Maxine Robertson Management

December 2013 - newsletter 27





MRM New Signing
Sunnyboy Dladla

We are delighted to announce the signing of tenor, Sunnyboy Dladla for Worldwide Management.

After initial studies in South Africa and Lübeck, Sunnyboy is currently a member of the International Opera Studio of Zurich Opera where he has sung a number of roles on Zurich Opera main stage including, notably, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor and Dorvil La Scala di Seta. Opera plans include his house and role debut as Count Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Stuttgart Opera and Paolino in Cimarosa Il Matrimonio Segreto for Zurich Opera.

In 2012 Sunnyboy made his US debut singing Handel Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington and Rolf Beck, which resulted in an immediate re-invitation to sing Mozart Requiem the following year with Christoph Eschenbach. Other recent concert performances include Schumann Missa Sacra in C Minor at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with Christopher Hogwood.



Simon Lepper Joseph Marx Song Series at Wigmore Hall
On 15 December, marking the 50th anniversary of the composer's death, pianist Simon Lepper inaugurates his Joseph Marx series with An Italian Songbook, a programme of songs by Marx and Hugo Wolf with singers Elizabeth Watts, Clara Mouritz and Roderick Williams. The second and third recitals in the series, entitled Twilight of the Romantics, are on 13 February with Angelika Kirchschlager (Marx, Wolf, Strauss and Korngold) and 27 June with Sophie Bevan and Christopher Maltman (Marx, Zemlinsky, Webern and Strauss).

In addition, on 20 January, Simon gives a recital entitled White Nights with songs by Debussy, Strauss and Sibelius with Malin Christensson at the Tonhalle Zurich and on 11 February he and Angelika Kirchschlager perform Twilight of the Romantics at Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg. Then, again at Wigmore Hall, on 16 February he performs a programme of Handel, Duparc and Mussorgsky with Christopher Purves.



MRM Artists Jump In
On 28 September Stuart Jackson made his German debut, and main role professional stage debut, singing Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at Stuttgart Opera. As a result of his success in this jump-in, he went on to sing three further performances in October and November.

After a recent performance of Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Michael White wrote in The Telegraph:
"...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...".

After a concert of Bach cantatas with The Wallfisch Band, Michael Church wrote in The Independent:
"...but Stuart Jackson was the big discovery...the ethereal sweetness of his tone plus his accomplished artistry surely mark him out for a brilliant future".


On 21 and 22 November Thomas Walker, at short notice, sang performances of Mozart Requiem with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Masaaki Suzuki.



MRM Artists Success in the Press
CLAUDIA HUCKLE - Britten The Rape of Lucretia - Glyndebourne Tour, 2013
Behind Claudia Huckle's compelling Lucretia one really can sense the distant presence of Kathleen Ferrier, the great contralto for whom this role was written; Huckle's performance is finely judged, with its climax all the more thought-provoking for being understated - this Lucretia's post-rape 'shame' is existential.
Michael Church, The Independent, 20 October, 2013

Claudia Huckle's Lucretia...came to full, almost unbearable intensity in the latter stages of the drama.
Roger Parker, Opera, November, 2013

The performances, though, are terrific. Huckle, infinitely vulnerable, unflinchingly registers Lucretia's agony.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 20 October, 2013

...delicately vulnerable Lucretia (the beautifully dark-toned mezzo Claudia Huckle) horrified and disgusted at her violation.
Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 27 October, 2013

And Shaw draws magnificent performances from a mostly young cast...Claudia Huckle's deeply touching and vulnerable Lucretia...
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 20 October, 2013

Claudia Huckle's Lucretia holds darkness and light in equipoise in her mobile contralto...
Hilary Finch, The Times, 23 October, 2013

...her velvety dark voice enfolding her lines in beauty.
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 23 October, 2013

Claudia Huckle's Lucretia, impossibly moving...
Alexandra Coghlan, New Statesman, 21 October, 2013

Claudia Huckle as Lucretia, with a wonderfully rich but clear contralto.
Guy Dammann, The Times Literary Supplement, 1 November, 2013


MARK PADMORE - Britten Billy Budd - Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Sir Andrew Davis - BBC Proms
...only cheers for...Mark Padmore's intense, conflicted Vere. As he walked silently off the stage at the end, no one dared applaud, the audience held in thrall.
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, 1 September, 2013


MARK PADMORE - Britten Billy Budd - Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Sir Andrew Davis
Mark Padmore, singing his first Captain Vere, was superb in the Prologue and Epilogue, and showed authority in his irritated exchanges with Brindley Sherratt's Claggart...
Christopher Webber, Opera, October, 2013


MARK PADMORE - Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge; Warlock The Curlew; Jonathan Dove The End (World première recording) - Britten Sinfonia - Harmonia Mundi recording
...Mark Padmore's tenor caught on prime form. Such pleasing timbre, such luminous diction, such sensitivity to word and phrase, such restraint but also strength...I do not think the latest version can be bettered.
Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review, November, 2013

This is a reflective, beautifully delivered recital of English song...well suited to this tenor's mellifluously lyrical, emotionally intense music-making.
Stephen Pettitt, The Sunday Times, 29 September, 2013

Padmore's expressive strength, combined with his superb diction...Padmore the incisive or seductive narrator, digging into the words. I've never heard these radically economical settings come across so convincingly...while Padmore shows his usual skill in teasing out meanings, his strong sense of pitch helps too...I shall be coming back to this.
Stephen Johnson, BBC Music magazine, November, 2013


MARK PADMORE, MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Britten Canticles - Iestyn Davies - Julius Drake - Wigmore Hall Live recording
...Padmore, with his brighter, more lyrical timbre, makes just as much of the texts as did their first interpreter. His voice blends perfectly with Davies's...they are joined by the excellent Marcus Farnsworth for Journey of the Magi.
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 10 November, 2013


MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Mark Anthony Turnage Greek - Music Theatre Wales - Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre, London
Marcus Farnsworth, seemingly definitive in this part...
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 27 October, 2013

Baritone Marcus Farnsworth makes a suitably explosive entrance as Eddy, and exudes high-voltage menace throughout.
Michael Church, The Independent, 25 October, 2013

Marcus Farnsworth is a gift as Eddy...
Kieron Quirke, London Evening Standard, 22 October, 2013

Marcus Farnsworth homes in on the essential innocence of Eddy, a rightwing cockney thug.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 22 October, 2013


KAREN CARGILL - Berlioz Les nuits d'été; La mort de Cléopâtre - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Robin Ticciati - Linn Records recording
Karen Cargill, an impressive Waltraute in runs of Götterdämmerung at the Met in 2012 and 2013, brings drama and lyric point to the music of Berlioz in a recent disc from Linn Records...a natural response and a superb technique...the mezzo's top notes are thrilling...both richness and focus and she moves between soft-edged delicacy and a glamorous steeliness with ease...vocal magnetism and theatrical sense come to the fore in La mort de Cléopâtre. Cargill's huge dynamic range...she brings majesty to the declamation.
Judith Malafronte, Opera News, November, 2013


KAREN CARGILL - Berlioz La mort de Cléopâtre - London Symphony Orchestra - Valery Gergiev - Barbican, London
A mezzo-soprano with an imperious top to the voice but also softer qualities, she would surely make an imposing Dido in Berlioz's grandest opera, Les Troyens.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 13 November, 2013


SALLY MATTHEWS - Dietsch Le Vaisseau fantôme - Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble - Marc Minkowski - Versailles
Sally Matthews' velvety soprano and polished delivery brought Minna to life, not least in her big solo scene that began with a prayer for Troïl (the Dutchman character) and concluded with a bouncy cabaletta...
George Loomis, Opera, October, 2013


STEPHAN LOGES - BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL, 2013 - Llyr Williams - City Halls, Glasgow
...recital was given by baritone Stephan Loges, accompanied by Williams on the piano. Loges's rendition of Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte was dramatic and powerful, his warm and inviting lower registers suiting the heavy romanticism of the period.
Catherine Robb, Herald Scotland, 1 October, 2013


ANDREW TORTISE - Bach Cantatas, Vol 28, BWV 11, 37, 43 & 128 - Monteverdi Choir - English Baroque Soloists - Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Soli Deo Gloria recording
Andrew Tortise, (familiar to IRR readers through some excellent appearances on recordings ranging from Lully to Britten), sets the standard for some consistently excellent solo singing on the disc with a beautifully enunciated recitative and a gloriously agile aria...
Marc Rochester, International Record Review, October, 2013


ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Beethoven Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph ll - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra - Michael Tilson Thomas - SFS Media recording
Bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams stands out among the vocal soloists for the eloquence of his singing.
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 November, 2013

Andrew Foster-Williams particularly good...
Richard Morrison, The Times, 9 November, 2013



MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Katherine Broderick on January 26, gives a recital at Wigmore Hall, London with Malcolm Martineau: a programme of songs by Rachmaninov in the Songlives series.

Elena Galitskaya during January, sings Ninfa and Proserpina in Monteverdi L'Orfeo for Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy with conductor Christophe Rousset.

Sally Matthews makes her role debut as Jenufa during January and February at La Monnaie, Brussels, with conductor Ludovic Morlot, in a new production by Alvis Hermanis.

Annalena Persson on January 15, 16 & 17 sings Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini and Kazushi Ono and, on the 25th, sings Isolde's Liebestod and Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Mark Wigglesworth.

Elizabeth Watts on December 15 appears with Simon Lepper at the Wigmore Hall in An Italian Songbook, the first of Simon's Marx Song Series, singing repertoire by Joseph Marx and Hugo Wolf. Also in December, Elizabeth sings four Gala Concerts on a Dutch tour with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, including a performance at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, singing music by Lehar, Gounod, Robert Stolz and Johann Strauss. Throughout February she returns to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden to sing Zerlina in Kaspar Holten's new production of Don Giovanni with conductor Nicola Luisotti.

Karen Cargill sings Berlioz L'enfance du Christ with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Francois-Xavier Roth on December 15 at Barbican Hall, London and on January 24, sings Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Nicholas Collon.

Claudia Huckle on December 19, 20 & 21, sings Handel Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and on January 29 & 30 sings Mahler Rückert Lieder ( David Matthews' arrangement) with the Britten Sinfonia in Madrid and Murcia.

Stuart Jackson continuing his season with Oper Stuttgart studio, during December, January and February sings performances of Gastone La Traviata; Abdallo Nabucco and 2nd Priest Die Zauberflöte.

Edgaras Montvidas during January sings Lensky Eugene Onegin for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich conducted by Kirill Petrenko.

Jeremy Ovenden sings Mozart Mass in C Min with Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della Rai and Ivor Bolton in Turin, on December 12 & 13. Also during December, he sings Messiah on a tour with the Academy of Ancient Music and Bernard Labadie and on January 12 sings Haydn Creation with the London Symphony Orchestra and Richard Egarr, also to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Mark Padmore on December 3, with pianist James Baillieu, gives the first of two appearances in the Wigmore Hall Tippett series singing Boyhood's End, returning on January 17, with guitarist Craig Ogden, to sing Songs for Achilles. On December 11, Mark performs Britten Canticles at La Monnaie, Brussels as part of their European tour and on the 19th & 20th sings Haydn Creation with Bernard Haitink and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. In February, Mark sings further performances of Captain Vere Billy Budd with Glyndebourne Festival Opera at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, (7, 9, 11, 13) and then sings Evangelist in Peter Sellars' new staging of Bach St John Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle (27 & 28).

Andrew Tortise in December, sings Bach B Minor Mass with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Richard Egarr - Edinburgh (12th), Glasgow (13th) - and on the 20th sings Messiah in Oviedo Cathedral, Spain.

Thomas Walker during December sings further performances of Basilio and Curzio Le nozze di Figaro with René Jacobs and the Frieburg Baroque Orchestra, on their European tour, including Cologne (1st) and Barcelona (3rd). He then sings Messiah with Orquestra Barroca Catalana and Daniel Reuss: Barcelona (16th and 17th) and Mallorca (18th).

Marcus Farnsworth on December 11 joins Mark Padmore for their performance of Britten Canticles at La Monnaie, Brussels and on the 15th sings Berlioz L'enfance du Christ with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Francois-Xavier Roth, here with Karen Cargill. In February, Marcus joins the Hebrides Ensemble in a programme commemorating the outbreak of World War 1, singing Butterworth A Shropshire Lad, Rorem War Scenes and the world première of Stuart MacRae Parable on a UK tour including Queens Hall, Edinburgh (11th) and the Sage Gateshead (13th).

Stephan Loges with pianist Simone Dinnerstein gives a recital at the Vienna Konzerthaus on December 4, including Bach Ich habe genug and Schumann Liederkreis. Then, on the 12th & 13th he joins Andrew Tortise for the performances of Bach B Minor Mass with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Richard Egarr.

Lukas Jakobski throughout December, sings Tall Englishman in a new production of Prokofiev The Gambler with Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam and Marc Albrecht.