Steven Devine - harpsichord @ National Centre for Early Music 2020-03-20It’s an ill wind … The video stream of Steven Devine playing Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 live from the National Centre For Early Music  “behind closed doors” on 21st March has already been viewed over 66,000 times. The remaining preludes and fugues are scheduled for July 6, 9 & 10.  View at https://www.facebook.com/yorkearlymusic/videos/520117185372323/

Sam Boden Zurich début

March 10, 2020

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveTenor Samuel Boden will make his Opernhaus Zürich début next season.  He will sing Oronte in Alcina alongside Cecilia Bartoli, Magdalena Kožená and Sandrine Piau in a production by Christof Loy conducted by Giovanni Antonini.

Steven Devine joins CPM

March 3, 2020

Steven Devine - conductor © Ian Davies 1We are delighted to welcome conductor and keyboard player Steven Devine to the CPM family of artists for General Management.

A highly-regarded musician of great versatility Devine is Conductor & Artistic Advisor of The English Haydn Festival; Music Director of New Chamber Opera, Oxford; Director of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment series Bach the Universe & Everything; Artistic Advisor to the York Early Music Festival and Principal Keyboard of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is also a founding member of the innovative electronic music group Art of Moog.

Significant forthcoming appearances include conducting Purcell, Blow & Britten with the OAE and tenor Ian Bostridge; Haydn and JC Bach at the English Haydn Festival and Galuppi La Diavolessa with New Chamber Opera.

At the harpsichord he plays Bach Goldberg Variations at King’s Place, London;  Bach Das Wohltemperierte Klavier at the York Early Music Festival and as fortepiano soloist he will perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the English Haydn Orchestra and next season joins the OAE for Mozart Piano Concerto No.23.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductor c2a9-robert-carpenter-turner.jpgConductor Nicholas Kraemer returns to the Chicago Symphony for a gorgeous Bach, Handel and Purcell programme with countertenor Iestyn Davies and Amanda Forsyth, soprano. Performances at Orchestra Hall, Chicago on March 26, 27 and 28

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.