Kate Howder - Mezzo soprano c.Robert WorkmanGlowing press for mezzo Kate Howden’s performance of Turnage Twice through the heart in Shadwell Opera’s double bill with Erwartung: “Howden was exceptional, the understated gentleness of her performance provocative in the moral friction it offered. Hers is an even, impeccably produced voice, and the beauty and control she brought to her fractured musings offered a very different portrait of trauma to Pierard’s” Opera, December 2016

Nicholas Kraemer - conductor“There is no finer Haydn conductor before the public and Kraemer, likewise, infused Handel’s music with a delightful lilt and infectious energy  … Leading stylishly from the harpsichord, Kraemer elicited a performance with a consistent, engaging smile much like the ebullient English conductor himself” Chicago Classical Review.  “The brisk British maestro happens to be one of today’s most respectable Handel interpreters … His Handelfest at Symphony Center on Thursday night was another reminder that he can be as lively and stylistically savvy when playing baroque music with modern symphony orchestras as he is with period-instrument ensembles.” Chicago Tribune

Robert HowarthConductor Robert Howarth makes his debut appearance with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra  conducting Messiah. Rob is joined by soloists Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, John-Mark Ainsley and Matthew Brook for performances at the DR Konserthuset, Copenhagen on December 2 and 3.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorConductor Nicholas Kraemer appears with the Chicago Symphony  on December 1, 2 & 3. Kraemer returns to the orchestra following successful collaborations with the group directing Bach, Telemann, Haydn and Richard Strauss. This time he leads an all-Handel programme including the Music for the Royal Fireworks and Silete Venti with soprano Amanda Forsythe.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Iain Bell’s A Christmas Carol at the Teatro Sociale, Trento for the Fondazione Haydn di Bolzano e Trento on December 2 & 4.  A reprise of the production staged last season for Welsh National Opera, the one man show sets Simon Callow’s libretto. Polly enjoyed great critical success with the recent UK première of Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus:“100 minutes of thrilling and sometimes shocking physical theatre” 5* The Times“Polly Graham’s terrific staging – a thrilling physical tour de force “ 5* Bachtrack. 

Harry Fehr : Finta in London

November 18, 2016

Harry FehrDirector Harry Fehr will stage La Finta Giardinera with students at the Royal College of Music on November 28, 30, December 2 & 3. The 2013 Buxton Festival production, on which it is based, was much praised: Harry Fehr’s Buxton staging makes a surprisingly strong case for this disregarded piece.” 5 stars The Guardian;  “… in this dazzling, bold and inventive production we have a novel modern setting under Harry Fehr’s direction … ” The Arts Desk. Michael Rosewell, Direcor of Opera at the RCM, conducts.

Sarah Fahie, choreographerFollowing recent success with Richard Jones’ production for English National Opera, Movement Director Sarah Fahie returns to Don Giovanni this time with Olivers Mears for Northern Ireland Opera. The performances take place on November 18 and 19 at the Belfast Grand Opera House and will be conducted by conducted by Nicholas Chalmers.

Cyndia Sieden provides incredible soprano pyrotechnics in Sunlief Rasmussen’s  Symphony No 2′ The Earth Anew ‘. On the Da Capo Records release she is joined by The Academic Male Voice Choir of Helsinki, Male Voice Choir Muntra Musikanter, the Helsinki Philharmonic and Bo Skovus under the baton of John Storgårds.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector Polly Graham, the 2016 Independent Opera Fellow stages the UK premiere of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus which opens at the Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells on November 11 with further performances on November 15, 17 & 19. Timothy Redmond conducts. You can hear Polly interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters and watch the Simplicius trailer.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorOpening Music of the Baroque’s season with Alexander’s Feast Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer  “has the most engaging Handel style… tempos were lively but never breathless, with lithe, springy rhythms throughout. Kraemer’s blancing of the large forces was impeccable.” Chicago Classical Review. Read in full here.