The opening night of Festival O/Modernt 2020 features a retrospective of greatest hits from the past ten years that provide a golden setting for this year’s shimmering jewel: the music of Schubert. The spirit of the programme is encapsulated in Erlkönig, a lied composed when Schubert was just eighteen, but one that is already charged with his matchless artistry, deployed to portray the nuances of heightened subjective states. Schubert’s recasting of the fairy-tale forest as a landscape of the mind provides the paradigm for O/Modernt’s intoxicating trip down memory lane, which includes a mini-opera sounding the furthest reaches of seven cardinal passions.
Artists to include
Elin Rombo soprano
Luciana Mancini mezzo soprano
Hugo Ticciati violin
Marzi Nyman electric guitar, voice
Marina Prada dance
Vladimir Guala dance
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
Programme to include
FRANZ SCHUBERT Erlkönig
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major BWV 1048
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 W 389
SVERRE INDRIS JONER Bach with a Dip of Salsa
An operatic scene with the music of MONTEVERDI, SCARLATTI, RAMEAU, HANDEL, PIAZZOLLA, GLUCK, MONTEVERDI & PURCELL
ANTONIO VIVALDI Selections from ‘The Four Seasons’
DREAM THEATER Octavarium
NINA SIMONE Feeling Good
Duration 3 hours
Mezzosoprano Luciana Mancini was born in Sweden, but has Chilean roots. She received her bachelor degree in Classical Singing and Early Music Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in Holland, where she subsequently joined the Opera Studio. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree, writing a thesis on Italian monodies of the 1600s. Luciana åhas sung under conductors including René Jacobs, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Enrico Onofri, Pablo Heras-Casado, Neeme Järvi and Juanjo Mena; she has also collaborated with numerous ensembles, notably L’Arpeggiata, La Fenice, Lautten Compagney, Divino Sospiro, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Ensemble Matthäus, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, singing at venues including the Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Opera Comique and the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. Luciana has worked with stage directors such as Benjamin Lazar, Sigrid T’Hooft, Pablo Maritano, Achim Freyer, and with the choreographer Sasha Waltz.
Hugo Ticciati is blessed to be doing what he loves every day of his life – that is, making music. His old Italian violin takes him around the world to fantastic orchestras in gorgeous concert halls; it brings him together with the most inspiring artists to create music in beautiful festivals; and it sparks new creations from young composers. In his teaching Hugo explores ways to apply the physical and spiritual aspects of mindfulness to the art of practising, playing and living in music. One of the highlights of the past year was a two-week stay in an ashram at the foot of the Himalayas where he chanted every morning, meditated and swept the floors by day and in the evenings sat crossed-legged by a fire, playing Bach to barefooted monks. His musical tastes have swung dramatically during the year from contemplative Indian ragas to the megalomaniac rock-band Muse (played at high volumes) to the songs of Richard Strauss (played even louder). Hugo still lives in the blissful state of mobilephonelessness. His staple reading is the Bhagavad Gita but he has recently been captivated by the work of the French philosopher, Henri Bergson.
The Swedish soprano Elin Rombois this season singing the role of Roxana in Szymanowski’s opera King Roger at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw which will be followed by the same role at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm in the beginning of 2019. Elin will also appear as Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe in Stockholm. Elin Rombo has sung a number of roles at the Stockholm opera and has previously been a guest at the Opéra National de Paris where she has sung Anicia Eritea in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo. She has also appeared as The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Staatsoper Berlin and as Agnès in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Netherlands Opera and at the Royal Swedish Opera. Elin has appeared as Cunégonde in Candide, as well as in AscheMOND oder The Fairy Queen at Staatsoper Berlin and she has sung Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Göteborg Opera. Elin Rombo is educated at Brandon University in Canada and Operahögskolan in Stockholm. She made her debut at the Royal Swedish Opera during her last year at Opera school as Christa in Janacek’s Makropolous case.
Elin carries since 2014 the honorable titel Court singer, in 2016 she recieved the Royal medal Literis et Artibus and is since 2017 a member of Musikaliska Akademien.