Dietrich Henschel’s winter journey… to Oxford.

Running the gauntlet of quarantine and post-Brexit UK Border Control German Baritone Dietrich Henschel will be performing Winterreisse at the Oxford Lieder Festival on February 27 accompanied by festival director Sholto Kynoch. The event will be Broadcast from the Holywell Music Room, Oxford. Full details here. “Baritone Dietrich Henschel is a towering figure, physically, intellectually, musically and theatrically. His prowess as an interpreter, by which I mean precisely his ability to get below the surface of a song and right into its soul, is extraordinary.” Herald Scotland

Dietrich Henschel in recital, virtually

L-1588852508-dietrich-henschel-and-arno-waschk-live-from-the-teldex-studio-berlinInnovation is alive and well in the music business. You can virtually attend a recital of Beethoven, Eisler, Berg and Mahler with Dietrich Henschel, baritone and Arno Waschk streamed live from the Teldex Studio Berlin on May 10 at 14:00, CET. Get your ticket here. The event is presented by Stage at Home, a collaboration between OVALmedia and Teldex Studio. 

Polly Graham directs Robin Hood with Nicholas Merryweather in the title role

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.

Howden, Smith and Merryweather go to the ball

crystal-slipper-on-blue-pillow-260nw-48084961Mezzo Kate Howden sings the title role of Isouard Cendrillon alongside tenor Bradley Smith as The Prince and baritone Nicholas Merryweather as Alidor for Bampton Classical Opera. There are performances on July 20 & 21 – Bampton, Oxfordshire; August 27 – Westonbirt, Gloucestershire & September 18 – St John’s Smith Square, London with Harry Sever conducting Jeremy Gray’s production.

Fehr, Moufarrej and Gusev team up for Bohème

la-boheme posterDirector Harry Fehr stages La Bohème for Clonter Opera Theatre, Cheshire on July 20, 22(m), 24, 26 & 28 with a cast that includes Bechara Moufarrej singing Rodolfo and Alexey Gusev as Marcello. Clive Timms conducts.

Bradley Smith & Nicholas Merryweather at Buxton Festival

Benjamin_Britten_in a boatBoth making their festival debuts Bradley Smith sings the title role of Albert Herring and Nicholas Merryweather, Mr Gedge. Francis Matthews’ production is conducted by Justin Doyle with performances on July 8, 12, 15, 19 & 22 at the Buxton International Festival.

 

Great press for Joan Martin-Royo’s Papageno in Madrid

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.