Simon Bejer, designer hi resDesigner Simon Bejer provides sets and costumes for Max Hoehn’s production of Handel Rodelinda for Cambridge Handel Opera Company. Conducted by Julian Perkins there are performances at Great Hall Theatre, The Leys, Cambridge on April 3, 4, 6 & 7.

L'Elisir Den Jyske Opera © Kåre ViemoseDirector Harry Fehr‘s staging of L’elisir d’amore (Elskovsdrikken) for Den Jyske Opera has won the Production of the Year category at the CPHCulture Theatre Experiences of the Year Awards. Full review here Next season Harry makes his Dutch début with Tosca for the Nederlandse Reisopera and his US début directing Orlando for San Francisco Opera.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector Polly Graham has been announced as the Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera with immediate effect. The 33-year-old daughter of festival founders Martin and Lizzie Graham says: “As a family we are so proud of Longborough and have long talked about its future. But it is only recently that I have felt ready to
take on the challenge of leading it forward.” download the full press release here.

wno le vin herbe-caitlin hulcupiseult tom randle tristan ©robertworkman-027_01For the second year running a production by Polly Graham has won Best Opera Production in the Wales Theatre Awards. Her staging of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera received great critical acclaim and as Zaubertrank is about to open at Lokremise, St Gallen on February with performances on February 2, 6, 7, 11, 14 & 18.

Polly Graham Swiss début

January 22, 2018

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Frank Martin Zaubertrank (Le Vin Herbé) for Theater St Gallen at The Lokremise St Gallen conducted by Hermes Helfricht.  The production opens on February 2 and there are further performances on February 6, 7, 11, 14 & 18. Originally conceived for Welsh National Opera, Graham’s spare but compelling take on the Tristan and Iseult legend won critical acclaim and was recently featured in The Stage ‘Best Opera and Dance of the year 2017’.

Circa.org.au acrobatsConductor Natalie Murray Beale and mezzo Kate Howden take to the road again with Il Ritorno Circa Contemporary Circus’s hugely successful production based on Monteverdi Il Ritorno d’Ulisse. They tour to California for performances on January 23 – Musco Center for the Arts, Orange County, January 26 – Mondavi Arts Center, UC Davis and February 4 – Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveTenor Samuel Boden sings his first Telemaco The Return of Ulysses for The Royal Opera at The Roundhouse, London on January 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 & 21, 2018. The new production is by John Fulljames with Christian Curnyn directing the Orchestra of the Early Opera Company.

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex BrennerDirector Harry Fehr’s staging of L’elisir d’amore (Elskovsdrikken) for Den Jyske Opera has been nominated in the Production of the Year category of the Theatre Experiences of the Year by cphculture.dk. “…his visually beautiful production [is] a triumph, one that would grace the stage of any opera house in the world.”****Klassik

Robert Howarth on Broadway

December 16, 2017

Robert HowarthConductor Robert Howarth makes his Broadway début as Musical Director of Farinelli and the King starring Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davies at the Belasco Theater, New York. The play by Claire van Kampen about King Philip V’s relationship with the celebrated castrato was critically acclaimed at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Duke of York’s Theatre in London. The production opens on December 17 and there are performances until March 25, 2018.

LAURA ZIGMANTAITE pic croppedMezzo-soprano Laura Zigmanaitė makes her Scottish Opera début singing Flora Bervoix in La Traviata at the Theatre Royal Glasgow on October 19. A revival of David McVicar’s production, there are performances on tour until November 30 conducted by David Parry and Dane Lam. This is the first of Laura’s roles as a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist this season.