Elsa – Wagner, Lohengrin Eva – Wagner, Meistersinger Desdemona – Verdi, Otello Chrysothemis – R.Strauss, Elektra Arabella – R.Strauss, Arabella Liú – Puccini, Turandot Mimi – Puccini, La Boheme Manon – Puccini, Manon Lescaut Rusalka – Dvořák , Rusalka Jenůfa - Janáček, Jenufa Marguerite - Gounod, Faust Contessa – Mozart, La Nozze di Figaro Donna Anna – Mozart, Don Giovanni Michaela – Bizet, Carmen Javotte – Massenet, Manon
R.Strauss - Vier Letzte Lieder D. Shostakovitch – Symphony No. 14 G. Mahler – Symphony No.2 G. Mahler – Das Klangende Lied Beethoven – Symphony No.9 F. Mendelsohn – Psalm 42 F. Mendelsohn – Elias Symphony F. Mendelsohn – Lobgesang op.52 Leonard Bernstein – Jeremiah Symphony G. Rossini – Petite messe solennelle G. Rossini – Stabat Mater Arnold Schönberg – Gurrelieder W.A.Mozart – Requiem Michael Tippett – A child of our time
The Israeli soprano Gal James is rapidly gaining recognition as a one of the most important voices of her generation. After completing the transition to the soprano ‘fach’ in 2005 she joined the opera studio of the Staatsoper Berlin. Most recent appearances include her debut in the title role in a new production of Jenufa staged by Peter Konwitschny at Oper Graz, Elsa in Lohengrin also at Oper Graz, Mimi in La Bohème at the Opera of Valencia under the baton of Riccardo Chailly, the title role in Manon Lescaut at Oper Graz, the title role in Rusalka at the Semperoper in Dresden, Shostakovich’s Fourteenth Symphony with the Liverpool Symphony Orchestra and Desdemona in Otello, Chrysothemis in Elektra, Liù in Turandot as well as Michaela in Carmen all at the Oper Graz. She will make her role-debut as Elsa in Lohengrin at Oper Graz and other future highlights include Mimi in La Bohème at Festival de Verano in San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the Quinceno Musical Festival in San Sebastián, Rachel in La Juive and Mimi in La Bohème both at Vlaamse Opera and Marietta in Die tote Stadt at Oper Graz. On the concert platform she is scheduled to sing Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Hervé Niquet conducting and a selection of Strauss Songs with the Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester at the Wiener Musikverein. At the Theater St. Gallen she sang the title role in Arabella and other past engagements include Javotte in Manon at the Staatsoper Berlin, Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nūrnberg, the title role in Rusalka, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Marguerite in Faust all at the Oper Graz, the Vier Letzte Lieder of Richard Strauss with the Oslo Philharmonic and the same songs with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Shostakovich’s Fourteenth Symphony with the Sinfonieorchester St Gallen and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony and Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok in Budapest and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Israel Symphony Orchestra. In past seasons Gal James performed with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, with the Israeli Philharmonic Singer’s Chorus, in the Heine Festival at the Jerusalem Music Center and at the Abu-Gosh Festivals near Jerusalem, the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in Augusta Georgia and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Gal James already had the pleasure to work with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Chailly, Neeme Järvi, Steven Sloane, Julien Salemkour, Vasily Petrenko, Johannes Fritzsch, Ion Marin, Dan Ettinger and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Gal James won several competitions. The most recent is the third prize at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna on July 2006 and the first prize in the Aviv Vocal competition in Tel Aviv on December 2005. Other prizes include: the first prize in the Voice Competition at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University in 2002 and “The Best Performance of the Israeli Art Song” prize at the Aviv (Spring) competition in Tel Aviv in 2003 and 2005. She studied at the High School at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. After her graduation as a cello player, she finalized her studies at the voice department, coached by Prof. Mira Zakai. She continued further studies with Patricia McCaffrey.
Directed by Riccardo Chailly Staged by Davide Livermore Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana Gal James (Mimì), Aquiles Machado (Rodolfo) Carmen Romeu (Musetta), Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello) Gianluca Buratto (Colline), Mattia Olivieri (Schaunard) Matteo Peirone (Benoît)
Gal James (soprano); Alexander Vinogradov (bass) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko rec. 4-5 May 2013, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Dunja Vejzovic, Ales Briscein, Taylan Reinhard, Iris Vermillion, Gal James, Chor der Oper Graz, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, Dirk Kaftan