March 2016 - newsletter 36
MRM Artists Jump In
Sunnyboy Dladla made his debut at the Komische Oper, Berlin, jumping in to sing at their New Year Rossini Gala on 1 January, followed two days later by his unexpected appearance in the role of Il Conte di Libenskof in Zurich Opera's production of Rossini's Viaggio a Reims.
Already due to conduct Il Trovatore at Bayerische Staatsoper in March Antonello Allemandi was asked, at very short notice, to step in and conduct Norma with a cast including Aleksandrs Antonenko, Dean Power, Goran Juric, Carmen Giannattasio, Angela Brower and Golda Schultz .
MRM New Signing
We are delighted to announce the signing of mezzo-soprano Maite Beaumont for general management.
Following two seasons in the Young Artist Programme of Hamburg State Opera, Maite was a member their Ensemble between 2003 and 2006. She has since performed in many other of the world's major opera houses and concert venues including Opéra National de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper, Staatsoper unter den Linden, La Scala Milan, Lyric Opera Chicago and at the Salzburg Festival.
Recent opera highlights include Ruggiero Alcina at La Monnaie and De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Dorabella at Liceu Barcelona, La Cenerentola at Semperoper Dresden, Sesto in Giulio Cesare at Teatro Regio di Torino, Meg Page in Falstaff in Amsterdam, Donna Elvira in Toulouse and with Harnoncourt in concert in Vienna. Future plans include Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro and Siébel in Gounod Faust in Toulouse, Ruggiero Alcina on tour with Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques and Sesto La Clemenza di Tito at Teatro Real, Madrid.
Her concert repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the Contemporary, working with conductors including Ivor Bolton, Christoph Eschenbach, Emmanuelle Haïm, Sir Roger Norrington, Christophe Rousset and Nikolaus Harnoncourt and her recording highlights include Handel and Vivaldi operas for Deutsche Grammophon.
MRM Artists Success in the Press
KATHERINE BRODERICK - Mussorgsky Songs and Romances - Stone Records
Broderick's soprano has Wagnerian power but she controls it well to produce gorgeous pianos ... Broderick's is a supremely accomplished account.
Mark Pullinger - Gramophone - January 2016
ELENA GALITSKAYA - Rossini Il Turco in Italia - Dijon Opera
On attendait la prise de rôle d'Elena Galitskaya en Fiorella. Cest la révélation. Elle campe cette jeune femme libérée avec beaucoup de finesse, de charme et d'autorité. Dès sa première intervention Non si dà follia maggiore, il est clair qu'elle a toute la panoplie d'une rossinienne, dont elle se sert à merveille. Une voix d'exception, superbement agile, pleine et égale dans tous les registres, fraîche, légère à souhait lorsqu'il le faut, inventive dans son ornementation.
Elena Galitskaya in the role of Fiorella is a revelation. She is this young, free woman with great finesse, charm and authority. From her first Non si dà follia maggiore it is clear that she has a whole panoply of Rossini which she uses perfectly. An exceptional voice, superbly agile, full and smooth across the registers, fresh, light at will where necessary, inventive in the ornamentation.
Yvan Beuvard - Forumopera - January 2016
ELIZABETH WATTS - Le Nozze di Figaro and Figaro Gets a Divorce - Welsh National Opera
Elizabeth Watts excelled as the Countess in both operas, exuding despair and determination.
Steph Power - The Independent - February 2016
ANNALENA PERSSON - Janacek The Makropulous Case - Gothenburg Opera
Radok has a commanding ally in Persson. Her height, striking looks, uncanny stage presence and unerring clarity of character conspired with his vision to deliver a commanding portrayal. Her voice is sizeable but never loses its louche, velvety tone, even when Janacek is at his most angular.
Andrew Mellor - Opera News - November 2015
STUART JACKSON - Handel Messiah - BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Cardiff
Equilbey also was fortunate in her stellar line-up of soloists, soprano Mary Bevan, countertenor Iestyn Davies, tenor Stuart Jackson and bass Brindley Sherratt.
Rian Evans - The Guardian - 9 December 2015
JEREMY OVENDEN - Haydn Creation - Handel and Haydn Society of Boston - Christophers - Live recording
Jeremy Ovenden's tenor offers bold attack and vitality in the tone itself; he shapes Haydn's lines with imagination and grace.
George Hall - BBC Music Magazine - February 2016
EDGARAS MONTVIDAS - Benjamin Godard Dante - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Munich and Versailles
Die Melodien kommen dem exquisiten Sängerensemble zugute, allen voran Edgaras Montvidas, der die lange, kraftintensive und - typisch französisch - sehr hoch liegende Titelpartie mit schönem Timbre und prächtigem Stimmkern bewältigt.
The melodies benefit the exquisite ensemble of singers, above all Edgaras Montvidas who conquered the long, intense and typically French very high-lying title role with a beautiful timbre and a magnificent vocal core.
Michale Stallknecht - Süddeutsche Zeitung - 2 February 2016
MARK PADMORE - Schumann, Brahms, Schubert and Wolf - Paul Lewis - Wigmore Hall
It's hard to think of a singer more seriously dedicated to his art than the tenor Mark Padmore. The almost boyish purity of Padmore's voice, with its peculiarly sweet and true upper register, was given rein in Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen and Berg und Burgen, while Schöne Wiege showed off the seamless ease of his legato.
Rupert Christiansen - The Telegraph - January 2016
MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Beethoven Missa Solemnis - RTE National Symphony Orchestra - Dublin
... English baritone, Marcus Farnsworth, repeatedly impressed
Dick O'Riordan - Sunday Business Post Magazine - December 2015
SIMON LEPPER - Wolf, Schumann and Schubert - Recital with Benjamin Appl, Neuss, Germany
Simon Lepper, sein bewundernswert einfühlsamer und in jeder Phase brillanter Mitgestalter am Flügel ...
Simon Lepper was throughout his [Appl's] admirably sensitive and brilliant co-interpreter on the piano ...
Heide Oehmen - Neuß-Grevenbroicher Zeitung - 1 February 2016
ANTONELLO ALLEMANDI - Rossini Il Turco in Italia - Dijon Opera
En grand chef lyrique, Antonello Allemandi, avec des tempi toujours justes, impose un rythme inconnu jusqu'alors à l'orchestre et au plateau: il en résulte une jubilation permanente.
The great lyric conductor, Antonello Allemandi, always with the right tempi, imposes a hitherto unknown pace on the orchestra and on the stage, resulting in permanent jubilation.
Yvan Beuvard - Forumopera - January 2016
MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Emma Bell will perform her first Elisabeth in Tannhäuser in a return to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Recent roles at Covent Garden have included Eva Meistersinger and Mme Lidoine in Les Dialogues des Carmélites.
Katherine Broderick will sing her first Brünnhilde Siegfried in Leeds for Opera North on 14 and 27 April.
Elena Galitskaya will make her debut at the Theater an der Wien as the Italian Singer in their new production of Capriccio.
Rosemary Joshua will sing Nitocris in Handel's Belshazzar with the Accademia Bizantina in Oslo and Krakow in March.
Sally Matthews continues her relationship with the Dutch National Opera singing Donna Anna in Claus Guth's production of Don Giovanni in May, conducted by Marc Albrecht, where she will be joined by Sabina Puértolas singing Zerlina.
Annalena Persson sings her first Lady Macbeth (Verdi) for Gothenburg opera in David Radok's production in April and May.
Sabina Puértolas will make her debut at Opéra de Lyon in March as Princesse Eudoxie in La Juive, in a new production by Olivier Py and conducted by Daniele Rustioni.
Elena Sancho-Pereg will sing the Queen of Shemakha in Dmitry Bertman's new production of Le Coq dOr at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in April and May.
Elizabeth Watts will tour the UK in March and April with Welsh National Opera's Figaro Gets Divorced by Elena Langer and Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, singing her first Countess.
Karen Cargill will sing Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu in March.
Judit Kutasi will sing Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte at Opernhaus Zürich in April, conducted by music director Fabio Luisi in Tatjana Gürbaca's production.
Claudia Huckle will sing her first Erda in Rheingold on 24 May and Siegfried on 27 May for Opera North conducted by Richard Farnes.
Mikeldi Atxalandabaso returns to Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse in April as Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Sunnyboy Dladla will sing Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle in Portugal, conducted by Alberto Zedda on 2 May.
Stuart Jackson will tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in March, singing the Arias in performances of the St John Passion in Frankfurt and Paris, and will then sing the Evangelist in the London performance.
Edgaras Montvidas will be in Moscow on 2 April to sing the title role in Donizetti's Roberto Devereux with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra opposite Mariella Devia.
Jeremy Ovenden will return to the Staatsoper Berlin in April and May to sing Enea in a new production of Amor vien dal destino by Agostino Steffani, conducted by Rene Jacobs .
Mark Padmore will tour with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra singing Evangelist in St Matthew Passion in Valencia, Pamplona, Barcelona, Lucerne, Amsterdam, Paris and London.
Andrew Tortise will sing the Idiot in Boris Godunov for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in a new production by Richard Jones, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano during March and April.
Thomas Walker will join Rosemary Joshua on tour with Accademia Bizantina singing the title role in Handels Belshazzar.
Marcus Farnsworth will make his debut for Welsh National Opera in the world premiere of In Parenthesis by Iain Bell in May, directed by David Pountney.
Gavan Ring will appear at the Wigmore Hall on 21 April with, among others, Ailish Tynan, Ann Murray and Robin Tritschler, in a programme to include Schubert's Erlkönig.
Andrew Foster-Williams will appear in Opera Norths Ring Cycle singing Donner Rheingold and Gunther Götterdämmerung in May.
Stephan Loges will join Mark Padmore on the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra tour of St Matthew Passion, singing Christus.
Lukas Jakobski will join Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a gala concert commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, to sing Pistola Falstaff at the Royal Festival Hall on 23 April.
Simon Lepper is featured in the Complete Works of Bela Bartok on the Decca label, with Maria Celeng and Gyula Nagy, for release in March.
Antonello Allemandi returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper in March to conduct Il Trovatore staged by Olivier Py. Cast includes George Petean, Julianna Di Giacomo, Nadia Krasteva and Yonghoon Lee.