Sam Boden on In Tune

May 22, 2018

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveTenor Samuel Boden will appear as a guest on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on May 23. As well as some Fauré and Britten performed live in the studio listeners can hear his recording of the Charpentier Seconde leçon de Ténèbres du Mercredi saint with Arcangelo directed by Jonathan Cohen  to be released by Hyperion Records.

GUY CUTTING tenor © Ben McKeeWe are delighted to welcome British tenor Guy Cutting to CPM for General Management. A former Choral Scholar at New College, Oxford where he gained a first class degree in music Guy Cutting was the inaugural recipient of the American Bach Soloists’ Jeffrey Thomas Award.

Building a particular reputation as a Bach interpreter his engagements have included appearances with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Gabrieli Consort, Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Swedish Baroque Orchestra and the American Bach Soloists. He counts amongst his conductors John Butt, John Duxbury, Edward Higginbottom, Robert Howarth, Johannes Leertouwer, Paul McCreesh, Jeffrey Thomas and Jos van Veldhoven.

 

Kate Howder - Mezzo soprano c.Robert WorkmanMezzo soprano Kate Howden will join the inaugural cohort of Equilibrium Young Artists following extensive world-wide auditions. The Equilibrium initiative was launched by Barbara Hannigan to mentor young professional musicians in the first phase of their career and to provide performance opportunities in Europe and North America, amongst which Kate will sing Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannigan.

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveHaving sung the title role of L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Telemaco Il Ritorno d’Ulisse at The Roundhouse for the company tenor Samuel Boden will make his Royal Opera House main stage début on May 10 when he creates the roles of Boy and Young King in George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s new opera  Lessons in love and Violence. The production by Katie Mitchell will be conducted by the composer with further performances at Covent Garden on May 12, 15, 18, 24 & 26 before being staged as part of the Holland Festival on June 25, 27, 29, July 1, 3 & 5.

Simon Bejer, designer hi resDesigner Simon Bejer provides sets and costumes for Max Hoehn’s production of Handel Rodelinda for Cambridge Handel Opera Company. Conducted by Julian Perkins there are performances at Great Hall Theatre, The Leys, Cambridge on April 3, 4, 6 & 7.

L'Elisir Den Jyske Opera © Kåre ViemoseDirector Harry Fehr‘s staging of L’elisir d’amore (Elskovsdrikken) for Den Jyske Opera has won the Production of the Year category at the CPHCulture Theatre Experiences of the Year Awards. Full review here Next season Harry makes his Dutch début with Tosca for the Nederlandse Reisopera and his US début directing Orlando for San Francisco Opera.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector Polly Graham has been announced as the Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera with immediate effect. The 33-year-old daughter of festival founders Martin and Lizzie Graham says: “As a family we are so proud of Longborough and have long talked about its future. But it is only recently that I have felt ready to
take on the challenge of leading it forward.” download the full press release here.

wno le vin herbe-caitlin hulcupiseult tom randle tristan ©robertworkman-027_01For the second year running a production by Polly Graham has won Best Opera Production in the Wales Theatre Awards. Her staging of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera received great critical acclaim and as Zaubertrank is about to open at Lokremise, St Gallen on February with performances on February 2, 6, 7, 11, 14 & 18.

Polly Graham Swiss début

January 22, 2018

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Frank Martin Zaubertrank (Le Vin Herbé) for Theater St Gallen at The Lokremise St Gallen conducted by Hermes Helfricht.  The production opens on February 2 and there are further performances on February 6, 7, 11, 14 & 18. Originally conceived for Welsh National Opera, Graham’s spare but compelling take on the Tristan and Iseult legend won critical acclaim and was recently featured in The Stage ‘Best Opera and Dance of the year 2017’.

Circa.org.au acrobatsConductor Natalie Murray Beale and mezzo Kate Howden take to the road again with Il Ritorno Circa Contemporary Circus’s hugely successful production based on Monteverdi Il Ritorno d’Ulisse. They tour to California for performances on January 23 – Musco Center for the Arts, Orange County, January 26 – Mondavi Arts Center, UC Davis and February 4 – Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.