Joan Martin-Royo, - baritone - c. A Bofill DSC_4660 - Med resJoan Martín-Royo’s Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro Real has received much critical acclaim:

Papageno (played by Joan Martín-Royo –sensational …) Punta Fina, 18 January 2016

Papageno, played with genius by Joan Martín-Royo … El Imparcial, 17 January 2016

Joan Martín-Royo made a perfect Papageno … with a smooth and agile voice and excellent German diction. El Pais, 17 January 2016

You cannot fault the Papageno of Joan Martín – Royo whose voice is perfectly suited to the role of the bird catcher. Opera World, 20 January 2016 

The production by Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade is conducted by Ivor Bolton. Joan will sing further performances on January 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30.

Samuel Boden TenorTenor Samuel Boden will join the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis on January 22 at The Barbican to sing Berlioz Romeo et Juliette. The performance will be followed by recording sessions for future release on the Chandos label and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on January 26.

Harry FehrDirector Harry Fehr’s production of Orlando for Welsh National Opera has been nominated for a Wales Theatre Award in the ‘Best Opera Production’ category. The winner will be announced on January 30. The production, which originated with Scottish Opera, has received much critical acclaim – “Harry Fehr’s recent Orlando for Welsh National Opera picks up where David Alden and David McVicar left off at ENO, recasting Handel’s sorcery story as one of psychological trauma and war. This is Handel with a modern audience in mind: emotional, direct, confronting.” The Spectator.

Harry FehrOpera director Harry Fehr has been nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award  2015 in the Best Opera category for his production of Cosi fan tutte  for Clonter Opera in July 2015. All will be revealed at the awards ceremony on March 4.