Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex BrennerOpera director Harry Fehr will make his Swiss directing début with a production of Peter Grimes at Theater Basel. The show opens on March 27 and there are further performances on April 3, 6, 8, 14, 19, 26, May 3, 9, 21, June 12 & 19. The production is designed by Leslie Travers and Kristiina Poska will conduct.

Gabriel Jackson Passion CD

Tenor Guy Cutting features on the recording of Gabriel Jackson’s  The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ which has been nominated in the Choral category of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2020. Guy is joined on the disc by soprano Emma Tring, the Choir of Merton College, Oxford and Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia under the baton of Benjamin Nicholas. You can vote for the recording here.  Voting closes on February 16 and the winners will be announced on April 22.

lessonsloveviolence3Tenor Samuel Boden features on the Grammy-nominated DVD recording of George Benjamin Lessons in Love and Violence. With the composer conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Samuel sings the role of Boy / Young King. Meanwhile the CD recording of the work with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic on Nimbus is one of the Notable Recordings of 2019 in The New Yorker.

Having created the roles at Covent Garden followed by performances in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Lyon Samuel remains part of Katie Mitchell’s production as it travels to Barcelona, Madrid and Paris in future seasons.

Boden L’Orfeo role debut

January 22, 2020

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveAlongside those of Gluck and Charpentier tenor Samuel Boden adds Monteverdi’s Orfeo to his repertoire. He stars in the Nederlandse Reisopera production which opens in Enschede on January 25 and tours Holland until February 22. Monique Wagemaker’s staging is conducted by Hernán Schvartzman. Read an interview with Sam here. See video from rehearsals here

GUY CUTTING tenor © Ben McKee hi res 8509Tenor Guy Cutting will be touring with Collegium Vocale, Gent and Philippe Herreweghe for performances of the Monteverdi Vespers 1610. He appears in Paris on  December 2;  Dortmund – December 3; Shanghai -December 6 and in Tongyeong, South Korea on December 7. Full details here.

Samuel Boden sings Sondheim

November 4, 2019

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveTenor Samuel Boden sings the role of Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd in a semi-staging by Christopher Luscombe for Bergen National Opera. Stephen Higgins conducts the Bergen Philharmonic with performances at the Grieghallen, Bergen on November 6, 7 & 8.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham will direct Olga Neuwirth’s Orlando at the Vienna State Opera. The world première on 8 December 2019 will feature stage design by Roy Spahn, lighting by Ulrich Schneider with videos by Will Duke and costumes by Comme des Garçons.
The cast, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, includes Kate Lindsey, Eric Jurenas, Constance Hauman, Leigh Melrose, Vivian Bond and Agneta Eichenholz. There are further performances on December 11, 14, 18 (streamed live) and 20.

Robert Howarth, conductorConductor Robert Howarth works with the BBC Singers and The English Cornett & Sackbutt Ensemble directing a programme to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Leopold Mozart.

Father of Wolfgang Amadeus and composer in his own right, the concert features works by Leopold as well as works by his contemporaries. October 4, 13:00 at St Paul’s Knightsbridge, London.

Sherezade Panthaki Headshot 1 credit David FungWe are delighted to announce the representation of Indian soprano Sherezade Panthaki for Europe and Scandinavia.  Based in the US, Ms Panthaki has established an enviable reputation for her interpretations of the baroque masters. “ … with her exuberant virtuosity, her elegance and her powerful radiance Panthaki is a new, trailblazing type among the female singers of old music – she is a highly dramatic soprano of the Baroque, an “Isolde” in one of Handel’s oratorios. When she sings, it is not simply an aria, it is an event.” Hannoversche Allgemeine, 22 June 2019.

Hear Sherry singing Handel Ah Jealousy, thou Pelican from Handel Joseph and his Bretheren here and Du Gottes Ebenbild … Ach ja die Ketten und die Bande from Johann Ludwig Bach Trauermusik here.

Loud Crowd - The Emperor of AtlantisDirector Polly Graham’s latest production, Victor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis with her company Loud Crowd at Bold Tendencies, was described by The Times as “intense, manic and disturbing” ****.