GUY CUTTING tenor © Ben McKee hi res 8509Tenor Guy Cutting features on Delphian Records’ recently-released disc of Gabriel Jackson’s  The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ with the Choir of Merton College, Oxford and the Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia under Benjamin Nicholas.  “Guy Cutting sings all this intense music with terrific commitment and emotional engagement…His voice is ideal for the music, not least on account of his great clarity of tone and diction, and he communicates vividly with the listener.” MusicWeb International.

Samuel Boden Photo: Marco BorggreveTenor Samuel Boden makes his début at the Staatsoper Hamburg singing Boy and Young King in Katie Mitchell’s production of George Benjamin Lessons in Love and Violence. Opening on April 7 with further performances on April 10, 13 and 18 conducted by Kent Nagano. The production then moves to Opéra de Lyon  for performance on May 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 & 26 conducted by Alexandre Bloch. “… lustrous honeyed lines in the final scenes for the high-tenor role of the Son (who becomes Edward III), beautifully delivered by Samuel Boden.” The Guardian. Samuel Boden is inspired casting as the Boy, growing up to be King”.  Financial Times

GUY CUTTING tenor © Ben McKee hi res 8509Tenor Guy Cutting sings Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion with the American Bach Soloists under Jeffrey Thomas with performances on March 22, 23, 24 & 25 in the San Francisco Bay area. Details here.

Kate Howder - Mezzo soprano c.Robert WorkmanMezzo Kate Howden sings Gypsy Songs by Stephen Dodgson on Chamber Music Volume 4 to be released on March 15 by Toccata Classics. Listen here.  Later this season Kate takes the title role of Dodgson’s opera Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart to be performed and recorded at Snape Maltings on July 5.

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex BrennerHarry Fehr directs in Germany for the first time staging Donizetti Roberto Devereux at the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe. The production with sets by Yannis Thavoris and costumes by Mark Bouman opens on March 23 with further performances on March 29, April 14, 20, May 4, 30, June 12, 20 & July 10, 2019 and is conducted by Daniele Squeo.

Bradley Smith, tenorTenor Bradley Smith makes his German opera début creating the role of Carl Denham in The True Story of King Kong by Jeffrey Ching for Theater Magdeburg. Performances on March 16, 24, 29, April 20, May 12 & 25. HURRY TO SKULL ISLAND. STOP. BIG PRIZE AHEAD. STOP. BRING BOMBS.  DENHAM

 

 

Robin HoodDirector Polly Graham stages the world premiere of Robin Hood by emerging composer Dani Howard for The Opera Story with baritone Nicholas Merryweather creating the title role. Opening on February 27 at the Bussey Building, a former cricket bat factory, in Peckham, London, the production is conducted by Berrak Dyer with designs by April Dalton. There are further performances on March 1, 2, 5 8 & 9. Read Polly’s blog post about her approach to the tale.

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveTenor Samuel Boden sings Oronte in James Darrah’s production of Alcina at the International Handel Festival, Karlsruhe from February 23 to March 1 with Andreas Spering conducting. Following which he will reprise the role of Orphée in Gluck Orphée et Euridice for a semi-staged performance in Moscow on March 5 with Musica Viva under the baton of Alexander Rudin.

Andrew Irwin - Tenor - ©Andreea Tufescu 2 cropWe are delighted to welcome tenor Andrew Irwin to CPM. Originally from Northern Ireland, Andrew is completing his training at the  Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig. He makes his Welsh National Opera début as Amelia’s Servant in David Pountney’s new production of Un Ballo in Maschera on February 9 with Carlo Rizzi conducting. He is also covering the role of Cecil Roberto Devereux for the company.

Robert HowarthRobert Howarth will conduct James Brining’s new production of The Magic Flute for Opera North opening in Leeds on January 19, 2019 and touring to Salford and Newcastle until March 15.