Press Release (20 February 2011)

Swedish Royal Medal Winner, Soprano Susanne Rydén, to appear with NDA

Recent recipient of Sweden's Royal Arts Award – The Litteris and Artibus Medal – Soprano Susanne Rydén will appear in an exclusive concert in the Netherlands in March 2011 with conductor Simon Murphy and The Hague's Baroque Orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), in a very special programme of Arias and Overtures by Mozart, Paisiello and Rossini.

The performance will take place in the historic Grote Kerk in Maassluis on Saturday the 26th of March as part of the concert series “Muziek Tussen Maas en Sluis”. Simon Murphy and the NDA orchestra have been regular guests in Maassluis since the series' establishment in 2008, also producing their recent, world premiere CD recording of Dutch 18th century symphonies from the Court of Orange in co-operation with the series' organisation. Other performers included in the series' 2010-2011 season include Lars-Ulrik Mortensen (of Concerto Copenhagen) and Ton Koopman (of The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra). 

Under Simon Murphy's baton, Susanne Rydén will sing Mozart's Concert Aria “Ruhe Sanft” (from “Zaide”), Paisiello's classic love Aria “Nel cor più non mi sento” from the opera “La Molinara” (or „Die schöne Müllerin“) and Sofia’s Aria (“Ah donate il caro sposo”) from Rossini's opera “Il Signor Bruschino”. Accompanying these works, Simon Murphy and the NDA will perform the Overture to “La Scala di Seta” and Cimarosa's Overture to “Il Matrimonio Segretto” („Die heimliche Ehe“ / "The Secret Marriage"). The concert will culminate with Mendelssohn's vibrant and firey Symphony no. 4 in A, Op. 90 “Italian”.

Nicknamed “Fly me to the moon”, due to the serenade and evening themes of so many of the pieces involved, the concert programme was devised by Simon Murphy together with Ms Rydén. 

Susanne Rydén

The Swedish Soprano Susanne Rydén is well known on the concert platforms and opera stages of Europe and America. Recent performances have been with the English National Opera, Göttingen Festspiel Orchester and with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Later this year she will travel to the U.S. where she will be featured in performances of music by Handel at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Ms Rydén is also Professor of Singing at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.  

The Award

H.M. Carl XVI Gustaf King of Sweden awarded Susanne Rydén the “Litteris and Artibus” Medal for outstanding artistic contributions as an opera singer, presenting the medal to her a special ceremony on Wednesday the 2nd of February 2011 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The Litteris et Artibus Medal was instituted in 1853 by Swedish Crown Prince Carl (XV).

Conductor Simon Murphy

Chief conductor and artistic director of the NDA since 2002, the Australian born, Dutch based conductor and viola player Simon Murphy, has won international recognition for his fresh, engaging and dynamic performance style, and particularly for his pioneering work in introducing newly rediscovered 18th century 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. 

The Concert

Saturday, 26th of March 2011, commencing at 20:00, Grote Kerk, Maassluis, the Netherlands. 

Tickets available at the door on the evening (20 Euros). Pre-sale via telephone + 31 - (0) 180 - 396289 or via the website Muziek Tussen Maas en Sluis 

The New Dutch Academy

More information can be found on the NDA and on the recent NDA recording project in co-operation with “Muziek Tussen Maas en Sluis” on The New Dutch Academy's website


Other links

Ms Rydén's personal website

Information on the Royal Swedish Litteris and Artibus Medal