Summer activities for MRM
his first Tosca in Valencia this
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
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
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
Hewett, The Telegraph, 13 August 2007.
Two other performances were outstanding –
Alan Held as Gunther and Karen Cargill as Waltraute
Times, 14 August 2007
Waltraute (the excellent Karen
Seckerson, The Independent, 14 August 2007
As Waltraute, Karen Cargill's mezzo
gleamed with visionary fear and sorrow
Finch, The Times, 15 August 2007
Foster-Williams sang his first Count
Le Nozze di Figaro at the Festival d'Opera Baroque de
Beaune conducted by Jeremy Rhorer.
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.
Matthews sang the title role in Alice
in Wonderland, a new commission written by Unsuk
Chin, for the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich -
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
soprano Sally Matthews, as Alice, is superb in a hugely demanding role.
The Guardian, 09.07.2007
spectacularly sung by Sally Matthews
Swed, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2007
Sally Matthews was magnificent as Alice.
Herald Tribune, 7 July
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.
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
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
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
been in the US for Beethoven
9s - first with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
and then with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Daytona Beach
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,
Jephtha with a beautiful ‘Waft her, Angels’ ....Soprano Fflur Wyn was
moving in her devotion
Peter van der Lint,
Trouw, Utrecht, 28 August 2007