Maxine Robertson Management

June 2008 - newsletter 5

MRM New Signings

Viktor Rud

We are pleased to announce the signing of the Ukrainian baritone Viktor Rud for General Management. Currently a member of the Berlin Staatsoper Studio, this summer he will also join the new Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival.

He recently made his debut for Leipzig Opera as Schaunard La Boheme and in June will make his debut at La Scala, Milan as Mr Astley in Prokofiev's The Gambler conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Next season he will sing Silvano Un Ballo in Maschera, Morales Carmen and Zaretsky Eugene Onegin in Berlin.

MRM Artists success in the press

Edgaras Montvidas/Die Entführung/Netherlands Opera

The Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas (Belmonte) displayed an exceptional affinity for this music, with splendid breath control and stylish phrasing. Montvidas is young and handsome and his voice projects well; he should enjoy a splendid career in this repertoire.

Michael Davidson, Opera,May 2008

Mark Padmore/Schubert Song Cycles/The Wigmore Hall
It was breathtaking. Schubert couldn’t be better served
Fiona Maddocks, Evening Standard, May 2008

In the challenges of Schubert's most piercing dissonances and his most existential tussles, these two certainly gave us everything we could ask for
Niel Fisher, The Times, May 2008

it was astonishingly beautiful. Few singers can convey a feeling of pure-hearted idealistic longing so intensely as Padmore
Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph, May 2008

Lukas Jakobski/Aci, Galatea E Polifemo/London Handel Festival, Lawrence Cummings
with the Polish bass Lukas Jakobski massive voiced and charismatic as the giant
Fiona Maddocks, London Evening Standard, March 2008

Sally Matthews/Les Illuminations/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski
With her clear French, she gave Rimbaud’s poems a potent mix of seductive beauty and hint of menace
Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, April 2008

Another discovery was the way in which Sally Matthews soprano has blossomed into a mature, sumptuous instrument. In Britten's Les Illuminations she brought a glorious, liquid tone that washed over the orchestral sound to lap at the back walls of the auditorium
Eric Jeal, The Guardian, April 2008

Sally Matthews/Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland recording/Bayerische Staatsoper Munich
Sally Matthews is outstanding as the innocent, inquisitive Alice, centre stage and masked throughout
Rick Jones, The Times, April 2008

Karen Cargill/Das Lied von der Erde/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Donald Runnicles
the high point was Von der Schönheit, in which the trilling delicacy of the orchestration was matched by the unaffected charm of Karen Cargill's singing.
Rowena Smith, The Guardian, April 2008

A performance that harnessed all the emotional heat of Mahler's Bethge settings, it owed much to Cargill's succulent tone and effortless musicality
Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, April 2008

but above all - and heartbreakingly in the final song - for the sheer ache of mezzo Karen Cargill's long farewell, delivered with a tenderness that was shattering, and accompanied with infinite sensitivity and flexibility by Runnicles
Michael Tumelty, The Herald, April 2008

Andrew Foster-Williams/Tamerlano/Washington National Opera
Andrew Foster-Williams, a young English bass-baritone, made his American stage debut in the usually forgettable role of Leone and powered out his arias with show-stealing force
Anne Midgette, The Washington Post, April 2008

Andrew Foster-Williams applied a strikingly solid bass-baritone to Leone's single aria
Allan Kozinn, New York Times

In his solo scene, Andrew Foster-Williams, as Leone, nearly stole the performance with his healthy bass-baritone and impressively secure coloratura
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Andrew Foster-Williams was a delightful surprise, nearly stealing the show with his brilliant Act II aria
T L Ponick, The Washington Times

MRM Artist jumps in

Stephan Loges made an unexpected, but welcome, return to the UK opera stage to sing Mercutio in John Fulljames' new production for Opera North of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette which opened on 17 May in Leeds (...Stephan Loges in fine form wrote Hilary Finch in The Times....; Mercutio's Queen Mab ballade was evocatively sung by Stephan Loges, Lynne Walker in the Independent) with further performances in the UK until 20 June. He will also sing Demetrius in the new Martin Duncan production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Manchester on 12 June, and Woking on 19 and 21 June.

MRM Artists Forthcoming Highlights

Ingela Bohlin will sing Mozart's C Minor Mass at the Salzburg Festival on 21 August, with the Mozarteum Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Katherine Broderick will make her debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Beethoven's Mass in C at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney on 21 June (joined by Edgaras Montvidas and Andrew Foster-Williams); will sing Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Winchester Cathedral on 4th July and will return to the Proms on 11 August to sing the Young Lover in Puccini's Il Tabarro (again joined by Edgaras Montvidas as the other Young Lover)

Karen Cargill's festival appearances include returning to the Proms on 3 August to sing Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and to the Edinburgh Festival to sing in Honneger's Le Roi David with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Stephan Deneve on 11 Aug

Andrew Foster-Williams returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival in London to sing Mozart's Requiem conducted by Carlo Rizz

Lukas Jakobski makes his debut at Drottningholm Slottsteater singing Antinoo, Nettuno and Tempo in Monteverdi's Ulisses opening on 26 July, with further performances on 30 July, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 August

Pär Lindskog will make his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid singing Albert Gregor in The Markopoulos Case on 17 June with further performances on 22 and 29 June

Stephan Loges returns to the Edinburgh Festival to sing Bill in Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny conducted by HK Gruber on 8 August

Sally Matthews returns to Covent Garden to sing her first Anne Truelove The Rake's Progress on 7, 9, 11, 14 and 18 July. Her Summer Festival appearances include both Queens in Handel's Solomon at Bregenz Festival on 17 August and Mozart's C Minor Mass on 23 August at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York

Mark Padmore sings a wide range of repertoire this summer with Finzi's Dies Natalis and Alec Roth's The Traveller at Salisbury Festival on 31 May, Chelsea Festival on 18 June and Lichfield Festival on 8 July; Schubert's Winterreise with Paul Lewis at the Lichfield Festival on 7 July, Theatre de Roanne in the Loire on 10 July, Buxton Festival on 14 July and Cheltenham Festival on 19 July; makes his debut at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg with Till Fellner and Schöne Müllerin on 16 June; sings Britten's War Requiem in Copenhagen with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra on 26 July, and ends his summer activities singing the Evangelist in Bach's St John Passion at the Proms on 24 August with Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Fflur Wyn will sing her first Pamina for Opera Holland Park on 28 June in a new production by Simon Callow, conducted by Jane Glover, with further performances on June 30 and July 2, 4, 6 8, 10, 12

Thomas Walker makes his debut with the Spanish baroque orchestra Al Ayre Espagnol in Vigo on 10 June, singing Giuliano in Handel's Rodrigo; sings Don Ramiro Cinderella for Scottish Opera at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 31 July and 1, 2 August; and will return to the Proms on 17 August to sing Beethoven Mass in C with the City of London Sinfonia, and Richard Hickox