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.

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.

Robert Howarth, conductorVivica Genaux will be replacing Iestyn Davies when Robert Howarth conducts Handel and Bach with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra with Euskalduna Palace, Bilbao today and tomorrow.

 

Bradley Smith, tenorTenor 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.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductor“There is no finer Haydn conductor before the public and Kraemer, likewise, infused Handel’s music with a delightful lilt and infectious energy  … Leading stylishly from the harpsichord, Kraemer elicited a performance with a consistent, engaging smile much like the ebullient English conductor himself” Chicago Classical Review.  “The brisk British maestro happens to be one of today’s most respectable Handel interpreters … His Handelfest at Symphony Center on Thursday night was another reminder that he can be as lively and stylistically savvy when playing baroque music with modern symphony orchestras as he is with period-instrument ensembles.” Chicago Tribune

Robert HowarthConductor Robert Howarth makes his debut appearance with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra  conducting Messiah. Rob is joined by soloists Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, John-Mark Ainsley and Matthew Brook for performances at the DR Konserthuset, Copenhagen on December 2 and 3.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorConductor Nicholas Kraemer appears with the Chicago Symphony  on December 1, 2 & 3. Kraemer returns to the orchestra following successful collaborations with the group directing Bach, Telemann, Haydn and Richard Strauss. This time he leads an all-Handel programme including the Music for the Royal Fireworks and Silete Venti with soprano Amanda Forsythe.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorOpening Music of the Baroque’s season with Alexander’s Feast Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer  “has the most engaging Handel style… tempos were lively but never breathless, with lithe, springy rhythms throughout. Kraemer’s blancing of the large forces was impeccable.” Chicago Classical Review. Read in full here.

Ariodante Scottish Opera 2 c. James Glossop**** The Times, **** The Observer **** The Telegraph ****The Herald ****The Scotsman ****The Arts Desk

Harry Fehr’s production of Ariodante for Scottish Opera has received great critical success:

“Meticulously directed” The Times

“A modern Ariodante fit for Handel’s score”  The Telegraph

“Fehr’s production is brave, unafraid of unsubtle imagery and very strong, both visually and conceptually… In the end, though, it’s the questions that Fehr’s staging raises that stay in the memory.”  The Arts Desk

“… in this new production by Harry Fehr of Handel’s Ariodante … Scottish Opera have hit the nail on the head.” The Scotsman

“Harry Fehr’s staging of Handel’s Ariodante for Scottish Opera takes liberties but reaps rewards.” The Observer

Further performances on February 24 and 27 at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.