Joan 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.
Baritone 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.
Baritone Nicholas Merryweather is a prize winner in the 2014 Armel Opera Competition in Budapest. The selection process involves drama workshops to assess dramatic capability as well as singing, following which he has been awarded a role in the 2015 Armel Opera Festival .
Baritone Nicholas Merryweather will make his début with the Royal Northern Sinfonia singing Christus in the St Matthew Passion under the baton of music director Thomas Zehemair. The performance takes place at Sage Gateshead on April 19
Harry Fehr directs the modern day première of Henry Fielding’s ballad opera The Lottery (1732) for Bury Court Opera with baritone Nicholas Merryweather taking the role of Mr Stocks. The original score by Mr Seedo has been reconstructed by Zak Osmo who conducts L’Avventura London. Performances at Bury Court, Near Farnham are on February 28 and March 2.
Two CPM artists will feature on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review programme on January 25. Dietrich Henschel’s long-awaited disc of the complete Mahler Wunderhorn songs with Boris Berezovsky is reviewed – see the fascinating introductory video. In addition, Rameau: Le Grand Theatre de L’amour, featuring Samuel Boden with soprano Sabine Devieilhe, Les Ambassadeurs and Alexis Kossenko (director) is Disc of the Week.
Currently available on Youtube is the acclaimed Krzysztof Warlikowski production of Berg’s Lulu from La Monnaie in which Dietrich Henschel sings Dr Schöne and Jack the Ripper. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TInaXgpzvRk&list=HL1381483745&feature=mh_lolz
Baritone Nicholas Merryweather sings Pallante in English Touring Opera’s new production of Handel’s Agrippina. Staged by James Conway, the performances are conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenny. Nick also appears as Liberto in The Coronation of Poppea with the company as well as featuring in the Music for Vespers concerts as part of the Baroque Opera from Venice season.
Great reviews for Samuel Evans’ performances in Mahogany Opera’s productions of the Britten Church Parables at Aldeburgh:
“My money, vocally and dramatically, was on baritone Samuel Evans, who nary put a foot wrong”‘The Arts Desk
“Samuel Evans was a bold and eloquent Traveller” The Times
“A noble voiced Traveller (Samuel Evans)” Seen and Heard International
Further performances in which Sam sings The Traveller in Curlew River and Ananias/Shadrach in The Burning Fiery Furnace take place at the City of London Festival (July 3-6) and Buxton Festival (July 14 & 15).
Baritone Samuel Evans joins the cast of Mahogany Opera’s Britten Church Parables singing the roles of The Traveller in Curlew River and Ananias in The Burning Fiery Furnace. The productions by Frederic Wake-Walker, with Roger Vignoles conducting the Aurora Orchestra, open in St Petersburg on June 6 and tour to the Aldeburgh Festival (June 16-19) the City of London Festival (July 3-6) and the Buxton Festival (July 14-15)