Seven weeks to the 7th edition of the Gstaad New Year festival

Artists lined up. Some coming back, some for the first time. New faces and new places. This blog is an extra way of making sure you are in touch and feel welcome to join us in the mountains – for a day, an evening or the whole event.

Just to give you an idea. We start in Lauenen at the beautiful church with the exceptional welcome of the Ehrensperger family on Thursday 27 December. Emmanuel Rossfelder, the French guitarist returns to play the opening concert.

One of the exceptional new faces is Dima Bawab, the soprano making a name for herself on the European concert and opera stage. Here’s an idea of her CV :

Dima is a Jordanian musician. She performed for the first time at the 2012 London Proms in John Eliot Gardiner’s production of .Debussy’s « Pelléas et Mélisande » in the role of Yniold.  This came shortly after singing the roles of Papagena and Pamina in Peter Brook’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute.  Dima started her musical studies at the age of four with piano and classical ballet, at the National Music Conservatory / King Hussein Foundation, in Amman, Jordan. She went to Paris to study at the CNSM with Peggy Bouveret and began her stage career with concert and opera performances in Europe and the Middle East.  Dima is part of the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Dima has sung alongside renowned international singers June Anderson, Helen de Lavault, Nathalie Stutzmann and Anna Caterina Antonacci. Dima is co founder of “Aat” a network of young artists promoting freedom of expression through the arts.

Dima sings arias by Mozart in the church of Chateau d’Oex on Saturday 29 December 2012. Tickets from Chateau d’Oex Tourism or online from the festival office (gstaadnymf@gmail.com)

As ever, the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad’s Salon Montgomery is the festival home. The events of the first day of the festival – Thursday 27 December 2012 – start on the ice rink. French champion Alban Preaubert will perform a short programme on the small rink in the hotel gardens. Then indoors to enjoy a musical moment with some young Swiss musicians as part of the festival’s ongoing commitment to support local artists.

More news soon. We’re also on Twitter – @gstaadnymf – Gstaad New Year

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