Maxine Robertson Management

September 2011 - newsletter 18





MRM New Signing
We are delighted to announce the signing of the English contralto Claudia Huckle for General Management.

Following studies in the UK and USA, Claudia is currently based in Germany as a member of the Leipzig Opera ensemble. Her recent and future plans include:

• Olga Eugene Onegin; Pitti-Sing The Mikado; The Duchess in Torsten Rasch The Duchess of Malfi - English National Opera
• Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel - Garsington Opera
• Olga Eugene Onegin; Hänsel; Third Lady Die Zauberflöte - Leipzig Opera
• Suzuki Madama Butterfly - Opera Carolina
• Irene in Handel Tamerlano; Hänsel; Smeton in Donizetti Anna Bolena - Washington National Opera
• Mozart Requiem; Bach St Matthew Passion - Monteverdi Choir - Sir John Eliot Gardiner - USA and European tour
• Handel Messiah - Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra; National Symphony Orchestra, Washington



MRM Artists Success in the Press
Jeremy Ovenden - MOZART An Italian Journey - OAE - Jonathan Cohen - Signum Classics recording
The fine tenor Jeremy Ovenden, who has sung most of the major Mozart roles all over Europe, sings with an engaging commitment to these joyous creations…a delightful selection.
Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 17 July, 2011

Ovenden’s attractive, bright tenor...his rhythm, diction and easy flexibility of voice are exemplary.
David Cairns, Sunday Times, 10 July, 2011


Jeremy Ovenden - HAYDN The Seasons - LSO - Sir Colin Davis - LSO Live recording
Jeremy Ovenden…is especially good in Haydn’s marvelous evocations of the summer dawn and the midday heat.
Richard Wigmore, Gramophone, September, 2011

…Jeremy Ovenden’s eager, eloquent tenor…
George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, August, 2011

Jeremy Ovenden as Lucas reminds one with his flexibility and lovely open sound of Philip Langridge (there can be little higher praise);
Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review, July/August, 2011


Marcus Farnsworth - MARK ANTHONY TURNAGE Greek - Music Theatre Wales
Marcus Farnsworth is the most convincing Eddy I’ve ever seen: he embodies the anguished, violently truth-seeking youth in a riveting performance.
Hilary Finch, The Times, 11 July, 2011

As dangerous Eddy, the award-winning young baritone Marcus Farnsworth is electrifying. He has no trouble with the demotic accent and conveys the character’s anger, panic and perky charm with intensity and empathy. He also has an instinctive musicality that never makes the vocal line sound over-studied or phoney. He must have a great career ahead of him.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 8 July, 2011

From the moment he burst into the auditorium, abusing staff on the door, Marcus Farnsworth's angry young Eddy commanded attention, his ability to invoke elements of Wozzeck and Tom Rakewell suggesting a gifted interpreter.
Rian Evans, Opera, September 2011


Elizabeth Watts - KURTAG Kafka Fragments - Hebrides Ensemble - Alexander Janiczek
Soprano Elizabeth Watts gave a formidable performance of unwavering control and directness…Between them, it is a profound and powerful achievement.
Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 2 June, 2011


Andrew Tortise - BRITTEN Complete Songs, Vol 1 - Malcolm Martineau - Onyx Classics recording
Another attraction here is the opportunity to sample some of Britain’s best young singers. Andrew Tortise, David in WNO’s recent Meistersinger, uses his light voice to pinpoint verbal details in a poetic account of the First Canticle.
Richard Fairman, Gramophone, September 2011

…but the most compelling track is Canticle 1, a masterpiece powerfully delivered by Andrew Tortise.
Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer, 12 June, 2011

Britten’s Quilteresque John Suckling setting, Prithee, is winsomely projected by Andrew Tortise.
Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine, August, 2011


Andrew Foster-Williams - HAYDN The Seasons - LSO - Sir Colin Davis - LSO Live recording
Andrew Foster-Williams, a fine classical stylist, is breezily extrovert in the ploughman’s song and the bird-shoot…and brings a grave intensity of line to his memento mori in Winter.
Richard Wigmore, Gramophone, September 2011

…Andrew Foster-Williams’s vivid bass – the latter in particular a model of vocal security and textual definition.
George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, August, 2011

Andrew Foster-Williams as Simon is a real bass, excelling as ploughman or huntsman and never turning cavernous.
Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review, July/August, 2011


Katherine Broderick - WAGNER Die Walküre - Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder
If Katherine Broderick (Helmwige) can continue to fling out Cs with such easy brilliance, she seems set to follow Bullock (Brünnhilde).
Anna Picard, The Independent, 24 July, 2011

And Katherine Broderick’s Helmwige (a Brünnhilde in waiting) flamed out in the formidable lineup of Valkyries.
Hilary Finch, The Times, 18 July, 2011


Sally Matthews - MOZART Solemn Vespers, Mass in C Minor - Le Cercle de L’Harmonie - Jérémie Rhorer
...the beautiful Laudate Dominum at the end, where Sally Matthews’ soprano eloquently soared...The shining source of inspiration here (C Minor Mass) was again Matthews, who sang the soprano solos with a burning intensity that was out of the ordinary...her radiant singing of the Et Incarnatus Est.
Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 29 June, 2011

He took the meltingly beautiful Laudate Dominum at a luxuriously slow pace...The slow tempo might have taxed a lesser soprano than Sally Matthews, but she lofted her arched ecstatic line over the choir with what seemed like total ease...
Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph, 30 June, 2011

Sally Matthews’ dark vowels and even vibrato made something wonderful out of its timelessness...as glamorous as a movie star, the British soprano engaged in an exhilarating rally of high Bs and As with mezzo Ann Hallenberg in the Domine Deus and delivered a flawless Et incarnatus est.
Anna Picard, The Independent, 3 July, 2011


Lukas Jacobski - Jette Parker Young Artists: Summer Performance - Royal Opera House
...Lukas Jakobski, whose attractively grainy bass rose incisively to the bel canto challenge. (Alfonso, Lucretia Borgia)
Yehuda Shapiro, Opera, September 2011


Simon Lepper - RICHARD STRAUSS Songs - Gillian Keith - Champs Hill recording
...Simon Lepper accompanies splendidly...
Ivan March, Gramophone, August, 2011



MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Ingela Bohlin will sing Anne Trulove in Stravinsky The Rake's Progress for Opéra National de Lorraine during September and October and in November will appear in Paris in Purcell The Fairy Queen with Le Concert Spirituel.

Sally Matthews during September sings The Governess in a new Robert Carsen production of Britten The Turn of the Screw at Theater an der Wien and on October 9 sings in Mahler Symphony No 8 in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Lorin Maazel.

Annalena Persson sings the title role in Strauss Salomé for Gothenburg Opera during September, October and November.

Elizabeth Watts sings Almirena in Handel Rinaldo for Glyndebourne on Tour, during October and November and on November 30 sings a concert of Scarlatti arias at Wigmore Hall, London with The English Concert and Laurence Cummings.

Karen Cargill in September sings Waltraute Götterdämmerung for the Deutsche Oper Berlin and also sings in performances of Mahler Symphony No 8 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. On October 5 she sings in a recital of Haydn songs at Wigmore Hall with pianist András Schiff and in November Karen sings Berlioz Les nuits d'été with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati.

Claudia Huckle will sing Olga Eugene Onegin for Leipzig Opera in September and also for English National Opera during November in a new production by Deborah Warner.

Edgaras Montvidas will sing Arbace in Mozart Idomeneo during November with Netherlands Opera.

Jeremy Ovenden in September sings arias from Haydn The Creation and The Seasons and from Pierre Gaveaux Léonore at La Monnaie, Brussels with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset. Then in October Jeremy sings Belfiore in a tour and recording of Mozart La Finta Giardiniera including Lisbon and Madrid, with René Jacobs and the Double Bande, and in November sings Mozart Mass in C Minor in Barcelona with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton alongside Andrew Foster-Williams.

Mark Padmore in September sings Mozart Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons in Amsterdam. In October and November he makes four appearances at the Wigmore Hall - Haydn songs with Karen Cargill and András Schiff and Janácek Diary of one who disappeared with Christianne Stotijn and Julius Drake in October and in November he joins cellist Steven Isserlis in a programme including Schubert and Richard Rodney Bennet and takes part in a concert celebrating the composer/pianist Thomas Larcher singing the latter's Liederzyklus. Also in October Mark sings Britten Les Illuminations with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits.

Andrew Tortise sings Jonathan in Handel Saul with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Reuss in September. In November he sings Bach St Matthew Passion with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh at the Lausanne Festival and then sings in staged performances of the work in London with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Thomas Walker during October and November sings Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Scottish Opera in Glasgow and on tour.

Marcus Farnsworth sings further performances of Eddy in Mark Anthony Turnage Greek on tour with Music Theatre Wales during the next three months. In September he sings the title role in Britten Owen Wingrave at the International Chamber Music Festival in Nuremberg and in November joins Andrew Tortise for St Matthew Passion with the Gabrieli Consort in Lausanne.

Stephan Loges in October gives two recitals for the Two Moors Festival in Devon, including folk-song settings by Haydn and songs by Liszt. Then in November Stephan joins Andrew Tortise in the staged performances of St Matthew Passion in London with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Viktor Rud continuing in the ensemble of the Staatsoper Hamburg sings further performances of Dandini in Rossini La Cenerentola, Count Luna in Pfitzner Palestrina and Alex in Brett Dean Bliss.

Andrew Foster-Williams during September and October sings Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress for the Opéra National de Lorraine, joining Ingela Bohlin. In November Andrew sings Tippett A Child of Our Time with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and Carlo Rizzi; Hercules in Antoine Dauvergne Hercules Mourant with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset at the Opéra Royal de Versailles (also to be recorded), and sings Haydn The Seasons in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra and Paul McCreesh.

Lukas Jakobski during October and November sings Colline La Bohème with Glyndebourne on Tour throughout the UK.

Simon Lepper performs Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin with Mark Padmore in October and then gives a series of recitals with violinist Carolin Widman in Paris, Madrid and at Wigmore Hall, London; including music by Debussy, Stravinsky, Christian Mason and Xenakis.