Bradley Smith at the Cheltenham Festival

Bradley Smith, tenor

Tenor Bradley Smith appears at the Cheltenham Festival on July 4 in Awakening Shadow, a chamber opera fusing original scenes by operatic composer Luke Styles with a complete performance of Benjamin Britten’s five Canticles. The work is staged by Richard Williams and George Vass conducts his Nova Music Ensemble who are co-producers with the Presteigne Festival where the work will be performed on August 26.

Home schooling at the court of Edward II

Against all odds tenor Samuel Boden reached Barcelona for the long-awaited Spanish première of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence. Reprising the roles of Boy and Young King he makes his début at the Gran Teatro Liceu with performances on Feb 26, Mar 1, 4, 7, 9 & 11. Josep Pons conducts Katie Mitchell’s staging adapted for the pandemic by Dan Ayling.

Bethany Horak-Hallett’s Cupid eloquent, charming and delicious

Mezzo soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett has received glowing reviews for her recording of Cupid in John Eccles’ Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Julian Perkins: … Bethany Horak-Hallett makes such an eloquent Cupid that I only wish this god of love had flown into view more often. The Times; With Bethany Horak-Hallett a deliciously light Cupid … this is a cast without flaw. Opera Now; … Bethany Horak-Hallet is charming in Cupid’s short scene. Planet Hughill

Polly Graham’s Orlando production live stream from Vienna

The Vienna State Opera is offering a free stream of director Polly Graham’s 2019 production of Olga Neuwirth Orlando for 24 hours from at 19:00 (CET) on November 7. Drawn from the Virginia Woolf novel of the same name Orlando is conducted by Matthias Pintscher and the cast includes Kate Lindsey in the title role. https://play.wiener-staatsoper.at/

Magical Monteverdi animation

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.

Sam Boden sings L’Orfeo

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.

Robert Howarth’s ‘inspiring’ Agrippina

“The Academy of Ancient Music played brilliantly for Robert Howarth – what an unassuming, devoted musician he is, and what glorious performances he inspires.” MusicOMH. Walter Sutcliffe’s production of Agrippina from the 2018 Grange Festival will be available to view from Sunday May 24 at https://thegrangefestival.co.uk/streaming/

“a staging that held one captive and captivated throughout” Opera

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeApril’s Opera magazine cover feature adds to the glowing reviews for director Polly Graham’s production of Le Vin herbé.  “Polly Graham’s stark but brilliant new staging of the work” 5* The Guardian, 5* The Independent. 4* The Telegraph. See the trailer and performance details here.