March 2010 - newsletter 12
MRM Artists success in the press
Sally Matthews - MOZART Cosě Fan Tutte, Royal Opera House
In this latest cast everything gravitates towards the centre, pulled by the magnetism of Sally Matthew's Fiordiligi - a charismatic portrayal sung and acted with a whole-hearted committment that marks another big step in this young singer's career. Every director must long to work with a singer who is so slim and gracious, while the firmness of her voice belies the slender physique. In Come scoglio she set sparks flying off every phrase, getting more out of the aria than any other singer on this stage for years.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 1 February, 2010
Karen Cargill - BERLIOZ L'Enfance du Christ, SCO, Robin Ticciati
The lovely mezzo of Karen Cargill was breathtakingly beautiful in Mary's lullaby to the newborn Jesus.
Sarah Urwin Jones, The Times, 9 February, 2010
Karen Cargill - BERLIOZ La Mort de Cléopâtre, SCO, Robin Ticciati
But the core of this stunning concert was a shattering, heart-rending performance by Karen Cargill in awesome voice from top to bottom of her register and beyond both extremes in Berlioz's La Mort de Cléopâtre
Michael Tumelty, The Herald, 20 December, 2009
Mark Padmore - SCHUBERT Winterreise, Harmonia Mundi recording with Paul Lewis
Ranking supreme in tenor interpretations, this version of Schubert's lonely cycle fuses Padmore's sensitivity and Paul Lewis' luminosity as pianist.
Geoffrey Norris, Telegraph, 15 December 2009
Mark Padmore - HENZE Six Songs from the Arabian, Wigmore Hall
Padmore with agile pianist Andrew West wrung every drop of emotional energy from them...I left Wigmore Hall a wreck.
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 31 January, 2010
Andrew Foster-Williams - PURCELL The Fairy Queen, Opéra Comique, Paris
The (Winter) scene will always be etched into one's memory for the burning voice of Andrew Foster-Williams.
Renaud Machaut, Le Monde, January, 2010
Andrew Foster-Williams - HANDEL Messiah, New York, Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie
Most effective was Andrew Foster-Williams, the bass-baritone...who dispatched the quavery figures depicting fire and rage with full-bodied tone despite Mr Labadie's brisk tempos, and was just as effective intoning the serene "great light" seen by " the people who walk in darkness".
James Oestreich, New York Times, 13 December, 2009
Lukas Jakobski - HANDEL Messiah, Irish Baroque Orchestra, John Butt
The Polish bass Lukas Jakobski, was a tower of strength with the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times, 22 December, 2009
MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Ingela Bohlin is singing Ilia in a new production of Mozart Idomeneo at La Monnaie, Brussels during March and April directed by Ivo van Hove and conducted by Jérémie Rhorer.
Katherine Broderick will be singing in Mahler Symphony No 2 with Karen Cargill at The Royal Festival Hall with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop on May 9.
Sally Matthews sings Samuel Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Anne Truelove's aria The Rake's Progress with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Lawrence Renes in March, and Fiordiligi Cosě fan Tutte for Glyndebourne Festival Opera in May conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.
Annalena Persson will be singing the title role in Strauss Salome in a new production by Robert Carsen for Teatro Real, Madrid in April. The conductor is Jesus Lopez-Cobos.
Karen Cargill will tour Scotland in March singing Wagner Wesendonck Lieder with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Olari Elts. Then in April she makes her German opera debut singing Waltraute Götterdämmerung for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Donald Runnicles and in May Karen sings in Mahler Symphony No 3 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko.
Edgaras Montvidas will sing Lensky in Peter Stein's production of Eugene Onegin conducted by Kirill Petrenko and Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov Mozart and Salieri conducted by Kirill Karabits for Lyon Opera during April and May.
Jeremy Ovenden will sing further performances of Ferrando Cosě fan Tutte for Oper Frankfurt in March. Then in April he sings Handel Le Resurrezione in Krakow and Budapest with Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini and a programme of Mozart concert arias with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Nikolaj Znaider, in Örebro.
Mark Padmore will be singing Evangelist in performances of Bach St Matthew Passion during March, all with Sir Simon Rattle. First in Birmingham with the CBSO, which will also be broadcast, then in Berlin and Salzburg. Continuing his season as 'Artist in Residence' at the Wigmore Hall, London, Mark gives a masterclass there with Simon Lepper on March 16, with whom he is also involved in a varied educational programme during the rest of the season. On May 4, Mark is in Berlin again to sing Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester and Marek Janowski and on May 6 he returns to the Wigmore to give a recital with Kate Royal and Roger Vignoles.
Andrew Tortise will sing in a European tour of Handel Messiah during March, including Paris, Madrid, Metz and Montpellier with Le Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet.
Thomas Walker will make his role debut singing Count Almaviva in performances of Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia during April in Brest with the Ensemble Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
Marcus Farnsworth is singing Sid in Britten Albert Herring on March 10 & 15 at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Then on April 9 he is giving a recital at the National Portrait Gallery with Simon Lepper as part of Simon's 'Spring Voices' series.
Stephan Loges will sing Christus and Arias in Bach St Matthew Passion in March with the Orquestra Filarmónica de Malága before singing the Arias in Munich with the Munich Bach Choir and Hanjörg Albrecht. On April 24 Stephan sings in Haydn Nelson Mass at Snape Maltings with the City of London Sinfonia and Stephen Layton. Then in May sings Brahms Vier Ernste Gesänge and Schumann Mass in C Minor with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Conductor John Storgĺrds.
Viktor Rud will make his role debut singing Count Almaviva in Johannes Schaaf's production of Mozart Le nozze di Figaro with Hamburg State Opera and Peter Schneider during March.
Andrew Foster-Williams will once again sing in the Glyndebourne Festival production of Purcell The Fairy Queen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie during March. In April he joins Mark Padmore in performances of Handel L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato for the Mark Morris Dance Group in Birmingham and at the London Coliseum. In May Andrew will sing in Stravinsky Pulcinella with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Yakov Kreizberg.
Lukas Jakobski, as a member of the Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, will give a lunch-time recital in the Crush Room of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on March 15, and during April and May will cover the role of The King in the new David McVicar production of Verdi Aida for the Royal Opera. On April 2 Lukas is the bass soloist in Messiah in Turku Cathedral, Finland, with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Mark Tatlow.
Simon Lepper, as well as working with Mark Padmore in the Wigmore Hall masterclass and educational programme, will give, with Mark, performances of Schumann Dichterliebe and Liederkreis during March and April throughout the UK, including Christ Church University, Canterbury and The Howard Assembly Room at Opera North. In April, Simon will give recitals with Sylvia Schwartz in Valencia and a recital with Anna Stephany in Swansea with the Elias Quartet which includes Chausson Chanson Perpetuelle and Haydn Arianna a Naxos.