Kate Howden Scandi début

December 6, 2018

Kate Howder - Mezzo soprano c.Robert WorkmanAs part of the Equilibrium Young Artists initiative mezzo Kate Howden appears with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra with Barbara Hannigan conducting. She sings Baba the Turk in Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress with performances on December 12, 14 & 15 (m).

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorConductor Nicholas Kraemer returns to work with the Minnesota Orchestra for Bach Christmas Oratorio cantatas 4, 5 & 6 plus Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3. The performances in Minneapolis take place on December 8 and 9 (matinee).

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveTenor Samuel Boden appears on a new recording of Messiah released today by Resonus Classics.  This world premiere recording of a new arrangement for wind ensemble by Stian Aareskjold features the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and the BBC Singers under David Hill.  Samuel returns to sing Messiah with the group at performances in Norway on December 6, 7 & 8.

Simon Bejer, designer hi resFollowing the great success of Love for Three Oranges for the company designer Simon Bejer returns to the Croatian National Theatre to provide sets and costumes for Die Zauberflöte. The production by Krešimir Dolenčić opens in Zagreb on November 22 and there are performances until December 3.

Bechara Mouferrej, TenorTenor Bechara Moufarrej sings Alfredo La Traviata at the Serbian National Theatre on November 14 & 17. Gianluca Marcianò conducts. His “refined, mature and flexible tenor”  as Rodolfo in Clonter Opera’s La Bohème was praised by the Manchester Theatre Awards.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorChicago Classical Review on Nicholas Kraemer directing Telemann Wassermusik with Music of the Baroque “Kraemer led these beguiling terpsichorean depictions with ample grace and abundant charm.” Full review. Next Kraemer joins the Civic Orchestra of Chicago directing their Bach Marathon Finale.

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex BrennerDirector Harry Fehr’s production of Tosca for Nederlandse Reisopera is described as an “edge-of-your-seat thriller” by Opera Today. “It all plays out like a nail-biting thriller. Fehr has a firm grip on the singers’ direction and they did him proud.” Just two remaining performances left – view the trailer.

Sexual coercion and abuse of power: you could call Tosca a # MeToo drama avant la lettreView the video trailer for Harry Fehr’s latest production, Tosca for the Nederlandse Reisopera  here. Trouw ****, NRC ****, Telegraaf **** Touring until November 14.

Samuel Boden on BBC FOUR

October 22, 2018

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveAvailable on Iplayer until November 19 tenor Samuel Boden appears in the television broadcast of the Royal Opera’s production of George Benjamin’s Lessons in love and Violence on BBC 4.  Later this season he reprises the roles of Boy and Young King in the work for the Staatsoper Hamburg and Opéra de Lyon.

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex BrennerHarry Fehr makes his Dutch directing début with Tosca for the Nederlandse Reisopera. Designed by Yannis Thavoris, the production is conducted by David Parry and opens at the Wilmintheater, Enschede on October 13 with further performances on tour until November 12.

Later this season Fehr directs in Germany for the first time staging Roberto Devereux at the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe and makes his US début with Orlando at San Francisco Opera.