to touch the concert No. 3 Rachmaninov, returns next Saturday 17 the well-known US city to offer his version of Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 5 Camille Saint-Saëns under the direction of conductor holder, also Spanish Max Bragado-Darman.

De Solaun thus closed an intense week in which last Friday 9 February visited the season of the Orchestra of Valencia to play the very difficult concert No. 2 Prokofiev under the direction of Ramón Tebar and, last day 10, He gave a recital at the Teatro Villamarta of Jerez, both appointments with an overwhelming critical and commercial success. After the concert in Valencia, Justo Romero, in Levante, He claimed to be "at one of the most interesting and promising contemporary values ​​keyboard", considering their version as "simply outstanding". "The ovation was clamorous to pianistazo, own big occasions ", Romero concludes. In similar terms expressed César Rus in Provinces, claiming Josu of Solaun "He demonstrated exquisite musicality melodic articulation". Meanwhile, Jesus Sanchez-Ferragut considered El Diario de Jerez regarding the recital offered in the Teatro Villamarta that "If your version of the works of Debussy let gaped at respectable, the interpretation made of The landscapes Mompou deserved alone of having attended the concert ".

Endowed with an electrifying style and a prodigious ability to communicate the piano, Josu de Solaun is one of the most prestigious Spanish pianists today. Spanish only win international competitions piano Piano José Iturbi and George Enescu in Bucharest, De Solaun is based in the US for years, where he teaches at the State University of Houston, work alternating with intense international concert schedule. Josu de Solaun has recently recorded the complete piano works of Romanian composer Georg Enescu, becoming the only pianist who has made a recording of the entire piano works of the great Romanian composer. The disc, edited by NAXOS (entity on its website considers De Solaun "The Spanish sensation") It is being unanimously praised by critics.