Zoë Brookshaw Bach where she belongs

Zoë Brookshaw singing Höchster, was ich habe with the OAE earlier this year

Soprano Zoë Brookshaw returns to King’s Place on October 4 to perform the solo Bach Cantata Ich bin vergnügt mit meinen Glück BWV 84 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Steven Devine directs.

Sam Boden back on stage in Lille

Samuel Boden with Le Concert d’Astrée last season

Tenor Samuel Boden sings the haute-contre role of Idamante in Campra Idomenée with Le Concert d’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm. The reduced version of the work, entitled Le Retour d’Idoménée, is derived from the original production concept by Àlex Ollé and is part of the L’Inattendu Festival that opens the season at Opéra de Lille on October 3.

Robert Howarth to début digitally with Bournemouth SO

Conductor Robert Howarth will work with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the first time on December 16. Smaller in scale than the original work planned, the short Baroque Christmas programme will comprise seasonal works by Corelli, Handel, Vivaldi plus Bach. The concert will be live streamed to digital ticket holders from the BSO base at The Lighthouse, Poole.

https://bsolive.com/events/christmas-digital/

Magical Monteverdi animation

The cast and creatives of Longborough Festival Opera’s postponed The Return of Ulysses, including director Polly Graham, conductor Robert Howarth and tenor Andrew Irwin have all contributed to this touching and magical animation. Enjoy.

Sam Boden sings L’Orfeo

Following great success as Gluck’s Orphée with the company in 2015 tenor Samuel Boden returned to sing the title role of Monteverdi L’Orfeo with the Nederlandse Reisopera in January this year. The complete performance is available on Operavision until January 2021. With his flexible tenor and athletic posture, Samuel Boden proved a perfect fit for the role of Orfeo, offering unfailingly stylish singing in the midst of the demanding choreographed moves. His honeyed timbre and the way he audibly relished the text made the plaintive lyricism of the role most moving. Bachtrack. For those with less time on their hands here is Sam singing Rosa del Ciel.

Bach, the Universe and Everything but an audience

In the latest of the acclaimed Bach cantata series Steven Devine directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from an empty King’s Place, London with a programme including BWV 39 Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot. He is joined by Rising Stars of the Enlightenment mezzo Bethany Horak-Hallet singing the aria Seinem Schöpfer noch auf Erden and soprano Zoë Brookshaw singing Höchster, was ich habe. Devine also plays and directs works by Pachelbel and Telemann.

Robert Howarth’s ‘inspiring’ Agrippina

“The Academy of Ancient Music played brilliantly for Robert Howarth – what an unassuming, devoted musician he is, and what glorious performances he inspires.” MusicOMH. Walter Sutcliffe’s production of Agrippina from the 2018 Grange Festival will be available to view from Sunday May 24 at https://thegrangefestival.co.uk/streaming/