News has reached me of the sad death of Ron Gonsalves at home in France on November 12.
When I started out over 30 years ago Ron was a genial and generous colleague, always very welcoming at performances and BACA (British Association of Concert Agents, the precursor to IAMA) meetings. I then joined Ron Gonsalves Management when he had to step back to recover from heart surgery and subsequently acquired his list of artists on his full retirement 1997.
Apart from his artists’ management activities Ron was pivotal in promoting The Songmaker’s Almanac series alongside Graham Johnson which did much to re-establish the Wigmore Hall as a pre-eminent recital venue. He invited Jonathan Miller to stage the St Matthew Passion which was ground-breaking at the time and had great success touring to Europe, the US as well as being recorded and filmed for BBC TV in 1994.
The youngest of fourteen children, a big presence and a man of not inconsiderable passions, Ron was a great character.
Steven Devine directs and Bethany Horak-Hallet is alto soloist for Bach cantata BWV 87 Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten in meinem Namen, the latest installment of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Bach, the Universe and Everything series. Join them online on Sunday May 10 at 11:30 BST at https://oae.co.uk/bach-the-universe-and-everything-schrodingers-pandemic/. As always in this series,a thought-provoking scientific topic will be explored as part the programme.
Caroline Phillips Management remains open for business during the Covid-19 lockdown.
In the absence of live events we are working with our promoter partners to make available streaming of ‘behind closed doors’ as well as archive performances featuring our artists. Keep well.
Alongside those of Gluck and Charpentier tenor Samuel Boden adds Monteverdi’s Orfeo to his repertoire. He stars in the Nederlandse Reisopera production which opens in Enschede on January 25 and tours Holland until February 22. Monique Wagemaker’s staging is conducted by Hernán Schvartzman. Read an interview with Sam here. See video from rehearsals here.
We are delighted to announce the representation of Indian soprano Sherezade Panthaki for Europe and Scandinavia. Based in the US, Ms Panthaki has established an enviable reputation for her interpretations of the baroque masters. “ … with her exuberant virtuosity, her elegance and her powerful radiance Panthaki is a new, trailblazing type among the female singers of old music – she is a highly dramatic soprano of the Baroque, an “Isolde” in one of Handel’s oratorios. When she sings, it is not simply an aria, it is an event.” Hannoversche Allgemeine, 22 June 2019.
Hear Sherry singing Handel Ah Jealousy, thou Pelican from Handel Joseph and his Bretheren here and Du Gottes Ebenbild … Ach ja die Ketten und die Bande from Johann Ludwig Bach Trauermusik here.
Designer Simon Bejer provides sets and costumes and Soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn sings Tytania for Waterperry Opera’s The Fairy Queen directed by Ruth Mariner and conducted by William Cole. There are performances on July 26, 27 & 28th (m) in Oxfordshire.
Soprano He Wu sings Cio Cio San Madame Butterfly at Iford Opera on July 21, 24, 26, 28, 31 August 2 & 4. Thomas Blunt conducts Bruno Ravella’s production.
Director 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.
Choreographer and movement director Sarah Fahie’s work can be seen in cinemas on October 3 in La Bohème live from The Royal Opera House. The staging by Richard Jones is conducted by Antonio Pappano and is a co-production with the Teatro Real, Madrid and Chicago Lyric Opera. From October 2 Garsington Opera’s production of Semele in Annalese Miskimmon’s staging with Sarah’s movement direction will be available to view on BBC Arts Online for six months.
Conductor Robert Howarth directs Purcell King Arthur with singers from the Advanced Baroque Opera Course at Dartington on August 10. The work is semi-staged by Richard Williams and follows a performance of Great Baroque Sonatas he leads on August 5.