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premiere in vienna : erwin, das naturtalent

In collaboration with the internationally renown Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir) and the Volksoper Wien, Mike Svoboda's family opera "Erwin, das Naturtalent"  will receive it's Austrian premiere on February, 2014. In this new production, the 6th since the premiere in Stuttgart in 2005, the main roles of Erwin and his friend Rosa will be sung for the first time by children, a boy mezzo (Erwin) and a young girl (Rosa). Maestro Gerald Wirth, the director of the Sängerknaben, will conduct the production. Susanne Sommer (stage direction), Sam Madwar (stage design), Caterina Visconti di Modrone (costumes), Florian Hurler (choreography) complete the production team. The cast is comprised of Thomas Zisterer, Martina Dorak, Manuela Leonhartsberger, Roman Martin, and members of the Wiener Sängerknaben.

The premiere is on the 23rd of February in the Theater Muth. Following performances are February 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and March 3rd, 6th, and 9th.

new composition at the lucerne festival 2013 : robin hood

For a commissioned work touching on the theme of revolution and Robin Hood, Mike Svoboda teamed up with Manfred Weiss once again (after "Erwin,das Naturtalent" and "Der unglaubliche Spotz") to write a new music theater for a young audience. Their new work called "Robin Hood - too good to be true" is scored for a singer and brass quintet and was premiered at the Lucerne Festival on 7th of September, 2013. The cast of this production - which is touring occasionally through the next few years - is Anne-May Krüger (mezzo-soprano) alternating in performances with Amber Opheim (soprano), and SonusBrass: Stefan Dünser and Attila Krako (trumpets), Andreas Schuchter (horn), Wolfang Bilgeri (trombone) and Harald Schele (tuba). The costumes are by Nina Ball, and the stage direction is by Marcelo Cardoso Gama. 

This 60-minute work for an audience aged 6 and up, is based on themes by the english composer John Dowland (1563-1626), Mike Svoboda is preparing a 20-minute suite for brass quintet and will premiered in June.

A short trailer of the production can be seen here:

Darmstadt course for new music : new brass academy in August 2014

Since the similarities between the brass instruments clearly outweigh the differences, the new brass academy has been established within the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik as a forum for all brass players wishing to intensify their interest in and expertise with New Music.

In master-classes and individual lessons, contemporary extended playing technics such as lip multi-phonics, singing-and-playing, air sounds, etc. will be taught and applied in the context of solo and chamber music. The four teachers of the academy, each well established in the new music scene, bring their individual experiences and insights gained through their experiences as soloists, chamber musicians, and ensemble players. This combination of four views on common questions and the discourse that ensues will provide the students with a unique and multifaceted learning experience.

Saar Berger, horn, 3rd to 5th of August
Melvyn Poore, tuba, 7th to 9th of August
Marco Blaauw, trumpet, 11th to 13th of August
Mike Svoboda, trombone and academy head, 2nd to 16th of August

New solo CD for WERGO

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November 2011 Mike Svoboda recorded a new solo cd in Dolby Surround Sound 5.1. with four major works of the 20th century. The CD came out last summer on the WERGO label.

Luigi Nono Post-Prae-Ludium per Donau per Tuba et live-electronics (1987)
Karlheinz Stockhausen Singale zur Invasion I (1993) für Posaune solo 
Giacinto Scelsi Mantram (1986) versione per trombone solo 
John Cage solo for sliding trombone (1960) version for 8 trombones

Holger Stenschke collaborated with the live-electronics on the Nono. Stephan Schmidt was responsible for the recording, the 6th CD Svoboda and Schmidt have done for the WERGO Label, all recorded in the wonderful recording studio of Deutschlandfunk, Cologne, Germany. 

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Premiere of a new setting of "The Soldier's Tale" at Bern City Theater

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Mike Svoboda has written 30 minutes of music for clarinet, violin, and piano to complement Stravinsky's five pieces out of his "Suite from The Soldier's Tale" to be performed in the new staging of this classic work by stage director Erich Sidler. The text, a recent German translation by Mani Matter, is presented by three actors and three musicians with stage and costumes by Bettina Latschka and video by Philipp Stangl. The premiere is on March 2nd with performances running to May 18th.

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