Maxine Robertson Management

June 2010 - newsletter 13





MRM Artists Jump-in

Edgaras Montvidas
In March, Edgaras sang Nemorino in four performances of Donizetti The Elixir of Love at short notice for English National Opera, in the new Jonathan Miller production. Interestingly for ENO, he sang it in Italian.

Stephan Loges
On April 19, Stephan jumped-in at very short notice to give the BBC lunch-time recital at the Wigmore Hall, London replacing Marcus Werber who was unable to travel to London.because of the disruption due to the Ash Cloud.

Simon Lepper
In May, Simon, joined Mark Padmore at a few days notice in two recitals in Oxford and Brighton, in addition to a planned recital in Leeds.

Andrew Foster-Williams
At the beginning of May, Andrew replaced the Don Fernando in David Poutney's semi-staged performances of Beethoven Fidelio with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Edo de Waart.


MRM Artists success in the press

Sally Matthews - MOZART Così Fan Tutte, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Sir Charles Mackerras
...but it is Sally Matthews as Fiordiligi who steals the vocal honours with a bravura account of 'Come scoglio' and a gorgeously melancholy 'Per pieta.'
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 25 May, 2010

Marcus Farnsworth - BRITTEN Albert Herring, Royal Academy Opera
Sid...was impressively played by Marcus Farnsworth. Farnsworth delivered a generous, swaggering performance and made Crozier's slightly awkward switches from perfectly observed Suffolk vernacular to slightly overblown poetry as convincing as they're ever likely to be.
Peter Reed, Opera, April, 2010

Mark Padmore - BACH St. Matthew Passion, CBSO, Sir Simon Rattle
In Mark Padmore as the evangelist, Rattle had a powerful protagonist. Singing from memory (quite a feat, even taking into account his appearance in the fully-staged Glyndebourne production), Padmore delivered an enthralling account in which his delivery became more impassioned and dramatically charged as he moved onto the crucifixion. His improvisatory freedom of dynamics and tempo, and lyrical authority, made it sound as if he really were recalling this dreadful sequence of events as they came back to him.
Lynne Walker, The Independent, 10 March, 2010

Stephan Loges - SCHUMANN Mass in C Minor/BRAHMS Four Serious Songs, SCO, John Storgards
Stephan Loges only had a few lines in the mass, but there was another opportunity to enjoy his commanding baritone voice in Brahms' Four Serious Songs...there was a vibrancy and sense of life triumphing against the odds which was beautifully articulated by Loges.
Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman, 9 March, 2010

Katherine Broderick/Karen Cargill - MAHLER Resurrection Symphony, BSO, Marin Alsop
...Karen Cargill, her deep, densely focused mezzo-soprano finding lament and primordial light in 'Urlicht'. Then the soprano Katherine Broderick, almost imperceptibly gilding the hushed chorus in their anticipation of immortal life. Together, their vocal timbres pleaded strongly for belief.
Hilary Finch, The Times, 12 May, 2010


MRM Artists forthcoming highlights

Ingela Bohlin on June 30, is soprano soloist in Schubert Mass in A Flat with the Heilbronn Kammerorchester, Cappella Amsterdam and Daniel Reuss. Then in July sings in Schumann Szenen Aus Goethes Faust with Klassische Philharmonie Stuttgart, Kammerchor Stuttgart and Frieder Bernius.

Katherine Broderick is soloist in Brahms Requiem in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge on June 12 conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, as part of their 'Great Conductors' series. Then on June 22 Katherine and Andrew Foster-Williams are soloists in Beethoven Symphony No 9 at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan, with the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali and Antonello Manacorda. At the beginning of July Katherine will give 2 recitals with Malcolm Martineau at the East Neuk Festival (Fife), including music by Britten and Schubert and will take part in the Festival's closing concert singing Holst.

Sally Matthews sings further performances of Fiordiligi in Nicholas Hytner's production of Così fan Tutte for Glyndebourne Festival Opera during June, with conductor Sir Charles Mackerras. Then in July sings the same role for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich with conductor Ivor Bolton, in Dieter Dorn's production.

Annalena Persson will make her Seattle Opera debut, singing Isolde during July and August, in Peter Kazaras' production of Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Asher Fisch.

Fflur Wyn sings Caregiver's Daughter in The Lion's Face, the new opera project by Elena Langer and Glyn Maxwell for The Opera Group, director John Fulljames and conductor Nicholas Collon. There are performances during the summer throughout the UK, including the Brighton Festival.

Karen Cargill will make her debut at the Tanglewood Festival in July, singing in Mahler Symphony No 3 with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and James Levine. Then in August Karen sings in the same work at the 2010 Promenade Concerts in The Royal Albert Hall, London with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles. This performance will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 4 Television.

Edgaras Montvidas returns home to Lithuania in June to give a recital of songs by Ravel, Debussy and Grieg with Simon Lepper for the Vilnius Festival. Then in July he sings Le Pêcheur in a new production by Robert Lepage of Stravinsky Le Rossignol for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, with conductor Kazushi Ono.

Jeremy Ovenden will sing in a concert performance of Mozart Il Sogno di Scipio at the Vienna Musikverein with Concentus Musicus Wien and Nikolaus Harnoncourt on June 5. Then later that month, on the 27th, Jeremy will sing in Haydn The Seasons at the Barbican Hall, London with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis which will also be recorded for 'LSO Live'.

Mark Padmore has a busy summer of recitals. Highlights include: a tour of Spain with pianist Till Fellner, performing Schubert Winterreise. Mark and Till also perform the cycle at the Schwartzenberg Schubertiade on June 21. On July 14, Mark concludes his season as 'Artist in Residence' at the Wigmore Hall, London with a recital of music ranging from Dowland to Thomas Adès partnered by lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and pianist Andrew West. On July 19, with pianist Imogen Cooper, he gives a BBC Proms lunchtime recital in London's Cadogan Hall; music to include Schumann Dichterliebe.

Andrew Tortise sings David in Richard Jones' new production of Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Welsh National Opera with conductor Lothar Koenigs, during June and July. This includes a performance on July 17 at the BBC Promenade Concerts in The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Thomas Walker will sing Don Ottavio in a new production of Mozart Don Giovanni for Holland Park Opera, London, director Stephen Barlow and conductor Robert Dean. Then on July 27 Thomas sings Bach Mass in B Minor with the Akademie für Alte Musik, Cappella Amsterdam and Daniel Reuss in Warsaw. On August 20 they give a further performance in Vézelay, France.

Marcus Farnsworth will sing in two concerts during Schumann Week at Temple Church, London in June, both accompanied by Julius Drake. On the 7th he sings Kerner Lieder Op 35 and on the 10th Spanisches Liederspiel Op 74. On June 25 Marcus sings in a morning recital for the Aldeburgh Festival with Elizabeth Burgess, in Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh - part of the Britten-Pears Young Artists programme. Then on the 27th, Marcus, accompanied by Iain Burnside, takes part in the Celebrating English Song series at St Bartholomew's Church, Tardebigge, Worcestershire. He will sing music by Butterworth, Turnage, Finzi and the first perfromance of Martin Bussey Garden Songs. During July and August Marcus makes his role debut as Dandini in Michael McCaffery's production of Rossini La Cenerentola for Clonter Opera, conducted by Clive Timms.

Stephan Loges will join soprano Anna Devin and pianist Nigel Foster on June 22 in a programme of French songs and duets for The London Song Festival at Holy Trinity Church, Chelsea, London. Then on July 11, Stephan and pianist Gary Matthewman give a lieder recital at the Wigmore Hall, composers including Schubert, Brahms and Wolf. On July 22, Stephan will be in Australia to sing Britten War Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and Tadaaki Otaka. Simon Lepper joins Stephan in Neuss, Germany, on August 1 for a programme of song settings of poetry by Shakespeare, including those by Arne, Haydn, Schubert and Quilter.

Andrew Foster-Williams joins Jeremy Ovenden on June 27, as soloist in the concert and recording of Haydn The Seasons at the Barbican Centre, London with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis. In July he sings in performances of Beethoven Missa Solemnis with L'Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Collegium Vocale, Gent and Philippe Herreweghe, both in Siena (9th) and as part of the Saintes Festival, France (18th). Then later in July, Andrew again sings in Handel L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato with The Mark Morris Dance Group for The Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Centre, New York.

Lukas Jakobski, a member of the Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, takes part in the Young Artists Summer Performance on July 17th at 1pm at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. During June and July Lukas sings Pietro in Elijah Moshinsky's production of Verdi Simon Boccanegra for The Royal Opera. There is a performance at the Royal Albert Hall on July 18, part of the BBC Proms season.

Simon Lepper as well as his recitals with Edgaras Montvidas and Stephan Loges, will give two recitals in Ireland with tenor Robin Tritschler in a programme including Schumann Dichterliebe, and songs by Brahms, Britten and Bax. Simon joins Mark Padmore to bring the Wigmore Hall educational programme to a close with a final concert on July 8 at 1pm, and on July 20 he gives a recital of songs by Schumann, Loewe, Brahms and Wolf with Angelika Kirschlager at the Verbier Festival, Switzerland.