Following great success as Gluck’s Orphée with the company in 2015 tenor Samuel Boden returned to sing the title role of Monteverdi L’Orfeo with the Nederlandse Reisopera in January this year. The complete performance is available on Operavision until January 2021. With his flexible tenor and athletic posture, Samuel Boden proved a perfect fit for the role of Orfeo, offering unfailingly stylish singing in the midst of the demanding choreographed moves. His honeyed timbre and the way he audibly relished the text made the plaintive lyricism of the role most moving. Bachtrack. For those with less time on their hands here is Sam singing Rosa del Ciel.
In the latest of the acclaimed Bach cantata series Steven Devine directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from an empty King’s Place, London with a programme including BWV 39 Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot. He is joined by Rising Stars of the Enlightenment mezzo Bethany Horak-Hallet singing the aria Seinem Schöpfer noch auf Erden and soprano Zoë Brookshaw singing Höchster, was ich habe. Devine also plays and directs works by Pachelbel and Telemann.
“The Academy of Ancient Music played brilliantly for Robert Howarth – what an unassuming, devoted musician he is, and what glorious performances he inspires.” MusicOMH. Walter Sutcliffe’s production of Agrippina from the 2018 Grange Festival will be available to view from Sunday May 24 at https://thegrangefestival.co.uk/streaming/
Baritone Nicholas Merryweather sings Le Roi in Violetta Cruz La Princess Légère in this 2018 production from the Opéra Comique streaming at https://www.opera-comique.com/fr/saisons/saison-2020/princesse-legere-replay
Guy Cutting is tenor soloist on Gabriel Jackson The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Choral category winner of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2020. He is joined on he recording by Emma Tring (soprano), the Choir of Merton College, Oxford and Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia conducted by Benjamin Nicholas. It is a Delphian release DCD34222.
Steven Devine directs and Bethany Horak-Hallet is alto soloist for Bach cantata BWV 87 Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten in meinem Namen, the latest installment of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Bach, the Universe and Everything series. Join them online on Sunday May 10 at 11:30 BST at https://oae.co.uk/bach-the-universe-and-everything-schrodingers-pandemic/. As always in this series,a thought-provoking scientific topic will be explored as part the programme.