Maxine Robertson Manaement

March 2008 - newsletter 4

MRM Artists success in the press
Roland Böer/Die Zauberflöte/Covent Garden 
The evening sparked into life with a vibrant account of the overture under German conductor Roland Boer. String playing was lithe and sinewy, with punchy woodwind and a notably fruity, well characterised bassoon line
Fiona Maddocks, The Evening Standard, 29.01.08
...all charged up by Roland Boer's energising conducting, which was swift to the chase, red-blooded, and very much in the theatrical moment
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 30.01.08
Katherine Broderick/National Opera Studio Showcase/Scottish Opera Orchestra
"The standard on the National Opera Studios course is high, but there are always a couple of performances that stand out from the rest: here it was the soprano Katherine Broderick, winner of last year's Kathleen Ferrier award. Aside from the quality of her voice, what stands out about Broderick is her easy ability to inhabit the characters and make them believable. Having first appeared as a suitably mournful Donna Anna swearing vengeance on her father's murderer in the act one excerpt from Don Giovanni, she later returned as a delightfully girlish Fiordiligi; a young woman distraught at the prospect of her lover going off to war, but also, one sensed, enjoying playing up her moment of melodrama."
Rowena Smith, The Herald, 11.02.08
Andrew Foster-William/Haydn Nelson Mass/Cleveland Orchestra
“The orchestra and Welser-Most did their utmost to maintain Classical decorum, as is this ensemble’s wont. They were joined by a fine quartet of soloists...most imposing of all bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams.”
Donald Rosenberg
MRM Artist jumps in
Stephan Loges jumped in on 18 January for a sick Matthias Goerne to sing some of Schubert's Orchestrated Lieder with the Orquestra Nacional do Porto conducted by their newly appointed Principle Conductor Christoph Koenig
MRM Artists Forthcoming Highlights
Roland Böer returns to the Royal Opera, Stockholm for the third time to conduct Der Rosenkavalier on 19, 23, 26, 30 April and 5, 10, 12, 14, 23, 28 May
Ingela Bohlin will make her staged debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid singing Asteria Tamerlano alongside Placido Domingo's first Bajazet, conducted by Paul McCreesh with performances on 26, 29 March, and 1, 4, 8 and 11 April 
Katherine Broderick continues her relationship with Aldeburgh Music singing in Haydn The Seasons at their Easter Festival on 22 March conducted by Harry Bicket
Karen Cargill works for the second time with Donald Runnicles on 24 April, this time with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, singing Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the tenor Johan Botha
Andrew Foster-Williams will make his debut with Washington Opera singing Leone Tamerlano, also with Placido Domingo, on 30th April, with further performances on May 2, 4, 12, 20, 22
Lukas Jakobski will sing Polifemo in Handel's Aci, Galatea & Polifemo with Lawrence Cummings at the London Handel Festival at Middle Temple Hall on 31 March
Pär Lindskog sings his final two performances as Siegfried Götterdämmerung in the Ring Cycle at the Royal Opera, Stockholm on 3 and 8 March, before going to Gera to sing his first Lohengrin on 25 April, with further performances on 2 and 11 May
Stephan Loges will sing Saariaho's Tempest Songbook at the Cologne Philharmonie on 2 April with the Scharoun Ensemble and will work with Daniel Harding for the first time, singing the arias in Bach's St Matthew Passion, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 20 and 21 March
Sally Matthews will give a recital of repertoire by Dvorak, Barber, Britten and Strauss at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on 4 March. On 23 April she will sing Britten's Les Illuminations with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and in May she will add Berg's Seven Early Songs to her repertoire in a concert in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Gianandra Noseda
Edgaras Montvidas will make his Berlin debut singing Belmonte in Calixto Bieto's production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Komische Oper, Berlin on 28 April, with further performances on May 9, 13 and 23
Mark Padmore sings in two Bach projects at the Concertgebouw Hall. Amsterdam in March: on 14 and 16 March he sings Evangelist St Matthew Passion with Ivan Fisher and the Concertgebouw Orchestra; on 20 March he sings Evangelist St John Passion with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra. Later in the month he will sing Britten's Spring Symphony with Daniel Harding and the LSO on 30 March and in May will sing the three Schubert Song Cycles in sold-out concerts at the Wigmore Hall.
Annalena Persson sings her first Tatyana Eugene Onegin in Gothenburg on 29 March, with further performances on April 1, 4, 6, 9, 18, 20, 24, 27, 30 and May 3 and 10
Andrew Tortise will sing a programme of Handel Arias and Britten's Serenade with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr in Bruges on 25 April, before returning to rehearsals at Glyndebourne where he is singing Lucano in a new Robert Carsen production of Poppea conducted by Emmanuel Haïm with performances on 18, 22, 25 and 29 May
Thomas Walker will sing Tippet's A Child of our Time with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis at the Royal Albert Hall on 6 April
Fflur Wyn will sing the soprano arias in Bach's St John Passion with the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North conducted by David Hill in Harrogate on 19 March and in Dewsbury on 20 March