September 2008 - newsletter 6

MRM Artists jump in

Pär Lindskog sang his first Gurre-Lieder replacing Jon Villars at the Aspen Music Festival in a performance conducted by David Zinman on 17 August

Edgaras Montvidas had an unexpected opportunity to sing a role he already knew well - Lensky -  this summer when he jumped in at Glyndebourne Festival on 5 July

MRM Artists success in the press

Sally Matthews/Rake's Progress/Covent Garden
The musical standout was Sally Matthews: every time Anne appeared, the audience stirred slightly, relishing the pure sound of her soprano and the skill with which she used it . The first act with thrilling, crowned with perfect sustained C, the lullaby lovely.
Russ Macdonald, Opera, Septmeber 2008

The oustanding portrayal came from Sally Matthews as Anne Truelove, who sang beautifully and imprinted her personality on every phrase
Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 8 July 2008

Anne is the wonderful Sally Matthews, whose rapturous sadness is the highlight of the evening. The voice soars so freely and true. The moment in her great Act I aria when,  with solo horn, she prays, Fidelio-like, for Tom's deliverance is as haunting as the cabaletta - "I go to him" - is brilliant. Sensational top C.
Edward Seckerson, The Idependent, 8 July 2008

Fflur Wyn/Pamina/Opera Holland Park
Fflur Wyn is an exquisite Pamina
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, June 2008

Fflur Wyn made a charming, diminutive Pamina
Richard Morrison, The Times, 30 June 2008

..she sings with appealing clarity
Nick Kimberley, The Evening Standard, 30 June 2008

MRM Artists forthcoming highlights

Ingela Bohlin sings La Bellezza in Handel's Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno on 5, 8, 10. 13 and 15 November

Katherine Broderick makes her debut with Glyndebourne on Tour singing Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte on October 14 with further performances until 6 December. She will also sing Berlioz  Les nuits d’été at Cadogan Hall, London on 16 September and in a Schubert recital in Perth Concert Hall on 11 October with Simon Lepper,  Anna Stephany and Stephan Loges

Karen Cargill will sing Brahms Songs Op 91 at LSO St Luke's, London on 20 November

Andrew Foster-Williams make his Covent Garden debut on 16 September in Puccini's Fanciulla del West followed by his role debut as Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande at Sadlers Wells, London on 18 November, with further performances on  20 and 22 November

Lukas Jakobski makes his Glyndebourne on Tour debut  as 2nd Armed Man/1st Priest Die Zauberflöte on October 14 and will sing  Zuniga Carmen between 17 October and 5 December

Stephan Loges makes his debut with L'Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg on 19 September in Frühlings Erwachen by Benoît Mernier with further performances in Strasbourg on 21 and 23 September and in Mulhouse on 3 October and sings Brahms Requiem with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Rolf Gupta on 2 November

Sally Matthews returns to Covent Garden to sing the title role in Cavalli's La Calisto on 23, 25, 27 September, 1, 3 and 10 October in the successful David Alden production from Munich where Sally originally created the role

Edgaras Montvidas sings Tebaldo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Opera North on 21, 24, 30 October, 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19 and 22 November

Mark Padmore will sing Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Swedish Raido Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, Lisa Milne and Thomas Quasthoff on 26 and 28 September, makes his recital debut in Japan at Toppan Hall, Tokyo on 9 October singing Winterreise with Imogen Cooper and, later in October, tours the UK with the Britten Sinfonia (without conductor) in a programme which includes Britten's Nocturne

Annalena Persson will sing Senta Der Fliegende Holländer with the Bergen Philharmonic and Andrew Litton on 1,  3, 5 and 7 November

Viktor Rud sings Mr Astley Der Spieler on 5, 9, 11 and 19 September and Zaretsky Eugene Onegin on 27 September, 1, 4, 12, 17, 19, 22 and 25 October both conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper, Berlin

Andrew Tortise sings in Charpentier's Armide at the Théâtre des Champs-Èlysées in Paris in a new Robert Carsen production conducted by  William Christie on 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 October and sings Telemann's Brockes Passion at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam as part of the VARA Matinee Series on  25 October

Fflur Wyn
gives a recital with Iain Burnside in the opening week of London's newest venue,  King's Place, on 1 October

Thomas Walker  makes his role debut singing the title role in Pelléas et Mélisande for Opera Theatre Company in Dublin on 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 October and in Belfast on 24 and 26 October