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.
Papageno (played by Joan Martín-Royo –sensational …) Punta Fina, 18 January 2016
Papageno, played with genius by Joan Martín-Royo … El Imparcial, 17 January 2016
Joan Martín-Royo made a perfect Papageno … with a smooth and agile voice and excellent German diction. El Pais, 17 January 2016
You cannot fault the Papageno of Joan Martín – Royo whose voice is perfectly suited to the role of the bird catcher. Opera World, 20 January 2016
The production by Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade is conducted by Ivor Bolton. Joan will sing further performances on January 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30.
Mezzo Sarah Champion will sing Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte for Scottish Opera’s small scale tour on September 24 (Stirling), 26 (Helensburgh), 29 (Ayr), October 1 (Kelso), 3 (Dundee), 6 (Elgin), 8 (Ellon), 10 (Aboyne), 13 (Kirkwall), 15 (Wick) and 17 (Inverness). Claire Haslin is music director for Lissa Lorenzo’s new production.
Conductor Nicholas Kraemer returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos on November 20, 21, 22, 23 & 25. In addition, he will conduct the Civic Orchestra & Chicago Chorale on November 24 in a programme of Elgar In the South – Alassio and the Mozart Mass in C Minor.
Nicholas Kraemer joins old friends at the Ulster Orchestra for several programmes in Belfast: Mozart, Poulenc & Haydn on February 5, Haydn, Strauss, Danzi & Beethoven on February 9 and Beethoven on February 10.