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” ****.

GUY CUTTING tenor © Ben McKee hi res 8509Tenor Guy Cutting has been announced as one of the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment’s Rising Stars. He will appear with the group as part of their “Bach, the Universe and Everything” Cantatas series on October 12 in Bristol and October 13 at Kings Place, London (a.m) and Oxford (pm). Guy’s recent and forthcoming performances in Europe, the US and Far East include appearances with Collegium Vocale Gent, Netherlands Bach Society, Gabrieli Consort & Players, American Bach Soloists, Le Concert Lorrain and Real Filharmonia de Galicia.

Bradley Smith, tenorTenor Bradley Smith returns to the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music singing Arsete in Cesti La Dori  at the Tyrolean State Theatre on August 24 & 26. The staging is by Stefano Vizioli’s with Ottavio Dantone conducting Accademia Bizantina

Waterperry Fairy QueenDesigner Simon Bejer provides sets and costumes and Soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn sings Tytania for Waterperry Opera’s The Fairy Queen directed by Ruth Mariner and conducted by William Cole. There are performances on July 26, 27 & 28th (m) in Oxfordshire.

GUY CUTTING tenor © Ben McKee hi res 8509Tenor Guy Cutting joins the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a programme of Purcell Odes at the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci on June 8 with Laurence Cummings conducting.

Kate Howder - Mezzo soprano c.Robert WorkmanAt the Ojai Festival, California, mezzo Kate Howden sings Mark Anthony Turnage Twice through the Heart with Ludwig conducted by Edo Frenkel on June 6 and Stravinsky Pulcinella on June 9 with the ensemble and Barbara Hannigan conducting. They reprise the Stravinsky at the Aldeburgh Festival on June 22.

Harry Fehr, Director - Orlando 5 - Scottish Opera - c. Richard CampbellHarry Fehr makes his US début directing Handel Orlando at San Francisco Opera with performances on June 9, 15, 18, 21 & 27. Originally a Scottish Opera production, the staging has also had success at Welsh National Opera “This is Handel with a modern audience in mind: emotional, direct, confronting.” The Spectator.