Kate Howder - Mezzo soprano c.Robert WorkmanMezzo Kate Howden sings Gypsy Songs by Stephen Dodgson on Chamber Music Volume 4 to be released on March 15 by Toccata Classics. Listen here.  Later this season Kate takes the title role of Dodgson’s opera Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart to be performed and recorded at Snape Maltings on July 5.

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex BrennerHarry Fehr directs in Germany for the first time staging Donizetti Roberto Devereux at the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe. The production with sets by Yannis Thavoris and costumes by Mark Bouman opens on March 23 with further performances on March 29, April 14, 20, May 4, 30, June 12, 20 & July 10, 2019 and is conducted by Daniele Squeo.

Bradley Smith, tenorTenor Bradley Smith makes his German opera début creating the role of Carl Denham in The True Story of King Kong by Jeffrey Ching for Theater Magdeburg. Performances on March 16, 24, 29, April 20, May 12 & 25. HURRY TO SKULL ISLAND. STOP. BIG PRIZE AHEAD. STOP. BRING BOMBS.  DENHAM

 

 

Robin HoodDirector Polly Graham stages the world premiere of Robin Hood by emerging composer Dani Howard for The Opera Story with baritone Nicholas Merryweather creating the title role. Opening on February 27 at the Bussey Building, a former cricket bat factory, in Peckham, London, the production is conducted by Berrak Dyer with designs by April Dalton. There are further performances on March 1, 2, 5 8 & 9. Read Polly’s blog post about her approach to the tale.

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco BorggreveTenor Samuel Boden sings Oronte in James Darrah’s production of Alcina at the International Handel Festival, Karlsruhe from February 23 to March 1 with Andreas Spering conducting. Following which he will reprise the role of Orphée in Gluck Orphée et Euridice for a semi-staged performance in Moscow on March 5 with Musica Viva under the baton of Alexander Rudin.

Andrew Irwin - Tenor - ©Andreea Tufescu 2 cropWe are delighted to welcome tenor Andrew Irwin to CPM. Originally from Northern Ireland, Andrew is completing his training at the  Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig. He makes his Welsh National Opera début as Amelia’s Servant in David Pountney’s new production of Un Ballo in Maschera on February 9 with Carlo Rizzi conducting. He is also covering the role of Cecil Roberto Devereux for the company.

Robert HowarthRobert Howarth will conduct James Brining’s new production of The Magic Flute for Opera North opening in Leeds on January 19, 2019 and touring to Salford and Newcastle until March 15.

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex BrennerDirector Harry Fehr stages Handel Radamisto for the Dutch National Opera Academy from January 17 to 20, 2019 at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Judith Kubitz conducting. He will shortly make his German début with Roberto Devereux at the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe collaborating with set designer Yannis Thavoris and costume designer Mark Bouman. There are performances from March 23 to July 10, 2019 under the baton of Daniele Squeo.

 

 

Aldeburgh Festival 2019Just announced is the Aldeburgh Festival programme for June 2019 which will feature tenor Samuel Boden and mezzo Kate Howden. Samuel sings the central role of the Narrator in Thomas Larcher The Hunting Gun as well as Britten Canticle III Still falls the rain. Kate joins The Ludwig Orchestra and Barbara Hannigan for Stravinsky Pulcinella .

 

 

 

 

Bradley Smith, tenorTenor Bradley Smith makes his début with the Odense Symphony Orchestra / Stephen Layton singing the Bach Christmas Oratorio between December 13 to 15 in Odense, Svendborg and Nyborg. Back in the UK he joins The Hanover Band and Andrew Arthur for a Messiah tour until December 22.