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.

Harry Fehr : Finta in London

November 18, 2016

Harry FehrDirector Harry Fehr will stage La Finta Giardinera with students at the Royal College of Music on November 28, 30, December 2 & 3. The 2013 Buxton Festival production, on which it is based, was much praised: Harry Fehr’s Buxton staging makes a surprisingly strong case for this disregarded piece.” 5 stars The Guardian;  “… in this dazzling, bold and inventive production we have a novel modern setting under Harry Fehr’s direction … ” The Arts Desk. Michael Rosewell, Direcor of Opera at the RCM, conducts.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector Polly Graham, the 2016 Independent Opera Fellow stages the UK premiere of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus which opens at the Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells on November 11 with further performances on November 15, 17 & 19. Timothy Redmond conducts. You can hear Polly interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters and watch the Simplicius trailer.

Harry Fehrshanghai-grand-theatre directs Falstaff for the Shanghai Opera House opening on September 15 at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. The production is double-cast with further performances on September 16 & 17. Conducting honours are shared between Lin Yongsheng and Antonio Pirolli with Pietro Spagoli and Zhang Feng as the eponymous Knight. More. The production was made possible at short notice by Caroline Phillips Management undertaking complex negotiations to provide the entire creative team.

Glowing reviews for Polly Graham‘s production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and David PountneWNYO Kommilitonen c. Kirsten McTernany’s  Kommilitonen! for Welsh National Youth Opera. ***** The Guardian, ***** The Arts Desk, **** The Times. “Polly Graham’s brilliant, explosive new production…This has got to be one of the operatic events of the year” Wales Arts Review. ” … this production, by Polly Graham, is a dazzlingly impressive affair” The Arts Desk. “the work emerged incredibly stongly here in director Polly Graham’s inclusive, immersive, promenade-style staging, almost cinematic in its boldness.” The Guardian.

“… I CapStephanie Marshall as Romeo and Sarah-Jane Brandon as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Buxton Festival. Photo (c) Robert Workmanuleti is a model of directorial discipline.” 4* The Times

“Harry Fehr’s modern-dress I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Bellini’s first big hit, worked especially well”  The Sunday Times

“ The festival’s second offering, Harry Fehr’s staging of Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet opera, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, is more consistently assured.” The Guardian

The Arts Desk 4* – Bachtrack 4* – Planet Hughill 5*

Harry FehrDirector Harry Fehr realises I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Buxton Festival with sets and costumes by Yannis Thavoris. Justin Doyle conducts the performances at Buxton Opera House on July 9, 13, 16, 20 and 23. Read Harry’s take on the piece I Capuleti – why now? 

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Tenor Samuel Boden will take part in the event to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on July 1 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepvel Memorial in Northern France. He will perform alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra and The Band of the Welsh Guards amongst others with the event being broadcast live on BBC One. 10,000 people are expected to attend including the Prince of Wales, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, David Cameron and European and Commonwealth heads of state. Sam will also be performing Butterworth The Lads in their Hundreds at the Military Vigil the evening before which will be broadcast live on BBC Two. http://somme2016.org/.

Rupert Charlesworth - Tenor c. Benjamin HarteTenor Rupert Charlesworth swept the board at the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck. As well as being awarded First Prize by the jury, Rupert was also winner of the audience prize and engagements with Resonanzen Wien and the Theater an der Wien.