Summer 2022 News

1 July 2022


We are delighted to announce the signing of three new artists for worldwide representation:

Conductor David Bates recently made his debut at the Komische Oper Berlin, conducting a new production by Damiano Michieletto of Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice.

[Bates] can also draw out real beauty from Gluck’s score even with a stylistic ‘all-rounder’ group like the Orchestra of the Komische Oper, which produces velvety sonorities, and heady gracefulness.
Fredrik Hanssen, Der Taggesspiegel, January 2022

In the 22-23 season David will make debuts with Opéra de Rouen Normandie conducting Handel Serse and with Munich Symphony Orchestra in a Mozart/Beethoven programme. He also looks forward to returning to Staatsoper Hannover to conduct Handel Alcina and a new production of Monteverdi Orfeo and to the Komische Oper, Berlin for a new production of Handel’s Saul.

With his own group La Nuova Musica he has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Bath Mozartfest, London Festival of Baroque Music, Brighton Festival and at the BBC Proms in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart. With his group he has also made award winning recordings for Pentatone and Harmonia Mundi.

Mexican baritone Germán Olvera caused a stir with his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival this summer where he sang the Count in Le nozze di Figaro. Neil Fisher, writing in The Times, remarked that:

‘German Olvera has the dance moves of the alpha male and vocal prowess to match it. Sit back and watch the fireworks.’

German was until recently a member of the Ensemble at Staatsoper Hannover where his roles included Count Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni title role, Escamillo Carmen, Belcore L’elisir d’amore and Marcello La bohème.
Highlights of the 22-23 Season include returning to the Teatro Real, Madrid to sing Ping Turandot, a role he will also sing in his debut at Dutch National Opera in a new Barrie Kosky production.  He will return to Dutch National Opera to sing Boxer in the world première of Animal Farm by Alexander Raskatov and this season also sees him perform and record Belfiore in Verdi’s Un giorno di Regno at the Chopin Festival in Warsaw with Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi.

Awarded a special prize by Marc Minkowski in his Concours Bordeaux Médoc Lyrique in 2018, Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards went on the following year to join the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as a Jette Parker Young Artist.

Her roles on the main stage at Covent Garden have included Flora La Traviata and Käthchen Werther and she recently made her debut with Garsington Festival Opera singing Third Nymph Rusalka. Future opera plans include Weill Seven Deadly Sins at the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Third Nymph Rusalka in her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, return invitations to both Garsington and Glyndebourne Festivals and her debut with English National Opera.

With a wide concert repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the Contemporary, Stephanie recently performed Mahler Symphony Number 3 with Semyon Bychkov at the Royal Festival Hall, London – Stephanie Wake Edwards sang this quiet, slow yet portentous song beautifully (Bachtrack) – and made her debut at the Grafenegg Festival, Austria singing Vivaldi Stabat Mater with Fabio Biondi.

Next season she will perform Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director Gustavo Gimeno and appear in recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Oxford Lieder Festival.

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