Maxine Robertson Management

September 2014 - newsletter 30





MRM New Signing
Maxine Robertson Management is delighted to announce the signing of the young Irish baritone Gavan Ring for General Management.

Gavan Ring

This summer Gavan jumped in as Nardo on the opening night of Mozart La Finta Giardiniera at the Glyndebourne Festival to a full house of positive reviews:

...but the show was almost stolen by the terrific bravado of Gavan Ring, who at short notice sang the bluff servant Nardo from the wings...
Rupert Christiansen - The Telegraph - 29 June, 2014

...a coruscating offstage performance by his cover Gavan Ring deservedly stole the show.
Michael Church - The Independent - 30 June, 2014

...the excellent voice of Gavan Ring...
Hugh Canning - Sunday Times - 6 July, 2014

...arias impressively sung by Gavan Ring.
Richard Fairman - Financial Times - 1 July, 2014

Gavan has also recently sung Schaunard La Bohème and Jake Wallace La Fanciulla del West for Opera North; Pluto in Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld for Scottish Opera and has recorded Hartmann in Offenbach Fantasio for Opera Rara with Sir Mark Elder and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Plans include Britten War Requiem at the Three Spires Festival in Truro Cathedral with tenor Mark Padmore and also in Belfast Cathedral with the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen. In addition he returns to Opera North to sing Figaro Barber of Seville, Guglielmo Così fan tutte and Manuel in Falla La Vida Breve and will appear in recital with Simon Lepper at Leighton House, London and for the Dublin Song Series.



MRM Artists Jump In
Katherine Broderick was delighed to sing Britten War Requiem at short notice at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester Cathedral on 26 July.



MRM Artists Success in the Press
EMMA BELL - Poulenc Les Dialogues des Carmélites - The Royal Opera, Covent Garden - Sir Simon Rattle
...Emma Bell's voluptuous-sounding New Prioress makes an imposing centrepiece in Acts Two and Three.
Andrew Clark - Financial Times - 1 June, 2014

Emma Bell and Sophie Koch are equally intense...both are excellent.
Rupert Christiansen - The Telegraph - 30 May, 2014


KATHERINE BRODERICK - Strauss Vier letzte Lieder - Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Faithful to every detail of this complex and difficult score, the British soprano Katherine Broderick's voice has a combination of lyrical flexibility and emotional warmth that suits this music admirably. She sang the songs not as a grandiose valediction, in the manner of Jessye Norman for example, but with a fresh immediacy and wonder that brought their beautiful texts, by Hermann Hesse and Eichendorff, into a direct relationship with the audience. Many phrases, especially in the final song, Im Abendrot (sunset), were deeply touching in their liquid sensuousness.
Nicholas Routley - Australian Stage - 21 July, 2014


KAREN CARGILL - Mahler Symphony No 8 - Philharmonia - Esa-Pekka Salonen
Karen Cargill's gleaming mezzo conquered all before her.
Neil Fisher - The Times - 1 July, 2014


KAREN CARGILL - Alma & Gustav Mahler Lieder - Simon Lepper - Linn Records
...this is a bronze-tinted mezzo of Wagnerian amplitude...Cargill expressive at every level, while still proudly displaying the full glory of her voice...The closing stanza of 'Ich bin der Welt', floated on the softest pp, is especially lovely. The Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen encompass a wide range of emotion and Cargill tears into the fury of 'Ich hab' ein glühend Messer'.
Richard Fairman - Gramophone - July, 2014

And Karen Cargill's beautifully integrated, smoky mezzo reveals the full stature of these songs (by Alma), just as Simon Lepper relishes their fearless piano writing.
Hilary Finch - BBC Music Magazine - 4 August, 2014

...mezzo Karen Cargill has just the emotional range these songs need. It's a big voice, and pianist Simon Lepper underlines their passion. I like that they open the recital with Alma Mahler's 'Five songs' and such flirtatious freshness before the more familiar Gustav Mahler settings.
BBC Radio 3 - 'CD Review'


MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Mozart Così fan tutte - English National Opera - Ryan Wigglesworth
Marcus Farnsworth's Guglielmo was engaging, firm of tone and crisp in his delivery.
John Allison - Opera - July, 2014


CLAUDIA HUCKLE - Mussorgsky Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry - Birmingham Opera Company - CBSO - Graham Vick
Most striking of all was the young contralto Claudia Huckle as Marfa, battered between religious and political forces. Mussorgsky gives her a substantial role and Huckle accomplished it magnificently: genuine, graceful and touching- hers is one of the richest, most beautiful contralto voices I've heard in years.
Roderic Dunnett - Opera Now - July, 2014


SIMON LEPPER - Fauré, Liszt, etc – Stéphane Degout - Oper Frankfurt
Mit dem stillistisch fein differenzierenden und detailliert mit formenden Klavier-partner Simon Lepper...

With his stylistically, finely differentiated and detailed creative accompanist Simon Lepper...
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - 23 May, 2014


SIMON LEPPER - Poulenc, Mussorgsky, Bolcom Sacred and Profane - Lawrence Zazzo - Wigmore Hall
Simon Lepper's sensitive and finely judged accompaniments...
Guy Damman - The Guardian - 5 June, 2014


SALLY MATTHEWS - Poulenc Les Dialogues des Carmélites - The Royal Opera, Covent Garden - Sir Simon Rattle
Quite properly, the vocal palms went to the last two nuns standing...Sally Matthews's Blanche was of such intensity that, in scene after scene, the opera's strange, unlikely, even troubling attractions seared themselves on the mind.
Roger Parker – Opera - August, 2014

It is gloriously sung...Sally Matthews is aptly rapturous as Blanche...
Richard Morrison - The Times - 2 June, 2014


JEREMY OVENDEN - Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea - Opéra National de Paris
Mr Ovenden's sleek and flexible tenor sounded idiomatically at ease in the runs and ornaments. In his duet with Lucano (the tenor Valerio Contaldo) there was boyish energy...
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim - New York Times - 29 June, 2014


MARK PADMORE - Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge, 10 Blake Songs - Warlock The Curlew - Jonathan Dove The End (World première recording) - Britten Sinfonia - Harmonia Mundi recording
Tenor Mark Padmore is an interpreter who illuminates mainstream repertoire especially through his probing treatment of text...(The End) the lightness and imaginative implications in Padmore's timbre...(The Curlew) a rich, penetrating performance...(Blake Songs) In the three songs without any accompaniment at all, Padmore makes stunning use of his inventive phrasing...
David J. Baker - Opera News - July, 2014


ANNALENA PERSSON - Wagner Tristan und Isolde - Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra
Lars Cleveman and Annalena Persson were a superb Tristan and Isolde...the great love scene soared...Persson's Liebestod delivered the ultimate Wagnerian transcendence.
William Dart - New Zealand Herald - 21 July, 2014



MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Emma Bell during October sings Strauss Vier letzte Lieder on tour in the Netherlands with Het Gelders Orkest and Antonello Manacorda and during November she sings Governess in Britten The Turn of the Screw in a new production by Claus Guth for Staatsoper Berlin, conducted by Ivor Bolton.

Katherine Broderick sings Mrs Coyle in Britten Owen Wingrave during October for Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy. Also in October (24th), she sings in a concert of music from Schubert Alfonso und Estrella and Fierrabras for the Oxford Lieder Festival with Mark Padmore and Julius Drake. She sings Zemlinsky Waldgespräch with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Glasgow (October 31) and Edinburgh (November 1). Then on November 11 Katherine joins the Myrthen Ensemble in an Armistice Day programme: Anthems for a Doomed Youth for the Bath Mozartfest.

Sally Matthews during September sings her first Strauss title role, Daphne for La Monnaie, Brussels and Lothar Koenigs before going to Berlin to sings Mahler Symphony No 4 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Tugan Sokhiev on October 4 & 5. During November Sally sings Beethoven Symphony No 9 and Szymanowski Stabat Mater, on a European tour with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra including Berlin (7-9th), Warsaw (12th), Budapest (14th) and Prague (15th).

Elizabeth Watts sings Strauss Taillefer on September 13 at the last night of the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo at the Royal Albert Hall, London. In October she sings Vaughan Williams Symphony No 3 on a European tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Nicholas Collon, including Canterbury (11th), London (12th) and Bruges (14th). In November Elizabeth sings Mahler Symphony No 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap Van Zweden, a concert of vocal music by Scarlatti with the English Concert and Laurence Cummings at Milton Court Concert Hall, London and Messiah with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Richard Egarr.

Karen Cargill in October sings Mahler Symphony No 4 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati: Edinburgh (9th), Glasgow (10th), and Kindertotenlieder: St Andrews (15th), Glasgow (17th) and Edinburgh (18th). She sings Berlioz Les nuits d'été with the Cleveland Orchestra on October 30 & 31 & November 1, again with Ticciati and during December returns to the Metropolitan Opera, New York to sing Magdalene Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with conductor James Levine.

Claudia Huckle sings Messiah with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Richard Egarr, joining Elizabeth Watts, on their tour including Edinburgh (27th), Glasgow (28th) and Aberdeen (29th).

Stuart Jackson during October and November will cover the role of Don Ramiro in Rossini La Cenerentola for Scottish Opera on a UK tour. On November 2 he sings in a concert of operatic excerpts with Oper Stuttgart.

Edgaras Montvidas sings Lensky Eugene Onegin during October at Grand Théâtre de Genève in the Robert Carsen production conducted by Michail Jurowski.

Jeremy Ovenden in September, sings Britten War Requiem with Het Gelders Orkest and Antonello Manacorda on tour in the Netherlands then on the 25th & 26th he sings Beethoven Missa Solemnis in Turin with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai.

Mark Padmore sings further performances of Evangelist in Peter Sellars' staging of Bach St Matthew Passion on a world tour including Lucerne (September 3), BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London ( September 6) and Armory Hall, New York (October 7 & 8). On September 25 & 26 he sings Beethoven Missa Solemnis in Munich with Bernard Haitink and München Runtfunkorchester. Also in October, Mark gives recitals in USA with Jonathan Biss: University of Maryland (10th), Boston (12th), Philadelphia (15th), the programme to include Schumann, Tippett, and Fauré. On November 1, he sings Thomas Larcher A Padmore Cycle with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner and then, on a European recital tour with Till Fellner, sings Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven & Schumann: Bath Mozartfest (13th), Dortmund (15th), Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (17th) and his recital debut at the Vienna Musikverein (27th).

Andrew Tortise on September 12 sings the tenor arias in Bach St John Passion at the Rheingau Festival with Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr and on October 4, also with AAM and Richard Egarr, sings Arnalta in a semi-staged concert performance of Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea at Barbican Hall, London.

Thomas Walker sings Bach Cantatas in two concerts with Laurence Cummings and the Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Sage, Gateshead on October 9 & 16 and during November, sings Mozart Requiem on a tour of The Netherlands with Daniel Reuss and Capella Amsterdam: Lochem (2nd), Amsterdam (3rd), Rotterdam (4th) and Antwerp (5th). On November 20 he sings the title role in Rameau Platée in concert, at St John's Smith Square, London with the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn.

Marcus Farnsworth joins the Britten Sinfonia and Martyn Brabbins in the world premiêre of Taverner Flood of Beauty on September 28 at Barbican Hall, London. In two appearances for the Oxford Lieder Festival in October, he sings in a lecture/recital Schubert's Life and Times with Graham Johnson (11th) and sings a Schubert programme with Michael Dussek (30th). In November Marcus sings the first performance of a new Sally Beamish commission Equal Voices with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda (2nd), and with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Edinburgh (7th) and Glasgow (8th). He then joins Katherine Broderick for the Myrthen Ensemble concert at the Bath Mozartfest and on 22 November sings Fauré Requiem in Leeds Town Hall with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Andrew Foster-Williams during October and November sings Faraone in a new production by David Pountney of Rossini Moses in Egypt with Welsh National Opera and Carlo Rizzi, on a UK tour including Cardiff, Oxford, Birmingham and Bristol. On November 8 he sings Mozart Requiem at the Bath Mozartfest in Bath Abbey with Paul McCreesh.

Stephan Loges sings Penderecki Three Chinese Songs and Beethoven Symphony No 9 on September 19 with the Ulster Orchestra. In three appearances for the Oxford Lieder Festival in October, he sings Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte and Schubert Einsamkeit at King's Place, London with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (4th), takes part in the opening concert of the festival's Schubert Project (10th) and sings a Schubert programme with Sophie Karthauser and Eugene Asti (11th). On October 24 he gives a recital including Schubert Schwanengesang with Llyr Williams at the Rhosygilwen Festival, Wales. On November 7, Stephan sings Mozart Mass in C Minor at Casa da Música, Porto with Olari Elts and on the 26th gives a recital at Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper, including Schubert, Loewe, Brahms and Schumann.

Lukas Jakobski sings Stravinsky Pulcinella on October 24 with the Ulster Orchestra and Jac van Steen and on November 22 & 23 sings Truffaldino in Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos, in concert, with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

Simon Lepper during September gives a recital tour of Germany with Cora Burggraaf with the programme Folk Stories and from the 22nd -25th he joins Christine Brewer and Karen Cargill in a residency for Aldeburgh Music, exploring duo repertoire by Purcell, Chausson, Mendelssohn and Britten. On October 29 he gives a recital: Settings of Goethe and Matthisson with Malin Christensson and Joshua Ellicot for the Oxford Lieder Festival and on November 26 joins Stephan Loges for their recital at Opéra de Lille.