March 2012 - newsletter 20
MRM Artists Success in the Press
Andrew Foster-Williams - STRAVINSKY - The Rake's Progress - Opéra National de Lorraine
This charismatic bass-baritone, singing brilliantly and dominating the stage, is certainly ready to tackle more demanding roles.
Rolf Fath, Opera, February, 2012
Andrew Foster-Williams holds the attention of the audience with the energy of someone who has great experience, and with sensational vocal ability which he uses with total freedom, he easily makes his mark in the role of Nick - this is particularly justified in the magnificent final scenes in which the British bass-baritone excels.
François Lehel, Opéra, February, 2012
Andrew Foster-Williams - DAUVERGNE - Hercule Mourant - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset - Versailles
Hercule himself was sung with great authority by Andrew Foster-Williams
Brian Robins, Opera, February, 2012
With great presence, charisma and an unparalleled almost surreal incarnation of Hercules, Andrew Foster-Williams is an ideal. His bass sound is coppery, powerful and colourful, his vocals and his prosody are connected with an ease and creativity in flawless ornamentation. The highest triumph so far for this great singer who came recently to the French repertoire and who fills us with his commitment to its psychological and dramatic roles.
Pedro-Octavio Diaz, Muse Baroque
Mark Padmore - BRITTEN - Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, etc. - Basel Chamber Orchestra - Wigmore Hall
Padmores lean yet forceful voice cut a swath through Brittens challenging writing, maintaining tension in the high-wire act of the creepy Dirge and applying an ethereal sensuousness to the uneasy insomnia of the final Keats sonnet...Padmores other solo turn consisted of three of Purcells devotional songs in arrangements by the contemporary Swiss composer Lukas Langlotz...the tenor voiced them impeccably.
George Hall, The Guardian, 19 January, 2012
Sally Matthews - Karen Cargill - Simon Lepper - MENDELSSOHN, BRAHMS, CHAUSSON etc.- Wigmore Hall
The blend of their timbres is quite uncannily close, smooth and clean, and in terms of phrasing and colouring their musicianships seemed nicely compatible..Lepper throughout proved a sympathetic accompanist... voices as sumptuous as these united in such heavenly harmony.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 19 December, 2011
MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Katherine Broderick on March 10 sings Dvorák Stabat Mater in Leeds, with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Simon Wright.
Sally Matthews sings the title role in David Alden's new production of Handel Deidamia for Netherlands Opera during March and April and, on April 23 with Simon Lepper, gives a BBC Lunchtime Recital at Wigmore Hall, London, the music to include Berg Seven Early Songs and Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915.
Annalena Persson during March sings the Foreign Princess in performances of Dvorák Rusalka at La Monnaie, Brussels with conductor Ádám Fischer.
Elizabeth Watts during March and April sings Susanna The Marriage of Figaro for Welsh National Opera, on a UK tour and on April 27 is soloist in Mahler Symphony No 4 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas at the Barbican Hall, London.
Karen Cargill makes her US debut with the Metropolitan Opera, New York singing Waltraute Götterdämmerung during April and May and in March sings Beethoven Symphony No 9 in Paris, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Bernard Haitink and Tippett A Child of our Time with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis at the Barbican Hall, London.
Edgaras Montvidas sings Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky The Rake's Progress during March in a new David McVicar production for Scottish Opera with conductor Sian Edwards.
Jeremy Ovenden in March sings Bach and Handel with Concentus Musicus Wien and Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Vienna and Lucerne, and Haydn and Mozart with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Fabio Biondi. In April Jeremy sings Mendelssohn Elijah with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway and Paul McCreesh and in May sings Beethoven Funeral Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph ll with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Ivor Bolton.
Mark Padmore on March 25 sings Britten War Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, London with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Lorin Maazel, and on May 30 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons in Coventry Cathedral. Also in March he sings Bach St Matthew Passion (Evangelist & arias) in Amsterdam, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Iván Fischer. On April 18 Mark gives a recital in the Vienna Konzerthaus with Andrew West including music by Henze and Thomas Larcher and then sings Vaughan Williams 10 Blake Songs, Warlock The Curlew and a Jonathan Dove world première on tour with The Britten Sinfonia, including Norwich, Cambridge and Wigmore Hall, London.
Andrew Tortise during March sings Peter Quint in Britten The Turn of the Screw, on tour with Northern Ireland Opera. Then on April 26, he sings Britten Les Illuminations with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton. In May, Andrew sings in a concert and recording of Bach cantatas with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra and Sir John Eliot Gardiner and he also sings in a programme of Bach and Joseph de Torres with Al Ayre Español on tour, including concerts in Madrid and Berlin.
Thomas Walker sings Evangelist in Bach St Matthew Passion on tour in Israel, during March, with the Israel Camerata, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and on April 3 sings St Matthew Passion (arias), in King's College Chapel, Cambridge with the Academy of Ancient Music and Stephen Cleobury.
Marcus Farnsworth on April 5 sings Christus in Bach St John Passion in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, with Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore. In April he sings Kilian in concert performances of Weber Der Freishütz with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis. This will also be recorded for LSO Live. On May 19, Marcus sings Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem at the Newbury Spring Festival with the English Chamber Orchestra and David Parry.
Viktor Rud as a member of the Staatsoper Hamburg ensemble sings further performances of Belcore in Donizetti L'elisir d'amore in March and, during May, sings Harlequin in a new production of Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos.
Andrew Foster-Williams during March and April will be singing Fenice in Handel Deidamia for Netherlands Opera and Ivor Bolton, joining Sally Matthews, and in May sings Albert in Massenet Werther for Washington National Opera.
Stephan Loges in March joins Jeremy Ovenden to sing Haydn Stabat Mater and Mozart Coronation Mass with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and then sings performances of Bach St Matthew Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston and Harry Christophers. In April he sings Ottakar Der Freischütz in concerts and recording with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis, here joining Marcus Farnsworth, and on May 18, Stephan sings Bruckner Requiem with the Northern Sinfonia and Thomas Zehetmair.
Lukas Jakobski sings Pistola in Verdi Falstaff during May in a new Robert Carsen production for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Simon Lepper on March 3 joins violinist Carolin Widmann for a recital, including Bach, Stravinsky and Xenakis for Eclats Concerts Fribourg, Switzerland. Then on the 8th, gives a recital with Karen Cargill in Glasgow, for BBC Scotland, inlcuding Brahms, Duparc and Barber. On the 12th, Simon and Felicity Palmer give a further performance of their programme 'Ladies on the Edge' in Paris at the Opéra Comique, music to include Purcell, Tchaikovsky and Sondheim and on April 23 he joins Sally Matthews for their BBC Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore Hall.