The cast and creatives of Longborough Festival Opera’s postponed The Return of Ulysses, including director Polly Graham, conductor Robert Howarth and tenor Andrew Irwin have all contributed to this touching and magical animation. Enjoy.
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.
Alongside those of Gluck and Charpentier tenor Samuel Boden adds Monteverdi’s Orfeo to his repertoire. He stars in the Nederlandse Reisopera production which opens in Enschede on January 25 and tours Holland until February 22. Monique Wagemaker’s staging is conducted by Hernán Schvartzman. Read an interview with Sam here. See video from rehearsals here.
Guy Cutting joins Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe for the first time touring a programme devised from Monteverdi’s Eighth book of madrigals, Un giro de begl’occhi, with performances on May 3 – Amsterdam; 4 – Aranjuez; 5 – Udeba; 7 – Luxemburg; 8 – Gent; 10 – Paris and 11 – Ludwigsburg.
On his recent performance with the American Bach Soloists the San Francisco Classical Voice commented: “… the stunning British tenor Guy Cutting … was not only the lead character in the Passion proceedings but also the absolute gem of this performance … Cutting’s subtle delivery and clear diction were a joy and a delight.”
Countertenor John Lattimore has several projects with the Academy of Ancient Music this Autumn: He sings Pisandro Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria on September 29 in a staging by Alexander Oliver and Timothy Nelson under Richard Egarr at The Barbican, London as well as Nutrice L’Incoronazione di Poppea on November 5 at La Scuola Grande di Rocco, Venice with Robert Howarth directing. John will take part in the Sound Unbound weekend at The Barbican with the AAM singing Purcell Come ye sons of art on November 1.
Conductor Robert Howarth will replace Richard Egarr for the Academy of Ancient Music’s production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at The Barbican, London on October 4. Directing Alexander Oliver’s semi-Staging, Howarth will be joined by a stellar cast including Lynne Dawson (Poppea), Sarah Connolly (Nerone), Marina de Liso (Ottavia), Iestyn Davies (Ottone) and Matthew Rose (Seneca).[More …]
Conductor Robert Howarth will make his Opernhaus Zurich début conducting Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria. He takes over at short notice for the production by Willy Decker with an all-star cast that includes Kurt Streit and Sara Mingardo. Performances on May 17, 21, 23, 28, 30, June 1, 5, 7, 11 & 14.