During lockdown Augustin Viard composed a soundtrack for the 1928 silent film “The Fall of the House of Usher” (La Chute de la Maison Usher) by legendary French filmmaker Jean Epstein. Augustin’s plan was to perform the soundtrack on the ondes Martenot live for a cinema screening. The Fall of the House of Usher based on the 1839 Gothic short story by Edgar Allan Poe was described as one of.
Errollyn Wallen was BBC Radio 3’s featured composer during the week of 3 January. Each weekday she talked to Donald Macleod about her life and work, illustrated with a selection of her music. The programmes are available on iPlayer. For further information click here
OWM is pleased to announce that David Cohen has been appointed principal cello of the London Symphony Orchestra from September 2022, alongside Rebecca Gulliver. His appointment follows the departure of Tim Hugh. In an interview with The Strad he said ‘I am hugely honoured to be joining the LSO. I feel beyond excited by the prospect of working with an orchestra with such a broad repertoire of work, unflagging energy.
Owen White Management is delighted to announce representation of the composer and performer, Errollyn Wallen. She is the holder of the 21/22 Wort Residency in Cambridge. As singer and pianist, she recently performed a selection from the Errollyn Wallen Songbook at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. For further details click here
Kamilla Dunstan will make her English National Opera stage debut as Waltraute in Richard Jones’s new production of The Valkyrie, which opens on 19 November 2021. For full details click here
Martin Jones has embarked on a series of recordings of Elisabeth Lutyens’s piano music for Resonus Classics, with the first disc released today, 1 October. Click here for Andrew Clements 4* review in The Guardian.
David Cohen commissioned Gavin Higgins to write Gursky Landscapes for solo cello and string quartet in 2015. The work was premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018 and now features, along with Ekstasis for string sextet, on a new recording from Nimbus Records released today 1 October. David Cohen is joined by the Piatti Quartet and Sara Roberts viola. Click here for play options.
A special concert to celebrate Martin Jones’s 80th birthday will now go ahead on Saturday 2 October 2021 at LSO St Luke’s. Originally scheduled for March 2020 it had to be postponed twice due to COVID restrictions. Martin Jones has selected an eclectic and diverse programme giving a taste of the 100 recordings he has made for Nimbus Records since 1973. For further details click here
Red Squirrel Opera, John Andrews’ new production company, presents Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master at the Buxton Festival this July. There are four performances on 9, 13, 16 and 22 July. Click here for further details. Earlier this year the Resonus Classics recording of The Dancing Master won the BBC Music Magazine Opera Award 2021.
Louise Winter made her role debut as Mistress Quickly in Sir David McVicar’s new outdoor production of Falstaff for Scottish Opera, conducted by Stuart Stratford. The first of six performances was at Scottish Opera’s production studios on 3 July at 7pm. The production will also be seen at the Edinburgh International Festival in August. For further details click here
We are delighted to announce that Russian tenor Roman Arndt will make his UK opera debut this season as the Duke of Mantua in a new production by Femi Elufowoju Jr of Rigoletto for Opera North, conducted by Garry Walker. The production opens on 22 January 2022. For further information about Opera North’s 21/22 season click here.
Congratulations to Kamilla Dunstan who is the only singer from Europe to have been selected for the finals of the Lyra New York International Vocal Competition for opera singers. For further information click here
Following the success of his recording of Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master, John Andrews has announced the formation of Red Squirrel Opera, to bring to life unknown and neglected operatic works. The Company’s first project will be a co-production of The Dancing Master with the Buxton International Festival in July 2021. The Resonus Classics recording has been nominated for BBC Music Magazine’s Opera Recording of the year. Voting now open
Sadly the performances of Tosca at the Royal Opera House have been cancelled due to the latest Government guidelines. Christian Federici was due to make his debut there as Angelotti.
The Resonus Classics recording of Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master conducted by John Andrews has won the BBC Music Magazine Opera Award 2021. John Andrews says “I’m beyond delighted that our disc has received this accolade. It was such a delight to make the recording, the cast are not only brilliant musicians and actors, but charming and delightful colleagues, and the BBC Concert Orchestra were absolutely in their element and.
As a result of the latest national lockdown it is disappointing that it was only possible for Glyndebourne to present three semi-staged performance of The Magic Flute in early November. Glyndebourne advises ticket holders to keep an eye on the website for further announcements. For information click here
As part of St John Smith Square’s “Arts of Fugue’ concerts, David Titterington performs works by CPE Bach, Schumann and JS Bach streaming on YouTube and Facebook from 8pm on 11 August. Click here for the link. It is already possible to hearing him perform ‘Thin Air’ by Calliope Tsoupaki recorded live from St John’s Smith Square as part of ‘Festivals for Compassion’, a musical ‘relay race’, journeying through Europe,.
John Andrews is the Music Director of an exciting post lockdown project for The Grange Festival later this month. The director Sinéad O’Neill is creating a promenade production, using a variety of natural stages at The Grange. Performers will including Sir John Tomlinson, Kiandra Howarth, Claire Barnett-Jones and members of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. John Andrews will co-ordinate The Grange Festival Chorus in works by Poulenc and Lili Boulanger. The performance.
Baritone Thomas Humphreys is joined by Pavel Timofeyevsky for a livestream recital of Russian Song on Sunday 2 August at 4pm broadcast from the 1901 Arts Club in London. Here is a taster from their rehearsal. To watch on Sunday please click here.
Opera Holland Park has made the exciting announcement of an outdoor performance of comic opera selections conducted by John Andrews on Friday 7 August. The seating capacity will be strictly limited to take into account the current social distancing guidelines. For further information click here.
In July 2018 David Cohen and the Carducci Quartet gave the premiere of Gavin Higgins ‘Gursky Landscapes’ for solo cello and string quartet at the Pittville Pump Room. The work was commissioned by David Cohen and the Cheltenham Festival and is currently available on a Podcast linked here
Margaret Williams’ film of the open-air staging of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach was one of the highlights of the Britten Centenary, and is available on BBC iPlayer from Friday 19 June for 30 days. The marvellous cast includes Charmian Bedford as Second Niece.
The Royal Opera House will stream David McVicar’s production of The Magic Flute with Susan Platts singing Third Lady from 19 June to 2 July. Please click here for further details.
OWM is sorry to have to share the news that the Welsh soprano, Jennifer Rhys-Davies, passed away in the early hours of Sunday 8 March. Some of her most memorable roles include Queen of the Night, Marcellina, Elettra Idomeneo, Elisabetta Maria Stuarda, Hilda Mack Elegy for Young Lovers and Lady Billows Albert Herring. She first sang Berta at the Royal Opera House in 1993 and in recent years she returned.
From Kraftwerk to Radiohead, many pop stars have had a fascination with the ethereal and haunting sound of the ondes Martenot. Forty years into his career, Nick Cave releases Ghosteen, his 17th album which features the ondes Martenot played by Augustin Viard. This haunting album is the first that Cave has written and recorded in its entirety since the death of his teenage son, Arthur in 2015. Described as “one.
Following his success conducting Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret for OHP in the summer John Andrews returns in 2020 to conduct Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow in a new production by Christopher Luscombe. For further details click here
Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna conducted by John Andrews opened at Opera Holland Park on Monday 22nd July as part of a double bill with Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. This new production directed by John Wilkie stars Claire Presland, Richard Burkhard and John Savournin Rupert Christiansen in The Telegraph writes “with delicate orchestral colours that evoke Ravel, and something of the conversational sparkle of Verdi’s Falstaff… John Andrews conducts with grace and.
Christian Federici recently sang the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opéra de Marseille with great success. He joins OWM in the footsteps of the late great Italian baritone, Claudio Desderi, a former OWM artist with whom he studied. He will soon be singing Belcore L’elisir d’amore for the Piccolo Festival of Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Testo in Ambrosini’s Tancredi appresso il combattimento in Montepulciano. Next season he makes his debut at.
Congratulations to Owen White artist Ondes Martenot player Augustin Viard, who has just performed Arthur Honegger’s Oratorio ‘Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher’ in Poland, with the Polish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Liebreich. Augustin writes that the “performance in Katowice was amazing! It was a full house and the audience were very enthusiastic. Florence Darel was a great Jeanne.”’ Before the rehearsals could even begin though it was no simple.
Mezzo soprano Kamilla Dunstan is currently rehearsing at the Glyndebourne Festival where she is covering Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte. Earlier this year she sang the lead role of Fanny Price in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park with Opera South. Born in Yorkshire and brought up in New Zealand she trained at the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio and she is now studying with Claire Rutter.
OWM artist, pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz with baritone Jóhann Kristinsson, feature this Saturday on BBC2 at 9pm in a documentary presented by historian Dr Lucy Worsley on ‘Queen Victoria: My Musical Background’. The film explores Victoria’s relationship with music and how royal patronage changed the face of British culture in the 19th century. Ammiel and Jóhann perform in a sequence which explores how the lieder repertories of Beethoven, Schubert and later Schumann were brought to the.
To celebrate the new release of the first ever recording of Thomas Arne’s raunchy masterpiece The Judgement of Paris conducted by John Andrews, we have an interview with one of the soloists on the album, Gillian Ramm. She talks about discovering her voice in Australia, the challenges of maintaining an international career alongside family life, and her passions. Gillian has two children, lives in Brighton and is married to the.
The prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards begin today at the Wigmore Hall. These annual awards set up in 1956 which have a record of “spotting winners” feature 11 young singers. This year we are delighted to announce that the Jurors for the 2019 awards include Soprano Mary Plazas along with Graham Johnson, James Bowman, Richard Jackson and Ann Murray. Mary Plazas won the 1991 Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship and then went.
Our Artist Samuel Pantcheff is appearing at the Royal Opera House, Muscat this week with Scottish Opera This acclaimed opera for babies BambinO written by Lliam Paterson and directed by Phelim McDermott which originally premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, is enjoying a 7 day run in Oman. Baritone Samuel Pantcheff revives his role as Pulcino alongside Hazel McBain as Uccelina. This unique show has been praised by critics as “a.
A rare chance to study with one of Ireland’s most distinguished performers in the idyllic surroundings of the wine region of Burgundy. This summer violinist Fionnuala Hunt is launching a series of Violin Masterclasses in the village of Santenay, France from Monday 22nd July to Saturday 27th July. The classes are being offered to interested students on a first come, first served basis up to a maximum of 10 participants..
‘I can’t immediately recall a better evening of coloratura singing in London” (Robert Thicknesse of The Critics Circle) English Touring Opera opened their spring season with the first professional performance of Rossini’s Elizabeth I (Elisabetta REGINA D’INGHILTERRA) to tour England in 200 years, directed by the company’s artistic director, James Conway Conducted by John Andrews with Mary Plazas in the lead role of Elizabeth and Joseph Doody as courtier Gugliemo,.
Congratulations to Piotr Lempa who has been made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). This honour is awarded to former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession.
Happy Birthday to Owen White Management which opened its doors 28 years ago this week. Founders John Owen and Trudy White started the company with a list that included pianist Martin Jones and soprano Mary Plazas who are still both current OWM artists. During this time OWM has been privileged to manage some distinguished names such as Charles Rosen, Franco Gulli, Martyn Hill and Wolfgang Holzmair, and is now championing.
Next week baritone Thomas Humphreys makes his Barbican concert hall solo debut. Thomas will sing in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the London Concert Choir with Canticum and the Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Mark Forkgen. Thomas Humphreys says “I’m extremely excited to be making my debut in one of the world’s foremost concert halls, performing a work which has been extremely important to me throughout my career so far.” The.
The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory should need no introduction. Regarded as one of Russia’s most important concert venues, the sense of history is overwhelming as you ascend the grand staircase leading to the Hall. On 10 February, David Titterington was invited to perform on the recently refurbished organ of the Great Hall. There was a great sense of anticipation as the audience gathered beforehand watched over by the venerable.