Tenor Bradley Smith works with The English Concert and Harry Bicket for the first time singing Odoardo Ariodante. He and the stellar cast will be appearing at Theater an der Wien, Vienna on May 12; Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg on May 14; The Barbican, London on May 16 and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées on May 18. Bradley then starts rehearsals for the title role of Albert Herring at the Buxton International Festival.
Director Harry Fehr will stage La Finta Giardinera with students at the Royal College of Music on November 28, 30, December 2 & 3. The 2013 Buxton Festival production, on which it is based, was much praised: “Harry Fehr’s Buxton staging makes a surprisingly strong case for this disregarded piece.” 5 stars The Guardian; “… in this dazzling, bold and inventive production we have a novel modern setting under Harry Fehr’s direction … ” The Arts Desk. Michael Rosewell, Direcor of Opera at the RCM, conducts.
“… I Capuleti is a model of directorial discipline.” 4* The Times
“Harry Fehr’s modern-dress I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Bellini’s first big hit, worked especially well” The Sunday Times
“ The festival’s second offering, Harry Fehr’s staging of Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet opera, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, is more consistently assured.” The Guardian
‘ Harry Fehr’s Buxton staging, vividly designed by Yannis Thavoris and authoritatively conducted by Nicholas Kraemer, makes a surprisingly strong case for this disregarded piece.’ ***** The Guardian [full review]
‘in this dazzling, bold and inventive production we have a novel modern setting under Harry Fehr’s direction.’ ‘ Nicholas Kraemer’s conducting of the Northern Chamber Orchestra was wonderfully alert, bringing out the joyful nuances of Mozart’s youthful score, looking ahead to Così and Figaro.’ The Arts Desk [full review]. Performances run until July 21.
Nicholas Kraemer conducts and Harry Fehr directs a new production of La Finta Giardiniera at The Buxton Festival. Performances take place on July 6, 9, 12, 18 & 21 (m). As part of the Young Artists Programme, Buxton also showcases the talents of soprano Keri Fuge who will be performing in recitals and concerts throughout the festival.
Baritone Samuel Evans joins the cast of Mahogany Opera’s Britten Church Parables singing the roles of The Traveller in Curlew River and Ananias in The Burning Fiery Furnace. The productions by Frederic Wake-Walker, with Roger Vignoles conducting the Aurora Orchestra, open in St Petersburg on June 6 and tour to the Aldeburgh Festival (June 16-19) the City of London Festival (July 3-6) and the Buxton Festival (July 14-15)