The great Italian baritone, conductor and teacher, Claudio Desderi, passed away in Florence on Saturday 30 June. I was fortunate to have known him for nearly 30 years, and to have seen his masterly interpretations of Falstaff and Leporello. I will never forget my first experience of watching his inspirational master classes at the Scuola di Musica in Fiesole, preparing young Italian singers for the Mozart-Da Ponte Project. At that.
Jennifer Rhys-Davies is currently singing Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia at The Grange Festival. The production opened on Saturday 9 June directed by Stephen Barlow and conducted by David Parry. Dominic Lowe writing for backtrack said “Jennifer Rhys-Davies stole every scene in which she appeared….her “Il vecchiotto cerca moglie” was a masterpiece of comic showmanship…” full review. There are further performances on 15, 17, 22, 27 and 30 June..
Nicholas Jenkins will conduct a programme of Poulenc’s Sept répons des ténèbres and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestre National de Lille and the Philharmonia Chorus at the Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle this Thursday 15 March. For full details click here
John Andrews conducts showcase scenes and arias by Rossini in a programme entitled Fireworks! for English Touring Opera. It opened at the Hackney Empire on 22 February 2018 and is currently touring to venues throughout the UK. For further details click here. It has also recently been announced that he will conduct Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna for Opera Holland Park in 2019.
David Titterington has been appointed as one of four new Professors of Music at the Royal Academy of Music. The Professors have been chosen because of their outstanding contribution both to the Academy and to international musical life. For further information click here
OWM is pleased to announce the European representation of Canadian baritone, Tyler Duncan. On the operatic stage he has performed at the Metropolitan Opera and the Spoleto Festival. He has a busy concert and recital career, and he recently made his UK recital debut at the Wigmore Hall with Graham Johnson.
Cynthia Millar has already performed the solo ondes martenot part, written especially for her by Thomas Adès in his opera The Exterminating Angel, at the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The work will next be performed at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen opening on 23 March. For further details click here
Louise Winter performed the role of Gertrude in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for Glyndebourne on Tour in Autumn 2017. She is pictured here with William Dazely as Claudius and Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts as Polonius. For full details of dates and venues click here
OWM is pleased to announce representation for the UK and Ireland of bass, Yakov Strizhak. He was born in Kazakhstan and trained in St Petersburg, where he won the St Petersburg Spring Festival Competition. He has since worked with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, and Andrey Petrenko, and performed with New Israeli Opera, Komische Oper Berlin and at the Gergiev Philharmonic Festival in Rotterdam. The photo shows him as.
Susan Platts made her Royal Opera House debut as Third Lady in Tom Guthrie’s revival of David McVicar’s production of Die Zauberflöte on 12 September 2017. The photo shows her with Roderick Williams, Angela Simkin and Rebecca Davies. For further information please click here
Recent graduate of the National Opera Studio, tenor Joseph Doody, has joined Owen White Management. His repertoire includes roles from the bel canto tradition, particularly Rossini, as well as Albert Herring and Tom Rakewell.
Louise Winter has been singing with Opera Holland Park for the first time as the dipsomaniac mother of Leoncavallo’s Zazà in Marie Lambert’s production. The final performance is on Saturday 29 July. For further details click here
David Cohen commissioned Cheryl Frances-Hoad to write a concerto for cello and ten instruments, and Katharsis received it’s first performance at the Spitalfields Festival in 2013 with members of the Rambert Orchestra conducted by Paul Hoskins. The work is featured on a new CD of the composer’s works from Champs Hill Records. For further information click here
Wolfgang Holzmair is currently a member of the Jury for Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, with all rounds of the competition being broadcast by the BBC. The Final takes place on Sunday 18 June at 19.30. For further information click here
Glyndebourne has announced the appointment of Nicholas Jenkins as its new Chorus Master from 4 September 2017. For further information click here
Following on from her performances earlier this month of Mahler’s Symphony No 3 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Kindertotenlieder, programmed in Scott Brubaker’s arrangement with horn and piano, at St John’s Smith Square, the British born Canadian mezzo, Susan Platts, will perform Mahler’s Symphony No 2 in Halle, Germany for two performances on 18 and 19 June. For further details click here
Cynthia Millar performs the important solo ondes Martenot part that Thomas Adès has written especially for her in his opera The Exterminating Angel which opens at the Royal Opera House on 24 April for six performances. For further details click here. After the premiere performances at the Salzburg Festival last summer Alex Ross writing in The New Yorker said “Cynthia Millar’s playing of the ondes was so acutely expressive that.
The UK’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) recently announced the appointment of John Andrews as Principal Guest Conductor. He will hold this position for an initial period of three years. The announcement follows his performance with the Orchestra at Westminster Central Halls last summer. As Principal Guest Conductor, he will conduct both recording sessions and live concerts across a wide range of repertoire and styles. For further information please contact Libby.
Mary Plazas as the Duchess in Powder Her Face. Antony MacDonald’s production was first seen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, then on tour with Irish National Opera,and recently for Nevill Holt Opera. Rupert Christiansen gave the production 5 stars “At the epicentre, is Mary Plazas as the Duchess. In a truly great piece of operatic acting, she makes this paper monster of egocentricity absurd yet pitiable in her delusions and.
Mary Plazas performed the role of the Duchess in Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face at Snape Maltings, the Almeida Theatre and on the film for Channel 4 released on DVD. She also sang the role in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer. She is delighted to return to the role for performances with Northern Ireland Opera 27,28,29 January 2017. For further information click here
Rapidly becoming recognised as an artist of exceptional musicality and innovation, Owen White Management is pleased to announce that Daniel Pioro has joined the roster. He actively promotes new music and this summer he made his debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performing Colin Matthews’s Violin Concerto. He was immediately invited to return to Manchester and later this month he will play two performances of Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto –.
Owen White Management is pleased to announce that soprano Gillian Ramm has joined the roster. Her performances include appearances with English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Salzburger Landestheater, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli and Festivals including the BBC Proms, Buxton and Göttingen. She recently made her role debut as Donna Anna for English Touring Opera.
This summer Louise Winter made her role debut as Madame Larina in Michael Boyd’s new production of Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera with Douglas Boyd conducting. Click here for further details
Following the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s Chaconne at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 February 2016, International concert organist David Titterington gave the US premiere at Davies Hall in San Francisco on Sunday 6 March. The programme also included two milestone works in the organ repertoire, Nielsen’s impressive Commotio and Franck’s mighty Grande Pièce Symphonique. Beamish’s new Chaconne is inspired by Robert Burns’ evocative song The Slave’s Lament. For.
On 5 May 2017 at St John’s Smith Square David Cohen will give the London premieres of two works he has commissioned. Last year Gordon Crosse’s “Little Bu” Sonata for Cello Alone, received its 1st performance at Norwich’s John Innes Centre alongside Gavin Higgins’ Gursky Landscape. This is a single movement of a larger work to be premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018 with the Carducci Quartet, who also.
Wyn Pencarreg, who created the role of Lalchand in David Bruce’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, has recently reprised the role in a revival of John Fulljames’s production for ROH2 at the Linbury Studio Theatre. Performances run until 2 January 2016. For further information click here
Nicholas Jenkins conducted performances of Offenbach’s Les Mesdames de la Halle for the Opéra National de Lyon at the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse during December. There were 9 performances with the opening night on Friday 11 December at 20.00. For further details click here.
Cynthia Millar continues her tour with The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela conducted by its Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet with performances of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie in Lisbon, Lucerne, Berlin and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Click here for full details of tour venues and programmes.
As part of the continuing collaboration between The Royal Opera and Welsh National Opera Richard Ayres’s opera was recently seen in London following a successful tour of Keith Warner’s new production for WNO. The darling family dog, Nana, is played by Aidan Smith and has been particularly well received by the children in the audience. There were two performances at the Royal Opera House on Friday 24 July and Saturday.
Nimbus Records has released the complete solo piano music of Jean Roger-Ducasse. A contemporary of Ravel, Roger-Ducasse was a leading figure in the musical life of Paris and was a close friend of Fauré. In 1935 he succeeded Paul Dukas as Professor of Composition at the Paris Conservatoire. Click here for more information. In celebration of Martin Jones’s 75th birthday Nimbus has released a 4 CD box set of his.
Wyn Pencarreg sang the role of Sourin in David Alden’s production of The Queen of Spades which opened on Saturday 6 June 2015. Edward Gardner and the ENO Orchestra and Chorus received glowing reviews. The excellent cast also included OWM artist Peter Van Hulle singing the roles of Master of Ceremonies and Chaplitsky.
On Sunday 24 May 2015 BBC4 broadcast “Grimes on the Beach” directed for the screen by Margaret Williams. Tim Albery’s production of Peter Grimes was filmed on Aldeburgh beach at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival. The cast included Alan Oke as Peter Grimes and Giselle Allen as Ellen Orford and the Britten-Pears Orchestra was conducted by Stuart Bedford. Alexandra Hutton and Charmian Bedford sang the Nieces. Click this link to view.
Canadian tenor, Daniel Auchincloss, has recently joined the roster of Owen White Management. Based in the UK he has performed extensively with leading early music ensembles in both opera and concert. He is particularly sought after for haute contre roles and his wide repertoire also includes works by Britten, Shostakovich and Ligeti.
Following the premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Out of the Ruins at the Royal Opera House Gala in February, Louise Winter reprised her role as the Old Woman for three further performances with the ROH Youth Opera Company at the Linbury Studio Theatre on 30 and 31 May 2015. Next season she returns to the ROH to sing Marcellina from 5 October. Click here for further information
We are delighted to announce that soprano, Charmian Bedford, has joined Owen White Management. She is a regular soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music and she performed the role of 2nd Niece in the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival production of Peter Grimes filmed as Grimes on the Beach.
Philippe Cassard was joined by David Grimal (violin) and Anne Gastinel (cello) for a recital of Piano Trios at the Wigmore Hall on Thursday 28 May 2015 at 19.30. The programme included works by Chausson and Schubert and the world premiere of Baptiste Trotignon’s Trio written especially for the artists. To visit the Wigmore Hall site click here.
Pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz and bass-baritone Andrew Mahon presented a London Schubertiade in the intimate setting of The Forge in Camden, North London on Tuesday 24 March.
Wyn Pencarreg sings Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall. He will sing in nine performances during the run with his opening night on Friday 27 February.
Louise Winter will give the world premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Out of the Ruins for mezzo soprano, youth chorus and orchestra tonight at a Gala Concert for the Royal Opera House.
Piotr Lempa plays the title role in Hans Krása’s, Brundibár, which was first publicly performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943. Frederick Wake-Walker’s production for the Mahogany Opera Group was first seen at the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh in November 2014 followed by performances at London’s South Bank. The production has toured to various UK venues and further performances are planned next year