Boden L’Orfeo role debut

January 22, 2020

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveAlongside 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

Sherezade Panthaki Headshot 1 credit David FungWe 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.

Waterperry Fairy QueenDesigner 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.

He WU soprano 1 c Penn KangSoprano 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.

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.

Sarah Fahie, choreographerChoreographer 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.

Robert Howarth, conductorConductor 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.

Robert HowarthHaving previously directed Poppea with the group Conductor Robert Howarth leads performances of the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with the Academy of Ancient Music on June 23 at The Barbican, London and July 14 in Gloucester Cathedral as part of The Cheltenham Festival. At the Dartington Summer School he directs a programme of Great Baroque Sonatas on August 5 and Purcell King Arthur on August 10.

Food for musical thought

April 13, 2017

Just spotted in the Monterey Herald:

Here is food for musical thought attributed to Karl Paulnack, director of the Boston University music division. This message was posted for the university’s music majors:

“If we were in a medical school, as a medical student, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at 2 a.m. someone is going to waltz into your ER and you are going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 p.m. someone is going to waltz into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed and a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend on how well you do your craft.”

Simon Bejer, designer hi resDesigner Simon Bejer will provide sets and costumes for Krešimir Dolenčić’s staging of The Love for Three Oranges in Zagreb. The production opens at the Croatian National Theatre on February 17 with further performances on February 21, 23, 25 and 28. More about the production.