Discover Benelux, Issue 44, August 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Culture  |  Nei Stëmmen

Barbara Frittoli © Arianna De Carolis

Luisa Mauro © David Crosby

Jennifer Larmore © Nicola Dal Maso

Luxembourg opera sparkles on the world stage TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER  |  PHOTOS: NEI STËMMEN

Since mezzo-soprano Luisa Mauro founded Nei Stëmmen almost ten years ago, the association has established Luxembourg as a major player on the international classical music scene. Luxembourg residents have the chance to attend the Grand Gala Concert at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg, which takes place on 4 November at 8pm. Almost 300 young artists of around 30 nationalities have come to perfect their art and seek high-level training at Nei Stëmmen’s international Summer Academies, not to mention its prestigious Master Classes and opera productions including a Mozartian trilogy. Luisa has managed to bring together a host of divas including Teresa Berganza, Barbara Frittoli and Jennifer Larmore, as well as exceptional maestri such as Enza Ferrari of La Scala de Milan, Mireille Alcantara of CNSMD Paris and Ionel Pantea of the Luxembourg Conservatory. “These artists have worked with the biggest names in the world of classical music,” says Luisa. “My pupils tell me: in each les70  |  Issue 44  |  August 2017

son we do not get an hour of class but 40 years of theatre!” As the artistic director of Nei Stëmmen, talented mezzo-soprano Luisa is striving to promote a high-quality vocal and musical culture in Luxembourg, the country she grew up in and the nationality she has adopted. “I came here from Italy as a child with my family to stay for only two or three years. We ended up making it home,” she recalls. “I am happy today to contribute to the cultural influence of my adopted country.” This year will be particularly busy at Nei Stëmmen. From 4 - 10 September the International Summer Academy for singers and accompanying pianists will be held. From 28 October - 4 November, at the same venue, there will be Master Classes from the divas Jennifer Larmore and Barbara Frittoli. Furthermore, Nei Stëmmen will host the preselections for the prestigious ‘s-Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition. “Being chosen by this organisation

highlights an international recognition that is really important in this business. Luxembourg knows it can be recognised for excellence in more than one field,” smiles Luisa. Nei Stëmmen enjoys the generous support of the Ministry of Culture and the National Cultural Fund as well as private sponsors, all in collaboration with the Centre ArcA concert hall in Bertrange. Performances are traditionally framed by works of art made by generous artists residing in Luxembourg, such as MarieJosée Kerschen, Raffaela Zenoni and Michèle Frank. Photo: © Wolfgang Gauch