May / June 2009

Gioacchino Rossini’s Semiramide
the opera arrangements for solo guitar by Mauro Giuliani, a world premiere recording.
Izhar Elias, guitar
On a period instrument

May 31st, 10:00
on Dutch National Radio, Radio 4
See: player omroep


June/July 2009

Semiramide in the Dutch media:

Dagblad Trouw, 4 augustus (interview):
Real Belcanto on gut strings. With his cd Elias shows us that there is interesting repertoire waiting for guitarists to be played.
Elias: ‘This Guadagnini guitar is much more singing than a modern guitar’ ‘As a guitarist you should think beyond the notes that are written’

‘a Five stars CD’ Nederlands Dagblad, July 31st

‘intelligent and multi-layered’ De Telegraaf, July 18th

‘Including all his ornamentations Elias is not inferior to any opera diva’ Trouw, June 13th

The past months Semiramide has been broadcasted regularly on Dutch national radio.


August 2009

Duo Bosgraaf and Elias are the winners of the Grachtenfestival Prize 2009