September 2015 - newsletter 34
MRM Artists Jump In
Stephan Loges assumed the role of Begearss in Darius Milhaud La mère coupable at Theater an der Wien during May at short notice, after which Gerhard Persché wrote in August's Opera magazine: "...committed acting and singing...Stephan Loges was the suitably scheming Begearss..."
Emma Bell sang Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder on 20 August with Antonio Pappano and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Aldeburgh Festival
MRM Artists Success in the Press
ELIZABETH WATTS - Mozart - Opera Arias - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Christian Baldini - Linn Records
The glorious voice of Elizabeth Watts - now established as one of Britain's leading sopranos - more than justifies the purchase price. She reprises her seductive portrayal of Zerlina in the Royal Opera Don Giovanni with a touching Vedrai, carino, and moves us again with Per pietà from Così fan tutte.
Stephan Pritchard - The Guardian - 28 June, 2015
MARK PADMORE - Birtwistle - The Corridor - The Cure (world première) - Aldeburgh Festival
The brilliant tenor Mark Padmore tortures Orpheus and Jason with their own hubris, and its results. As Aeson, he's angry and ambivalent, wronged by a new birth but not quite averse to a new life.
David Allen - New York Times - 16 June, 2015
SALLY MATTHEWS - Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Robin Ticciati
...there's no doubt she commands the extreme agility and extreme endurance needed and she sang Traurigkeit with extraordinary intensity...
Roger Parker - Opera - August, 2015
EDGARAS MONTVIDAS - Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Robin Ticciati
Belmonte was Edgaras Montvidas, who persuasively looks and acts the part of a handsome Spanish nobleman. He phrases with poise and intelligence...
Rupert Christiansen - The Telegraph - 14 June, 2015
KAREN CARGILL - Mahler, Wagner, Grieg, - Recital - Carnegie Hall, New York - Simon Lepper
...she possesses one of the most beautiful (and most beautifully controlled) voices before the public today...Cargill's direct, unpretentious manner won the appreciation of an audience...She commands very clean, luminous vocal production over a wide range...flow of beautiful tone produced throughout the evening.
David Shengold - Opera News - July, 2015
JEREMY OVENDEN - Handel - l'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato - Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh - Signum records
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
LUKAS JAKOBSKI - Verdi - Falstaff - The Royal Opera, Covent Garden
The Bardolfo of Alistair Elliot and the tall, sullen, delinquent Pistola of Lukas Jakobski made an irresistable pair, ludicrously light-fingered and enabling many cunning moments of deft business...
Hilary Finch - Opera - September, 2015
MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Martin Bussey - Through a Glass - James Baillieu - Resonus records
...composed for Marcus Farnsworth...beautifully sung by this most mellifluous of baritones...
Stephan Pritchard - The Observer - 9 August, 2015
MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Emma Bell will return to Opera North to sing Wagner Wesendonck Lieder conducted by Aleksander Markovic on 17 September
Katherine Broderick will be back at English National Opera to reprise her highly successful Berta The Barber of Seville in September/October
Elena Galitskaya makes her house and role debut at Teatro Verdi, Trieste, singing Sophie Werther in November
Sally Matthews returns to the Robert Carsen production of Les dialogues des Carmélites to sing Blanche at Dutch National Opera in November, having previously appeared in this production in Vienna, Munich and London
Annalena Persson will appear in her home house of Gothenburg to sing her first Emilia Marty The Makropoulos Case in November
Sabina Puértolas makes her forth visit to the Theater an der Wien, this time to sing Drusilla in Claus Guth's production of L'incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi in October
Elena Sancho Pereg, as a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, will sing Fiakermilli Arabella in September/October
Elizabeth Watts will give a number of recitals during October and November on a UK tour with Julius Drake & Roger Vignoles including Ripon Cathedral, Oxford Lieder Festival and a live BBC recital at the Wigmore Hall
Karen Cargill is back in Berlin to sing Schoenberg Gurrelieder, this time with Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester on 16 September
Claudia Huckle makes her debut with Boston Symphony Orchestra in October singing Second Maid in Strauss Elektra conducted by Andris Nelsons in Boston and New York
Mikeldi Atxalandabaso sings Beppe Pagliacci at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile in October and November
Sunnyboy Dladla will sing Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in October, a role that he sang last season to great acclaim in Wiesbaden and Stuttgart
Stuart Jackson will make his debut with Glyndebourne on Tour in their production of Handel Saul, singing the roles of High Priest, Abner, Amalekite and Doeg on 24, 27, 30 October, 6 & 13 November and Jonathan on 20 & 27 November
Edgaras Montvidas will sing the title role in Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann for the first time in a new Barrie Kosky production at the Komische Oper Berlin in October and November
Jeremy Ovenden returns to the role of Don Ottavio Don Giovanni with the Freiburger Barockorchester and René Jacobs in Prague in September
Mark Padmore will sing the three Schubert cycles at the Lincoln Center White Light Festival in New York on 14, 15, and 17 October. He first sang the cycles at the Wigmore Hall in 2008 and has since sung all three cycles in Paris and Vienna
Andrew Tortise will sing Telemaco in Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria alongside Elizabeth Watts singing Amore & Minerva and Lukas Jakobski singing Nettuno, Tempo & Antinoo with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr in a European tour in September
Thomas Walker returns to the Proms to sing Orff Carmina Burana with the BBC Symphony Chorus and Concert Orchestra on 6 September
Marcus Farnsworth makes a role debut as Demetrius in Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream for Bergen National Opera with Paul McCreesh in November
Gavan Ring sings his first Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera North in Giles Havergal's production in October and November
Andrew Foster-Williams sings his first Wagner role on stage, Donner Das Rheingold at the Ruhrtriennale Festival in September
Stephan Loges also makes a role debut singing Golaud in Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande for English Touring Opera on their UK tour in October and November
Simon Lepper joins Sally Matthews for a recital of English and American song at La Monnaie, Brussels on 23 September
Antonello Allemandi will conduct Lucia di Lammermoor at Opéra de Rouen, Opéra de Limoges and Opéra de Reims in October/November/December