Press Release (1 September 2010)
Star Swedish Soprano opens season in The Hague
The Hague’s Baroque Orchestra, “The New Dutch Academy” (NDA), under its chief conductor Simon Murphy, opens the cultural season in The Hague with a performance of arias by Mozart, Paisiello and Rossini featuring Swedish Soprano Susanne Rydén on Thursday 30 September in the Dr Anton Philipszaal (Spuiplein), The Hague. Entitled “A Night at the Opera”, the festive programme celebrates the tuneful, late 18th century Italianate opera tradition. Alongside the selected arias, the programmes also presents Rossini’s colourful Overture to “La Scala di Seta” together with Mendelssohn’s vibrant Symphony no 4. “The Italian”.
The programme's soloist, Soprano Susanne Rydén, is well known on the European and American concert platform and opera stage. She has appeared in many title roles with the English National Opera, Göttingen Festspiel Orchester and with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. She is a popular guest on the European festival circuit, recently appearing at the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht. Later this year she will be featured in performances of music by Handel at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.
The title of the NDA’s season’s opening performance is a salute to the 1935 Marx Brothers’ film of the same name – a favourite of Simon Murphy, chief conductor and artistic director of the NDA since 2002. Murphy has won international recognition for his fresh, engaging and dynamic performance style, and particularly for introducing newly rediscovered repertoire to modern audiences. Together with the NDA he performs regularly at the leading Dutch halls and European festivals, most recently as guests at the Handel Festspiele and at the Leipzig Bachfest. He and the orchestra were recently celebrated by the Dutch national broadcaster (NPS) in a series of CDs documenting live concert performances, with orchestral works by Beethoven, Wranitzky and Haydn.