December 2014 - newsletter 31
MRM Artists Jump In
Stuart Jackson made his Scottish Opera debut singing Don Ramiro in Rossini La Cenerentola on 17 October, after which John Allison commented in 'The Telegraph':
"...the young tenor Stuart Jackson sang the part from the side of the stage - disclosing a clean, plangent tenor and elegant musicality."
Emma Bell was happy to sing Elsa Lohengrin at short notice for Zurich Opera on 18 October.
"The star of the evening is Sunnyboy Dladla with his beautiful lyric tenor voice and delightful acting, earning himself many 'Bravos..." wrote John H. Mueller (Der neue Merker) when, at short notice, Sunnyboy recently sang all performances of Paolino in Zurich Opera's production of Cimarosa Il matrimonio segreto in October.
Following this successful start to the season, Sunnyboy will make his role and house debut singing Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia for Wiesbaden Opera during December and January. In further house debuts, he also sings Almaviva for Stuttgart Opera (repeating the role in their 2015/16 season) and Basilio and Curzio Le nozze di Figaro at Theater an der Wien, in a new production by Felix Breisach and conducted by Marc Minkowski, before ending his first professional season with a number of appearances at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin.
Born in the South African township of Piet Retief in KwaZulu-Natal province, Sunnyboy has just completed two years with the International Opera Studio of Zurich Opera while taking a masters degree at Zurich University. Other roles with Zurich Opera have included Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor, Dorvil La Scala di Seta and Nick La Fanciulla del West. On the concert platform he has sung Messiah and Mozart Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington and Schumann Missa Sacra with Christopher Hogwood at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival.
MRM Artists Success in the Press
EMMA BELL - Britten - The Turn of The Screw - Staatsoper, Berlin - Ivor Bolton
Emma Bell is superbly equivocal, neurotic but never hysterical...The whole is a musical feast.
Shirley Apthorp - Financial Times - 20 November, 2014
KAREN CARGILL - Mahler - Kindertotenlieder - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Robin Ticciati
Mahler's Kindertotenlieder...were if anything, more harrowing. The Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill used her dark, dusky tone to reinforce the sombre mood of these Friedrich Rückert settings; she also hardened her glinting higher register to expressionistic effect, for example in the final song In diesem Wetter...
John Allison - The Telegraph - 19 October, 2014
And has Karen Cargill, plumbing the endlessly rich depths of her lower register in Mahler's Songs on the Death of Children, ever sung with more depth and intensity of feeling? If ever there was an exemplification of dignity or grief, it was enshrined in her time-stopping performance.
Michael Tumelty - Herald Scotland - 20 October, 2014
KAREN CARGILL - Gustav and Alma Mahler - Lieder - Simon Lepper - Linn Records
...nuanced, lovely vocalism...voice that never seems to strain...she reveals a full spectrum of dynamics in addition to noteworthy breath control...clearly and intelligently projected words...a remarkable range of tone color...Cargill's (recordings) have the virtue - rare at this point in recording history - of sounding unlike anybody else's.
David Shengold - Opera News - October, 2014
SIMON LEPPER - Gustav and Alma Mahler - Lieder - Karen Cargill - Linn Records
Lepper, among the busiest of the younger generation of British collaborative pianists, shows a sure, measured touch in the most challenging passages and deserves equal credit for the musical sophistication and sensitivity that makes this disc so rewarding.
David Shengold - Opera News - October, 2014
THOMAS WALKER - Rameau - Platée - (in concert) - Early Opera Company - Paul Agnew - St John's Smith Square, London
Walker has performed Platée on stage and his experience showed in his confident (despite the frock), even macho negotiation of some fearsomely high-lying music and in expressing not just Platée's vanity and grossness (gutteral consonants spat into various faces) but also her likeability...Walker's virtuoso turn...
Neil Fisher - The Times - 24 November, 2014
MARK PADMORE - Bach - St Matthew Passion (staged) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle - New York
...searing, sublime performance...the superb tenor, Mark Padmore...
Anthony Tommasini - New York Times - 8 October, 2014
MARK PADMORE - Bach - St Matthew Passion (staged) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle - BBC Proms
The heart of this Passion performance, though, is the role of the Evangelist, Matthew, sung, enacted, internalized and transformed by the remarkable British tenor Mark Padmore, in a performance of a lifetime.
Mark Swed - Los Angeles Times - 8 September, 2014
Mark Padmore was the Evangelist...he declaimed the great recitative with superlative clarity and profound understanding.
Rupert Christiansen - The Telegraph - 7 September, 2014
The mesmerizing Mark Padmore...
Richard Morrison - The Times - 8 September, 2014
I remember the wonderful tenor Mark Padmore as Britten's Captain Vere in Billy Budd, dropping the great lament that ends the opera into a fathomless pool of grief and loss. Padmore was back this season, on supreme form as the Evangelist...Again the closing hush overwhelmed us...
Boyd Tonkin - The Independent - 12 September, 2014
ELIZABETH WATTS - Bach - Mass in B Minor - The English Concert - Harry Bicket
Elizabeth Watts's airy, agile coloratura in the Laudamus te had a bejewelled, Italianate flavour...
Alfred Hickling - The Guardian - 28 September, 2014
JEREMY OVENDEN - Monteverdi - L'incoronazione di Poppea - Opéra National de Paris
...the assured Nerone of Jeremy Ovenden, validating Alessandrini's decision to assign this central role to a tenor rather than a mezzo.
Nicolas Blanmont - Opera - September, 2014
JEREMY OVENDEN - Britten - War Requiem - Het Gelders Orkest - Antonello Manacorda
De Britse tenor Jeremy Ovenden schoot meteen raak met "What passing bells for these who die as cattle..."
The British tenor Jeremy Ovenden immediately hit the bull's eye with "What passing bells for these who die as cattle..."
Peter van der Lint - Trouw - 22 September, 2014
MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Sally Beamish - Equal Voices - (World première) - London Symphony Orchestra - Gianandrea Noseda
Shuna Scott Sendall and Marcus Farnsworth, both excellent, with diction (especially in Farnsworth's case) that meant one needn't peer at the libretto.
Paul Driver - Sunday Times - 9 November, 2014
...Shuna Scott Sendall and Marcus Farnsworth both delivering eloquent accounts of their parts...
Barry Millington - London Evening Standard - 3 November, 2014
MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Taverner - Flood of Beauty - (World première) - Britten Sinfonia - Martyn Brabbins
...indefatigable soloists (Marcus Farnsworth and Alison Bell)...
Fiona Maddocks - The Observer - 5 October, 2014
SALLY MATTHEWS - Strauss - Daphne - La Monnaie, Brussels
The splendid, velvet-toned soprano Sally Matthews makes Daphne's expression of grief a matter of deep poignancy, the high point of an impressive portrayal.
George Loomis - New York Times - 15 September, 2014
Sally Matthews's radiant Daphne manages to alternate between ethereal warbling and dramatic force.
Francis Carlin - Financial Times -10 September, 2014
ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Rossini - Mosè in Egitto - Welsh National Opera - Carlo Rizzi
Andrew Foster-Williams, as his father Faraone, sang with smooth, dark elegance of tone.
Peter Reynolds - Opera Now - November, 2014
(The hysterical fantasies)...of Pharoah are matched by the virtuosity and range of baritone Andrew Foster-Williams.
Hilary Finch - The Times - 6 October, 2014
Andrew Foster-Williams and Christine Rice, are formidable.
Hugh Canning - Sunday Times - 12 October, 2014
KATHERINE BRODERICK - Britten - Owen Wingrave - Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy
Katherine Broderick was a sumptuous Mrs Coyle...
Francis Carlin - Opera Now - November, 2014
KATHERINE BRODERICK - Zemlinsky - Waldgespräch - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - John Storgårds
...the laser-like intensity of soprano Katherine Broderick's singing...
Michael Tumelty - Herald Scotland - 3 November, 2014
MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Emma Bell sings one further performance of Governess The Turn of the Screw on 5 December for Staatsoper Berlin and during February and March returns to the Metropolitan Opera, New York to sing Donna Elvira in Michael Grandage's production of Don Giovanni with conductor Alan Gilbert.
Elena Galitskaya during January and February sings Ilia in a new production of Mozart Idomeneo by Martin Kusij for Opéra de Lyon and Gérard Korsten.
Sally Matthews on 12 December sings Dutilleux Le temps l'horloge and Lia's aria from Debussy L'enfant prodigue with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. On 11 &12 January she sings Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra and on the 17th, the final scene from Strauss Capriccio (arr. David Matthews) at Wigmore Hall, London with The Nash Ensemble and Martyn Brabbins.
Annalena Persson during December and January sings Foreign Princess in Dvorak Rusalka for Opéra de Lyon and conductor Konstantin Chudovski.
Elizabeth Watts sings music by J Strauss and Lehar in a series of 'Viennese Concerts' with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on a UK tour including Bristol (30 Dec), Poole (1 Jan) and Exeter (2 Jan). Also in January, she gives recitals at The Sage, Gateshead (14th) and at Reading Concert Hall (25th) singing Schubert, R Strauss and Berlioz. On the 18th at Wigmore Hall, as part of the 'Songsmiths' programme 'Secrets and Obsessions', she sings Rodrigo, Wolf and R Strauss. On 19 February Elizabeth sings Haydn Nelson Mass with Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra and during February begins a European tour with The English Concert and Harry Bicket singing Iole in Handel Hercules, including Paris(14th) and Vienna (26th).
Karen Cargill during December sings Magdalene Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the Metropolitan Opera, New York and James Levine. In January she sings Mahler Symphony No 4 on a European tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Robin Ticciati, including Vienna (22nd), Linz (23rd) and London, (25th) and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Ticciati in Edinburgh (29th) and Glasgow (30th).
Claudia Huckle sings Messiah on 12 & 13 December with the Ulster Orchestra and Stephen Layton and on the 14th & 19th at the Royal Albert Hall, London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Brian Wright. In January Claudia makes her house debut at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden singing Third Lady Die Zauberflöte in David McVicar's production with conductor Cornelius Meister.
Stuart Jackson on 5 & 6 December sings Te Deum (Lully and Charpentier) with the Cathedral Baroque Orchestra and Ebbe Munk in Copenhagen and on the 16th & 17th, Messiah with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Orchestra of Opera North and David Angus.
Edgaras Montvidas sings Verdi Requiem in Moscow on 8 December with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marko Boemi (Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War 1). During January and February he sings Arbace in a new production of Mozart Idomeneo by Jean-Yves Ruf for Opéra de Lille and Emmanuelle Haim.
Jeremy Ovenden sings Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and Heinz-Karl Gruber on 4 December. In January and February he will sing Bajazet in Pierre Audi's production of Handel Tamerlano first a La Monnaie, Brussels then at the Dutch National Opera with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset.
Mark Padmore in December performs the Schubert cycles in Tokyo with Paul Lewis: Die schöne Müllerin (4th), Winterreise (5th), Schwanengesang and Lieder by Beethoven (7th). They also perform Winterreise in Nagoya on the 8th. On 11 & 12 January he joins Sally Matthews for Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri with Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO. On the 15th he gives a recital with András Schiff at Wigmore Hall including Die schöne Müllerin and Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte and then joins Jonathan Biss for performances of Winterreise in Italy including Padua (30th) and Florence (31st).
Andrew Tortise sings Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Wiener Kammerorchester at the Theater an der Wien on 17, 18, 19, & 20 December. In February he joins the Britten Sinfonia for performances of Haydn Nelson Mass on a European tour including Las Palmas (12th) and Tenerife (13th) as part of the Canary Islands Music Festival and in Amsterdam (28th).
Thomas Walker during December sings Messiah on a UK tour with the Dunedin Consort and John Butt including Perth (19th), Glasgow (20th) and Edinburgh (21st). In February he begins performances of Don Pedrarias Dávila in Peter Sellars' new production of Purcell The Indian Queen for English National Opera and Lawrence Cummings.
Marcus Farnsworth sings Nielsen Symphony No 3 with Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, London on 16 January. Then on the 18th he joins Elizabeth Watts for the 'Songsmiths' recital at Wigmore Hall, singing songs by Brahms, Butterworth, Hahn and Schubert.
Gavan Ring on 18 February begins performances of Manuel in Christopher Alden's production of Falla La vida breve with Opera North and Jac van Steen.
Andrew Foster-Williams in December sings Messiah with Trevor Pinnock and Les Violons du Roy in Quebec (4th & 7th) and Montreal (5th) and also on a European tour with Nathalie Stutzman and Orfeo 55, including Metz (12th), Paris (15th) and Toulouse (16th). He ends the year singing Beethoven Symphony No 9 on a tour of The Netherlands with Het Gelders Orkest and Antonello Manacorda, before singing the Beethoven again on 2, 3, & 4 January with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan and in February with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Manze.
Stephan Loges during December sings Messiah on a European tour with Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr including London (10th), Madrid (16th & 17th) and Ghent (19th). On 11 January he gives a recital at Wigmore Hall with Simon Lepper, including Schumann Liederkreis, Op 39 and Lieder by Loewe and Brahms.
Lukas Jakobski during January and February sings Voice of Neptune in Martin Kusij's new production of Idomeneo for Opéra de Lyon, joining Elena Galitskaya.
Simon Lepper makes the world première recording of Christian Mason's Learning Self-Modulation in Leipzig in December with violinist Carolin Widmann. On 11 January he joins Stephan Loges for their recital at Wigmore Hall (including Schumann, Loewe and Brahms), returning to the Wigmore Hall on 10 February, joining tenor Saimir Pirgu including arias by Bononcini, Mozart, Massenet and Verdi for the Rosenblatt Recital series. In February Simon and Dame Felicity Palmer explore the song repertoire including Dvorak, Falla, Tchaikovsky, English song and the Victorian ballad in a residency for Aldeburgh Music, culminating in a recording.