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September 2010 - newsletter 14

MRM Artists success in the press

Sally Matthews - MOZART Così fan tutte, Glyndebourne Festival
Sally Matthews' Fiordiligi is the main attraction, her voice warm and supple and the perfect size for this hall…and she brings a smattering of pathos to Fiordiligi’s asinine predicament.
Kate Molleson, Opera, July, 2010

Annalena Persson - WAGNER Tristan und Isolde, Seattle Opera, Asher Fisch
As Isolde, Swedish soprano Annalena Persson, making her US debut, unfurled a securely centred tone that could dominate the ensemble with apparent ease. There is an edge to her sound, but an edge that thrills rather than disturbs. And for once we could watch a singer whose slim, tall figure and beauty made a truly credible Isolde.
Bernard Jacobson, The Seattle Times, 2 August, 2010

Annalena Persson - STRAUSS Salome, Teatro Real, Madrid
The Swedish sopranos Nina Stemme and Annalena Persson led the two casts. Both were powerhouses, forceful yet sublime voices…Persson’s intense performance also communicated fragility. True to the composer – Strauss cast his heroine as ‘a chaste virgin’- she sat apart from the decadent vulgarity, a perturbed Gothic-style adolescent, chin resting on knees.
Victoria Stapells, Opera, July, 2010

Marcus Farnsworth - Celebrating English Song Festival, Tardebigge, 2010
…prize-winning baritone Marcus Farnsworth bringing a rich, varied programme of works which somehow seemed totally unified in mood…Farnsworth arching his lines with supreme breath control and shaping of words…Britten's 'Little Ploughboy' skirling from the piano and charming from this remarkable vocalist.
Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post, 2 July, 2010

Karen Cargill - MAHLER Symphony No 3, BBC Scottish SO, Donald Runnicles, BBC Proms
…the outstanding presence of the mezzo Karen Cargill. The concentrated intensity of her fourth-movement midnight song yielded a voice from eternity: an Erda-like presence of bronzed vocal focus.
Hilary Finch, The Times, 6 August, 2010

…and there was a deep well of pity in Karen Cargill’s delivery of Mahler’s Nietzsche setting in the fourth movement…This was an immense performance of an immense symphony.
Nick Kimberley, London Evening Standard, 5 August, 2010

Karen Cargill was the lovely, ripe-voiced soloist.
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 8 August, 2010

Mark Padmore - Dowland and Beyond, Wigmore Hall with Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power
But the bulk of the programme fell to Padmore and Kenny, intimately attuned to one another in their interpretations…Padmore’s ability to meld words and notes into a single vocal gesture was outstanding, making of each item a small but delineated act of interior revelation.
George Hall, The Guardian, 19 July, 2010

Thomas Walker - MOZART Don Giovanni, Holland Park Opera
Thomas Walker got to sing 'Il mio tesoro' which he did beautifully, and his growing awareness of the real Don Giovanni was acted out very realistically.
Peter Reed, Opera, September 2010

Andrew Tortise - WAGNER Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Welsh National Opera, Lothar Koenigs
Andrew Tortise was a complete delight as David.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 21 June 2010

…and Andrew Tortise’s David was as good as I have heard for a long time.
Michael Kennedy, Opera, August 2010

Jeremy Ovenden and Andrew Foster-Williams - HAYDN The Seasons, LSO, Sir Colin Davis, Barbican Centre, London
In this monument to the Enlightenment, enlightenment began with the choice of soloists. Miah Persson, Jeremy Ovenden and Andrew Foster-Williams each had their own timbre, but stayed united in expressive clarity through the thickets of the German text, adapted from James Thomson’s pastoral blockbuster. Foster-Williams' force and authority rang through the hall as the bluff ploughman Simon….And Ovenden proved a tenor for all seasons.
Geoff Brown, The Times, June 30, 2010

Fflur Wyn - LANGER The Lion’s Face, The Opera Group, Theatre Royal Brighton
…Fflur Wyn, uncannily convincing.
Richard Morrison, The Times, 24 May, 2010

…Fflur Wyn, best of the singing roles, a sweetly stroppy teenager.
Kate Molleson, Opera, July, 2010

Edgaras Montvidas - STRAVINSKY Le Renard/Le Rossignol, Aix-en-Provence Festival
Les voix sont superbes…le ténor somptueusement lyrique d’Edgaras Montvidas.
The voices are superb…the sumptuously lyric tenor of Edgaras Montvidas.

Le Figaro, July 2010

On note aussi dans Renard la présence du tenor Edgaras Montvidas, dont la voix, bien que charpentée, nimbe ensuite de poésie le chant du Pêcheur.
Notable also in Renard is the presence of tenor Edgaras Montvidas, whose voice, although robust, swathes the song of the Fisherman (Rossignol) in poetry.

Forum Opera, July 2010

Edgaras Montvidas - TSCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin, Opéra de Lyon
The Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas gave Lensky youthful charm and a suave voice...
Erna Metdepenninghen, Opera, August 2010

Lukas Jakobski - Jette Parker Young Artists: Summer Performance (The Royal Opera, Covent Garden)
...while Lukas Jakobski portrayed his hoodwinked uncle with an attractively grainy bass (Die Schweigsame Frau).
Yehuda Shapiro, Opera, September 2010

MRM Artists forthcoming highlights

Ingela Bohlin is singing Anne Truelove in David Radok's production of Stravinsky The Rake's Progress for Gothenburg Opera, Sweden, and conductor Okko Kamu.

Katherine Broderick makes both her English National Opera and role debuts in November, singing Donna Anna in the new Rufus Morris production of Mozart Don Giovanni with conductor Kirill Karabits at the London Coliseum.

Sally Matthews sings Schumann Paradies und die Peri in September, with Sir Simon Rattle and the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester. In October she will sing in the world première of Hosakawa Sternlose Nacht in Baden-Baden, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Kent Nagano, and will give a recital at La Monnaie, Brussels of songs by Berg, Cantaloube, Fauré and Brahms with Simon Lepper. Then in November Sally is soloist in Tippett A Child of Our Time at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Wiener Symphoniker and Robin Ticciati.

Annalena Persson returns to Gothenburg Opera in November to sing Elisabeth de Valois in their new Staffan Valdemar Holm production of Verdi Don Carlos. The conductor is Christian Badea.

Fflur Wyn returns to Opera North to sing the Blue Fairy in Jonathan Dove The Adventures of Pinnochio with David Parry, and also Flora in a new production by Alessandro Talevi of Britten The Turn of the Screw with music director Richard Farnes - performances in Leeds and on tour. Then on 27 November, Fflur sings in O Miei Giorni, a programme of songs by Jacopi Peri and Claudio Monteverdi for 'Transition_projects,' at Kings Place, London.

Karen Cargill makes her debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in performances of Mahler Symphony No 3 in September, the opening concerts of their season. In October she makes her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and James Levine in Mahler Resurrection Symphony. Karen then returns to Rotterdam for Tippett A Child of Our Time with Robin Ticciati, and in November joins Sally Matthews for another performance of the Tippett with the Wiener Symphoniker, again conducted by Ticciati.

Edgaras Montvidas, following performances at Aix as the Le Pêcheur in Robert Lepage's new production of Stravinsky Le Rossignol, returns to the Opéra National de Lyon for further performances with conductor Kazushi Ono.

Jeremy Ovenden in September, will sing Boleslao in Mayr Lodoiska with the München Runkfunkorchester and Rinaldo Alessandrini, in a concert which will also be recorded live. In October he will be in China to sing Jupiter in Handel Semele at the Beijing Music Festival and in November will sing Mozart concert arias and at La Monnaie, Brussels, conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Mark Padmore will give a series of performances of Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin with Christian Zacharias, including his first recital at the Alte Oper Frankfurt. He will also give performances of Schumann Dichterliebe with Kristian Bezuidenhout, including his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York on October 27th and a return visit to the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. On November 13 Mark again sings Die Schöne Müllerin with Till Felner, in the first recital of a project to perform all three Schubert cycles at Teater an der Wien and at Salle Gaveau, Paris. During this period Mark will also give further recitals with Paul Lewis, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake and Simon Lepper.

Thomas Walker sings Bach Mass in B Minor in September, in Milan, with Capella Amsterdam and Daniel Reuss. In October, with the same forces, he sings in a concert of music by Janácek in Amsterdam, including Elegie na smrt dcery Olgy, Otcenáš and Zdrávas. Then in November, Thomas sings Norcesto in Meyerbeer Emma di Resburgo at the Konzerthaus Vienna with Andreas Stoehr.

Marcus Farnsworth will sing further performances of Dandini in Clonter Opera's production of Rossini La Cenerentola at the Royal College of Music's Britten Theatre in October. Then in November, Marcus sings Guglielmo Così fan tutte for Royal Academy Opera.

Stephan Loges, with Sophie Daneman and Eugene Asti, gives a recital of Lieder by Schumann and Wolf at St. John's Smith Square, London in October and returns there on November 18 to perform Schubert Winterreise. Also in November, Stephan is soloist in Mozart Krönungsmesse and Vesperae de Dominica at the Vienna Musikverein, with the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle and Peter Schreier.

Viktor Rud, in his second season with Hamburg State Opera, sings Alex Duval in the European première of Brett Dean Bliss with Simone Young and in November sings performances of the Count in Johannes Schaaf's production of Mozart Le Nozze de Figaro with Alexander Joel.

Andrew Foster-Williams is a soloist in Bach Lutheran Mass with Franz Welzer-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra in September, the opening concert of their season. In October he sings the four villains in Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann at The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow and then joins Karen Cargill to sing Tippett A Child of Our Time with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Robin Ticciati.

Lukas Jakobski, continuing as a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, sings Count Ceprano in Verdi Rigoletto for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and on 1 November gives a Lunchtime Recital at the Opera House.

Simon Lepper appears with Angelika Kirschlager at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds to open their season on September 23. They will be joined by the Belcea Quartet for performances of Chausson Chanson Perpétuelle on 27th September at the Handelsbeurs Concertzaal, Ghent, and on the following day at Wigmore Hall, London. Later in October Simon joins Sally Matthews for a recital at La Monnaie, Brussels and returns to Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham with Mark Padmore for a recital of Schubert Schwanengesang. Further recitals appearances in this period include Oxford and Lille with Felicity Palmer in a programme entitled 'Women on the Edge' and with Malin Christensson at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris and at the Wigmore Hall for a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recital .