LAURA ZIGMANTAITE pic croppedWe are delighted to welcome Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Laura Zigmantaitė to CPM. A recent graduate of the National Opera Studio in London Laura is a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist where this season she will sing Flora La Traviata,  Laura Iolanta (in concert) plus roles in Mark-Anthony Turnage Greek and Dryad Ariadne auf Naxos. 

He Wu - sopranoHe Wu takes the main soprano role of Daiyu in Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s Dream of the Red Chamber on tour in China conducted by Sheng. The work was commissioned by San Francisco Opera where the production by Stan Lai originated last season. The tour starts at the Poly Theater, Beijing on September 8 & 9 before being part of opening the Zaha Hadid-designed Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre Grand Theatre in Changsha on September 15 & 16 with He’s final performance in Quintai Grand Theatre, Wuhan on September 23.

tom-greaves-alice-hewkin-and-jack-parker-110406Designer Simon Bejer‘s sets and costumes for Kiki’s Delivery Service can be experienced again  at The Southwark Playhouse, London from August 10 to September 3. Directed by Kate Hewitt, Eiko Kadono’s novels have been adapted by Jessica Siân. You can see images of the show here.“What strikes the audience first as they take their seats is the set design … the set itself opts for both functionality and metaphor as it invokes a sense of playful innocence that is mirrored throughout the rest of the performance.” The Upcoming.

Robert Howarth, conductorConductor Robert Howarth directs Purcell King Arthur with singers from the Advanced Baroque Opera Course at Dartington on August 10. The work is semi-staged by Richard Williams and follows a performance of Great Baroque Sonatas he leads on August 5.

Kraemer directs Cavalli

August 3, 2017

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorConductor Nicholas Kraemer directs the young artists of Opera Neo for a production of Cavalli Giasone. The performances of David Radames Toro’s production are on August 4 and 6 at the Pallisades Presbyterian Church, San Diego.

He Wu - sopranoSoprano He Wu sings Amor in Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice at Longborough Festival Opera on July 29, 30 and August 1 and on August 4 at the Greenwood Theatre, London. Jeremy Silver conducts Maria Jagusz’s production.

Antonio_Salieri_painted_by_Joseph_Willibrord_MählerSoprano Rhiannon Llewellyn sings Contessa Bandiera and mezzo Kate Howden, Carlotta,  in Jeremy Gray’s production of Salieri The School of Jealousy for Bampton Classical Opera conducted by Anthony Kraus. There are performances on July 21 & 22 Bampton, Oxfordshire; August 23 – Westonbirt, Gloucestershire and September 12, St John’s Smith Square, London.

Albert Herring - Bradley Smith as Albert. Credit Robert Workman“… Bradley Smith sheer perfection as Albert Herring … “ Mark Ronan

“Bradley Smith’s interpretation is a masterly vocal and acted portrayal.”  Seen & Heard International

“At its heart is Bradley Smith — warmly believable as the timid Albert … he gilds a character comedy with some really excellent singing, giving Britten’s satire the weight of something real and human.” The Spectator

“Smith’s clear, conversational tenor projected an integrity that made his confusion touching and his final transformation wholly life affirming.” The Arts Desk

 

Benjamin_Britten_in a boatBoth making their festival debuts Bradley Smith sings the title role of Albert Herring and Nicholas Merryweather, Mr Gedge. Francis Matthews’ production is conducted by Justin Doyle with performances on July 8, 12, 15, 19 & 22 at the Buxton International Festival.

 

300px-Sabina-poppaeaThe creative partnership of conductor Nicholas Kraemer and director Harry Fehr rides again. This time with L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Trinity Laban Conservatoire with performances at Blackheath Concert Halls on July 5, 6,  7 & 8.