Simon Bejer, designer hi resFollowing the great success of Love for Three Oranges for the company designer Simon Bejer returns to the Croatian National Theatre to provide sets and costumes for Die Zauberflöte. The production by Krešimir Dolenčić opens in Zagreb on November 22 and there are performances until December 3.

Bechara Mouferrej, TenorTenor Bechara Moufarrej sings Alfredo La Traviata at the Serbian National Theatre on November 14 & 17. Gianluca Marcianò conducts. His “refined, mature and flexible tenor”  as Rodolfo in Clonter Opera’s La Bohème was praised by the Manchester Theatre Awards.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorChicago Classical Review on Nicholas Kraemer directing Telemann Wassermusik with Music of the Baroque “Kraemer led these beguiling terpsichorean depictions with ample grace and abundant charm.” Full review. Next Kraemer joins the Civic Orchestra of Chicago directing their Bach Marathon Finale.

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex BrennerDirector Harry Fehr’s production of Tosca for Nederlandse Reisopera is described as an “edge-of-your-seat thriller” by Opera Today. “It all plays out like a nail-biting thriller. Fehr has a firm grip on the singers’ direction and they did him proud.” Just two remaining performances left – view the trailer.

Sexual coercion and abuse of power: you could call Tosca a # MeToo drama avant la lettreView the video trailer for Harry Fehr’s latest production, Tosca for the Nederlandse Reisopera  here. Trouw ****, NRC ****, Telegraaf **** Touring until November 14.

Samuel Boden on BBC FOUR

October 22, 2018

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveAvailable on Iplayer until November 19 tenor Samuel Boden appears in the television broadcast of the Royal Opera’s production of George Benjamin’s Lessons in love and Violence on BBC 4.  Later this season he reprises the roles of Boy and Young King in the work for the Staatsoper Hamburg and Opéra de Lyon.

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex BrennerHarry Fehr makes his Dutch directing début with Tosca for the Nederlandse Reisopera. Designed by Yannis Thavoris, the production is conducted by David Parry and opens at the Wilmintheater, Enschede on October 13 with further performances on tour until November 12.

Later this season Fehr directs in Germany for the first time staging Roberto Devereux at the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe and makes his US début with Orlando at San Francisco Opera.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Victor Ullman’s The Emperor of Atlantis with her new company Loud Crowd at Bold Tendencies in Peckham, London on September 15th & 16th at 7.30 pm. Timothy Burke conducts Chroma for the production.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorWith the young artists of British Youth Opera Nicholas Kraemer will conduct the European premier of The Enchanted Island, a pasticcio of works by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others set to a libretto by Jeremy Sams which was premiered at The Metropolitan Opera in 2010. The performances take place at the Peacock Theatre, London on September 1, 5 & 7 in a production by Stuart Barker.

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.