December 2012 - newsletter 23
MRM Artists Jump In
On September 27, Sally Matthews, at very short notice, sang Strauss Four Last Songs at the Barbican Hall, London with the London Symphony Orchestra as part of their 85th birthday tribute to Sir Colin Davis.
MRM New Signing
We are delighted to announce the signing for General Management of Russian soprano, Elena Galitskaya - an exciting singer at the start of her career.
Elena Galitskaya was a prizewinner at the 2011 Queen Elizabeth Singing Competition in Brussels and is currently based in Lyon, having originally studied choral conducting at the Dimitrovgrad Conservatory and singing at the Moscow Academy of Choral Arts.
Appearances in 2013 will include the Daughter in Peter Stein's production of Shostakovich The Nose at Rome Opera, Servilia in Mozart La clemenza di Tito for Drottningholms Slottsteater, Sweden and roles in Monteverdi L'Orfeo at the Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy.
In the past three seasons Elena has appeared regularly at Opéra National de Lyon in roles including Despina Così fan tutte, Zerlina Don Giovanni and, most recently, Frasquita Carmen.
In recital Elena has appeared at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, De Singel Arts Centre, Antwerp and in Paris, Liège and Brussels.
MRM Artists Success in the Press
ELIZABETH WATTS - Strauss Complete Songs, Vol 6 - Roger Vignoles - Hyperion recording
Elizabeth Watts caused a sensation at the Wigmore Hall in 2010 when she replaced Dorothea Röschmann at the last minute...Now, she and Roger Vignoles have recorded the satirical Krämerspiegel, Op 66 cycle they performed to such acclaim that evening, plus a collection of single Strauss songs...Watts takes flight in this repertoire, her warm, generous soprano broadening into a luscious, creamy-toned wonder. Tonal glamour? You bet.
Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 21 October, 2012
MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King - Hebrides Ensemble tour
...Marcus Farnsworth's electrifying performance as the King; the onus was on delivery, and Farnsworth responded with a vocal and dramatic tour-de-force.
Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 13 November, 2012
Marcus Farnsworth found humour as well as pathos in the part, pitching the song-speech as naturally as any of the role's most distinguished interpreters. His performance took on a disturbing edge, when he grabbed and smashed the violinist's instrument, but far from looking gratuitous, it was so consistent with the trajectory of Ben Twist's "bare essentials" staging that you almost wondered if Farnsworth had lost himself in the part.
Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, 13 November, 2012
...baritone Marcus Farnsworth who grasped the central role of King George lll with all the tortuous magnetism it calls for. But it's a role that very few can master, given its stratospheric vocal histrionics and a weird psychological intensity...Farnsworth triumphed in every way, not least in his ability to capture the sung quality of the role. Of all the performances I've heard of this work, this was the most moving, the most human, the most penetrating...don't miss it.
Ken Walton, The Scotsman, 13 November, 2012
SALLY MATTHEWS - Mozart Così fan tutte - Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati
Matthews has the loveliest voice, creamy, palpitating in both arias.
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 14 October, 2012
...the evenly-matched cast was of recording quality...Sally Matthews' Fiordiligi...emotional intensity and erotic flair...
Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, 8 October, 2012
CLAUDIA HUCKLE - Donizetti Anna Bolena - Washington National Opera
...Claudia Huckle is excellent as Smeton, the page who loves Anna.
Barbara Mackay, The Washington Examiner, 20 September, 2012
...Claudia Huckle, offering some dusky, lyrical singing, as the page Smeton...
Anne Midgette, The Washington Post, 16 September, 2012
...Claudia Huckle tender and convincing as Smeton...
Sudip Bose, Washingtonian, 17 September, 2012
In addition to Radvanovsky, contralto Claudia Huckle, as Smeton, is a quiet standout.
Mike Paarberg, Washington City Paper, 28 September, 2012
...beautifully shaded phrasing...matched by refined acting in the trouser role of Smeton, the Queen's page.
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun, 20 September, 2012
JEREMY OVENDEN - Mozart La Finta Giardiniera - Freiburg Baroque Orchestra - René Jacobs - Harmonia Mundi recording
Her count, Jeremy Ovenden, combines an elegant, mellifluous tenor with evident comic flair, not the least in his witty 'catalogue' aria boasting of his noble lineage.
Richard Wigmore, Gramophone, November, 2012
MARK PADMORE - Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Nocturne; FINZI Dies Natalis - Britten Sinfonia - Harmonia Mundi recording
...a fine recording...Padmore sings the Nocturne so expertly that he takes the focus off himself and keeps it on the music. He brings an enraptured, intoxicated quality to the solo line...Padmore has an ingratiating, natural presence...plenty of power for the Tennyson "Nocturne" in the Serenade...
William R Braun, Opera News, October, 2012
KATHERINE BRODERICK - Wagner Die Walküre - The Royal Opera, Covent Garden - Antonio Pappano
...the eight fearsome sisters (all well cast, especially Alwyn Mellor's Gerhilde and Katherine Broderick's Ortlinde).
Neil Fisher, The Times, 1 October, 2012
EDGARAS MONTVIDAS - Stravinsky Le Rossignol, Ravel L'enfant et les sortilèges - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit
...Edgaras Montvidas a fisherman whose tenor suggested the depth and mystery of the sea (Stravinsky)...And then there were the comic duets...Naef and Montvidas as a Chinese cup and the Wedgewood teapot...were so funny that even Dutoit could be seen breaking into a smile (Ravel).
Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe, 26 October, 2012
THOMAS WALKER - Britten Les Illuminations - Scottish Ensemble
The programme ended in a striking account of Britten's Les Illuminations with the excellent young Scottish tenor Thomas Walker. His voice isn't huge but his agility and emotional involvement were compelling, and fully matched by the Ensemble.
Kate Molleson, Herald Scotland, 26 October, 2012
ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Massenet Werther - Washington National Opera
Andrew Foster-Williams revealed an ample, well-focused bass-baritone and deft acting skills as Albert.
Tim Smith, Opera, November, 2012
ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Mozart Don Giovanni - Washington National Opera
...Leporello, sung and acted with matter-of-fact comic perfection by bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams. Mr Foster-Williams' vivid, over-the-top interplay with his boss gives this production exactly the light, comic touch that it needs to leaven the more serious moments.
Terry Ponick, The Washington Times, 21 September, 2012
Andrew Foster-Williams is excellent as the Don's cowardly servant, Leporello; ironic and playful in the first act, full of bravura in the second.
Sudip Bose, The Washingtonian, 22 September, 2012
MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Ingela Bohlin on February 26 sings Bach Magnificat at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and John Nelson, joining Claudia Huckle.
Sally Matthews during December, sings performances of Mendelssohn Symphony No 2 - Lobgesang, on tour throughout Germany, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Andrés Orozco-Estrada, including Cologne, Dortmund and Essen, and on January 18, sings a programme of Mozart opera and concert arias with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Annalena Persson sings Sieglinde in performances of Act 1 of Die Walküre in Modena and Parma with the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini and Kazushi Ono during December and on December 31 and January 1 sings Act 2 of Aida and excerpts from Verdi Otello in Taipei, with the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra. From February 9, Annalena begins performances of Isolde Tristan und Isolde with Gothenburg Opera and Stefan Lano.
Elizabeth Watts on December 2, sings Britten On this Island, with Julius Drake at Wigmore Hall, and during the month sings a Vivaldi programme on tour with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr, including Paris, Amsterdam and Edinburgh. On January 1 and 2, Elizabeth sings both JS and CPE Bach Magnificat in concert and for recording with the RIAS Kammerchor; on the 13th, Mozart Requiem with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis and on the 28th gives a recital, Goethe's Heroines again at the Wigmore Hall with Roger Vignoles, including songs by Schubert, Wolf, Meyerbeer and Liszt. In February, she performs Britten Quatre Chansons Francaises and Mahler Symphony No 4 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Royal Festival Hall, London and sings Haydn Scena di Berenice and Nelson Mass in Edinburgh with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Adam Fischer.
Elena Galitskaya during January and February sings the Daughter, in Peter Stein's production of Shostakovich The Nose at Rome Opera with conductor Alejo Pérez.
Katherine Broderick on December 12 gives a recital at the Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper, the music to include Schubert and Wagner. On January 25 she is soloist in Beethoven Symphony No 9 in Dublin, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Gerhard Markson, and then, from February 25, returns to English National Opera to sing Berta in Jonathan Miller's production of The Barber of Seville.
Karen Cargill during December and January returns to the Metropolitan Opera, New York for performances of Anna in Berlioz Les Troyens. On February 15, she gives a recital in Scotland for BBC Radio 3 with Simon Lepper, the music to include Mahler, Zemlinsky and Wagner. During February, Karen sings performances of Stravinsky Pulcinella and Haydn Paukenmesse with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Rafael Frübeck de Burgos.
Claudia Huckle during December, joins Elizabeth Watts, Stuart Jackson and Marcus Farnsworth on the Academy of Ancient Music European Vivaldi Tour and on the 14th, also with the AAM and the Choir of King's College Cambridge, sings Messiah in Birmingham. On January 19, Claudia sings Beethoven Missa Solemnis in the Chapel of King's College Cambridge, with Sir Roger Norrington and on the 25th, sings his Symphony No 9 in Dublin, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Gerhard Markson. In February, Claudia sings Haydn Nelson Mass with the Northern Sinfonia and Simon Halsey and Bach Magnificat at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and John Nelson.
Stuart Jackson on December 6 takes part in the Samling Scholars' concert at Wigmore Hall, in a programme of song, opera arias and ensembles, joining Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau and throughout the month sings with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr on their European Vivaldi Tour. Then, on January 11, Stuart sings Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Melos Sinfonia, at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London.
Edgaras Montvidas sings performances of Ravel L'enfant et les sortilèges and Stravinsky Le Rossignol in Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit in December and Mendelssohn Symphony No 2 - Lobgesang on tour in Italy, with the Orchestra della Toscana and Daniele Rustioni. On February 10, Edgaras sings Stravinsky Renard at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, with the London Sinfonietta.
Jeremy Ovenden during January, sings Tigrane in performances of Handel Radamisto at Theater an der Wien and during February, sings Handel Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with the Double Bande on a European tour including Madrid, Paris and Cologne, both with conductor René Jacobs. On February 21, Jeremy sings Acis in Handel Acis and Galatea in Bath, with the Gabrieli Consort and Players and Paul McCreesh.
Mark Padmore on December 3, sings Britten Who are these children? and Six Hölderlin Fragments, with Malcolm Martineau, as part of a BBC Radio 3 lunchtime recital at Wigmore Hall, London, and on the 5th, gives a recital in Berlin with Julius Drake and Stephan Dohr, the music to include Beethoven, Schubert and Britten. Mark performs Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin at the Bruges Concertgebouw on January 17, with Kristian Bezuidenhout and on February 28 sings Macheath in Weill Die Dreigroschenoper in Paris, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.
Andrew Tortise will sing Aufidio in JC Bach Lucia Silla with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton, on February 2 and on the 21st and 22nd sings performances of Haydn Paukenmesse with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Labadie, joining Marcus Farnsworth.
Thomas Walker joins Elizabeth Watts and Claudia Huckle to sing Messiah in Birmingham on December 14 and, on January 29, sings the tenor arias in Bach St Matthew Passion at Kings Place, London, (here joining Stephan Loges) both performances with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and Stephen Cleobury.
Marcus Farnsworth as part of the Britten Festival, sings Tit for Tat at Wigmore Hall on December 1 with Malcolm Martineau and, on January 18, sings as a member of the Myrthen Ensemble in their Wigmore Hall début, a programme entitled Songs to the Moon, including music by Brahms, Debussy, Warlock and Massenet. Then, on February 15, Marcus sings Son, in the world première of David Sawer Flesh and Blood with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov, at Barbican Hall, London and on the 21st and 22nd, joins Andrew Tortise in performances of Haydn Paukenmesse with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Labadie.
Stephan Loges on January 25, sings Brahms Magelone Lieder with Roger Vignoles, for Fundaciòn Juan March, Madrid and then, on the 29th, sings the bass arias in the performance of Bach St Matthew Passion at Kings Place, London by the Academy of Ancient Music, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and Stephen Cleobury. On 1 February the BBC will broadcast a recital from Glasgow where Stephan is joined by Sophie Daneman and Simon Lepper in a programme of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.
Andrew Foster-Williams throughout December, sings performances of Deborah Warner's staged Messiah for Opéra de Lyon and Laurence Cummings. On January 9, Andrew sings Haydn Creation at The Royal Festival Hall, London with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Ivan Fischer and on the 13th, joins Elizabeth Watts for Mozart Requiem with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis at Barbican Hall, London. On February 2, he sings Lucio Cinna in JC Bach Lucio Silla with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton, here joining Andrew Tortise.
Simon Lepper with mezzo Rosie Aldridge, gives a lunchtime recital at Musée d'Orsay, Paris on December 4, including songs by Elgar, Quilter, Hahn and Liza Lehmann, and on the 12th, Simon performs Schubert and Wagner with Katherine Broderick at Opéra de Lille. On 1 February Simon joins Stephan Loges and Sophie Daneman in a programme of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn and on February 15 he joins Karen Cargill for their recital of Mahler, Zemlinsky and Wagner, both to be broadcast throughout the UK by BBC Radio 3 Scotland.