December 2010 - newsletter 15
MRM Artist Award
Mark Padmore's Harmonia Mundi recording of Schubert Winterreise with pianist Paul Lewis, has been chosen for Gramophone magazine's Vocal Solo Award, 2010.
MRM New Signing
We are delighted to announce the new signing of soprano Elizabeth Watts. A recital earlier this year at the Wigmore Hall prompted Tim Ashley to write in The Guardian:
Watts, winner of the lieder prize at Cardiff Singer of the World in 2007, is already a major artist, but this struck me as making a transformation into a great one, as well as allowing us to hear her in music she seems to have been born to sing. Watts has the right tonal glamour for Strauss along with that tricky combination of vocal ease and immaculate control that his work requires.
Recent and future highlights:
• Marzelline Fidelio - The Royal Opera, Covent Garden
• Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro - Welsh National Opera; Santa Fe Opera
• Pamina Die Zauberflöte - Welsh National Opera
• Brahms Requiem - London Philharmonic Orchestra - Yannick Nézet-Séguin
• Mahler Symphony No 2 - Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra - Yakov Kreizberg
• Mahler Symphony No 4 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko
• Serpetta La Finta Giardiniera - Academy of Ancient Music - Richard Egarr
• Haydn The Seasons - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Olari Elts
• Richard Strauss Orchestral Lieder - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Dmitri Sitkovetsky
• Recitals at Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals
MRM Artists Jump In
During September the following artists sang at short notice:
Edgaras sang in STRAVINSKY Le Rossignol with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Pierre Boulez.
Jeremy appeared as Ferrando Così fan tutte for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Viktor sang Shaunard La Bohème for Graz Opera.
MRM Artists Success in the Press
Katherine Broderick - MOZART Don Giovanni- English National Opera, Kirill Karabits
Katherine Broderick’s Donna Anna and Brindley Sherratt’s Leporello are, in fact, the strongest things on stage….repressed hysteria glinting through her laser-bright high register.
Hilary Finch, The Times, 8 November, 2010
As Donna Anna, Katherine Broderick displays a voice packed with exciting potential.
Anna Picard, The Independent, 14 November, 2010
(Broderick)…vocally of thrilling potential.
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 14 November, 2010
Mark Padmore - SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Liederkreis - Carnegie Hall, New York with Kristian Bezuidenhout
Mr Padmore approached Schumann’s songs thoughtfully, creating a distinct coloration and sense of character for each but also charting each cycle’s emotional journey. That is more of an achievement than may be apparent...In Liederkreis he made the most of the contrast between, for example, the agitation in Es treibt mich hin and the lyrical high-lying Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen, which follows. And in closing the cycle, the gradual shift in timbre and vocal weight that he applied in Mit Myrten und Rosen gave the song extraordinary depth. The subtleties are greater in Dichterliebe and Mr Padmore’s sound was even more finally nuanced. He found colors in his palette that he had not used in Liederkreis. The wrenching intensity in Ich Grolle Nicht and Ich hab’ in Traum geweinet was palpable and it was impossible to resist the velvety pianissimo tone he applied to Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen. As an encore, Mr Padmore and Mr Bezuidenhout gave a breathtakingly supple performance of Schumann’s Lotusblume.
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 28 October, 2010
Mark Padmore - SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Liederkreis - Harmonia Mundi recording with Kristian Bezuidenhout
Mark Padmore, in superb voice, brings a vivid new confidence to the German text...and he and Kristian Bezuidenhout tackle those recital favourites 'Mit Myrten und Rosen' (from Liederkreis) and 'Ich grolle nicht' (from Dichterliebe) with a freshness that bears plenty of repetition.
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 28 November, 2010
Thomas Walker/Andrew Foster-Williams - HANDEL Flavio - CHANDOS recording, Christian Curnyn
...Thomas Walker dealing brilliantly with his runs in the splenetic aria allotted him (Fato tiranno e crudo) and Andrew Foster-Williams introducing a more than welcome depth and sonority to this score of preponderantly upper voices.
John Steane, The Classical Review, November, 2010
Fflur Wyn - Songs by Jacopi Peri and contemporaries - Kings Place, London
As well as clear diction, Wyn displayed a fine soprano voice - bright and supple but with a pleasing, steely quality in the upper register - and breathtaking technical control.
Laura Battle, The Financial Times, 29 November, 2010
Fflur Wyn - BRITTEN Turn of the Screw - Opera North, Grand Theatre, Leeds
Fflur Wyn’s Flora is beautifully sung and convincingly petulant…
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 5 October, 2010
MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Katherine Broderick will sing in Mahler Symphony No 4 and Poulenc Gloria with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in December and during February performs the role of Liza in the British première of Mieczyslaw Weinberg The Portrait for Opera North.
Sally Matthews sings her first Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for the Vienna State Opera in a new production by Jean-Louis Martinoty, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst during December. In January she gives a recital with Simon Lepper at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, including songs by Berg, Canteloube, Poulenc and Barber, and in February gives three performances of Strauss Four Last Songs with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Robin Ticciati.
Annalena Persson sings further performances of Elisabeth de Valois in Gothenburg Opera's new production of Don Carlos during December and January, and also in December sings Britten War Requiem in the National Concert Hall, Taipei with Philharmonia Taiwan.
Fflur Wyn performs Bach Coffee Cantata with the Early Opera Group and Christian Curnyn during December, and in January sings Mozart Concert Arias at Kings Place, London with the Aurora Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis.
Karen Cargill will be in South Korea in December to sing Mahler Symphony No 3 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung Whun Chung. In February she will sing Berlioz Les Nuits d'été with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nikolai Znaider and on February 19 will perform Brett Dean Poems and Prayers with pianist Piers Lane at London's Wigmore Hall as part of the composer's 50th birthday celebration.
Edgaras Montvidas during December and January, will sing Ruggero La Rondine for Leipzig Opera and conductor William Lacey and later in January will be in Oslo to sing Lensky Eugene Onegin for Norwegian Opera.
Jeremy Ovenden sings Ferrando Così fan tutte with the Berlin Staatsoper in December and January. Also in January he is soloist with Concentus Musicus Wien and Nikolaus Harnoncourt during the Salzburg Mozartwoche, singing Handel Nisi Dominus/Gloria Patri and Dixit Dominus.
Mark Padmore with pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout will tour Europe during December and January in a Schumann programme. Venues include Wigmore Hall, London, Innsbruck, Padua, Brugge Concertgebouw and La Monnaie, Brussels. Then, with pianist Till Fellner, he continues a project begun in November, to perform the three Schubert cycles at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, singing Schwanengesang on January 23 and Winterreise on February 20. During February, Mark will tour the UK with the Britten Sinfonia singing Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Finzi Dies Natalis and Purcell (ed. Tippett) songs.
Thomas Walker sings Handel Messiah with Orquestra Metropolitana di Lisboa and conductor Nicholas Kraemer on December 19. In February he will sing Bach cantata Hercules auf dem Scheidewege and Handel Hercules with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Daniel Reuss in Utrecht and performances of Stravinsky Pulcinella with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Matthias Pintscher.
Stephan Loges in December will sing Bach Cantata 70 - Wachet! Betet! and Magnificat in D with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr, both in Madrid and at Cadogan Hall, London. In January, accompanied by Simon Lepper, he performs Mahler Kindertotenlieder at the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North,Leeds and then in February will be in Florence to sing Mendelssohn Die Erste Walpurgisnacht with the orchestra and chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Oleg Caetani.
Viktor Rud continuing in the ensemble of Hamburg State Opera sings Falke Die Fledermaus during December, and in February sings further performances of Schaunard La Bohème and Silvio Pagliacci.
Andrew Foster-Williams will sing performances of Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Labadie in December. Then on January 4 will sing Mozart Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Also in January, Andrew will join Sally Mathews and Mark Padmore in Turin for performances of Handel Solomon with L'Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and Ivor Bolton. During February he will sing in performances of Haydn Creation throughout France, with Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet, including a performance at Salle Pleyel, Paris.
Simon Lepper will be in Moscow in December for a recital with Stephan Genz and Lucy Crowe as part of the 30th Anniversary of the 'International Music Festival - Sviatoslav Richter's December Nights' and on January 25 he will join Sally Matthews for their recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.