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.

Howarth’s Gluck “polished, unfailingly stylish and elegant” – Opera Today

Critical acclaim for conductor Robert Howarth’s interpretation of Gluck La Corona with Bampton Classical Opera : “From the harpsichord, Robert Howarth led the fourteen-strong CHROMA in a polished performance which made the most of Gluck’s diverse characterisation… the playing was unfailingly stylish and elegant, and the tempi well-judged.” Opera Today. The performance from St John’s Smith Square, London is available online until June 25.

Kraemer – “one of the most authoritative Handelians”

Nicholas Kraemer - conductor

Conductor “[Nicholas] Kraemer has a special feel for Handel, making him one of the most authoritative Handelians in today’s early-music world... The stylish and trusty hand of principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer was evident in the symmetry of the programming as well as in the invigorating musical results… No texture was under-articulated, no dance movement under-characterized.” Chicago Classical Review of Plus Fours! Handel, Telemann, Locatelli, Vivaldi with Music of the Baroque. The concert is available to view on demand until June 12.  

Bradley Smith sings St John Passion Evangelist on Idagio Global Concert Hall

Bradley Smith, tenor

Tenor Bradley Smith sings Evangelist in the St John Passion with Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore streaming on the Idagio Global Concert Hall platform from May 9 to June 6. Filmed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham the event is a liturgical reconstruction which includes congregational hymns, Alec Roth Verlass uns nicht and Handl Ecce quomodo moritur justus.

Kraemer back in Chicago

Nicholas Kraemer, Principal Guest Conductor of Music of the Baroque, directs a programme of Bach Brandenburg Concertos from Harris Theatre, Chicago which is available on demand from April 29. From May 9 their concert of Handel, Locatelli, Vivaldi & Telemann will also be online.