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AILEEN ITANI

MEZZO-SOPRANO

UPCOMING


Vacation time is over, and the balance of summer 2019 is being dedicated to preparations for MICHAEL KOHLHAAS at the Danish National Opera.  The production, which is being directed by the DNO's artistic director, Phillip Kochheim, will be the first time the work has been heard outside Germany, and the first production since it was premiered in the 1930s.  Kochheim notes that it is not only the first opera to use twelve-tone elements, it is in many ways the first postmodern opera, with its frank juxtaposition of musical styles ranging from the Second Viennese School to Palestrina.  I am honored to re-create the female lead of Lisbeth for a modern audience, and thrilled to share the stage with the superb Filippo Bettoschi in the title role.


RECENT WORK


MASS

LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Nordic Opera/
Odense Symphony Orchestra


SOLOIST/STREET CHORUS

"Thank You"


This Danish premiere of Bernstein's seminal work was conducted by the inimitable David Firman and named "Classical Event of the Year" by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.



SOL GÅR OP, SOL GÅR NED

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN

Royal Danish Opera


SULAMITH

Female lead


This dean of Danish composers swore he'd never write an opera – but when the Royal Opera's director Sven Müller heard he had one written and waiting, he snatched it up for DKT's 10th anniversary season at the Opera House on Holmen.  The sold-out run received universally rave reviews.