CJohn Lattimore - countertenorountertenor John Lattimore will make his German opera début in Purcell The Fairy Queen for Theater Bremen. The production by Robert Lehniger is conducted by Olof Boman and performances will take place at Theater am Goetheplatz, Bremen on May 21, 30, June 1, 11, 14, 23, 25, 27 & July 1.

Robert Howarth, conductorVivica Genaux will be replacing Iestyn Davies when Robert Howarth conducts Handel and Bach with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra with Euskalduna Palace, Bilbao today and tomorrow.

 

Bradley Smith, tenorTenor Bradley Smith works with The English Concert and Harry Bicket for the first time singing Odoardo Ariodante. He and the stellar cast will be appearing at Theater an der Wien, Vienna on May 12; Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg on May 14; The Barbican, London on May 16 and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées on May 18. Bradley then starts rehearsals for the title role of Albert Herring at the Buxton International Festival.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector Polly Graham’s production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé will be available to view free of charge on The Opera Platform from 19:00 CET (18:00 BST) on April 28. The spare yet compelling take on the Tristan and Iseult tale for Welsh National Opera has won critical acclaim: “a staging that held one captive and captivated throughout” Opera;  “Polly Graham’s stark but brilliant new staging of the work” 5* The Guardian. Graham is nominated for an International Opera Award with the winners to be announced on May 7.

Food for musical thought

April 13, 2017

Just spotted in the Monterey Herald:

Here is food for musical thought attributed to Karl Paulnack, director of the Boston University music division. This message was posted for the university’s music majors:

“If we were in a medical school, as a medical student, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at 2 a.m. someone is going to waltz into your ER and you are going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 p.m. someone is going to waltz into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed and a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend on how well you do your craft.”

He Wu - sopranoSoprano He Wu will jump in for performances of Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the Wiener Symphoniker under Philippe Jordan on April 2 – Shanghai Oriental Art Centre and April 4 – Nanjing Poly Theater.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeApril’s Opera magazine cover feature adds to the glowing reviews for director Polly Graham’s production of Le Vin herbé.  “Polly Graham’s stark but brilliant new staging of the work” 5* The Guardian, 5* The Independent. 4* The Telegraph. See the trailer and performance details here.

Director Polly Grahfinalist-logo-2017am has been nominated in the Newcomer category of the 2017 International Opera Awards. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 7 at The London Coliseum. Polly Graham’s production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera opens at the Wales Millennium Centre on February 16.

Simon Bejer, designer hi resDesigner Simon Bejer will provide sets and costumes for Krešimir Dolenčić’s staging of The Love for Three Oranges in Zagreb. The production opens at the Croatian National Theatre on February 17 with further performances on February 21, 23, 25 and 28. More about the production.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector Polly Graham makes her main stage Welsh National Opera début with a rare production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé . Opening at the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff on February 16 there are further performances on March 21 – Milton Keynes; March 28 – Bristol; April 4 – Llandudno; April 18 – Plymouth and April 25 – Southampton. More about the production