Robert Howarth, conductorConductor Robert Howarth returns to the Dartington Summer School and Festival leading a programme of Great Baroque Sonatas by Telemann, Handel, Purcell and Bach on August 8 and on August 9 he is Music Director for The Great Passion James Runcie’s drama about the creation of the St Matthew Passion. 

Kate Howder - Mezzo soprano c.Robert WorkmanMezzo Kate Howden will create the role of Marcolfo in The cloak and dagger affair by Edward Lambert at the Tête-à-tête Festival, London on August 8. Based on the play Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín by Federico Garcia Lorca, Thomas Payne conducts the production by Jared Gavin.

He WU soprano 1 c Penn KangSoprano He Wu sings Cio Cio San Madame Butterfly at Iford Opera on July 21, 24, 26, 28, 31 August 2 & 4. Thomas Blunt conducts Bruno Ravella’s production.

crystal-slipper-on-blue-pillow-260nw-48084961Mezzo Kate Howden sings the title role of Isouard Cendrillon alongside tenor Bradley Smith as The Prince and baritone Nicholas Merryweather as Alidor for Bampton Classical Opera. There are performances on July 20 & 21 – Bampton, Oxfordshire; August 27 – Westonbirt, Gloucestershire & September 18 – St John’s Smith Square, London with Harry Sever conducting Jeremy Gray’s production.

la-boheme posterDirector Harry Fehr stages La Bohème for Clonter Opera Theatre, Cheshire on July 20, 22(m), 24, 26 & 28 with a cast that includes Bechara Moufarrej singing Rodolfo and Alexey Gusev as Marcello. Clive Timms conducts.

LAURA ZIGMANTAITE pic croppedMezzo-soprano Laura Zigmantaitė returns to Opera Holland Park, London singing Dryad Ariadne auf Naxos on July 17, 19, 21, 25 & 27.  The co-production with Scottish Opera is directed and designed by Anthony McDonald and Brad Cohen conducts.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Dido & Aeneas with Blackheath Halls Community Opera.  The performances are at The Albany, Deptford, London on July 16 at 7:30, 17  – 7:30, 18 –  6:30 & 8:30 and July 20 at 6:30 & 8:30. Lee Reynolds conducts, April Dalton provides set and costume designs and the cast includes Idunnu Münch, Marcus Farnsworth, William Towers and Alison Rose.

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveAs part of the Holland Festival tenor Samuel Boden sings the roles of Boy and Young King in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence in a production by Katie Mitchell. With the composer conducting, the performances are scheduled for June 25, 27, 29, July 1, 3 & 5 at the Nationale Opera, Amsterdam. His critically-acclaimed performance from Covent Garden is available on BBC Iplayer until July 1 (listen to the final scene from 1h28)  “… lustrous honeyed lines in the final scenes for the high-tenor role of the Son (who becomes Edward III), beautifully delivered by Samuel Boden.”  The Guardian;  “Samuel Boden is inspired casting as the Boy, growing up to be King.”  Financial Times.

Bradley Smith, tenorTenor Bradley Smith makes his English National Opera début in an ENO Studio Live production as Damon Acis and Galatea directed by Sarah Tipple and conducted by Nichols Ansdell-Evans. Performances take place at Lilian Baylis House, London on June 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 & 16.

Robert HowarthRobert Howarth conducts the Academy of Ancient music for The Grange Festival’s staging of Handel Agrippina.  The  wonderfully witty and satirical production by Walter Sutcliffe opens on June 8 with further performances on June 16, 23, 28 & July 6.