Young Danish soprano Nina Bols Lundgren (pictured) swooped in to save the day at the Season’s Opening Performance of The Hague's Baroque Orchestra, The New Dutch Academy, on September 30 in the city's Symphony Hall following a last minute, forced cancellation due to illness by the scheduled soloist for the evening, Swedish soprano Susanne Rydén.
Ms Lundgren stepped into her place and gave a magnificent performance of highly demanding new repertoire including Sofia’s aria ‘Ah donate il caro sposo’ from Rossini’s “Il Signor Bruschino” and the Aria (with highly florid variations) “Nel cor più non mi sento” from Paisiello’s opera “La Molinara”, also known as „Die schöne Müllerin“. Completing the evening’s vibrant programme, entitled "A Night at the Opera", the NDA orchestra performed Mendelssohn’s 4th Symphony “The Italian” together with several overtures by Rossini.
The evening's programme launched the NDA's season in The Hague which sees performances of Beethoven's 2nd Symphony, Mozart's Symphony no. 38 "Prague", works from The Hague's own 18th century symphonic tradition and other orchestral music alongside a wealth of classical chamber music by Boccherini, Mozart, Pleyel, Beethoven and Wranitzky.
Ms Lundgren wowed The Hague’s audience with her sparkle, warmth and technical mastery in an electrifying performance which was also captured by Dutch radio. Following her scintillating debut performance in the Netherlands, the NDA’s conductor and artistic director Simon Murphy immediately invited Ms Lundgren back to perform in the NDA orchestra’s symphonic series in The Hague's Dr Anton Philipszaal (Spuiplein) in Season 2011-2012 in a programme of concert and opera arias by Mozart and Rossini.
Listen to Ms Lundgren performing with the NDA in Sofia's Aria from Rossini's Opera "Il Signor Bruschino"
Listen to the NDA's Web Radiofor more highlights from this season's opening concert.
Swedish soprano Susanne Rydén will return to perform with the NDA orchestra and conductor Simon Murphy on Saturday the 26th of March 2011, giving Dutch fans the welcome opportunity of hearing her sing aria’s by von Weber, Mozart and Rossini. Taking place in the historic, 17th century Grote Kerk in Maassluis, tickets for this special concert event can be obtained via the website of the concert series “Tussen Maas en Sluis”.