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December 2015 - newsletter 35


Mark Padmore has been named 2016 VOCALIST OF THE YEAR by 'Musical America' and will be presented with his award in New York on 8 December.

Elena Sancho-Pereg has been voted YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR by 'Opernwelt' magazine and nominated for the 'Faust Prize' by the Deutsche Akademie der darstellenden Künste for her performance as Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf.

MRM New Signing

We are delighted to announce the signing of mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi for general management.
Judit Kutasi
Opera highlights this season and beyond include Erda in Graham Vick's new production of Wagner Siegfried at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, where last season she sang Ulrica in Verdi Un ballo in maschera with Paolo Arrivabeni, and the title role Carmen at Castle Munot Festival in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. During the 2016/17 season appearances at Deutsche Oper Berlin will include Ulrica, Maddalena Rigoletto and Fenena Nabucco. She is currently a member of the ensemble of Zurich Opera and her recent and future roles there include Mary Der Fliegende Holländer, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte, Governess Queen of Spades, Mistress Quickly Falstaff and Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor with conductor Nello Santi.

Judit is a graduate of the University of Oradea and the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music, Romania and has taken part in master classes with Fabio Luisi, Brigitte Fassbaender, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza and Christoph Loy. In her native Romania opera roles have included Dido and Sorceress in Purcell Dido and Aeneas, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte and Bertha in Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia and appearances on the concert platform have included Messiah, Bach Magnificat, Mozart and Verdi Requiems and Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky.

MRM Artists Success in the Press

ELIZABETH WATTS - Mozart Arias - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Christian Baldini - Linn Records
The British lyric soprano Elizabeth Watts has rapidly ascended to the top rank of Mozartians internationally. Her gifts in this repertoire come across strongly here...a timbre atypically dark and rich for Susanna yet completely convincing...Phrasing is as elegant as one could wish...radiantly full-toned...finely executed messa di voce...a flawless Batti, batti...
Roger Pines - Opera - November, 2015

SALLY MATTHEWS - Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri - LSO - Sir Simon Rattle - LSO Live recording
Sally Matthews is just fantastic, really heroic in the Wagnerian sense as well as every other.
Iain Burnside - BBC Radio 3 CD Review - 31 October, 2015

MARK PADMORE - Schubert The Song Cycles - Kristian Bezuidenhout - Lincoln Centre, New York
...the superb British tenor Mark Padmore...a revelation, emotionally harrowing yet vocally beautiful...Mr Padmore can sound ethereal...In a moment, though, he can summon penetrating power...He sings in German so clearly and idiomatically it could be his native language...singing with aching beauty...unbearably tragic.
Anthony Tommasini - New York Times - 18 October, 2015

GAVAN RING - Rossini The Barber of Seville - Opera North
...the lavish talents of Gavan Ring in the title role...the agility of a gymnast and the vocal command of a sergeant-major: his bel canto was both subtle and forthright...
Martin Dreyer - Opera - December, 2015

MIKELDI ATXALANDABASO - Leoncavallo Pagliacci - Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile
…Mikeldi Atxalandabaso lució un bien timbrado canto y gracia actoral con su Beppe-Arlequín.

The role of Beppe/Arlequin was beautifully sung and acted by Mikeldi Atxalandabaso.
Claudia Ramírez Hein - La Tercera - 30 October, 2015

MARCUS FARNSWORTH Schubertiade - Libby Burgess - Southwell Music Festival
Marcus Farnsworth himself sang a group of mostly familiar Schubert pieces, including Der Atlas and Der Zwerg...powerfully characterised by both him and his pianist...
Hugh Canning - Sunday Times - 6 September, 2015

LUKAS JAKOBSKI - Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria - Academy of Ancient Music - Richard Egarr
...Lukas Jakobski had powerful authority as Nettuno especially (yet also as Tempo and one of the suitors Antinoo).
John Allison - Opera - December, 2015

STUART JACKSON - Handel Saul - Glyndebourne On Tour exceptional group of soloists. Stuart Jackson was admirable in his multiple roles as the evening's court jester.
Roger Parker - Opera - December, 2015

KAREN CARGILL - Schoenberg Gurrelieder - Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester - Marek Janowski
Karen Cargill singt daraus das Lied der Waldtaube, eine Stimme aus dem Jenseits, den Tod der Protagonistin verkündend. Mit einem Mezzo, der sich in seiner dunklen Fülle verströmt und dabei doch immer in festen Bahnen bleibt. Die Abgründe lauern in den Andeutungen, in dem, was Cargill nicht singt, von dem man aber spürt:

Karen Cargill sings the Lied der Waltaube, a voice from beyond the grave announcing the death of the protagonist. With her mezzo exuding dark richness but remaining finely focussed, the abyss lurks in the intimation of things not sung by Cargill but which she makes you feel.
Udo Bedelt - Der Tagesspiegel - 18 September, 2015

EDGARAS MONTVIDAS - Félicien David Herculanum - Brussels Philharmonic - Hervé Niquet - Ediciones Singulares recording
Edgaras Montvidas offert à Hélios une voix rayonnante et un français excellent...

Edgaras Montvidas portrays Hélios with a radiant voice and excellent French...
Laurent Bury - Forum Opéra - 4 September, 2015

KATHERINE BRODERICK - Rossini The Barber of Seville - English National Opera
...heartfelt...and her fine soprano added a welcome shine to the ensembles.
Peter Reed - Opera - December, 2015

ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS - Mendelssohn Elijah - Marcus Farnsworth - Southwell Music Festival
The principals...and, most of all, Andrew Foster-Williams's melodramatic Elijah - contributed to one of the most gripping live performances I have heard.
Hugh Canning - Sunday Times - 6 September, 2015

STEPHAN LOGES - Debussy Pélleas et Mélisande - English Touring Opera
Stephan Loges was a menacing, dark-toned, anguished Golaud, making the violence credible, and he was heartbreaking in Act 5.
Peter Reed - Opera - December, 2015

ANTONELLO ALLEMANDI - Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor - Opéra de Rouen
La direction en souplesse et très sûre de l'excellent chef Antonello Allemandi - grand amoureux, du répertoire italien...Avec lui, même en ce soir de première, l'orchestre sonne avec le maximum de justesse.

The smooth and confident direction of the excellent conductor Antonello Allemandi - a great exponent of the Italian repertoire...Under him, even on the first night, the orchestra played with maximum precision.
Brigitte Cormier - Forum Opéra - 9 October, 2015

MRM Artists forthcoming highlights

Emma Bell will return to the Staatsoper Berlin to revive her highly successful portrayal of the Governess in Claus Guth's production of Britten The Turn of the Screw on 20 February.

Katherine Broderick travels to Hong Kong to sing Helmwige Die Walküre with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Jaap Van Zweden on 21 & 23 January - (a role she has already sung with Oper Leipzig, Opera North and in concert with Welsh National Opera as well as the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder in concert and recording) .

Elena Galitskaya in a role debut sings Fiorilla Il Turco in Italia for Opéra de Dijon and conductor Antonello Allemandi - a revival of the successful production by David Alden which premièred at the Festival d'Aix en Provence.

Rosemary Joshua will sing Messiah with Daniel Reuss, first on tour with Orchestra of the 18th Century including Madrid & Rotterdam on 2 & 3 December and then with Orquesta Ciudad de Granada on 18 & 19 December.

Sally Matthews will return to the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks to sing Berg Sieben Frühe Lieder with Robin Ticciati - 18, 19, 20 February.

Annalena Persson will sing her first Emilia Marty The Makropulos Case for her home theatre, The Gothenburg Opera, in a new production by David Radok, conducted by Marko Ivanovic during December and January.

Sabina Puértolas sings Mendelssohn Psalm 42 with Orquestra Sinfonica de RTVE and conductor Adrian Leaper on 10 & 11 December.

Elena Sancho-Pereg returns to Bilbao Opera to sing Lisa in Bellini La Sonnambula staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi during January & February.

Elizabeth Watts will return to Welsh National Opera in February to sing her first Countess Le Nozze di Figaro in a new production by Tobias Richter. Previous roles for them have included Susanna, Pamina and Fiordiligi.

Karen Cargill will sing Bruckner Te Deum with Bernard Haitink and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 27 February - joined by Sally Matthews and Mark Padmore.

Mikeldi Atxalandabaso returns to Teatro Real, Madrid as Monostatos in Barrie Kosky's production of Mozart Die Zauberflöte with Ivor Bolton. Performances from 16 January.

Sunnyboy Dladla has been invited by Cecilia Bartoli to join her in a concert at the Bozar in Brussels on 16 December, singing arias and duets by Mozart, Rossini & Donizetti.

Stuart Jackson makes his debut at the Philharmonie Berlin on 1 January, singing Purcell The Fairy Queen with RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Rinaldo Alessandrini, joined by Ruby Hughes, Lawrence Zazzo and Roderick Williams.

Edgaras Montvidas sings the title role in Benjamin Godard Dante with Ulf Schirmer and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich (31 January) & Versailles (2 February).

Jeremy Ovenden will sing his first Idomeneo at Theater an der Wien with René Jacobs on 22 January.

Mark Padmore will give a European recital tour in January with Paul Lewis performing songs by Schumann, Schubert, Brahms & Wolf including Luxembourg (13th), Wigmore Hall, London (22nd) and Vienna Konzerthaus (27th).

Andrew Tortise will sing Lurcanio in Richard Jones' production of Handel Ariodante for Dutch National Opera and Andrea Marcon during January and February.

Thomas Walker returns to La Monnaie, Brussels to sing Sospiro in Patrick Kinmouth's new production of Gassman L'opera seria with René Jacobs - performances during February.

Marcus Farnsworth sings Joseph in Berlioz L'enfance du Christ (joined by Thomas Walker) for the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon and Paul McCreesh on 10 & 11 December.

Gavan Ring will return to Opera North after his success earlier this season as Figaro The Barber of Seville to sing Guglielmo Così fan tutte - performances, conducted by Jac van Steen, from 10 February.

Andrew Foster-Williams will return to the role of Balstrode in Britten Peter Grimes in a new production by Christoph Loy at Theater an der Wien. Performances from 12 December.

Stephan Loges in December will sing Messiah for Berliner Singakademie and conductor Achim Zimmermann at the Philharmonie Berlin Kammermusiksaal (21st) and in Santander with Academie Musica Antigua De Cantabria and Aaron Zapico (23rd).

Lukas Jakobski will also be in Vienna during December for Peter Grimes, singing Hobson at Theater an der Wien.

Simon Lepper will appear with Mark Padmore at Opera North's Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds on 3 December in a programme including Schumann Liederkreis, Op 24 and songs by Schubert, Brahms & Wolf and on 17 December at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham performing Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin.

Antonello Allemandi makes his house debut at Opernhaus Zürich conducting Tatjana Gürbaca's production of Rigoletto during January and February.