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June 2013 - newsletter 25





Cardiff Singer of the World
In June, Katherine Broderick will be one of two singers representing England in the 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Reviews of Katherine's recent performances include:

Britten The Turn of the Screw - London Symphony Orchestra - Richard Farnes - Barbican Hall, London
But tortured eloquence rang out from Katherine Broderick's magnificent Miss Jessel.
Geoff Brown, The Times, 19 April, 2013

Katherine Broderick's gleaming Miss Jessel was excellent.
Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 18 April, 2013

Rossini The Barber of Seville - English National Opera
Katherine Broderick hovered mischievously as a knowing Berta, and unleashed some powerful top notes in the ensembles and her Act 2 aria.
Hugo Shirley, Opera, May, 2013

Strauss, Berg, Schoenberg Lieder - Malcolm Martineau - Champs Hill recording
...she is as convincing in the lightly inflected humour of Nichts as she is in the lofty sadness of Geduld...bravado and playful sensuality make this performance just the ticket.
Richard Fairman, Gramophone, March, 2013

MRM Artists Jump In
In April, Sally Matthews, at very short notice, sang performances of Tippett A Child of our Time with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle.

In May, Elizabeth Watts jumped in to sing Britten Les Illuminations with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, conducted by Christian Zacharias.

MRM Artists Awards
Karen Cargill's Linn Records recording of Berlioz Les nuits d'été and La mort de Cléopâtre has been named Gramophone magazine RECORDING OF THE MONTH for June. The Early Opera Company recording of Handel Alceste on Chandos, with Andrew Foster-Williams singing Charon, has been given the BBC Music Magazine 2013 OPERA AWARD and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle staged performance of Bach St Matthew Passion with Mark Padmore singing Evangelist, has been given the BBC Music Magazine 2013 DVD AWARD.

Elizabeth Watts Charity Single
Elizabeth has released a digital single of Lascia ch'io pianga from Handel Rinaldo to raise money for Streetwise Opera. Joined by the Sacconi Quartet and music director Duncan Ward, Elizabeth, a patron, will donate all proceeds to fund Streetwise Opera's Workshop Programme.
Click on this link if you would like information on how to download the disc: Lascia ch'io pianga - it only costs 79p!



MRM Artists Success in the Press
KAREN CARGILL - Wagner Götterdämmerung - Metropolitan Opera, New York
...the revelatory Karen Cargill.
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, 9 May, 2013

Karen Cargill brought such exquisite expression and a warm, vibrant and ample voice to the part that she thoroughly outclassed her colleagues onstage. Here, finally, was a singer who could control multiple dimensions, singing with fervent intensity without raising the volume and conjuring up different colors for her character's pangs of pity, hope and anger.
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, 24 April, 2013


KAREN CARGILL - Berlioz Les nuits d'été, La mort de Cléopâtre - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Robin Ticciati - Linn Records recording
Cargill wraps her sumptuous voice around the curves of Berlioz's cycle in a performance of extraordinary musical delicacy, poetic sensitivity and emotional range...Simply divine.
Anna Picard, The Independent, 25 May, 2013

This is a performance...distinguished by a singer, conductor and orchestra who are palpably of like interpretative mind...Méditation (Cléopâtre) gloriously showing Cargill's affinity with the music...performances of exhilarating stature.
Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone, June, 2013

The Scottish mezzo's lush timbre is well profiled in Les nuits d’été...Cargill invests the music with the radiance it demands, and her Cléopâtre really takes flight. Not since Régine Crespin 50 years ago has this music been so attractively interpreted on disc.
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 10 May, 2013

...her account of Les nuits d'été, wonderfully controlled and exquisitely shaded, seems to me one of the finest to appear on disc in recent years.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 3 May, 2013

With his second release for the Glasgow-based label Linn, Ticciati could do for the Scottish mezzo what Barbarolli did for the young Janet Baker in the 1960s. Cargill's tone is plusher, but Baker is clearly one of her exemplars: ... her Nuits d'été and Cleopatra suggest a Trojans Dido of stature in the making.
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 28 April, 2013

Cargill has a remarkably beautiful voice, full of sunny delicacy and warmth but also capable of Wagnerian dramatics...
Michael Scott Rohan, BBC Music Magazine, May, 2013


SALLY MATTHEWS - Britten The Turn of the Screw - London Symphony Orchestra - Richard Farnes - Barbican Hall, London
Sally Matthews sketched a detailed portrait of the Governess, rising to a pitch of intensity in the later stages of the drama.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 18 April, 2013

Sally Matthews's powerful, ripe soprano made her Governess a convincing match for him (Quint)...
Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 18 April, 2013

...Sally Matthews a splendidly focused, anguished Governess whose horror at the unfolding events was palpable.
Barry Millington, London Evening Standard, 17 April, 2013


SALLY MATTHEWS - Handel Deidamia - Netherlands Opera - Ivor Bolton - DVD
Sally Matthews shines as a vocally and physically poised Deidamia
George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, March, 2013

Sally Matthews looks simply gorgeous in the title role...her limpid soprano...very touching at the end.
Rodney Milnes, Opera, April, 2013


ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Handel Theodora - Les Violons du Roy - Bernard Labadie
...bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams made a big impression with the rage arias of the tyrannical Roman governor Valens.
Arthur Kaptainis, Montreal Gazette, 26 May, 2013


ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem - Collegium Vocale Gent - Champs Élysées Orchestra - Philippe Herreweghe - DVD
The soloists are excellent. Andrew Foster-Williams is solemn and authorative in Herr, lehre doch mich...
Richard Lawrence, Gramophone, June 2013


ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Beethoven Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph ll - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra - Michael Tilson Thomas
...bass-baritone Andrew Foster Williams delivered his one heroic aria with forthright vigor.
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 May, 2013


ELIZABETH WATTS - Britten Les Illuminations, Brahms German Requiem - Jersey International Music Festival
...Elizabeth Watts - one of my favourite feisty sopranos, who packs vocal punches with impeccably pure class.
Michael White, The Telegraph, 14 May, 2013


CLAUDIA HUCKLE - Zelenka I Penitenti al Sepolcro del Redentore - Freiburger Barockorchester
Claudia Huckles Magdalena, die ihre weiche Alt-Fülle differenziert nutzt...
Claudia Huckle's Magdalena used her smooth, lustrous contralto with subtlety
Badische Zeitung, 2 April, 2013


LUKAS JAKOBSKI - Handel La Resurrezione - London Handel Orchestra - Adrian Butterfield - Wigmore Hall, London
The Polish bass Lukas Jakobski stamped himself upon the part from every possible angle. There was his voice, cavernous and emphatic; his significant height (he's as tall as the Shard); his glaring red tie. Startling gestures too: I won't forget him lounging malevolently in his chair, dismissing the Angel's Easter news with a slow handclap. The dynamic Jakobski...
Geoff Brown, The Times, 3 April, 2013

LUKAS JAKOBSKI - Prokofiev Love of Three Oranges - Netherlands Opera
A starring role was played by the Polish bass Lukas Jakobski, who played the cook. He delivered a wonderful depiction of the required comic element in this opera.
Carl Puhl, Written in Music, March 2013

Bass Lukas Jakobski as the cook knows, by turns, how to sublimely resist or win over the imposing tuba playing in the pit (Prokofiev at his best)..
Peter van der Lint, Trouw, 4 March 2103



STUART JACKSON - Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin - Royal Academy Opera - Jane Glover
Stuart Jackson's Triquet was a brief but telling show-stopper.
Peter Reed, Opera, May, 2013


STUART JACKSON - Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings - Melos Sinfonia
...he impressed me then as a fantastic find: straight out of college but with bright, clear almost helden resonance that filled the space but also served the text. A dazzling combination...
Michael White, The Telegraph, 27 March, 2013


STUART JACKSON - Bach Cantatas - The Wallfisch Band - Kings Place, London
...Stuart Jackson singing Bach at Kings Place with an exquisite subtlety, refinement, care for detail and beguiling beauty...Give him a few years and he'll be singing Bach Evangelists in spotlit venues.
Michael White, The Telegraph, 27 March, 2013



MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Ingela Bohlin during June sings Hanako in performances of Toshio Hosokawa Hanjo, in Calixto Bieito's production for Staatsoper Berlin.

Katherine Broderick sings Beethoven Symphony No 9 on June 2 with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London before going to Cardiff for the Singer of the World Competition.

Sally Matthews on June 1 sings Minna in Pierre-Louis Dietsch Le vaisseau fantôme at the Konzerthaus, Vienna, with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble and Marc Minkowski, also to be recorded, and on the 6th she sings Spohr Die Letzen Dinge with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton. On July 12 Sally takes part in the opening concert of the BBC Proms at he Royal Albert Hall, London, singing Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo.

Annalena Persson during June and July sings Brünnhilde on a UK tour of Opera North's concert staging of Wagner Siegfried with conductor Richard Farnes.

Elizabeth Watts sings Handel Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate with the RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin and Ottavio Dantone in Halle (June 13) and Le Chaise-Dieu, France (August 28) and on August 25 performs Handel Israel in Egypt with Bachakademie Stuttgart and Hans-Christoph Rademann.

Elena Galitskaya during June sings Servilia in performances of Mozart La Clemenza di Tito for the Drottningholms Slottsteater, Sweden and conductor Mark Tatlow.

Karen Cargill on July 13 sings Verdi Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet Séguin at the Vail Festival, Colorado, and then at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 31 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles.

Claudia Huckle sings Hansel in Olivia Fuchs' new production of Hänsel und Gretel for Garsington Opera during June and July.

Stuart Jackson during the Glyndebourne Festival, as part of the Jerwood Development Scheme, sings in a new chamber opera, Wakening Shadow, based on an orchestrated version of the Britten Canticles conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Performances take place on August 12, 14, 16 & 17.

Edgaras Montvidas sings Prunier in Puccini La Rondine during July for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden conducted by Marco Armiliato.

Jeremy Ovenden on June 6 sings Spohr Die Letzen Dinge with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton, and on June 28 and 29 sings Britten War Requiem for the Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago. On July 19 he sings Mozart Requiem in Lessay, France with Le Cercle de L'Harmonie and Jérémie Rohrer, then on the 28th appears in Beaune in Handel L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh.

Mark Padmore sings Britten War Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons in Dresden (June 1) and Paris (June 8). On June 13 he gives the world première of Harrison Birtwistle Songs from the same Earth at the Aldeburgh Festival, where on June 16 he will sing Evangelist in Bach St John Passion with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, before performing it with the same forces on 20th at the Leipzig Bachfest. Throughout August, Mark will sing Captain Vere in Britten Billy Budd, a role debut, in Michael Grandage's production for the Glyndebourne Festival including a performance on the 27th at the Royal Albert Hall, London for the BBC Proms.

Andrew Tortise during June and July sings Spirit of the Masque in Richard Jones' production of Britten Gloriana for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Paul Daniel. On August 3, Andrew sings in Tom Morris' staged performance of Handel Messiah with the Southbank Sinfonia at the Bristol Old Vic.

Thomas Walker sings the title role in further performances of Calixto Bieito's production of Rameau Platée for Oper Stuttgart and Christian Curnyn, during June and July. He also sings a performance for the Stattstheater Nürnberg on June 30 with Herve Niquet. On June 12, Thomas sings First Elder in Handel Susanna with the Early Opera Company at the Spitalfields Festival, London, again with conductor Christian Curnyn.

Marcus Farnsworth during June sings English Clerk in Deborah Warner's production of Britten Death in Venice for English National Opera and conductor Edward Gardner. On July 2, 5 and 7 the company gives performances at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam. From July 26 - 29, Marcus sings four concerts for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, music to include Poulenc Le bal masqué, Barber Dover Beach and Brahms Liebeslieder Walzes, Op 52 and on August 18 he gives a recital with James Bailleau for the Celebrating English Song festival at Tardebigge, Worcestershire, the programme, as well as songs by Quilter and Britten includes the world première of John Joubert That time of Year.

Stephan Loges on June 9 sings Bach Coffee Cantata with the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn at the Spitalfields Festival, London. On June 21, 22 & 23 he sings Astrologer in Britten The Burning Fiery Furnace and the title role in Herbert Grassl Tassilo at the Mattseer Diabelli Sommer Festival, Austria, with the Salzburg Orchester Soloisten. On July 26 & 27 Stephan sings Tiger Brown in Weill The Threepenny Opera with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Ilyich Rivas. August takes Stephan to the Raumo Festival, Finland to sing songs by Sibelius, Kilpinen as well as Barber Dover Beach and on the 23rd he sings Haydn Creation with the Potsdammer Kammerakademie and Antonello Manacorda.

Andrew Foster-Williams joins Sally Matthews and Jeremy Ovenden on June 6, to sing Spohr Die Letzen Dinge with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton. During July Andrew sings the title role in Rossini Guillaume Tell for the Rossini-in-Wildbad Festival, Germany, with Virtuosi Brunenses and Antonio Fogliano and on August 11, he sings Telramund in Wagner Lohengrin at the Festival de Lanaudière, Québec with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Lukas Jakobski during June and July sings Britten Church Parables with Mahogany Opera and the Aurora Orchestra conducted by Roger Vignoles, on a tour including St. Petersburg, the Aldeburgh and Buxton Festivals and Southwark Cathedral, London. Also in July and August, Lukas sings performances of Polyphemus in Handel Acis and Galatea at the Iford Festival, Bath with the Early Opera Company Orchestra and Christian Curnyn.

Simon Lepper on June 5 appears with Mark Padmore in Schubert Winterreise for the Salisbury International Arts Festival, to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 after which Simon is official accompanist for the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. In August he gives three concerts for the Delft Festival, accompanying instrumentalists and singers including Robert Holl in music by Schubert, Takemitsu, Rachmaninov and Dvorák and on August 25 Simon joins Katherine Broderick and Marcus Farnsworth in a gala concert for the North Norfolk Festival, celebrating Verdi, Wagner and Britten.