Andrew Irwin wins BBC NI / ACNI award

Tenor Andrew Irwin has been selected to receive a BBC Northern Ireland & Arts Council of Northern Ireland Young Musicians Platform Award. As well as funds towards career development projects the award includes BBC broadcast opportunities and an appearance with The Ulster Orchestra. Hear more on BBC In Tune.

Bechara Moufarrej and Bayerische Staatsoper fundraise for Beruit

Fundraising for the victims devastated by the explosion in his native Beirut last year tenor Bechara Moufarrej joins the Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra under Toufic Maatouk to perform Salam Li Beirut – To Beirut with Peace by Fadi Kassis. The contribution from Antonine University Choir was filmed in the ruins of Beirut’s Grand Theatre and the venture was made possible with support from Schulterschluss Initiative  and the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Sam Boden back on stage in Lille

Samuel Boden with Le Concert d’Astrée last season

Tenor Samuel Boden sings the haute-contre role of Idamante in Campra Idomenée with Le Concert d’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm. The reduced version of the work, entitled Le Retour d’Idoménée, is derived from the original production concept by Àlex Ollé and is part of the L’Inattendu Festival that opens the season at Opéra de Lille on October 3.

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.

Guy Cutting on award-winning disc

Gabriel Jackson Passion CDGuy Cutting is tenor soloist on Gabriel Jackson The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Choral category winner of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2020. He is joined on he recording by Emma Tring (soprano), the Choir of Merton College, Oxford and Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia conducted by Benjamin Nicholas. It is a Delphian release DCD34222. 

Guy Cutting on award-nominated disc

Gabriel Jackson Passion CD

Tenor Guy Cutting features on the recording of Gabriel Jackson’s  The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ which has been nominated in the Choral category of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2020. Guy is joined on the disc by soprano Emma Tring, the Choir of Merton College, Oxford and Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia under the baton of Benjamin Nicholas. You can vote for the recording here.  Voting closes on February 16 and the winners will be announced on April 22.

Samuel Boden on Grammy-nominated disc

lessonsloveviolence3Tenor Samuel Boden features on the Grammy-nominated DVD recording of George Benjamin Lessons in Love and Violence. With the composer conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Samuel sings the role of Boy / Young King. Meanwhile the CD recording of the work with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic on Nimbus is one of the Notable Recordings of 2019 in The New Yorker.

Having created the roles at Covent Garden followed by performances in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Lyon Samuel remains part of Katie Mitchell’s production as it travels to Barcelona, Madrid and Paris in future seasons.