Andrew Irwin débuts in Bremerhaven

Tenor Andrew Irwin makes his début at Stadttheater Bremen performing Cochenille, Frantz and Pitichinaccio in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with performances on September 25, October 3, 9, 15, 17 and November 4. Marc Niemann will conduct the production by John Pölzgutter. This is the first of his role for the company as a member of the ensemble where this season Andrew will also perform roles in die Entführung aus dem Serail and The Emperor of Atlantis.

Samuel Boden sings Campra Idamante

Tenor Samuel Boden sings the role of Idamante in Campra Idoménée for Opéra de Lille. The new production by Àlex Ollé is conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm and opens on September 24 and there are further performances on September 26, 28, 30 and October 2. Idoménée  is a co-production with the Staatsoper Berlin where performance are scheduled for November 5, 7, 10, 12 &14, 2021.

The one about the soda siphon

Director Harry Fehr stages a double bill for Pegasus Opera Company. The programme comprises Philip Hagemann’s  chamber adaptation and English translation of Debussy LEnfant Prodigue (The Prodigal Son) alongside Hagemann’s opera from George Bernard Shaw’s comic melodrama Passion, Poison and Petrifaction,  probably the only opera plot that hinges on the contents of a soda siphon. Performances at the Susie Sainsbury Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music take place on September 10, 11 and 12 (m) and are conducted by Hagemann.

Bethany Horak-Hallet Proms début

Mezzo soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett recently made her BBC Proms debut with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists as alto soloist in Handel Dixit Dominus. The complete concert is available to hear again on BBC Sounds and to view on BBC Iplayer. The occasion marked Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s 60th appearance at The Proms and the programme was repeated at the Berlin Festival.

Samuel Boden – Buxton International Festival début

Tenor Samuel Boden sings Acis in Handel Acis and Galatea at the Buxton International Festival in a production by Martin Constantine with Christian Curnyn conducting the Early Opera Company. The performances at Buxton Opera House take place on July 12, 19 (pm & eve) and 20 (pm & eve).

Polly Graham stages Return of Ulysses at Longborough

Director Polly Graham, Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera, appears as a guest on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on July 9. Her staging of Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses will be performed in the Big Top at the festival on July 13, 15, 17 & 18. Conducted by CPM artist Robert Howarth the production also features tenor Andrew Irwin as Telemaco. View Graham’s short animated film here.

In Tune with Steven Devine

Conductor and harpsichordist Steven Devine joins host Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on July 5 talking about his varied career. He appears with The Mozartists at Cadogan Hall, London on July 8 playing CPE Bach Harpsichord Concerto in C Minor and will be joined by CPM artists mezzo Bethany Horak-Hallett and tenor Guy Cutting at King’s Place, London for the next instalment of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Bach, The Universe and Everything series, of which he is Artistic Director, on July 11. The programme will include Bach Cantata 156 and will be live streamed on KPlayer.

Steven Devine conducts rare opera buffa

Baldassare Galuppi 1706-1785

Steven Devine conducts a rare production of Baldassare Galuppi’s La Diavolezza with New Chamber Opera in Oxford on July 3, 6, 7, 9 & 10. First performed in Venice in 1755 Galuppi and librettist Carlo Goldoni fashioned one of the earliest examples of opera buffa as we recognise it today. Simon Rees provides the witty English translation for the staging by Michael Burden.

Bradley Smith at the Cheltenham Festival

Bradley Smith, tenor

Tenor Bradley Smith appears at the Cheltenham Festival on July 4 in Awakening Shadow, a chamber opera fusing original scenes by operatic composer Luke Styles with a complete performance of Benjamin Britten’s five Canticles. The work is staged by Richard Williams and George Vass conducts his Nova Music Ensemble who are co-producers with the Presteigne Festival where the work will be performed on August 26.