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.

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveTenor Samuel Boden sings his first Telemaco The Return of Ulysses for The Royal Opera at The Roundhouse, London on January 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 & 21, 2018. The new production is by John Fulljames with Christian Curnyn directing the Orchestra of the Early Opera Company.

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex BrennerDirector Harry Fehr’s staging of L’elisir d’amore (Elskovsdrikken) for Den Jyske Opera has been nominated in the Production of the Year category of the Theatre Experiences of the Year by cphculture.dk. “…his visually beautiful production [is] a triumph, one that would grace the stage of any opera house in the world.”****Klassik

Robert Howarth on Broadway

December 16, 2017

Robert HowarthConductor Robert Howarth makes his Broadway début as Musical Director of Farinelli and the King starring Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davies at the Belasco Theater, New York. The play by Claire van Kampen about King Philip V’s relationship with the celebrated castrato was critically acclaimed at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Duke of York’s Theatre in London. The production opens on December 17 and there are performances until March 25, 2018.

LAURA ZIGMANTAITE pic croppedMezzo-soprano Laura Zigmanaitė makes her Scottish Opera début singing Flora Bervoix in La Traviata at the Theatre Royal Glasgow on October 19. A revival of David McVicar’s production, there are performances on tour until November 30 conducted by David Parry and Dane Lam. This is the first of Laura’s roles as a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist this season.

Kate Howder - Mezzo soprano c.Robert WorkmanMezzo Kate Howden will feature in Opera Passion Day on October 19 from 14:00 on BBC Arts Digital. when
Scottish Opera presents live performances of arias from The Pearl Fishers, The Coronation of Poppea and The Gondoliers from Bowmore on the Isle of Islay in the Inner Hebrides.

Simon Bejer at the V & A

October 18, 2017

Rinaldo theatre for V&A Opera - Passion, Power and PoliticsSimon Bejer has designed a working mechanical theatre based on historical technologies and original descriptions of the premiere of Handel’s opera Rinaldo in 1711 for the 2017 V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. The exhibition is open until until February 25, 2018.

Harry Fehr Scandi début

September 25, 2017

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex Brenner

In his Scandinavian début Harry Fehr directs L’Elisir d’Amore (Elskovsdrikken) for Den Jyske Opera (Danish National Opera). The production opens in Odense on October 6 and tours Denmark until December 2. The production is designed by Yannis Thavoris and conducted by Per-Otto Johansson.