Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveAs part of the Holland Festival tenor Samuel Boden sings the roles of Boy and Young King in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence in a production by Katie Mitchell. With the composer conducting, the performances are scheduled for June 25, 27, 29, July 1, 3 & 5 at the Nationale Opera, Amsterdam. His critically-acclaimed performance from Covent Garden is available on BBC Iplayer until July 1 (listen to the final scene from 1h28)  “… lustrous honeyed lines in the final scenes for the high-tenor role of the Son (who becomes Edward III), beautifully delivered by Samuel Boden.”  The Guardian;  “Samuel Boden is inspired casting as the Boy, growing up to be King.”  Financial Times.

Bradley Smith, tenorTenor Bradley Smith makes his English National Opera début in an ENO Studio Live production as Damon Acis and Galatea directed by Sarah Tipple and conducted by Nichols Ansdell-Evans. Performances take place at Lilian Baylis House, London on June 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 & 16.

Robert HowarthRobert Howarth conducts the Academy of Ancient music for The Grange Festival’s staging of Handel Agrippina.  The  wonderfully witty and satirical production by Walter Sutcliffe opens on June 8 with further performances on June 16, 23, 28 & July 6.