June 2016 - newsletter 37
Having sung many Valkyries, Norns and Rhinemaidens over the past decade in preparation for this moment, 33 year old Katherine Broderick has made her role debut as Brünnhilde for Opera North in Leeds. She will repeat the role in Odense in September, followed by her first Elsa Lohengrin in Montpellier.
In October she will join the ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe where, in her first two seasons, she will sing just four roles: Sieglinde Die Walküre, Adriana Adriana Lecouvreur, Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito and Amelia Simon Boccanegra.
MRM Artists Jump In
Jeremy Ovenden jumped in for a performance of Haydn Die Jahreszeiten in Munich with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester and Sir Simon Rattle.
Marcus Farnsworth jumped in at Wigmore Hall, replacing an indisposed Lucy Crowe, in a BBC lunchtime recital with Joseph Middleton, piano. Repertoire included works by Purcell, Ireland and Finzi.
MRM Artists Success in the Press
EMMA BELL - Wagner Tannhaüser - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Hartmut Haenchen
That woman, Elisabeth, is played by Emma Bell and the British soprano rockets herself into the Wagnerian premier league with this performance. Her timbre has always been unique - imagine Kathleen Ferrier up an octave - but now Bell shows so much more: perfect intonation, tenderness, subtle variation, compelling acting.
Richard Morrison - The Times - 28 April 2016
ELIZABETH WATTS - Mozart The Marriage of Figaro & Langer Figaro Gets a Divorce - Welsh National Opera
Elizabeth Watts, once herself a delightful Susanna for WNO and now graduated to the Countess, displayed her maturing tone and insight into a wife's anguish at living with a pathological lecher.
Rian Evans - The Guardian - 19 February 2016
STUART JACKSON - David Bruce Nothing - Glyndebourne Youth Opera
Stuart Jackson sang Pierre with haunting, wistful coolness. The melismatic writing hinted at another outsider, Britten's Peter Grimes, a role for which this tenor is surely destined.
Fiona Maddocks - The Observer - 28 February 2016
JEREMY OVENDEN - Steffani Amor vien dal destino - Berlin Staatsoper, Rene Jacobs
As the self-obsessed Enea, Jeremy Ovenden delivers beautiful, lyrical tenor lines.
Shirley Apthorp - Financial Times - 28 April 2016
ANDREW TORTISE - Mussorgsky Boris Godunov Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Andrew Tortise's Holy Fool lights up the stage with his sweetly-sung derangements.
Michael Church - The Independent - 15 March 2016
STEPHAN LOGES - Bach St Matthew Passion - English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Barbican Hall, London
Loges made a charismatic, at times tellingly assertive Christus.
Tim Ashley - The Guardian - 27 March 2016
JUDIT KUTASI - Wagner Siegfried - Teatro Regio di Parma
Judit Kutasi made a forceful Erda in a sharply defined account of the duet with Wotan.
Sara Pantera - Opera - June 2016
MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Katherine Broderick will return to the London Symphony Orchestra in June to sing the role of Mother in Peter Maxwell Davies' new opera The Hogboon conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. She will be joined by Claudia Huckle singing Good Witch. A highlight of Katherine's many past appearances with the orchestra was a concert and recording of Miss Jessel in Britten's Turn of the Screw with the late Sir Colin Davis.
Rosemary Joshua this summer continues to tour with RIAS Kammerchor and Ottavio Dantone singing Nitocris in Handel Belshazzar with performances in Berlin, Cologne, Halle, Salzburg and Bruges.
Sally Matthews makes her Salzburg Festival debut in the world première of Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel, conducted by the composer in a production by Tom Cairns.
Elena Sancho-Pereg makes her debut at the St Margarethen Opera Festival as Adina in a new production of L'elisir d'amore.
Sabina Puértolas will sing Despina Cosí fan tutte in a concert performance with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Semyon Bychkov.
Maite Beaumont returns to Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse as Siébel Faust conducted by Claus Peter Flor and staged by Nicolas Joël.
Karen Cargill is delighted to be working once again with Maestro James Levine in Mahler Symphony No 2, this time at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, having worked with him in the past at both the Metropolitan Opera and with Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Claudia Huckle will make her Glyndebourne Festival debut in August, singing Hippolyta in Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream in a revival of Peter Hall's production.
Mikeldi Atxalandabaso will sing Barbarigo I Due Foscari in a cast including Placido Domingo at Teatro Real Madrid, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.
Sunnyboy Dladla is back in Stuttgart for their final performances of the season of Barber of Seville in July.
Stuart Jackson returns to the role of Don Ottavio Don Giovanni in June. He first sang the role in Stuttgart in 2013 as a member of their opera studio. This time he will sing in a concert performance in London with the Classical Opera Company and Ian Page.
Edgaras Montvidas is also singing Don Ottavio in his debut at Santa Fe Opera, conducted by John Nelson, in a production by Ron Daniels.
Jeremy Ovenden returns to the role of Idomeneo in August in his debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, conducted by René Jacobs.
Mark Padmore will sing Birtwistle's double bill The Corridor and The Cure at the Holland Festival in June. Both pieces were written for Mark and were commissioned by, and already performed at, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Aldeburgh Festival.
Thomas Walker makes his debut at the Ruhr Triennale in Bochum singing Admeto in Gluck Alceste with René Jacobs in a new production by Johan Simons.
Marcus Farnsworth will make his Edinburgh Festival debut singing Peter in Elgar The Apostles conducted by Edward Gardner, where he will be joined by Karen Cargill as Mary Magdalene.
Stephan Loges is on tour with Sir John Eliot Gardiner this summer, singing Christus St Matthew Passion in Braunschweig, Leipzig and Aldeburgh in June (where he will be joined by Andrew Tortise singing the tenor arias) and in August in San Sebastian, Santander and at the Edinburgh Festival.
Lukas Jakobski returns to the role of Pistola Falstaff, this time with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.
Simon Lepper joins Mark Padmore at Frankfurt Oper in June for a recital of works by Schumann, Brahms, Schubert and Wolf.