Originally, Sophie Rennert was scheduled to sing Schubert’s “Rosamunde” at Grafenegg, accompanied by the Wiener Akademie with Martin Haselböck conducting; like so many other plans these days, this endeavour had to be cancelled. On the up side, that allowed her to agree on short notice to covering the alto part in Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s oratory “Paulus” in Utrecht, with Thierry Fischer at the rostrum of the Nederlandse Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. Netherlands Radio will be livestreaming the concert on April 2nd.
Following her appearance in Utrecht, Ms. Rennert will return to the Nationaltheater Mannheim to continue rehearsals as Phèdre, her character in Rameau’s “Hippolyte et Aricie”. The production was in final rehearsals just before the first lock-down in March 2020, but since then, there has been no opportunity for bringing it to the stage. However, two performances on April 21st and 24th are due to be recorded, and —who knows?—we may yet be able to see the production live in July.
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
Lorenzo Fioroni, director
Bernhard Forck, conductor
Sophie Rennert: Phèdre