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March 2013 - newsletter 24





MRM Artists Jump In
In December, Stephan Loges, at very short notice, sang Joseph in Berlioz L'enfance du Christ in concert and for a Linn Records recording, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Robin Ticciati.


MRM Artists Success in the Press
KAREN CARGILL - Berlioz Les Troyens - Metropolitan Opera, New York
Karen Cargill's Anna showed a wide range of skills. She was an attentive duet partner for Graham and an assertive one for Youn, she finely shaded her lines, and she has an excellent legato.
William R Braun, Opera News, March, 2012

Among the vast supporting cast, Karen Cargill stood out, her wine-dark mezzo bringing dignity and pathos to the role of Dido's sister Anna.
James Jorden, The New York Post, 16 December, 2012

Standouts among the strong supporting cast included the earthy mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill as Anna...
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 16 December, 2012

Karen Cargill lavished suavity and voluptuous tone upon Anna's music.
Marion Lignana, The Classical Review, 14 December, 2012


KAREN CARGILL & SIMON LEPPER - Recital - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - BBC Radio 3
Before outlining the enthralling narrative that underpinned the final concert on Friday in the series Women In The Shadows, a fine collaboration between Radio 3 and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I must say something about mezzo Karen Cargill and her achingly sensitive accompanist, pianist Simon Lepper. There is a magic when these two perform together: whatever it is, they have it in abundance. It makes them indivisible and it permeated every song. Cargill's voice was awesome in clarity and intensity as she poured her intoxicating mix of vocal richness and brainpower into gorgeous music ranging from Mahler's Wayfarer Songs to Wagner's voluptuous Wesendonck Lieder.
Michael Tumelty, Herald Scotland, 18 February, 2013


SIMON LEPPER - The Complete Orr Songbook, Vol 2 - Mark Stone - Stone Records recording
Stone and Lepper's interpretations are superb and memorable from start to finish.
Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine, February, 2013


STUART JACKSON - Bach Cantatas - The Wallfisch Band - Kings Place - London
...but Stuart Jackson was the big discovery. This 25-year-old may still be studying at the Royal Academy of Music, but the ethereal sweetness of his tone plus his accomplished artistry surely mark him out for a brilliant future.
Michael Church, The Independent, 2 January, 2013

...but the real discovery for me was the tenor Stuart Jackson. His mysteriously quiet tone for the aria Meine Seele wartet (My soul awakes) was riveting just because it was so understated.
Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph, 10 January, 2013

...the strikingly expressive tenor, Stuart Jackson...
Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph, 10 January, 2013


MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King - Hebrides Ensemble tour
Marcus Farnsworth found humour as well as pathos in the ravings of George lll, pitching the song-speech as naturally as any of the role's most distinguished interpreters. His performance took on a disturbing edge, when, in one of the later scenes, he grabbed and smashed the violinist's instrument. Far from looking gratuitous, it was so consistent with the trajectory of Ben Twist's "bare essentials" staging, subtly designed by Fiona Watt, that you almost wondered if Farnsworth had lost himself in the part. All in all a brilliant revival.
Andrew Clark, Opera, January, 2013


MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Vivaldi Gloria, Dixit Dominus - Academy of Ancient Music - European tour
Marcus Farnsworth is always commanding whether singing Turnage, Maxwell Davies or Vivaldi.
Kate Molleson, Herald Scotland, 10 December, 2012


KATHERINE BRODERICK - R Strauss, Berg, Schoenberg - Malcolm Martineau - Champs Hill recording
Here's an irresistible recital...Katherine Broderick has just the voice and temperament to express these subtle and exciting shifts between innocence and experience, tonality and atonality...A sense of tenderness and vulnerability tempers the high brilliance of her soprano...her voice dances through Nichts. The Seven Early Songs of Berg see Broderick and Martineau creating a magical sense of tonal and poetic wandering...and Broderick finds darker tones and timbres for a Nacht of exquisite beauty. For Schoenberg's Brettl-Lieder, Broderick becomes entertainer supreme...
Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine, March, 2013


THOMAS WALKER - Handel Messiah - Academy of Ancient Music - Choir of King's College - Cambridge - Stephen Cleobury
Thomas Walker not only excelled in his arias, but the tenor made his recitatives vital and arresting, where often they go for nothing.
Norman Stinchcombe, The Birmingham Post, 21 December, 2012


ELIZABETH WATTS - Richard Strauss Complete Songs, Vol 6 - Roger Vignoles - Hyperion recording
My pleasure in this latest volume is without any reservations. Elizabeth Watts sings gloriously, rising fluently to the high tessitura of Strauss's melodic lines (immediately obvious in the first few songs included in the recital). Her beautiful voice, sensitive phrasing and response to word-meanings are consistently rewarding and her partnership with Roger Vignoles could hardly be more beautifully balanced...
Ivan March, Gramophone, February, 2013

...reveals Elizabeth Watts'...ability to weave around a wide-ranging phrase, apparent in the first song of the disc, Einerlei and incorporating a useful chest voice, she shows a wicked penchant for donning joke fangs in the song cycle. The bloom, too, draws our attention...
Barry Millington, London Evening Standard, 14 January, 2013


ELIZABETH WATTS - Mozart Requiem - London Symphony Orchestra - Yutaka Sado - Barbican Hall, London
Elizabeth Watts' seamless but exquisitely nuanced legato...
Barry Millington, London Evening Standard, 14 January, 2013


ELIZABETH WATTS - Handel Radamisto - The English Concert - Harry Bicket - Barbican Hall, London
Elizabeth Watts outshone them both with her outstandingly communicative Tigrane, singing with bright conviction and conveying every emotional twist and turn with vivid clarity...showed how the repetitions in Handel's arias can be made to feel dramatically essential.
Hugo Shirley, The Telegraph, 11 February, 2013

...the audience loved her for her gleaming singing as much as for her levity.
Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 11 February, 2013

With David Daniels, Luca Pisaroni and Elizabeth Watts in leading roles, it's hard to imagine a better cast for Handel's drama.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 9 February, 2013


JEREMY OVENDEN - Mozart La Finta Giardiniera - Freiburg Baroque Orchestra - René Jacobs - Harmonia Mundi recording
...and Jeremy Ovenden's light tenor and verbal acuity serve nicely for the capricious Count Belfiore.
George Loomis, Opera, February, 2013


CLAUDIA HUCKLE - Handel Messiah - Academy of Ancient Music - Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Stephen Cleobury
Claudia Huckle's He was despised conveyed the drama of the passion, but her warm and creamy mezzo-soprano was a vocal balm as well.
Norman Stinchcombe, The Birmingham Post, 21 December, 2012


CLAUDIA HUCKLE - Donizetti Anna Bolena - Washington National Opera
Claudia Huckle cut a truly boyish figure as Smeton, spinning out supple lines with her plush contralto.
Tim Smith, Opera, February, 2013


MARK PADMORE - Britten Canticles - Iestyn Davies - Marcus Farnsworth - Julius Drake - Wigmore Hall, London
Mark Padmore...in authoritative voice. The evening became a masterclass in producing expressively direct and unaffected Britten, with Padmore teasing new meaning out of the texts...
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 3 December, 2012

Padmore's rapt intoning of the closing lines...The rest of the Britten centenary celebrations will have to be very good to surpass this.
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 9 December, 2012


ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Dauvergne Hercule Mourant - Les Talens Lyriques - Opéra Royal de Versailles - Christophe Rousset - Aparté recording
Andrew Foster-Williams and the great Véronique Gens play Hercules and Deianira with a passionate intensity that proves all the more remarkable for their avoidance of flashy histrionics...strong stuff, highly recommended.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 10 January, 2013


ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Mozart Don Giovanni - Washington National Opera
The Leporello of Andrew Foster-Williams proved to be just as engaging a fellow...the bass-baritone made a vibrant sound and backed it with keen instincts about phrasing and dynamic shading. He also demonstrated great flair for physical comedy, of which there was a good deal in this staging.
Tim Smith, Opera, February, 2013


SALLY MATTHEWS - Handel Deidamia - Netherlands Opera - Ivor Bolton - DVD
Sally Matthews is perfect as Deidamia: saucy in Nasconde l'usignol, heartfelt in M'hai resa infelice...
Richard Lawrence, Gramophone, February, 2013



MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Katherine Broderick during March sings Berta in Jonathan Miller's production of Rossini The Barber of Seville for English National Opera. On April 16 & 18 she sings Miss Jessel in concert performances of Britten The Turn of the Screw, with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, at the Barbican Hall, London, also to be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and recorded for LSO Live. Then in May, Katherine sings performances of Verdi Requiem with the Ulster Orchestra (17 & 18) and on the 22nd, sings Helmwige in a concert performance of Wagner Die Walküre with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Sally Matthews in March sings performances of Bach St Matthew Passion in Rome, with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Academia di Santa Cecilia. Then on April 6, sings Orff Carmina Burana at the Royal Festival Hall, London, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Hans Graf. On April 16 & 18, Sally sings The Governess in the concert performance, broadcast and recording of Britten The Turn of the Screw with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis, joining Katherine Broderick. In May, Sally joins Andrew Foster-Williams in performances of Beethoven Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph ll with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Annalena Persson throughout March, sings further performances of Isolde Tristan und Isolde with Gothenburg Opera and Stefan Lano, and on May 16 sings Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Marc Soustrot.

Elizabeth Watts on March 29 sings Bach St John Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr at Barbican Hall, London. Then on April 5, she gives a recital, titled Love and Humour, for the Fundaciòn Juan March in Madrid, with Roger Vignoles, the music to include songs by Wolf and R Strauss. On May 14, Elizabeth sings Stravinsky Pulcinella with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Masaaki Suzuki and on the 17th, sings Handel Joseph and his Brethren at the Göttingen Handel Festival, with Laurence Cummings.

Elena Galitskaya accompanied by Simon Lepper, gives a recital of Rachmaninov songs on April 19, at the Central European Music Festival in Bratislava.

Karen Cargill in March, sings Mahler Das Lied von der Erde, on tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati, including Glasgow and Edinburgh. Also in March, she sings Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Montreal and Yannick Nézét-Séguin and performances of Bach St Matthew Passion with the Philadelphia Orchestra, again with Nézét-Séguin. Karen then returns to the Metropolitan Opera, New York, for further performances of Waltraute Götterdämerung in April and May, and also in May sings Mahler Symphony No 8 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi.

Claudia Huckle sings Magdalena in Zelenka I Penitenti al Sepolcro del Redentore on March 29, with the Freiburger Barockorchester and Pablo Heras Casado.

Stuart Jackson on April 16 sings Handel L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato at St George's Hanover Square, with conductor Laurence Cummings, as part of the London Handel Festival.

Jeremy Ovenden in March sings performances of Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Eugene Tzigane in Denmark and in April sings Haydn Creation and Handel Messiah in Turin, with Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della Rai and conductors Christopher Hogwood and Ottavio Dantone. In May , Jeremy sings Mozart Requiem in Paris, with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie and Jérémie Rhorer and Berlioz L'enfance du Christ at the Basilica of St Denis with the Orchestre National de France and Sir Colin Davis.

Mark Padmore on March 2 sings Macheath in Kurt Weill Die Dreigroschenoper with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London. This will be recorded for LPO Live. Also in March, Mark sings Britten War Requiem in Munich and Lucerne with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Mariss Jansons and in May, Spring Symphony in Stockholm with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding. Also in May, Mark begins a European tour singing War Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, including Birmingham (28) and Hannover (31).

Andrew Tortise during March, sings Bach St John Passion with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra and Sir John Eliot Gardiner on a European tour, including Lucerne (arias) and Cologne (Evangelist). He then sings performances of Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Eugene Tzigane in Germany. On May 9, Andrew sings Mozart Requiem with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and Richard Egarr, in A Coruña, Spain.

Thomas Walker on March 21 & 22 sings Haydn Die sieben letzten Worte with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Juano Meno and then Bach Missa in F and Easter Oratorio, on a European tour with Frans Brüggen, Capella Amsterdam and the Orchestra of the 18th Century, including Amsterdam, Paris and Innsbruck. On April 7, Thomas is soloist in a programme of Bach cantatas at Konzerthaus Wien, with Ensemble Claudiana and Luca Pianca.

Marcus Farnsworth during March sings Christus in performances of Bach St Matthew Passion in Belgium, with Le Concert d'Anvers and Bart Van Reyn, including Antwerp and Grimbergen. In April he sings Monteverdi Vespers on tour with Le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm, including Lille and Essen. Also in April, Marcus performs Finzi Footpath and Stile with the Carducci Quartet on a UK tour and in May, sings Thomas Larcher Die Nacht der Verlorenen with the Avanti Chamber Orchestra in Helsinki (6) and Vienna (12).

Stephan Loges in March, joins Thomas Walker for Haydn Die sieben letzten Worte with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and then sings Christus in Bach St Matthew Passion at Kings Place, London with the Academy of Ancient Music and Stephen Cleobury (25 & 26) and the bass arias with the Munich Bach Choir, Bach Collegium Munich and Hansjörg Albrecht (29). On May 9, Stephan joins Andrew Tortise for the Mozart Requiem with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and then during May sings Argenio in Handel Imeneo, on a European tour, including Paris, Madrid and London, again with Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music.

Andrew Foster-Williams on March 8 sings Epaphus in Lully Phaëton at Barbican Hall, London with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques. He then joins Karen Cargill and conductor Yannick Nézét-Séguin for the performances of Verdi Requiem with Orchestre Métropolitain, Montreal and Bach St Matthew Passion with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In April, Andrew sings Golaud in a concert performance of Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande in Moscow, with the Russian National Orchestra and conductor Paul Daniel and in May joins Sally Matthews for the performances of Beethoven Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph ll with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Lukas Jakobski throughout March will sing La Cuisinière in Prokofiev L'amour des trois oranges with Netherlands Opera and Tomás Netopil and then for the London Handel Festival, sings the bass arias, Bach St Matthew Passion (St. George's Hanover Square, March 29) and Handel La Resurrezione (Wigmore Hall, April1), with conductors Adrian Butterfield and Laurence Cummings.

Simon Lepper gives a recital with Christopher Purves at Opéra de Lille, on March 12, the music to include Mahler Rückert Lieder and Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death. Then on April 19, Simon joins Elena Galitsgaya for their Rachmaninov recital in Bratislava.