Mary Mills

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Elsa in Lohengrin in Bern

Mary is in Bern, Switzerland, creating the role of Elsa in Stephan Märki's new production of Lohengrin, with Mario Venzago conducting.  Shows: 

Sa, 24. Oct 2015, 18:00 

For more information and a cast list, check out Stadt Theater Bern's site

 

 

Mary's First Commercial Recording!!  Das Fürstenkind of Lehar

Mary is excited to announce her first live commercial recording of Franz Lehar's Das Fürstenkind.  She sings the part of, appropriately, Mary-Ann.   Click through to Amazon.com here -  Amazon.com to listen to some snippets, and don't forget to write a review if you have heard it!   

Polish National Opera - Lohengrin ELSA

 

Mary will be taking up Wagner again this Spring as Elsa in Lohengrin at the Polish National Opera (Opera Narodowa) in Warsaw, at the Teatr Weilki.   A co-production with Welsh National Opera directed by director, set and costume designer Anthony McDonald with Choreography by Philippe Giraudeau, with Lighting Designer Lucy Carter, and conducted by Stefan Soltesz looks to be a fantastic show.  Mary's Lohengrin will be Krystian Benedikt; Ortrud, Anna Lubanska, and the premiere will take place at 6pm on the 11th of April, 2014.

A mythical tale about the confrontation between good and evil, impossible love, loneliness and longing - topics which fascinated the composer to such a degree that he devoted almost his whole life to them.  In this case, the love of Elsa and Lohengrin cannot be fulfilled - due both to Lohengrin's origin (he is a knight of the Holy Grail, a messenger of God, a supernatural being) and to the tragedy of fate in general. 

 Shows are April 11 (6pm), 13 (5pm), 15 (6pm) and 17 (6pm).

For tickets, check out the Polish National Opera's site - http://www.teatrwielki.pl/en/current_listings/opera/kalendarium/lohengrin.html?kid=1285  

THEATER BASEL  KATJA KABANOWA

Mary is back to dazzling her fans as Janacek's Katya Kabanova, at Theater Basel in Switzerland.  

Shows September 13, 15, 21, 30, and October 2, 4, 6, 14, 21, and November 4, 10, 16, as well as December 1, 9, 19 and 29, 2012.  Lucky Basel!!

 The production is directed by Armin Petras, and conducted by Gabriel Feltz. 

oper-aktuell  said  of Mary's performance: "Mary Mills is the vocal event of the performance. The more they move away from their drab surroundings inside, the warmer and more prosperous her fantastically beautiful soprano voice rang out.  A voice, unbelievably matching and sensitive for this role. Since an intensity of expression is present, an overwhelming savoring of the Janácek as economical, but with more effective full lyrical upswings simple and inspired."  

 ("Mary Mills ist das vokale Ereignis der Aufführung. Je mehr sie sich von ihrer tristen Umgebung innerlich entfernt, desto wärmer und blühender erklingt ihre traumhaft schöne Sopranstimme. Eine Stimme, wie man sie sich passender und empfindsamer für diese Rolle gar nicht vorstellen kann. Da ist eine Intensität des Ausdrucks vorhanden, ein überwältigendes Auskosten der von Janácek so sparsam, dafür umso effektvoller gesetzten lyrischen Aufschwünge, welche schlicht und einfach begeisterten." ) 

Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna - reprise

Mary will reprise her tour de force as Joan of Arc in Walter Braunfels' new opera Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin in 2010.

Next shows on October 30 and November 3 and 11, 2010.  Buy tickets at the Deutsche Oper's site!

 

Check out the Video Trailer for the show! 

Staatsoper Stuttgart  Katya Kabanova

Mary picked up a role dear to her heart, the title role of Janacek's Katya Kabanova, at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart at the beginning of 2010. 


Shows: 2010 - May 9.  | 12. | 15.| 20. | 24. | 27.   and   June 10.  2010.
 
Conductor Michael Schønwandt
Regie und Dramaturgie Jossi Wieler und Sergio Morabito
Bühne Bert Neumann
Kostüme Nina von Mechow
Licht Lothar Baumgarte
Chor Johannes Knecht
 
Besetzung
Sawjol Prokofjewitsch Dikoj  Roland Bracht
Boris Grigorjewitsch Pavel Černoch
Marfa Ignatjewna Kabanova Leandra Overmann
Tichon Iwanytsch  Torsten Hofmann
Katherina Mary Mills

 Check out the fantastic reviews for Mary's title role appearance!

 Listen to Mary on a DeutschlandKultur Radio Broadcast of Katya Kabanova on June 5, 2010, 17:00 GMT+1

Watch this show video preview of the show on Youtube:

 

Munich Bayerischen Rundfunk Orchester - "Maria" Concert

Mary starts off the 2009 Fall concert season as Maria in two pieces dedicated to the Virgin Mary - Hindemith's 6 orchestrated "The Life of Mary" songs and Frank Martin's "Maria-Triptychon" with Munich's Radio Orchestra, conducted by Markus Poschner. 

 

Friday | 30.Oktober 2009 | 20.00

Herz-Jesu-Kirche, Neuhausen

Einführungsgespräch: 19.00 Uhr
mit Markus Poschner
Moderation: Fridemann Leipold

Frank Martin
"Maria-Triptychon"
für Sopran, Violine und Orchester
Bohuslav Martinu
"Legende aus dem Rauch des Kartoffelkrauts"
für Soli, Chor und kleines Orchester
Paul Hindemith
Sechs Lieder aus "Das Marienleben"
für Sopran und Orchester, op. 27

  • Alexander Wussow, Rezitation
  • Mary Mills, Sopran
  • Katja Stuber, Sopran
  • Susanne Drexl, Mezzosopran
  • Giorgos Kanaris, Bariton
  • Henry Raudales, Violine
  • Münchner Rundfunkorchester
  • Augsburger Domsingknaben
  • Dirigent: Markus Poschner

 

Click here to buy tickets

 

Lohengrin (Elsa)

 

Mary has taken on yet another new role - Elsa in Wagner's Lohengrin, at Stattsoper Stuttgart, in a new production.  

Shows: March 29. 2009

April 02 | 08 | 13 | 19 | 25 . 2009

May 03. 2009

Musikalische Leitung Manfred Honeck / Timo Handschuh
Regie nach der Konzeption von Stanislas Nordey (Regie), Emmanuel Clolus (Bühne), Raoul Fernandez (Kostüme), Philippe Berthomé (Licht)
Chor Michael Alber
Dramaturgie Xavier Zuber  
Besetzung
Heinrich der Vogler Attila Jun
Lohengrin Scott MacAllister / Stefan Vinke
Elsa von Brabant Mary Mills
Friedrich von Telramund Wolfgang Koch
Ortrud Barbara Schneider-Hofstetter

www.staatstheater.stuttgart.de/oper/spielplan/page.php?aktiv=uebersicht_0809

 

 

 Read reviews of Mary's first Elsa HERE

Busoni's Doktor Faust

 

Mary sang in a new Doctor Faust - but not the part of Margherite! Mary sings the part of the Duchess of Parma in Busoni's Doktor Faust at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville.   Masterwork of Italian visionary Ferruccio Busoni, (1866-1924), Busoni's Doktor Faust parts from the story of Goethe and with this work, and synthesizes the different styles and forms, the concept of unity over the separation between theater, church, popular and concert music. 


Busoni is one of the most fascinating figures in music - in between the romanticism of the 19th century and the vanguard of the 20th, he showed himself to be one of the greatest pianists of all time as well as composer, conductor, teacher, thinker and essayist.  

Directed by famed theater-maker Peter Mussbach and conducted by the Maestranza's own music director Pedro Halffter.

Shows:

October 21, 2008

October 23, 2008

October 25, 2008

October 27, 2008
 

To see reviews, click here 

For more information and tickets, check out the Teatro de la Maestranza's website

Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna



Another world premiere for Mary! Mary played the title role of Joan of Arc in Walter Braunfels' new opera Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin to rave reviews. Ulf Schirmer conducted a  Christoph Schlingensief production.


Jeanne d’Arc, the maid of Orléans, is one of the major mythic characters in European history. Since her life and times in the 15th century her life has been retold under diverse ideological auspices in various epochs. Walter Braunfels’ SZENEN AUS DEM LEBEN DER HEILIGEN JOHANNA , Scenes from the Life of Saint Joan is a musical set of images that consists of eight hermetic and autonomous, musically very colourful and dimensional units.

Performances April 27, 2008, May 2, 6, 17 and 31, 2008.

For tickets and more information, visit the Deutsche Oper's site..

A Streetcar Named Desire

Stella in Andre' Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire at Vienna's Theater an der Wien.

Performances:
28 February 2007, 19.30
3 March, 2007, 19.30
6 March, 2007, 19.30
9 March,  2007, 19.30


(Janice Watson, Mary Mills and Teddy Tahu Rhodes)

For more information and tickets, check out:  http://www.theater-wien.at/spielplan/oper/a_streetcar_named_desire/


I Pagliacci



       
Mary Mills as Nedda in Pittsburgh Opera's I PAGLIACCI

Mary has taken on a new role - Nedda in Pittsburgh Opera's I Pagliacci. 


Shows:
Saturday, October 14, 2006*     8 pm    
Tuesday, October 17, 2006     7 pm    
Friday, October 20, 2006     8 pm    
Sunday, October 22, 2006     2 pm    
   


    
Read Pittsburgh interview with Mary about Pagliacci
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/goingout/news/s_473908.html

   

For more information, click here: 

http://www.pittsburghopera.org/0607season/pagliacci.shtml