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September 2009 - newsletter 10

MRM Artists success in the press
Andrew Foster-Williams/Handel Jephtha - Gabrieli Consort, London
…the rousing singing of Andrew Foster Williams as Zebul confirmed his position as today’s leading English bass-baritone for Baroque music
Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 28 June 2009

Andrew Tortise/Britten Song Cycles - Aldeburgh Festival

Opening the concert was Britten's first Canticle, My Beloved Mine, Andrew Tortise allowed the beauty of the music to unfurl lyrically, in a refreshing natural and unforced way
Lynne Walker, The Independent, 22 June 2009

Stephan Loges/Schubert Schwanengesang - East Neuk Festival

expressed with unflinching directness by the powerful baritone
Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, 8 July 2010

He has a superb range, the high tenor notes required in the opening Liebesbotschaft as precisely produced as the lower register needed for Kriegers Ahnung and Aufenthalt
Keith Bruce, The Herald, 8 July 2010

Mark Padmore/Britten Before life and after - recording with  Roger Vignoles

Padmore is perhaps today's outstanding interpreter of the repertoire Britten wrote for his musical, and life partner, Peter Pears. His distinctive timbre, his colouring of words and his understanding of the drama of Britten's word-setting make him an ideal exponent of the Holy Sonnets of John Donne ....Padmore and Vignoles burrow deeply into Donne's "blacke soule" finding the right tone for each of the nine settings...Padmore lavishes a palette of tone colour to match or even outshine Pears here.
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, 23 August 2009

MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Ingela Bohlin will sing in a performance of Handel’s Berenice, conducted by Alan Curtis, in  Paris on November 21. The work will also be recorded in Venice.

Katherine Broderick  is the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 for The Philharmonic Society of Orange County on October 24 conducted by Ivor Bolton. Katherine can then be heard at Kings Place, London, on November 12, singing Britten’s Poet’s Echo with Malcolm Martineau. Later that month she is in Madrid singing in Bruckner’s Mass No 3 with the Orquestra Nacional de Espana conducted by Simone Young.

Karen Cargill will sing Isabella in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri for Scottish Opera, in Glasgow from 21 October, then on tour in Scotland, with the final perfromance in Edinburgh on 27 November.

Andrew Foster-Williams will sing the role of Ismenor in Opera de Lille’s production of Rameau’s Dardanus during October and November. Performances take place in Lille, Caen and Dijon, and are conducted by Emanuelle Haim.

Lukas Jakobski makes his debut, on September 15, with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, singing the role of a Flemish Deputy in a revival of Nicholas Hytner’s production of Verdi’s Don Carlos. The conductor is Semyon Bychkov.

Simon Lepper is performing at the North Norfolk Music Festival with mezzo-soprano Felicity Palmer on September 13. They repeat the programme - Women on the Edge - at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow on October 9. On September 18, Simon appears with soprano Joan Rodgers in the Gala Concert of the Chelsea Schubert Festival and in the following month, on 19 November, he will perform Schumann's Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore in Nottingham.

Pär Lindskog makes a role debut as Bacchus Ariadne auf Naxos for Washington Opera on October 28.

Stephan Loges will be in Denmark from 9 October singing in performances of Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Manze.

Sally Matthews will be in Brussels in October, singing Anne Truelove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at La Monnaie conducted by Lawrence Renes, with whom she will also sing Brahms German Requiem on November 6 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

Edgaras Montvidas is also singing with Scottish Opera, as Nemorino in Donizetti's L’Elisir D’Amore. The performances, starting September 23, are conducted by Scottish Opera Music Director Francesco Corti.

Mark Padmore opens the Wigmore Hall’s new season on September 12 with Schubert’s Die Shöne Müllerin, accompanied by Paul Lewis. This concert also inaugurates Mark’s period there as Artist in Residence for the 2009/10 season. Then on the 22nd, again with Paul Lewis, Mark performs Schubert’s Winterreise in Amsterdam at the Concertgebouw. From October 20, Mark joins Sally Matthews in performances of The Rake’s Progress at La Monnaie, singing the role of Tom Rakewell.

Annalena Persson will make her house and role debut singing Salome with Netherlands Opera starting on November 10 in a new Peter Konwitschny production.

Viktor Rud's first performance as a member of the Ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera will be as Schaunard Boheme on 6 September. Following this he will make role debuts as Silvio Pagliacci and Sharpless Madama Butterfly.

Andrew Tortise will be singing Ferrando in Glyndebourne on Tour production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, opening at Glyndebourne on 13 October.

Fflur Wyn makes her role debut on October 9 as Sophie in Opera North’s new production of Massenet’s Werther.

Thomas Walker sings his first Rossini role, Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, alongside Karen Cargill at Scottish Opera on October 21.