Director Polly Graham, Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera, appears as a guest on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on July 9. Her staging of Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses will be performed in the Big Top at the festival on July 13, 15, 17 & 18. Conducted by CPM artist Robert Howarth the production also features tenor Andrew Irwin as Telemaco. View Graham’s short animated film here.
Steve Devine, director and harpsichord, joins members of the Academy of Ancient Music, Bojan Čičić, violin and mezzo Helen Charlston for a programme of Strozzi, Monteverdi and Dario Castello. The event will be live-streamed on April 14 from West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge at 19:30 BST and is available for 48 hours afterwards. Full details here.
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.