Young musicians inspire through early music
It is an integral part of the Festival philosophy to offer promising up-and-coming artists from the European early music scene an international platform. This takes place not only in the context of the eeemerging project, but also in chamber music concerts featuring young ensembles and in our large-scale productions.
Soloists in the oratorio Alexander Balus
Performing with the Landesjugendchor Niedersachsen, the Alexander Balus soloist ensemble likewise consisted of young singers. This makes their success to date all the more impressive: winners of the first and second prize of the Handel Singing Competition 2016 and 2017 in London as well as award winners in 2017 at the prestigious Innsbruck International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti.
Apart from awards, the young mezzo-soprano Marcjanna Myrlak also brings along her experience as a soloist with wellknown ensembles such as the London Handel Orchestra and the Polish National Philharmonic Choir. She sang the title role in this oratorio by Handel.
She made her debut at the age of 20 at the Teatro Malibran in Venice and since then, she has appeared in numerous, mostly Italian, houses. The soprano Giulia Bolcato sang Aspasia at the Festival.
Her international career has already taken Arianna Vendittelli to the Salzburg Festival, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music and to Europe’s concert halls. In Herzberg, she could be heard in the role of Cleopatra.
As a graduate of the Royal College of Music, William Wallace already has an extensive Handel repertoire: Messiah, Theodora, Judas Maccabaeus and Acis and Galatea – to name but some. He now extended it to the role of Jonathan in Alexander Balus.
Young Talent in the Festival
Canadian tenor Nathan Haller is a graduate of the Master of Music degree programme at the prestigious Juilliard School. Engagements led him to the New Israeli Opera, the Theater Basel and Carnegie Hall in New York, among others. At the Festival, he performed as a soloist in the Gala Concert at the Stadthalle Göttingen on May 19.
Christ Church Cathedral Choir
500 years of tradition can sound so young: the 16 boys of Christ Church Cathedral School, aged 9 to 15, give the Christ Church Cathedral Choir its youthful, fresh sound. Together with 12 men, these talented young singers tour the world. On May 18 they performed at Basilika St. Cyriakus in Duderstadt and on May 19 at the Gala Concert in the Stadthalle Göttingen.
European Union Baroque Orchestra
The European Union Baroque Orchestra consists of 25 most talented young orchestral musicians from around Europe and is completely renewed every year. The intensive work and numerous rehearsals take the orchestra to an exceptionally high level. To be experienced on May 17 at 11 am in the Stadthalle Dransfeld and at 5 pm at the Göttingen Waldorfschule.
The Landesjugendchor Niedersachsen consists of particularly talented young singers who rehearse and perform demanding choral music. The approximately 60 singers aged between 16 and 26 years dedicated themselves to Alexander Balus under the professional direction of Jörg Straube. After several phases of rehearsals that see the choir achieve its high artistic standard, they presented the oratorio on May 13 at St. Nicolai-Kirche, Herzberg.