Robin HoodDirector Polly Graham stages the world premiere of Robin Hood by emerging composer Dani Howard for The Opera Story with baritone Nicholas Merryweather creating the title role. Opening on February 27 at the Bussey Building, a former cricket bat factory, in Peckham, London, the production is conducted by Berrak Dyer with designs by April Dalton. There are further performances on March 1, 2, 5 8 & 9. Read Polly’s blog post about her approach to the tale.

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveTenor Samuel Boden sings Oronte in James Darrah’s production of Alcina at the International Handel Festival, Karlsruhe from February 23 to March 1 with Andreas Spering conducting. Following which he will reprise the role of Orphée in Gluck Orphée et Euridice for a semi-staged performance in Moscow on March 5 with Musica Viva under the baton of Alexander Rudin.

Andrew Irwin - Tenor - ©Andreea Tufescu 2 cropWe are delighted to welcome tenor Andrew Irwin to CPM. Originally from Northern Ireland, Andrew is completing his training at the  Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig. He makes his Welsh National Opera début as Amelia’s Servant in David Pountney’s new production of Un Ballo in Maschera on February 9 with Carlo Rizzi conducting. He is also covering the role of Cecil Roberto Devereux for the company.