Maxine Robertson Manaement

Newsletter 1

Summer activities for MRM artists
Roland Boër conducted his first Tosca in Valencia this summer.
Katherine Broderick made her Proms debut (at just 25) as Woglinde in Götterdämmerung with Donald Runnicles at the Proms, having won the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Gold Medal earlier in the year
Karen Cargill had a huge success in the same performance singing her first Waltraute which has already resulted in an invitation from Donald Runnicles for her to sing Das Lied von der Erde with him next season.
But that was easily topped by last night’s transcendent performance of Wagner’s Gotterdammerung. Christine Brewer as Brunnhilde floated with ecstatic radiance over the final immolation scene, though the most affecting singing came from Karen Cargill as her distraught sister Waltraute
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 13 August 2007.
Two other performances were outstanding – Alan Held as Gunther and Karen Cargill as Waltraute
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 14 August 2007   
Waltraute (the excellent Karen Cargill)
Edward Seckerson, The Independent, 14 August 2007
As Waltraute, Karen Cargill's mezzo gleamed with visionary fear and sorrow
Hilary Finch, The Times, 15 August 2007
Andrew Foster-Williams sang his first Count Le Nozze di Figaro at the Festival d'Opera Baroque de Beaune conducted by Jeremy Rhorer.
Stephan Loges ended last season with a run of Papagenos at La Monnaie, Brussels and this summer appeared with Nicholas Kraemer and the Manchester Camerata in Handel's Apollo and Dafne.
Sally Matthews sang the title role in Alice in Wonderland, a new commission written by Unsuk Chin, for the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich - 

The soprano Sally Matthews did a wonderful job as Alice, giving her voice a remarkable range of colors to suit Alice's varied experiences.

George Loomis, International Herald Tribune,  10 July 2007


… soprano Sally Matthews, as Alice, is superb in a hugely demanding role.

Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 09.07.2007


Alice, spectacularly sung by Sally Matthews

Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2007


Sally Matthews was magnificent as Alice.

Herald Tribune, 7 July 2007
Over the summer, Sally Matthews also appeared at the BBC Proms, in Haydn's The Seasons with Roger Norrington, and at Tanglewood singing Haydn's Paukenmesse with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.
Mark Padmore received excellent reviews for his Evangelist in a production staged by Katie Mitchell of Bach's St Matthew Passion for Glyndebourne Festival, and in the same production Ingela Bohlin and Andrew Tortise sang the soprano and tenor arias.

Stage-managing this re-enactment of the Passion is the Evangelist, played with consummate clarity of utterance by Mark Padmore. His is one of those unfailingly true voices that all great storytellers should possess. Padmore is his own cast of thousands, projecting the text with that perfect balance between dispassionate objectivity and a startling immediacy. When he describes the sudden descent of darkness at "the ninth hour" his voice alone flicks the switch

Edward Seckerson, The Independent


Mark Padmore's first solo disc with Harmonia Mundi of Handel arias has also been greeted with unanimous praise - to see his complete press summary, here is a link to his page on my website

Annalena Persson has been in the US for Beethoven 9s - first with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and then with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Daytona Beach Festival.
Thomas Walker sang the title role, and Fflur Wyn his daughter Iphis, in concert performances of Handel's Jephtha at Chaise Dieu and Utrecht with Daniel Reuss conducting Cappella Amsterdam.
Thomas Walker ...a moving, poignant Jephtha with a beautiful ‘Waft her, Angels’ ....Soprano Fflur Wyn was moving in her devotion
Peter van der Lint, Trouw, Utrecht, 28 August 2007