Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Dido & Aeneas with Blackheath Halls Community Opera.  The performances are at The Albany, Deptford, London on July 16 at 7:30, 17  – 7:30, 18 –  6:30 & 8:30 and July 20 at 6:30 & 8:30. Lee Reynolds conducts, April Dalton provides set and costume designs and the cast includes Idunnu Münch, Marcus Farnsworth, William Towers and Alison Rose.

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveAs part of the Holland Festival tenor Samuel Boden sings the roles of Boy and Young King in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence in a production by Katie Mitchell. With the composer conducting, the performances are scheduled for June 25, 27, 29, July 1, 3 & 5 at the Nationale Opera, Amsterdam. His critically-acclaimed performance from Covent Garden is available on BBC Iplayer until July 1 (listen to the final scene from 1h28)  “… lustrous honeyed lines in the final scenes for the high-tenor role of the Son (who becomes Edward III), beautifully delivered by Samuel Boden.”  The Guardian;  “Samuel Boden is inspired casting as the Boy, growing up to be King.”  Financial Times.

Bradley Smith, tenorTenor Bradley Smith makes his English National Opera début in an ENO Studio Live production as Damon Acis and Galatea directed by Sarah Tipple and conducted by Nichols Ansdell-Evans. Performances take place at Lilian Baylis House, London on June 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 & 16.

Robert HowarthRobert Howarth conducts the Academy of Ancient music for The Grange Festival’s staging of Handel Agrippina.  The  wonderfully witty and satirical production by Walter Sutcliffe opens on June 8 with further performances on June 16, 23, 28 & July 6.

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.