Baritone Nicholas Merryweather sings Le Roi in Violetta Cruz La Princess Légère in this 2018 production from the Opéra Comique streaming at https://www.opera-comique.com/fr/saisons/saison-2020/princesse-legere-replay

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. 

La Bohème in lock-down

April 24, 2020

La Boheme in lockdownUnable to be locked-down in the usual Paris garret tenor Bechara Moufarrej in Lebanon and Russian baritone Alexey Gusev give us a bit of La Bohème Act 1 with friends in Germany, Serbia and Ukraine: https://youtu.be/tJb3F35ZFkA. I’m a bit worried about that cough …

 

 

Dietrich Henschel, baritoneTune in at 20:30 (CET) on Good Friday to hear Baritone Dietrich Henschel sing Beethoven, Liszt and Wolf Lieder with Arno Waschk, piano, at the Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin. Follow the Concerts in Quarantine link. 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Dietrich Henschel, baritoneBaritone Dietrich Henschel brings his unique interpretation of Mahler Das Knaben Wunderhorn  to the Barbican on April 15. Collaborating with the  BBC Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Vedernikov in Detlev Glanert’s orchestration he will be both starring in Clara Pons’ film version as well as performing the song cycle on stage. More information about the project and tour here.