June 2015 - newsletter 33
MRM Artists Jump In
Stephan Loges at short notice sang Bégearss in Milhaud La mère coupable during May at Theater an der Wien. Reviewing the production Wilhelm Sinkovicz wrote in Die Presse - "Stephan Loges is a self-assured and scheming Bégearss..." and Chanda VanderHart wrote in Bachtrack - "Much of the singing was superb - standouts included...Stephan Loges (Bégearss)..."
MRM Artists Success in the Press
ELIZABETH WATTS - Handel - Hercules - The English Concert - Harry Bicket
Elizabeth Watts confirmed her place as one of Britain's leading sopranos as the traduced Iole, desolate in her lament for her lost home, but a match for Dejanira when accused of being Hercules's lover. Like a cornered lioness, eyes flashing, claws out, we felt her bitter scorn in Ah, think what ills the jealous prove. And yet, when Dejanira's downfall was complete, her honeyed sweetness in My breast with tender pity swells was deeply moving.
Stephen Prichard - The Observer - 8 March, 2015
Elizabeth Watts...singing with appropriate and moving purity but unveiling fierce temperament - and pinpoint coloratura - when it was called for.
Hugo Shirley - The Telegraph - 5 March, 2015
As the innocent Iole, Elizabeth Watts's fresh and lucid soprano moved around Handel's notes with graceful expressiveness.
George Hall - The Guardian - 5 March, 2015
KAREN CARGILL - Mahler, Wagner, Grieg - Carnegie Hall, New York - Recital with Simon Lepper
...the artistry of her singing...Cargill showed complete poise allowing the songs to be songs...the poetry is rich and Cargill demonstrated a keen appreciation of it...
Eric C.Simpson - New York Classical Review - 11 April, 2015
...startling power and a creamy middle range...ingenious theme of composers and their lovers. Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and Greig's Opus 48 Songs were eloquently done.
David Allen - New York Times - 13 April, 2015
KAREN CARGILL - Mahler, Wagner, Grieg - Kennedy Center, Washington - Recital with Simon Lepper
If you've never heard the name Karen Cargill, let this review be your notification. The Scottish mezzo-soprano had a grand and long-overdue Washington debut recital Tuesday evening...her commanding and disciplined voice...Cargill's luscious, full-bodied chest voice and her fluid sense of rubato (Mahler)...a light, pure tone in that (top) range...Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder also elicited the powerful side of Cargill's voice...but the more controlled, dulcet tone was even more striking...Finally, in Grieg's Six German Songs, Op. 48, Cargill let down her hair, with airy and flirtatious readings...
Charles T. Downey - Washington Post - 8 April, 2015
KAREN CARGILL - Berlioz - La mort de Cléopâtre - Valery Gergiev - London Symphony Orchestra - LSO Live recording
Karen Cargill gives a gripping account of The Death of Cleopatra, clearly relishing the music's graphic portrayal of a woman in a state of mental torment...her slow chromatic descent as the poison takes effect is breathtaking...
Duncan Druce - Gramophone - April, 2015
ANDREW TORTISE - Monteverdi - Orfeo - Monteverdi Choir - English Baroque Soloists - Sir John Eliot Gardiner - USA tour
And the soloists...were mostly superb, none more so than the soprano Francesca Aspromonte and the tenor Andrew Tortise.
James R. Oestreich - New York Times - 3 May, 2015
Orpheus was the stunning English tenor Andrew Tortise, totally believable as someone who can use his music to get himself past the gates and guard of the Underworld...
Niels Swinkels - San Francisco Classical Voice - 29 April, 2015
Orfeo itself is a tough role for a tenor...Andrew Tortise...firm voice and notable stamina...
Anne Midgette - The Washington Post - 22 April, 2015
Andrew Tortise's Deus ex Machina moment as Apollo showed off a bright clear voice and tender phrasing...
Eric C. Simpson - New York Classical Review - 2 May, 2015
ELENA GALITSKAYA - Mozart - Idomeneo - Opéra de Lyon
Unter den Solisten Präsentierte sich am überzeugendsten die junge Russin Elena Galitskaya als llia...die mit klar timbriertem, in der Höhe leuchtendem Sopran und exakter Artikulation enorme Bühnenpräsenz ausstrahlte...
Among the soloists, the most convincing is the young Russian Elena Galitskaya - with glowing well-articulated high notes and radiating an impressive stage presence...
Opernglass - 3 February, 2015
JEREMY OVENDEN - Handel - Tamerlano - La Monnaie, Brussels - Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset
Jeremy Ovenden was magnetic as the wild-haired, raging Bajazet, mixing fury with the tenderest tones for his scenes with Asteria. His death-scene was a devastating blend of conflicting affects...
Robert Thicknesse - Opera Today - March, 2015
JEREMY OVENDEN - Handel - L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato - Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh - Signum Records - EDITOR'S CHOICE - Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
With the lion's share of the music, Jeremy Ovenden sings with rounded, mellifluous tone and audible delight in Milton's imagery, whether in an impish 'laughing' aria...the mock-pompous I'll to the well-trod stage anon or...a tenderly restrained Let me wander not unseen.
Richard Wigmore - Gramophone - June, 2015
Jeremy Ovenden's half-spoken, cheerful tenor...A glorious recording: I cannot recommend it too highly.
Nicholas Kenyon - The Observer - 24 May, 2015
THOMAS WALKER - Rameau - Platée - Oper Stuttgart - Christian Curnyn - Calixto Bieito
Thomas Walker has continued to grow in the title role...
Susanne Benda - Stuttgarter Nachrichten - 2 April, 2015
THOMAS WALKER - Rameau - Platée - Early Opera Company - Paul Agnew
This concert performance was a lively affair, lit up by a central performance by Thomas Walker that milked this drag-role nicely, from sashaying entrance through the church (St John's Smith Square) to the outraged, impotent fury of the final scene.
Robert Thicknesse - Opera Today - March, 2015
EDGARAS MONTVIDAS - Szymanowski - King Roger - Boston Symphony Orchestra - Charles Dutoit
Edgaras Montvidas was excellent in the role of the shepherd, singing with a sweet-toned tenor that conveyed the score's sensual refinement.
Jeremy Eichler - The Boston Globe - 6 March, 2015
ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Mendelssohn - Elijah - Handel and Haydn Society of Boston - Grant Llewellyn
Andrew Foster-Williams, has grit and a bit of a growl to his voice, just what you want from a biblical prophet. He was ferocious in his aria likening God to a hammer, then melting in It is enough, when he asks the Lord to take away his life.
Jeffrey Gantz - The Boston Globe - 8 March, 2015
ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Rossini - Guillaume Tell - Virtuosi Brunensis - Antonino Fogliani - Naxos recording
Foster-Williams marries an appropriately sympathetic theatrical portrayal with vocal production that is both focused and refined.
Richard Osborne - Gramophone - June, 2015
ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Beethoven - Symphony no 9 - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - Nicholas McGegan
He was supported, especially, by Andrew Foster-Williams who opened the bass-baritone line not like a pompous oratorio singer but like a character in an opera - speaking to the audience, drawing us in, making the words mean something.
Anne Midgette - The Washington Post - 4 January, 2015
STEPHAN LOGES - Bach - St Matthew Passion - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Mark Padmore
Stephan Loges, as Christus, fused sorrow and anger eloquently...
Hilary Finch - The Times - 7 April, 2015
(Padmore)...was fittingly charismatic...as was Stephan Loges as Christ...
Claire Hazelton - The Guardian - 3 April, 2015
MARK PADMORE - Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart - Songs To The Distant Beloved - Kristian Bezuidenhout - Harmonia Mundi recording
...he can sing with penetrating intensity...he's a riveting actor...This is eloquent lieder singing driven by astute and sensitive attention to the texts.
Anthony Tommasini - New York Times - 6 May, 2015
Mark Padmore combines an acute intelligence with an unvarnished directness in all he sings...Padmore 'lives' all of these songs, noticing everything, exaggerating nothing...an eager and touching story-teller...a spectrum of colours ranging from tenderly floated head tones to declamatory fierceness...singing and playing are so compelling...
Richard Wigmore - Gramophone - May, 2015
This rewarding disc...Two top performers...From urgent declamation to whispered despair Padmore expresses all with directness, clarity and tonal variety...an engaging recital.
Fiona Maddocks - The Observer - 3 May, 2015
This is a highly refined recital by the ever-sensitive Mark Padmore...sweet, heady and youthful lucidity of tone...exquisite sensibility.
Rupert Christiansen - The Telegraph - 4 April, 2015
SIMON LEPPER - Mahler, Wagner, Grieg - Carnegie Hall, New York - Recital with Karen Cargill
Cargill was supported by a brilliant collaborator in pianist Simon Lepper, whose deft touch and sensitivity enlivened every song. He approached the accompaniment with a poetic sense of his own, knowing precisely how long to linger and where...Lepper was right there with her, his phrases breathing right along with hers.
Eric C. Simpson - New York Classical Review - 11 April, 2015
...the astute Mr Lepper...
David Allen - New York Times - 13 April, 2015
SIMON LEPPER - Mahler, Wagner, Grieg - Kennedy Center, Washington - Recital with Karen Cargill
She was masterfully accompanied at Kennedy Center by fine British pianist Simon Lepper.
Marsha Dubrow - The Examiner - 7 April, 2015
STUART JACKSON - J C Bach - Adriano in Siria - Classical Opera Company - Ian Page
...tenor Stuart Jackson - a rising star - sings with his usual effortless grace.
Michael Church - The Independent - 15 April, 2015
The singing is nimble and stylish...Stuart Jackson displays gleaming top notes as the rebel king Osroa...
Anna Picard - The Times - 15 April, 2015
Stuart Jackson's Osroa was a commanding presence...Jackson used his alluring tenor, and the text, to convey the King's integrity in his two arias.
Claire Seymour - Opera Today - 16 April, 2015
..accomplished singing from Stuart Jackson as the volatile Parthian King Osroa...
George Hall - The Guardian - 16 April, 2015
Stuart Jackson's Osroa was stylishly sung...
Brian Robins - Opera - June, 2015
MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Emma Bell sings Beethoven Symphony No 9 and Choral Fantasy in Kuala Lumpur on June 5 & 6 with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Nicolae Moldoveanu.
Sally Matthews during June, July and August sings Konstanze in David McVicar's new production of Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Robin Ticciati, including on August 14 a performance at the BBC Proms broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Elizabeth Watts during May and June sings Pamina Die Zauberflöte with Welsh National Opera. On July 11 she takes part in pianist Roger Vignoles' 70th birthday concert at Wigmore Hall, London, and on August 23 sings Josephine in a concert performance of Gilbert and Sullivan HMS Pinafore with Scottish Opera and Richard Egarr at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Karen Cargill on June 21 sings Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra and on July 25 & 27 she makes her debut at the Salzburg Festival singing Bruckner Mass No 3 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Claudia Huckle on July 30 sings William Mathias Lux Aeterna at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford Cathedral and on August 7 Claudia joins Andrew Tortise and Thomas Walker to sing Beethoven Choral Fantasy at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian.
Sunnyboy Dladla on August 14 & 17 sings in Rossini Il viaggio a Reims for the Rossini Academy of the Pesaro Opera Festival and conductor Alberto Zedda.
Stuart Jackson during June takes part in a Handel residency with Emmanuel Haim at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, culminating in performances of the composer's cantatas. During July and August Stuart will cover Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia and High Priest, Abner and Amalekite in Handel Saul for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He will perform these roles as well as Jonathan with Glyndebourne on Tour in the autumn.
Edgaras Montvidas during June, July and August sings Belmonte in David McVicar's new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Robin Ticciati, joining Sally Matthews, including a performance at the BBC Proms on August 14.
Jeremy Ovenden sings further performances of Don Ottavio Don Giovanni in June, on a world tour with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester, including Shanghai (2nd), Beijing (4th) and Paris (7th). In August he sings Britten War Requiem at the Helsinki Festival with the Chorus and Orchestra of Finnish National Opera and Michael Güttler (14th) and Mozart Requiem at the Edinburgh International Festival with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Mark Padmore with Roger Vignoles gives a recital of songs by Schubert and Britten at the Concertgebouw, Bruges on June 6 and at Wigmore Hall, London on the 17th. Also during June he sings performances of the Birtwistle double-bill The Corridor & The Cure (world première) at the Aldeburgh Festival from June 12 and at the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House, London from June 18. In July, in two appearances at The Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Mark gives a recital of songs by Purcell, Tippett and Britten with James Baillieu (20th) and sings Evangelist in Bach St Matthew Passion with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Thomas Quasthoff.
Andrew Tortise in June sings Mendelssohn Elijah at the Royal Festival Hall, London with the Bach Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and David Hill and Mozart Requiem and Bach Trauerode with the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Leipzig (14th) and at the Aldeburgh Festival (19th).
Thomas Walker in two appearances at the St Magnus International Festival in June, sings Stravinsky Pulcinella (19th) and Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (21st) - both with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Méndez. On July 31 he sings Handel Il trionfo del tempo e del Disinganno in Bruges with the Dunedin Consort and John Butt.
Marcus Farnsworth in several appearances during July with the Gabrieli Consort & Players and Paul McCreesh sings in Bach St John Passion in Weimar (8th) and St Matthew Passion in Leipzig (10th) as well as a European tour singing Purcell King Arthur including St John's Smith Square, London (16th), Beaune Festival (18th) and Herrenchiemsee Castle, Munich (20th). On July 29 he sings Beethoven Missa Solemnis at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Gavan Ring during June and July sings further performances of Moralès Carmen in David McVicar's production for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and on August 23 sings Bill Bobstay in the concert performance of HMS Pinafore with Scottish Opera and Richard Egarr at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Andrew Foster-Williams in June joins Thomas Walker to sing Stravinsky Pulcinella (19th) and Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (21st) with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Méndez at the St Magnus International Festival. In August he sings in a programme of Bach cantatas with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants on a European tour and on the 23rd sings Captain Corcoran HMS Pinafore with Scottish Opera and Richard Egarr at the Edinburgh International Festival, here joining Elizabeth Watts and Gavan Ring.
Stephan Loges in June sings Arnholm in the world première recording of Craig Armstrong The Lady from the Sea with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. On July 10 he sings in Bach St Matthew Passion in Leipzig with the Gabrieli Consort & Players and Paul McCreesh, joining Andrew Tortise and Marcus Farnsworth.
Lukas Jakobski returns to The Royal Opera, Covent Garden in July to sing Pistola in Robert Carsen's production of Verdi Falstaff conducted by Michael Schonwand.
Simon Lepper in June performs Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin with Benjamin Appl at Opéra de Lille (3rd) and from the 10th is once again an official accompanist for the Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize. On July 9 he accompanies Kitty Whately in the world première performance of a song cycle specially written for her by Jonathan Dove at the Cheltenham Music Festival and on August 18 with Joshua Ellicott gives a recital including Schubert Schwanengesang and songs by Finzi and Liszt at the North Norfolk Festival.